Things look a lot different at the Hearthstone pool today - and that's a good thing.
Gone is the burned pile of debris left over from the pool house fire late last month. The community's pool, which was vandalized in April on the same day as the fire, has been drained and workers are still getting it fixed up for the summer swimming season. Three DeKalb Alternative School students have been charged with criminal damage to property in the vandalism incident.
On Thursday, elected officials, Hearthstone residents and folks from neighboring subdivisions got a look at the what Purina's Tidy Cats made happen.
"It's jaw-dropping," said 26-year Heathstone resident Emily Grossman. "It is just amazing. This is unbelievable that they would come to us so quickly and be so proactive."
Tidy Cats heard about the community's pool vandalism and, with its "PU Patrol" hired local contractors to come in get things cleaned up and fixed. Work started late last week.
Hearthstone will hold a series of fundraisers to have a new pool house constructed, said Vernell Kimbrough, Hearthstone community club president. The first one is May 19 from 4-8 p.m. at Chick fil-A, 5542 Memorial Drive.
The pool house is needed to house two brand spanking-new pool pumps waiting for installation. Tidy Cats also provided new pool chairs.
The furniture that the vandals threw into the pool had become so waterlogged that it had to be cut up with a chain saw, workers said. The pool is still getting a good scrubbing to get rid of the algae, but the hope is that it will be ready in time for summer.
"I'm really happy the community is getting some assistance," said DeKalb County commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton. Commissioner Kathie Gannon, State Reps. Michele Henson and Steve Henson were also attendance.
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