Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
About $1 million paid for by significant water rate increases is on the table for Belle Center officials as they look to the future of the town’s aging water tower.
The west side of the water tower in Belle Center shows its wear as a vehicle passes about a block away on west Main Street. Village officials met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of replacing the approximately 80-year-old water tower at a cost of nearly $1 million. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)
Vice-president Tom Borck and Charles Brunkhart of client relations, representing the Toledo-based Poggemeyer Design Group, said, almost without a question, the tower should come down to most efficiently provide municipal water into future generations.
The engineer and former mayor of a village laid out a selective set of options for the village to consider during a Tuesday evening special council meeting.
They estimated $995,000 — with $900,000 dedicated toward construction and $95,000 for engineering services — will be necessary to fund the project, which would replace the 100,000-gallon existing tank with a new tank of a size to be determined and likely located closer to the existing water plant.
The village’s water tower, which is approximately 80 years old, has required more than $100,000 in interior and exterior repair in recent years, Village Administrator Gerald Houchin said, noting that he raised the issue of the leaking water tower as ice formed at a leak earlier this year.
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