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Details of $1M water tower project laid out

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.

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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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