2017-04-20 / Front Page

Water tower coming down

By Becky Holland


The smaller water tower, to the right in the photo, is scheduled to be demolished sometime in May. (Becky Holland/Statesman Photo) The smaller water tower, to the right in the photo, is scheduled to be demolished sometime in May. (Becky Holland/Statesman Photo) Sometime around late May and mid- June, the smaller and older water tower owned by the city of Chandler at the intersection of Cherry and Fourth Streets in Chandler, will be coming down.

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Chandler City Council, City Administrator John Taylor told council that the tower, which is adjacent to the newer one, needed to come down.

City staff brought to the council an act to consider regarding demolishing the old tower.

Taylor summarized the issue as follows. “The old water tower has no benefit to the overall water system. It is in fact, a liability, and a financial burden, due to the fact that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality(TCEQ) requires the city to continue to maintain and inspect it even though it has no value to the overall water system.”

Chandler, according to Taylor, has had plans to remove the old water tower, however, “it was not in the plans for this year as a project.”

American Tower, who owns the adjacent cell tower to both water towers, has made plans to remove the cell tower. Taylor explained, “A new cell tower is set to be built even closer to the old water tower caused the project to get moved up.”

To facilitate the project, and as Taylor stated, ‘make it more affordable,’ American Tower has committed to ‘fund $8,000 to the water tower demolition project.”

Iseler Demolition has presented a quote to take down the water tower for $16,700 - which would make the city’s cost at $8.700. “This would come from the utility fund for water projects,” Taylor said.

When asked what effect the project would have on citizens, Taylor said, “I believe they will need to block Fourth Street for one day, and will take precautions to protect the adjacent houses.”

Iseler Demolition has a project in Henryette, Oklahoma in late May to mid-June. Taylor said the city will alert those citizens who reside near the area and would be effected as soon as they were given more definite dates.

Council members Marshall Crawford, Kari Bersano, Mayor Libby Fulgham and Brandon Delaney were present at the meeting, while Conley Cade and Janeice Lunsford were not.

The vote to approve the contract and demolition was unanimously approved.

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