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BG awaits FAA approval for water tower location PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:00
Bowling Green officials are awaiting approval of the Federal Aviation Administration before they can make a decision on the location for a new water tower on the north side of the city.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell told the Board of Public Utilities Monday night three sites along Newton Road have been submitted and that the 37-day comment period has ended. One of the sites is as far west as Bellard Business Park on West Newton near Brim Road.
The 1.5 million gallon tower is approximately the same size as towers at Carter Park and on Mitchell Road. Two designs are being considered, one which would match those towers, and another, which would use concrete pillars, with a steel bowl on top.
Perrysburg is constructing a tower using that design. Similar towers can also be seen at Campbell's Soup in Napoleon and in the cities of Port Clinton and Wapakoneta.
Tom Bork, of Poggemeyer Design Group, talked with the BPU about the designs, color options and projected construction schedules.
Bork said plans call for seeking bids on both styles of towers. He said experience has shown that bidding both styles usually results in competitive bids.
One schedule has the project being bid as early as next month, with completion by July 31, 2014. The second schedule shows bidding in August, with completion by Oct. 31, 2014.
The board also:
•    Agreed to allow the utilities director to designate a Curtailment Service Provider to offer load reduction demand response opportunities for large electric customers. O'Connell said firms have approached Bowling Green State University and Southeastern Container. The program requires load reduction in six-hour blocks during times of heavy power demands.
•    Updated the city's water policy, mostly by updating charges to reflect actual costs of services and equipment.
•    Learned the late Lyle Wright, former director of utilities, will be inducted into the AMP Hall of Fame on April 17, with four other individuals.
•    Learned the utilities department will be taking part in a series of Earth First 2013 activities planned for the week of April 15-20.

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