|New BG water tower to move south of Bellard Business Park|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor|
|Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:56|
Why did the water tower cross the road?
Apparently to preserve the value of the land in the industrial park where the tower was to be located.
Bowling Green's Board of Public Utilities Monday night spent an hour in executive session and decided to ask city council to buy about an acre of land on the south side of Newton Road to build a water tower. Until Monday night the 1.5 million gallon tower was to be built on the north side of Newton Road in city-owned Bellard Business Park. The vote was 4-0, with Bill Culbertson absent.
"The feeling was that building the tower in that location would devalue the 7.5 acres adjacent to it in Bellard Business Park," Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said after the BPU adjourned.
If council approves, the city would pay Rick VanVorhis $53,190 for the .951-acre parcel. The cost includes a two-year construction easement. The site is vacant land between Bee Gee Rental and Sales and Organ Collision.
O'Connell said council will be asked to give the legislation authorizing the purchase immediate action at next Monday's meeting. He said the city will have to go back to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval of the site and also have to get clearance from the EPA and its loan authority for the alternate site.
Bids for the project will be opened Friday at 2 p.m. The BPU has called a special meeting for 5 p.m. Monday to review bids.
O'Connell said the tower is well-situated because of the number of large diameter waterlines that run through the Newton, Brim, Poe and North Main area.
The board also:
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Approved a three-year water rate increase starting in January 2014. The proposal was discussed at length and reported on following the April 22 meeting.
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Approved spending $66,000 to rehabilitate two large screw pumps at the wastewater treatment plant. The pumps have been in service since the plant opened in 1982. Superintendent Doug Clark said the pumps, which are 84 inches wide and 35-feet long will be lifted out by a crane and taken to a shop for refurbishing. The work includes replacement of bearings.
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Approved a long list of obsolete equipment that will be sold at a city auction later this year.
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Approved spending $10,000 to replace the cover on the sewer lift station at the southwest corner of Mitchell Road and Conneaut Avenue.
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Learned the expansion of the Dunbridge Road electric substation is on schedule for completion this fall. The expansion will meet expanding demand for firms in Wood Bridge Business Park, Bowling Green State University and other needs on the east side of the city. The project was spurred on by the expansion of VehTek Systems in Wood Bridge. The board was told VehTek now has 650 employees and is working toward a work force of 700.
‚ÄĘ¬†¬† ¬†Heard O'Connell report that the water treatment plant on the Maumee River recently received "exceptional marks" from its EPA inspection.
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