About $238,000 in taxpayer funds will refurbish Cedar Brook Lane’s water tower, located off Columbus Avenue near West Strub Road.
The project’s cost is split in half, with $119,000 from a state grant and a mirroring amount coming from county water customers. Officials contend the water tower is long overdue for a touchup.
“The need is for health, safety and aesthetics,” said Jack Meyers, Erie County’s environmental services director. “It has not been painted for 20 years, and that is the service life of new tank paint. If you go by it, you will see peeling paint and rust.” If officials ignore making improvements, they might sacrifice the tower’s water quality. “There is a lot of inside work also to do,” Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo said. “They are going to drain the tower and paint it. It’s an expensive project.”
The contractor can choose one of two start dates for the 120-day project: July 29, or April 1, 2014.