$43,900 contract approved to paint city water tank

October 31, 1997

The Westminster Common Council has approved a contract to paint the Hook Road water tank -- for less than half the anticipated amount.

The city's budget allowed $100,000 for the job, but it was awarded to P&S Co. of White Marsh for $43,900, one of seven bids received, said Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works.

"Why are we getting such low bids?" Councilman L. Gregory Pecoraro asked at Monday's council meeting. "It's terrific."

"Water tanks is one of those projects where you do get bids from all over the country. It's a specialty," Beyard explained. "These companies kind of move about. They work the whole East Coast."

Exterior painting of the 1 1/2 million-gallon, ground-storage tank will begin next month, he said. P&S has worked for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Last year, Westminster painted the elevated half-million-gallon-tank at Western Maryland College -- inside and out -- for about $165,000.

Fire

Reese: Firefighters from Westminster assisted Reese at 10: 14 a.m. Tuesday, responding to a stove fire on Morgan Run Drive. Units were out 53 minutes.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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