Linthicum's water tower to get a new look by June


March 12, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF ANYONE SUSPECTS that all the activity around the Linthicum water tower must mean it's getting a new coat of paint -- you're right. Both inside and out, according to Ken Dinnis, project manager of the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works.

The area around the prominent red and white tower, at one end of Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue, has been bustling.

Since March 1, a large metal fence has been erected around the tank and all kinds of equipment have arrived at the site. Dinnis said the fence was extended more than necessary for the painters as an added precaution, because a playground and elementary school are nearby.

"We were a little more careful; we talked with area residents and the school. We distributed fliers with names and phone numbers if anyone had questions," he said. "We also had a town meeting." A few months ago, Dinnis spoke at a Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association meeting to go over the scope of the project.

He has said that while work is going on, there would always be an inspector on site.

The county has a 90-day contract with K & K Painting and Construction Inc., and the project is expected to be completed by June 1. Depending on the weather, some work could be done on Saturdays but it will not be blasting or anything else noisy, Dinnis said.

"It is critical that we have the tank in service by June. We believe we will have enough time," said Dinnis.

The surface of the interior of the tank, painted about 10 years ago, will get two coats of lead-free paint. The old exterior paint, starting to peel, will have to be taken off completely before three new coats are applied. The old exterior paint has lead in it, but with the proper environmental controls -- and a painting method developed by the county -- the painting will not pose any danger to the workers or community, Dinnis said.

About 10 years ago, Anne Arundel County developed a technique to remove paint on tanks safely that is now known nationwide: the Anne Arundel Tank Painting Method. Dinnis said the enclosure developed for the process that moves around the tank should be erected this week.

While blasting, air is forced down and goes through the enclosure carrying the paint so quickly that workers are not endangered by the lead and the waste is contained. It is later used in the manufacture of batteries. No waste is put in a landfill.

Free concert

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum is offering the community another free concert this season. Coming to the stage of North County High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday will be the Navy's premier musical organization, the United States Navy Band of Washington.

The Navy Band has invited seven music students from the North County High School Band to join them in playing the National Emblem March. The students are: Michelle Currie, clarinet; Barry Wilson, trombone; J. J. Delagarza, trombone; Ann Lentz, flute; Audrey Moyers, bassoon; Patrick Landis, percussion; and William Shoe, tenor sax.

Glen Mohr is the director of music at the high school.

Directed by Cmdr. Ralph M. Gambone, the 11th officer to hold this position, the Navy Band entertains will all styles of music-- from ceremonial "ruffles and flourishes" to classical, rock, jazz and country favorites.

The 56-piece Navy Band, established in 1925, presents public concerts in the Washington area and tours the country annually. It has played at 18 presidential inaugurations and presents honors at White House ceremonies and memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery.

The dance ensemble Footworks will give the final concert of the season, at 8 p.m. May 6 at North County High School. The school, at 10 E. First Ave. in Ferndale, is handicapped-accessible; assistance is available for the hearing-impaired.

For information, call Jo Barker, president at 410-859-3308.

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