Mount Airy Town Council votes to build water tank with million-gallon-capacity

Goal is to provide refill time for town wells

January 07, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A water tank capable of storing a million gallons will be built soon in Mount Airy to give the town wells time to rest and refill, the town engineer said.

After engineer Gary Pozzouli recommended the low bidder among four companies, the Town Council chose the $1.4 million bid by Landmark Structures Inc. of Texas on Monday night.

The tank is to be completed early next year, Pozzouli said. He told the council it is essential to begin this month with drawings and design to get ready for "the concrete work, the weather-sensitive work."

The town does not have a water emergency, he said, but does have a deficit because of recent construction and could be in trouble in another drought.

Of the water to be stored in the new tank, about 600,000 gallons will be committed to meet current demand.

The other 400,000 gallons will provide a cushion for any additional development and provide backup for firefighting.

"You don't want your wells going 20, 24 hours a day without time to recharge," Pozzouli said.

The tank will be built in a traditional shape, he said, but will have a new-style pedestal built of concrete and will be wider at the base to allow room for telecommunications towers that have been moneymakers for the towns. The neck will be hollow with stairs inside.

The water tank is to be built in 450 days, according to the bid, on a lot behind the Twin Arch mini-storage facility at Route 27 and Century Drive, Pozzouli said. It will be paid for with a water and sewer loan.

"We're always looking for additional water," he said.

Mount Airy also is developing a new well, No. 9, that is expected to be in use by fall, he said. A 10th well is to be provided by a developer.

In other business, the council:

Consented to Council President John P. Medve's proposal to send a letter to the State Highway Administration's district engineer asking that heavy trucks be limited on Route 808, the town's Main Street. Exceptions would be made for downtown business traffic.

Accepted a $43,418 bid for a new town hall roof, and to replace doors and windows. Snow and ice had backed up and damaged the roof, Pozzouli said.

Heard from Mayor James S. Holt that the town needs three people to apply for the town elections committee. Members are needed by the first Monday next month. One person has orally applied, the mayor said.

Voted to sell the town engineer's 13-year-old van, with 96,000 miles on it, for a $210 offer and a compressor, jackhammer and hose for $555.

Learned from Councilman Peter R. Helt that the town has received $30,000 from the state Program Open Space that will be used to deal with a steep slope at Wildwood Park.

Heard from Councilman David W. Pyatt that members of the town's Twin Ridge swimming pool hope to renovate and expand the 35-year-old pool.

Learned that the town code, zoning and subdivision ordinances are online.

Medve said he hopes to see a public hearing next month on the new master plan, which he called "this council's and this mayor's legacy for the next six years."

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