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City chooses location for water tower

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This composite elevated tank is one of the many possibilites the City of Brazil is considering for the new water tower, which will be constructed on the west end of Craig Park.
The City of Brazil has chosen the location for the new water tower.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil and Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board recently met in a joint session and approved a motion to place the new water tower on the west side of Craig Park.

"The precise location is not finalized, but it will either be west of the storage shed or parking lot at the top of the hill," City Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times. "It is not prime park area as it is not used much by the public, but with it to be on the back end of the park, it will be away from the cross country track and not near the area for the proposed skatepark."

Mayor Ann Bradshaw said the city had been looking at numerous other areas to construct the tower, but none were suitable.

"The ground in the other areas were not in good enough condition to place the water tower on," Bradshaw said. "Plus, by using the park, we eliminate the potential for land acquisition costs and hopefully create some savings for the city."

The new tower, which is one of multiple projects included in the city's water system plan, requires a 250-by-250 foot area, which Pohlar said the chosen location has available.

"The area in the park is actually where the water treatment plant used to be, and there is a 16-inch line that can be hooked up to the new tower," he said. "It will also provide better fire protection because with the tower to be at one end of town and the current treatment plant at the other, water pressure should be better throughout the city."

Bradshaw added choosing a location may create more avenues for grant funding for the projects.

"I want to thank the park board for their efforts which puts us in a better position not only to improve the city's water system, but also receive potential grants," Bradshaw said. "It also makes the city more qualified to possibly receive stimulus money because it is almost a 'shovel ready' project."

Pohlar said the city is still looking at numerous options for how the 750,000-gallon tower will be constructed, but is leaning toward choosing a composite elevated tank.

"That style is a steel tank on top of a enclosed concrete pedestal," he said. "The tank can actually be fabricated in the shop and placed on top in one piece."

Pohlar told The Brazil Times construction on the new water tower could begin as early as December.

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I'm glad progress is being made on this.

My biggest concern is that the water tower will become a vandalism target for the skateboarders in the area. I'm not trying to stereotype skateboarders, but the truth is that skate parks attract vandalism. Search Google.com or Bing.com for "skate park vandalized" and you'll see what I mean.

I assume the old tower will be taken down once the new one is built. I think the old location would make a nice city park for that part of town.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 11:08 PM

Things are progressing!! The city should consider utilizing space on the tower to promote the Northview Knights!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 6:32 AM

A water tower is needed but we need to replace the water pipes that break all the time also... Can't wait to see my water bill after this....

Water bills are to high now! by the time is all said and done, I will have to take out a second mortgage.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Finally, its about time. we,ve needed for so long, but we need a lot, and that was alway,s on the bottom of the list. Finally, we have help paying for it. Let,s take advanage of the stimulus money, other towns are.

-- Posted by rightwaygirl on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 8:41 AM

Victory04: if our current water tower collapses, it won't matter what condition the pipes are in.

While I hate paying any more for services than I have to, the water rates that Brazil City charges are actually among the lowest in the state. Over that past 15 years or so, there have been little to no increases in our water rate, when in fact it should have been increasing a small percentage every couple of years. The city doesn't bring in enough money to maintain their pipes, let alone pay for new ones, and while raising rates is frowned upon by everyone, sometimes it's the only choice.

Residents complain about the streets, about the water pipes, about the sidewalks, and about traffic through town, yet when it comes time to actually do something about it, they complain about the cost of the projects, the increase in taxes and rates, and the inconvenience that the contstruction will cause. If Brazil City is to improve its infrastructure, its roads, and its image, then the residents are going to have to change their attitudes and accept that change and improvements are not free and easy and are not without sacrifice.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 10:29 AM

Very Good! And it is a nice looking tower at that. Finally Brazil will be getting some much needed improvements to projects that involve the governing side of the community. We have been paying them taxes for years one paycheck at a time without compensation to our community, it's now time for them to anti-up and keep some of that money here for us.

For years the local businesses have done their part by cleaning up, painting and restoring their store fronts. They have all pitched in to make our city a more attractive place to live, it is about time the county, city, state and federal intities stepped up to the plate and pitched in.

Let's all continue to work together through hard work and funding to keep the water running and the lights shining brightly on our small town.

We deserve it!

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 11:31 AM

I have to say that Ann Bradshaw sure knows how to get things done and with benefits towards the citizens. No offense to our other mayors in the past, but she is the best mayor we have had in quite sometime. I know everyone is worried about taxes and so am I, but you have to pay for progress in order for potetial growth. Brazil is a great home town even if we do have a few problems. With her in office we are seeing things happen for the better. It is not just her either. I think we as citizens made very good choices on our last couple of elections. In all actuality it is the citizens of Brazil who need a pat on the back for looking out. JUST MY OPINION!

-- Posted by rooster1 on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 12:17 PM

I certainly agree to the water tank being put in Craig Park if they already have a line to connect to

but the one shown with all the cement on the tower section is an accident waiting to happen by people who like to scribble nothings on anything

They would not do it if they are seen (cowardly)

As far as the skating park - the city needs to

rethink that move -- Trouble Trouble Trouble

It is a known fact The Police will have their hands full When you can't be seen Kids especially will take advantage

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 1:07 PM


Yes we need a Water tower but we also need new pipes, what good is a tower when the water doesn't make it to the people,

lets face it taxes are going up but Brazil is staying at the same level it's been for years. I grew up in this town and there hasn't been alot of changes for the better.

Change does cost, taxes and water bills have been around for years , where did that money go? if you do not use any water you still get a water bill.what kind of crap is that. OPEN your eyes. just something to think about. no need to respond

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 1:53 PM

You need to open your eyes. Skate park bring money to town? Where the facts? Skate boarders don't vandalize. The skate park won't cost the city anything? No maintance. New water tower and new water lines are coming so are higher taxes and water bills.We have a mayor for the growth of Brazil!One thing you can't pleased everone.

-- Posted by donalde on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 2:35 PM

To Freedom1

You are absolutely right. What was I thinking?

Craig Park would be a great place to have the skate park

It is kind of dangerous the way people drive around Brazil. Always in a hurry.

I'm 71 - - Been there Done that

P.S. In case there is a change of plans and the skate park does not go to Craig Park - Watch out for the children when your driving your Truck

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 12:48 PM

Many people think a graffiti wall should be installed near skateparks. The appropriate designs would be done by the kids on a scheduled 'graffiti day'. Some skateparks allow their equipment to be painted if the design is OK'd by a committee and supervised. Graffiti can be removed. Most graffiti put on skatepark equipment is done by non-skaters. Most skaters take pride in their skateparks and want to keep it clean and safe. A skatepark located in a highly visible place is good for skaters and observers such as parents and the citizens who come to watch the skaters.

-- Posted by Clay County Skatepark Advocate on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 6:02 PM

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