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.