Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Water tower stuff
My wife was reading the news today and reminded me about a news story I read yesterday and even emailed to myself. I have written about the water tower in town that the town's management wants to tear down. I have a problem with the idea of spending thousands of dollars just to take down a water tower that is sitting harmlessly and has for years. It costs nothing to let the tower stand.
The argument is that the tower is an eyesore and that the town is hypocritical by demanding that property owners clean up their eyesores. Sure, we have our own. However, the town has already done a lot to improve the looks around town. We have layed off employees and cut spending. Now the town still wants to spend thousands on the demolition of a water tower that is not bothering anyone. I find that to be a bit arrogant in thought that regardless of these circumstances, that tower is coming down one way or another.
There are still other creative ways of taking down this tower. Let explosive ordinance teams for the military or even with bomb disposal crews of larger city police departments practice on the tower. Find a scrap metal dealer who wants the metal after the tower is taken down to come and get the heap of what was the tower.
We still have not tried govdeals.com yet for anything, including the tower. I have looked in times past and seen water towers for sale from different municipalities. Just don't waste my tax money on something so stupid as this. There is no public outcry to have the tower removed. It is just one or two peoples' pet project, contrary to the will of most everyone I have talked to in town. Most people do not see the need to spend the money to take down a stupid old water tower that is not bothering anyone. So why do it?
Old Selma Water Tank May Be Removed - An old water tank in Selma , out of service for a number of years, needs to come down, but officials haven’t decided on how. Estimates range from $6,500 to push it over and dismantle it piece by piece, to $12,000 to remove it with a crane. Some residents would like to see the water tank restored, but those estimates are around $120,000. The town owns the Anderson Street property the tank is situated on. Officials say if they want other Selma residents to take care of their property, the town must do its part and take care of their own eyesore. The town board will discuss what to do with the old water tank during their next meeting, on September 12.