TROY — City officials state they are still evaluating two other potential sites for the planned construction of a new 750,000-gallon water tower on the west end of the city.
According to the city’s public service and safety director Patrick Titterington, the city has not made a final decision about the placement of the nearly 200-foot tall water tower to date.
“That (date) is undetermined as we are still evaluating the feasibility of at least two other sites that may fulfill the needs of the EHS Area,” Titterington stated via email. “The tower location is to significantly improve pressure and fire flow protection for that area. The fact is that Carriage Crossing park is one of the best locations for that tower. Again, we continue to evaluate two alternatives and have not come up with a final resolution.”
Titterington said the city hopes to bid the construction work at the end of 2015 and begin to build the tower in 2016.
At an August park board meeting, park board officials OK’d one of the many potential sites at the Carriage Crossing Park near the south end of the park’s detention basin. The park board recommended the site with restrictions of its placement.
In previous reports, Titterington stated, “The city of Troy’s park board can only recommend the proposed site because the city of Troy is the owner of the property. The proposed site is conditional upon city staff being able to move the tower south of the current recommendation and reconfigure the detention area that is now located on the southern border of the Carriage Crossing park. That will keep the tower as close to the manufacturing area — and away from the residential area — as possible.”
At the Aug. 17 city council meeting, dozens of the neighborhood residents attended and three residents spoke out against the placement of the water tower in their neighborhood.
The city paid $154,400 to Black & Veatch consultants for the study of the city’s master plan including the need for the new water tower. A copy of the study has been requested, but has not been made available as of press time.
More than 1,200 residents were notified by mail about the water tower site placement and an upcoming meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Concord Elementary School.
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