Council members discuss water tower demolition, park

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM.

Miner said the retention pond may help with flooding that occurs at the intersection.

Toole said the entrance from Main Street will be relocated south toward the Goodwill Industries parking lot. Construction on the project is expected to begin in June, Toole said, and should take 90 to 120 days to complete.

“Where will I get my sweet tea while McDonald’s is closed?” joked council member Karen Rustin.

Rustin also gave council member Kevin Russell some artists’ renderings of a possible veterans memorial, which could be incorporated into the planned city park that will be located where the city water tower is currently located.

The mayor created a committee in March for the design of the park. Once the old tower is demolished, the committee will be charged with developing a historical site.

Russell is chairman of the committee, will includes Darrin Wall, Valerie Parks, Dorothy Odom and Jim Morris.

The council voted on March 7 to pursue taking down the old water tower after discovering that it would cost nearly $200,000 to bring the structure back up to code, and learning the roof of the tower has rusted loose and is just sitting atop the structure.

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