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City Council to consider work on Thompson Park water tank

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The 34-year-old water tank at Thompson Park might drain the city of $915,000 for repairs.

The Watertown City Council recently learned that corrosion in the 250,000-gallon tank has increased so much since an inspection in 2000 that the entire protective interior must be replaced, according to a Nov. 13 memo by Water Superintendent Michael J. Sligar.

Despite updated quotes being sought, “nothing was ever done,” Mr. Sligar wrote after looking in subsequent files.

In September, an inspection by consultants Conestoga-Rovers & Associates projected all the repairs would cost $915,000. The city has budgeted $500,000 for the tank’s rehabilitation, wrote Mr. Sligar, who declined to comment further until council members have a chance to talk about the issue at Monday night’s work session.

Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said he “was a little surprised” about the extent of the repairs that have to be completed.

“You know, these things do come up,” he said, adding he wondered how much it will end up costing.

Mr. Sligar suggested in his memo that the city complete one more inspection before deciding how to handle the repairs.

Then the city could examine other options, including replacing the tank, he wrote.

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