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A 4 million-gallon water tank in the Town of Tonawanda will be demolished, instead of rehabilitated, because it's not worth saving, lawmakers were told Monday.
Work on the Green Acres water-storage tank was among several water-related improvements for which a $2.5 million bond issue was approved almost two years ago.
The other projects involved upsizing and replacing about 2,200 feet of water lines along Kenmore Avenue and installing a main along 2,260 feet on Chelsea Avenue.
During Monday's Town Board work session, the town's director of water resources said the tank will be coming down.
"The tank is becoming an eyesore, and it's not usable the way it is," Ken Maving said.
Built in 1960, the surface-level steel storage tank is visible from the Youngmann Memorial Highway. It hasn't been used since 1996, Maving said Monday.
Photographs taken during a 2008 inspection, and presented during the September 2010 meeting in which the bond issue was approved, showed pitting on the floor and corrosion on the side walls and dome of the 20-foot-tall structure.
The estimated cost of repairs came in at $1.8 million. "The price tag far exceeded our bonding authority," Maving said Monday.
Contracts awarded for the other water-related projects included one for more than $105,000 for engineering and another of more than $1.3 million for construction.
During their regular meeting, lawmakers unanimously approved an agreement with GHD Consulting Engineers of Amherst, which was awarded the $96,300 contract for the original Green Acres tank project, to continue its work with demolition in mind. The $29,900 expenditure approved Monday applies only to engineering; Maving said the estimated cost of demolition is less than $100,000.
In other business Monday night, the board:
. Approved the subdivision of 205 Yorkshire Road, site of the former Green Acres Elementary School, into two lots. The Ken-Ton School District accepted an offer of $850,000 from Heritage Centers for the lot containing the building, driveway and parking lot. The district will retain ownership of the other lot, which has athletic fields.
. Appointed Police Capt. Timothy Waring as the records access officer for the town's Police Department. He succeeds Capt. Charles Rizzo, who retired last month.
. Awarded a $57,600 contract to Wilsandra Construction Company of Buffalo for the construction of restrooms at Expressway Diamonds at Sheridan Park. Wilsandra submitted the lowest of six bids; the firm's bid topped out just shy of $90,000.

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