New Baltimore Water Tower Demolition

The old New Baltimore water tower is scheduled to be demolished July 6. (File Photo)

A recent evaluation of the tower revealed a handful of deficiencies in the structure and included estimated costs for emergency repairs, painting and dismantling. The cost to paint the tower and make it structurally sound was estimated at more than $225,000. In May, New Baltimore City Council members voted 5-1 to approve a recommendation from the city engineer to award the water storage tank demolition, removal and disposal project to Iseler Demolition Inc. at a cost of $23,440. Council member Florence Hayman voted against awarding the bid for the demolition project, noting that she realized the cost to save the tower would be high, but didnt want the tower to be dismantled. The condition of the tower has really gotten bad, and unfortunately the price tag to restore and repaint the tower is just too costly for the city and its citizens, he said. I respect the decision of the city council to have the tower taken down, and I commend the efforts by so many citizens who would like to replace the tower with a new landmark that could be significant to the entire community, he said. Read full article here: