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Sylvania's new water tower to be in operation in a month

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Sylvania's new water tower off of Centennial Road is to be in operation in about a month. Sylvania's new water tower off of Centennial Road is to be in operation in about a month.
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The newly constructed Sylvania water tower in Fossil Park, which met public opposition before it was built, is about to go online.

City service director Kevin Aller said the tower will be in use in the next month. The 2-million gallon tank was hoisted up into position in late May. It stands 140 feet tall and is located in Fossil Park, adjacent to Centennial Park, off of Centennial Road.

In the next few weeks, crews will disinfect the tank, filling it to cleanse it from chlorine, metals, equipment, and other materials inside, Mr. Aller said.

The tower, sitting in an open space outlined by trees, was constructed to store water for the high-volume use days. When demand for water increases in the summer, the storage tank will save the community on pumping costs and ensure there is enough water to control fires, Mr. Aller said.

During the planning for the tower, it initially was to be located about 300 yards to the east of its current spot. But some residents, in particular those on Summer Place Drive nearby, were opposed to the location, with some calling it an eyesore.

Todd Kauffman, who gathered more than 250 petitions in 2012 to alert the city of the residents' concern about the tower location, said last week that he is satisfied with the tower’s final location. Since the tower was erected, he said, he has not heard one complaint from his neighbors.

“I’m very happy now. I’m happy that the city heard us and moved it. It’s not an eyesore.... It’s not intrusive,” he said. Mr. Kauffman explained that the original city plans, would have aligned the tower directly with the road entrance, forcing residents to look “directly at the water tower.”

“It doesn’t bother me whatsoever,” said Sarah Swade, a resident on Summer Place Drive. Another resident, who declined to give his name, echoed her thoughts, and said that having great water pressure as a result of the tower was a great selling point for his home.

Mr. Kauffman assisted in picking out the tower color, which he described as a light blue dove grey.

“The color blends in with the cloudy blue skies. It’s natural,” he said.

Texas-based CB&I constructed the tower for $2.7 million. The total project cost, which includes design work, and water mains, is $3.2 million, Mr. Aller said. The Ohio Public Works Commission covered 25 percent of the cost. The rest was funded through bonds. The city borrowed $3 million through the bonds, which are to be repaid over a 20-year period from water rates, Mr. Aller said.

The city has two other water tanks, each with a 500,000 gallon capacity. One elevated tower on Erie Street in Burnham Park, and a ground-level tank at at Brint and Holland-Sylvania roads.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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