|Photo courtesy of Jennifer Holcomb|
|The "Tin Man" water tower.|
Groveport’s "Tin Man" water tower’s days could be numbered.
Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall is in negotiations for the city with Caldwell Tanks regarding a long-term water tank maintenance contract. During the contract discussions, the subject of what to do with the city’s 100,000 gallon water tower, built in 1935 and known locally as the "Tin Man," came up.
Caldwell Tanks previously conducted an analysis of Groveport’s two water towers. The company’s report states the city’s 200,000 gallon water tower located on South Hamilton Road and built in 1969, can be maintained and restored.
However, Caldwell Tanks officials stated it would cost an estimated $500,000 to repair the "Tin Man." They recommended the "Tin Man," located just north of Blacklick Street, be demolished due to its age and condition.
"When we no longer use the ‘Tin Man’ water storage tank, the tank should be demolished immediately," wrote Hall in a report to Groveport City Council. "An empty water tank will fall very easily and is a large liability."
Hall said the "Tin Man" could be torn down around the time the city’s new $3.17 million water plant begins operation. The construction of Groveport’s new water plant could start by late 2013.
According to Hall, Caldwell Tanks has names of contractors who can take down the "Tin Man" at no cost to the city in exchange for the scrap metal.
Hall said, even though the city’s average daily demand for water on the approximately 1,200 customer Groveport water system is 250,000 gallons, the Ohio EPA approved the city having just the one 200,000 gallon water tower because the city can use an existing water line connection to Columbus, which is located along South Hamilton Road, for water service in case of emergencies.
Hall said the potential 10-year maintenance contract for the 200,000 gallon water tower on South Hamilton Road would include painting, cleaning, inspections and periodic flushing. She said this water tower could be repainted sometime in the next three to four years.