The painting of the Town’s Rodney Lake Road water tower may be delayed until next spring.
Although the Town of Shelburne has given the go-ahead for an expensive paint job on one of its water towers, the project may be delayed for months because a request for tenders was not detailed enough.
CAO Dylan Heide said the problem with the tender documents was expected to lead to a delay that with the approach of cold weather, could reach into the Spring. The town had planned to open tenders for the work last week.
The painting of the Town’s Rodney Lake Road water tower, a required maintenance of the tower was approved by a previous council last year but was delayed due to staff changes. The painting job could cost as much as $250,000.
The decision to move ahead with a tender on the project was made at a special meeting of council on Tuesday, July 23.
Costs would be paid for through the water utility’s reserve funds.
The 105 foot tower, holding 250 thousand imperial gallons of water, is complicated enough to paint because of its size but there are also the many cross braces lining the structure.
The inside of the unit will need to be sandblasted on the inside and out and primed and painted with a special coating safe for water, giving the structure corrosion protection.
The tower is at risk of becoming corroded and needing replacement if the problem is not fixed.
A new paint job is expected to last 25 years.