- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - The Norfolk City Council has decided that an old water tower is no longer worth the money it costs to maintain it, so it will be coming down.

The council made that decision recently rather than approving the looming expense of $300,000 to repaint the tower and tank.

The Norfolk Daily News reports that (http://bit.ly/1d45vHy) city officials said the thousands of gallons of water the tank holds and the system pressure it provides are no longer needed, so it’s become a costly holding spot for antennas.

Officials said the city has ample storage, including a giant tank at one of its two water treatment plants.

“The only time we need water storage is in the summer when more water is used in watering lawns and we like to have backup storage,” said city water and sewer director Dennis Watts. “The 2 million gallon tank at the water plant takes care of that,” he said.

The city earns $22,000 a year from telecommunications companies that have mounted antennas atop the tower. The city plan is to take down the water tower and build a galvanized steel tower that would support the antennas.

The cost for the steel tower would be $200,000, with little maintenance needed in the future. The estimated cost for taking down the old tower and tank is $25,000. No date has yet been set for the work.

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Information from: Norfolk Daily News, http://www.norfolkdailynews.com