Utility Board discusses re-painting water tower | News

It’s been about 25 years since Bellevue’s 145-foot-tall water tower was painted.

Built in 1979, the tower may have a repaint in the near future as members of the Bellevue Utility Board discussed proposals for the work last week.

Bellevue Utility Superintendent Jamie Haxmeier said it had been enough time that the shape was now noticeable and the top layer had partially disappeared.

Haxmeier also received a proposal from K & W Coatings LLC: interior painting with zinc and epoxy coating for the price of 55,860 USD or Polibrid coating for the price of 68,400 USD and exterior painting for the price of 43,450 USD.

There seems to be a cost saving if both inside and outside are painted at the same time. Haxmeier discussed the two interior options with IIW engineers, and the Polibrid coating could last about 10 to 15 years longer.

The Utility Board members also discussed funding for the major project and asked City Administrator Abbey Skrivseth to provide some funding options for the February meeting.

Then there was the issue of color. Haxmeier said it was recommended that at least the lower part of the tower be a darker color for cleaning and maintenance purposes. The quote should not change materially when different colors are used unless something exotic or detailed has been requested. The board liked the idea of ​​a two-tone tower and soliciting input from Bellevue citizens.

The Board of Directors will continue to discuss the issue and make a decision at the February meeting.

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