Of­fi­cials seek prop­erty for new water tank

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Town Board members have ap­proved mak­ing an of­fer for pur­chase of prop­erty ad­ja­cent to the site of the Port Ewen Water Dis­trict stor­age tank.

At a meet­ing last week, coun­cil­men said they hope to con­struct a re­place­ment tank with a ca­pac­ity of 2 mil­lion gal­lons.

“The ex­ist­ing (tank) was con­structed in 1975 and was re­painted in 1995 and it’s com­ing up on (the end of) its use­ful life be­fore it needs to be re­painted again,” dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Don Kier­nan said.

Of­fi­cials said the pro­jected cost of re­paint­ing the tank is $1.5 mil­lion, while con­struct­ing a new tank is ex­pected to cost $1.7 mil­lion. “It’s a no-brainer right there,” Kier­nan said.

“A lot of com­pa­nies don’t do this any­more,” he said. “Ba­si­cally, they get in­side the tank and sand­blast it and re­paint it ... and it’s very ex­pen­sive. There used to be a lot of com­pa­nies that did this kind of work, but there aren’t any­more.” Of­fi­cials de­clined to say how much they planned to of­fer for the prop­erty. In­for­ma­tion on the size of the par­cel, which is owned by the D’Anna es­tate, off U.S. Route 9W, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

“It’s phys­i­cally up on top of a hill be­hind Lake Shore Vil­las,” Kier­nan said. “It is the high­est spot in the water dis­trict.”

The re­place­ment tank would be the same size as the ex­ist­ing tank, at 93 feet in di­am­e­ter and 40 feet tall.

“We ef­fec­tively have four days of stor­age in that tank,” Kier­nan said.

“About two years ago, we did an engi­neer­ing re­port,” he said. “Even­tu­ally, the tank is go­ing to need to be re­painted, prob­a­bly in the next three to four years, so the first step is to fig­ure out what type of tank we’re go­ing to be putting there, how much it’s go­ing to cost, ac­quir­ing the prop­erty, do­ing some soil bor­ing (so) foun­da­tion de­signs can be done based on that work and putting the tank up.”

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