Mile­stone for Maxville wa­ter project

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - TODD HAMBLETON

MAXVILLE — An im­por­tant mile­stone in bring­ing wa­ter to the Vil­lage of Maxville was reached on Tues­day. Make that, raised. The Maxville wa­ter tower – also known as an el­e­vated wa­ter stor­age tower – is now com­plete, and it, well, changes the sky­line rather dra­mat­i­cally in the vil­lage, the struc­ture in the south end vis­i­ble well be­yond vil­lage lim­its.

“(The rais­ing) marks the end of this par­tic­u­lar phase of the on­go­ing Maxville wa­ter project, (and) the en­tire project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late in 2019,” said Tara Kirk­patrick, the eco­nomic devel­op­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for North Glen­garry.

It was last Jan­uary when coun­cil awarded a $1.9-mil­lion con­tract to Land­mark Struc­tures to con­struct a new wa­ter tower, lo­cated near the Maxville Vet­eri­nary Clinic on County Road 20.

The paint­ing of the tower was com­pleted on Fri­day, and on Tues­day, up it went, the process be­gin­ning at noon and last­ing a cou­ple of hours.

“The hoist went re­ally well,” said Tyler Hin­dle, Land­mark’s steel su­per­vi­sor at the site. “There were no hic­cups at all.”

Land­mark project su­per­vi­sor Paul Dipelino said the tower is 34 me­tres high, and has a ca­pac­ity of 1.5 mil­lion litres (330,000 im­pe­rial gal­lons).

The tank is made of steel, and it has a con­crete pedestal.

And, it has a dis­tinct Maxville look. The vil­lage has had the Glen­garry High­land Games for over seven decades, and now it was a spiffy-look­ing el­e­vated wa­ter stor­age tower.

“It has the High­land games tar­tan pat­tern right on the tank – it was well done,” Dipelino said. “The town came to us af­ter the fact (of Land­mark get­ting the con­tract, want­ing the tar­tan pat­tern).”

Land­mark, Dipelino said, sub­se­quently sub-con­tracted the job of paint­ing the tower to artist Jack Wilkins.

“It turned out re­ally nice,” Dipelino said. “It’s a mile­stone for the (over­all project and it’s) a mile­stone for the (wa­ter tower work­ers), the com­ple­tion of a lift.”

There’s still a bit of work to do on the tower, how­ever.

“We’ll have the steel and the weld­ing wrapped up within two weeks,” Dipelino said.

Not to men­tion the com­mis­sion­ing of the tower it­self, which won’t hap­pen un­til much closer to when the sup­ply line from Alexan­dria is com­pleted, along with the pipework within the vil­lage it­self. The tank will hold wa­ter to meet the lo­cal sup­ply, as well as help main­tain wa­ter pres­sure.

The first phases of the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar project bring­ing Alexan­dria wa­ter to Maxville be­gan last spring, with North Glen­garry award­ing a $10.2-mil­lion wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion con­struc­tion con­tract to St. An­drews West-based com­pany Clarence Mc­Don­ald Ex­ca­va­tion Ltd.

The com­pany is re­spon­si­ble for in­stalling wa­ter and san­i­tary ser­vices through­out the town, in­clud­ing all wa­ter mains and ser­vices to the prop­erty line, road re­in­state­ment and san­i­tary mains.

There was plenty of con­struc­tion done be­gin­ning in the spring, and an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion was held in early May to ex­plain the var­i­ous phases of the project.

Bring­ing mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter and sewage ser­vices to Maxville is a big change for res­i­dents, with some us­ing their own sep­tic sys­tems and no prop­er­ties pre­vi­ously hav­ing wa­ter me­ters.

About 90 per cent of the town is con­nected to the mu­nic­i­pal sewage la­goon sys­tem, which was built in the late 1980s. tham­ble­[email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

TODD HAMBLETON/CORN­WALL STANDARDFREEHOLDER

A look up at the Maxville wa­ter tower, whose stor­age tank was raised on Tues­day.

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