Maidstone Water Tower will be decommissioned
Lakeshore council has decided to decommission the Maidstone Water Tower in favour of building a new trunk main from Puce Road to Wallace Line.
“The Municipality of Lakeshore is acting responsibly in decommissioning old infrastructure and planning for the future,” Mayor Tom Bain said in a media release. “While there are costs to decommission the Maidstone Water Tower, the costs to bring it back online are much greater. It would be fiscally irresponsible to do otherwise.”
A report considering what to do with the tower, which has been out of use for three years, went to Lakeshore council Tuesday night.
Rehabilitating it would cost $1.9 million, says to the report. Building the trunk main to Wallace Line will run an estimated $1.25 million, with 40 per cent of the cost to be funded from development charges.
The staff report also concluded that the Belle River water supply system can continue to operate at a level that satisfies municipal and provincial guidelines for current and future demands.
Council approved the decommissioning of the Maidstone Water Tower from the Belle River water supply system. Administration will monitor the tower for safety until future municipal budgets allow for its demolition, the town said.