One of O'Neill's most visible icons will be down by the time most of you will have this week's paper in hand. The O'Neill Water Tower will be in the process of being scrapped starting on Wednesday, July 8 starting at 6 a.m. Due to wind conditions the storage tanks on 10th street are being taken down first.
"The same company that put the new tower up is doing the tear down of the old one," said Mayor Scott Menish. The city will probably have to shut fourth street down from Adams to John St. during the tear down process." The tear down of the tower on fourth street is expected to take two days.
The next phase of the project will include taking down the storage tanks by the new water tower.
The cost of demolition was included in the water tower replacement project which is 2.3 million.
The city has been putting money for the project into a sinking fund for quite a few years to use with a bond issue.
The old water tower has been in service since the mid 1920's and held 150,000 gallons and the storage tanks were put in in the 1980's under then Mayor Lois Schaffer and held 300,000 gallons.