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Changes Coming for Albert Lea Water Tower

August 13, 2019 06:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Albert Lea city council members are laying out plans for change to one of the city's most visible eyesores.
 
At Albert Lea's city council meeting Monday night, reconstruction plans were discussed for the 80-year-old water tower at the intersection of E Fountain St. and S Newton Ave.

"We have a one million gallon water tank that's at the end of its useful life, it's a 1938. We were looking at whether to repaint it or to replace it, and the decision was ultimately to replace it and replace it with the same size water tower." Said Steven Jahnke, public works director for the City of Albert Lea.
 
"Pretty old, nasty, doesn't really look good. Kind of an eyesore." Said Albert Lea resident Luis Soto. "Being by the lake I don't know how pretty that looks."

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The tower is 30 to 38 feet lower than the other water towers in the city.

"It doesn't have as good of pressure and it functions differently. We have to pump water into it and out of it." Jahnke said.

Several spots around the city were considered for the water towers new location, but keeping it downtown was the best option.

"It is a pretty location, right by the lake. It would catch a lot of people's eye." Said Soto.

"There's still lots of discussion about whether the exact location is where it should be, but really the decision is that it will be in the downtown area of Albert Lea," Jahnke said.

Plans for reconstruction are set for 2021. Bids for the project are expected to be open in November 2020.

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