City seeks opinions on old water tower

  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 2:00 AM
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Eagan is exploring options for its oldest water tower, at 420 Towerview Road. It hasn’t stored water for several years, but generates revenue as a cellphone tower.

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Eagan officials are seeking public feedback on what should be done with the Sperry Water Tower, a longtime fixture on Towerview Road near Pilot Knob Road.

The tower, built in 1967, hasn’t held water since 2009 but produces about $150,000 a year in revenue from several cellphone providers that rent space on it for their antennas. The City Council learned last May that the tower needs repairs that will cost $500,000 to $600,000.

The council wants to decide whether to preserve and repair the tower or demolish it and build a new tower at a lower cost that could be used by the cellphone companies. The issue is complicated by some residents’ views that the water tower, the first constructed in Eagan, is a landmark.

Eagan residents and employees of Eagan businesses are asked to take a short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WBVRHFW. The survey will be open to the public until Feb. 4, and the council will review the results Feb. 11.

Burnsville

City will look at ways to shore up quarry reservoir

Burnsville plans to spend as much as $100,000 from its storm water utility fund to study the ways it could reduce the potential for hazardous materials spilling into the city’s surface water intake reservoir at Edward Kraemer & Sons limestone quarry on Cliff Road.

Underground water rises to the surface during the quarrying process, allowing the city to pump 4 million gallons a day for city use. The quarry water is combined with water from 17 municipal wells and treated for drinking.

In 2013, Burnsville pumped about 1.2 billion gallons of water from the surface water reservoir — about a third of the total water used by the city — and it’s considered a critical source of water for the future.

The goal of the study is to identify what might be built to reduce the risk of spills entering the water.

The city plans to use consultants for about half of the project to help identify options and design construction plans for the solutions selected.

Burnsville

Donations to pay for benches, ballfield work

Several private donations to the city of Burnsville were accepted by the City Council last week.

They include five donations in the value of $650 for benches at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center from the Burnsville Visual Arts Society, the Ed Delmoro family, Dick Manley, Pete Schulte, and the Burnsville Noon Rotary.

The Burnsville Baseball Association donated 5,000 for the renovation of Alimagnet Ballfield.

Eagan

Trails by Candlelight event is Feb. 8

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