The Garfield City Council met in a specially called meeting at City Hall on October 15, 2019. The purpose of the special meeting was to review proposals for addressing the City’s Water Storage Tank Project.
City Council members discussed issues concerning the refurbishment of the City’s existing water storage tank. Commissioner Jeff Dodson, of the Garfield Planning Commission, projected that, based on a University of Arkansas study, the City’s [refurbished] water tank would accommodate the needs of the City of Garfield for 30 years.
Mayor Blackburn pointed out that the City would need a plan for emergencies, such as fire protection, even if the existing water storage tank were refurbished. He noted that the current water storage tank holds 40,000 gallons; a new tank would hold 60,000 gallons. Council Member Barry Kitterman asked if the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority could be a source of water for emergency use. The Mayor offered to bring this matter to the Water Authority Board.
A $170,000 proposal by Liquid Engineering and Pittsburg Tank and Tower to refurbish the City’s existing water storage tank was accepted by the City Council in a unanimous vote. Options for financing the Water Storage Tank Project were discussed, with emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of direct funding from the City’s General Fund.
To review the minutes from the City Council’s special meeting on financing the City Water Storage Tank Project, follow the link below.
Post updated on November 5, 2019.