OSSINING, N.Y. The village Board of Trustees has approved an additional $250,000 for the painting of a water storage tank on Cooper Drive, bringing the total project budget to $950,000.
"It is crucial even in these economic times to continue to improve infrastructure," said village Mayor William Hanauer at a trustee meeting on Tuesday evening. "We need to make sure the water we provide is the purest water we can provide to the Village of Ossining."
The tank, called the Torbank water storage tank, is expected to be painted on the inside and outside by Amstar of Western New York, a company in Cheektowaga, NY, for a cost of $780,000. The remaining $170,000 in the budget went towards engineering costs, Hanauer said.
"We've already (painted) the two biggest tanks on Pleasantville Road. We had budgeted based on costs involved in that project," the mayor explained. "It turns out the costs were much higher."
Water tanks generally have to be painted every 15 to 20 years, Hanauer said. It is an expensive project because it all has to be done by hand, including scrubbing off all the old paint and applying new paint.
"It's to protect the infrastructure," the mayor said. "Because if there is rust anywhere it can eat right through and all of a sudden we have a hole in the tank."
The Board of Trustees passed three resolutions on Tuesday regarding the water tank. One was to authorize issuance of an additional $250,000 in bonds for the project, another was to modify the budget for the project, and the last was to award the project bid to Amstar.
Residents' water should not be affected while the paint job is being done, Hanauer said, because Amstar will use pressurized tank trucks to provide water while the work is being done.
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