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St. Paul Park's Broadway water tower project completed

Extensive rehabilitation work on the Broadway water tower, which marks the entrance to St. Paul Park, is complete.

The City Council last week signed off on the first payment of $281,081 to Menomonie-based Classic Protective Coatings, Inc., the restoration company conducting the reconditioning project.

In August crews covered the tower to begin what City Administrator Kevin Walsh said was preventative maintenance work. The reconditioning work included sandblasting the interior and exterior of the tower, complete replacement of the interior and exterior coatings and partial replacement of interior dry coatings. Minor structural repairs was also part of the rehabilitation project.

The project —$856,652 in total — will be paid back using a 20-year loan from the state’s Public Facilities Authority Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

Walsh said the restoration has gone off without a hitch and on budget.

“The tower looks great,” he said. “Essentially the same logo (is on) as before, but it had long been faded so it’s nice to see the bright colors again on the tower.”