The tallest Tiger in town towers over the city of New England now.
By Brad Mosher
The mascot for the New England Public School now faces the campus to the north, while the name of the city faces northbound traffic on Highway 22 nearby.
“All of us from the city are really happy with how it turned out,” Jason Jung, the city auditor said Tuesday. “It is visually complete. I love the Tiger logo and New England painted on the other side. I think it really stands out well.
“They did a great job and it provides a landmark for our city. We are very, very happy with how the final product has turned out,” he said.
Although the exterior work has been finished, there is still more work to be done inside the 160-foot structure.
“The electricians are coming next,” he said. “They have to do all the electrical work on the inside before it becomes operational. It should be completed within the next three weeks,” he added.
By the end of the July, the water tower could be operational, he said.
“The electronics will be the final piece of the puzzle, then we should be able to go live with the water tower in a little over a month.
“When we go live we want everybody to know their (water) pressure is going to go up. Everyone one in town will know when the water tower goes live,” he said.
The tower project has been in the works for several years, he explained.
“In order to make our water system fully effective, our engineers knew we had to install a new water tower. The main reason is that the current water tower (north of the city) is not hooked up directly to the Southwest Water’s vault. The water gets used by many of our residents before it gets up to the current water tower, which leads to that water tower not being filled and not being used as often,” he said. “That means the water in the tower would get stagnant. With the new water tower and the location we have, that is going to alleviate those problems.”
The new tower will mean the residents will not be be using the water before it gets to the water tower north of the city. “That allows the water tower to be filled more completely and gives the residents much more water pressure.”
The city was able to use grant money to fund most of the new water tower construction, he added. “Between Rural Development and the State Water Commission, the water tower project was $2.8 million. We received $2.4 million in grants. Ultimately, the water tower only cost us $400,000 to install,” Jung explained. “It was a no-brainer to install a new water tower, which is going to tie the old water project together and allow the people of New England to have not only fresher, cleaner water, but the pressure levels are going to increase as well.”