The City of Mendenhall is continuing to make progress on the water tank project.
At the latest Mendenhall city board meeting Barret Stanley with American Tank Maintenance appeared to speak of tank maintenance. The company is headquartered in Georgia but has offices in Jackson. Stanley had climbed and inspected all of the towers in Mendenhall and provided the city with a 5- year plan for maintenance.
Having inspected all four towers in Mendenhall, he gave a description of their status. The new tank located in the industrial park on Highway 43 received an excellent review. Stanley said the tank will last the city a long time once it becomes operational. He reported that there are no leaks and the interior of the tank looks fine.
He said there was minor corrosion on the top of the tank, but overall it was in excellent condition. Some chalking on the exterior indicated that the 250,000 gallon tank would need to be painted in the future.
American Tank Maintenance proposed a 5- year plan that would cover maintenance and repairs of all the water tanks in the city. Stanley said the services included painting the interior and exterior of the tanks and also general and emergency maintenance. Stanley even offered to do a design of a Tiger on the school water tank to represent Mendenhall High School.
Cost for the overall proposal came to an approximately $94,375 which would be spread over five years. This price would include a detailed maintenance schedule for all tanks and painting three of the tanks within the first year.
The price of the maintenance plan caused some concern from the board members. The tanks are not currently on a maintenance plan but are regularly inspected according to MSDH guidelines to ensure the cleanliness of drinking water. There are no set guidelines on servicing tanks, and it is done as needed.
Mayor Todd Booth said, “We have to figure out some way to make our water budget pay for this and get our tanks on a maintenance plan.”
Booth said it was important to get on a maintenance plan to help extend the life of the water tanks around the city. He explained that Mendenhall like most cities does not have the personnel to climb and inspect towers.
He added, “And when you don’t have people to climb and inspect every year and you keep putting it on the back burner it will eventually break.”
He stressed the importance of maintaining infrastructure, and after receiving positive reports on all of the city’s tanks Booth feels this is the right time to get on a maintenance program. At this time no major repairs are needed on any of the water tanks.
The $94,375 was an initial quote, but the program can be tailored to fit the city’s budget if need be. However, a less expensive plan would not include all of the services Stanley presented.
Booth said, “We are just getting the information out there and getting started. We need to be on a maintenance plan before next year’s budget and this gave us an idea about what we needed to do to get on a program.”
He said, “It is very important when dealing with water and infrastructure. If you don’t maintain and keep them up, they will deteriorate.”