The Superior Express -

Near century old water tower needs safety improvements


October 1, 2020

Climbing their town’s water tower and adding graffiti to the tank was once a right-of-passage for many of this area’s young people. Communities have taken various steps to discourage the amateur climbers and we see their artwork less frequently.

This year the firm hired to climb the Superior water tower and perform a routine inspection has refused to provide the service until an OSHA mandated safety modifications were made to the tower that has been serving the community for approximately 95 years.

The ladder was previously modified in 1973 but those modifications did not include the secondary ladder tie-offs and anti-skid rings and related work now being required.

Monday evening the Superior City Council awarded a contract to the Pittsburg Tank and Tower group to perform the required work for $28,625.

The council also authorized the electric department to continue with the conversion to a remote meter reading system. Over the next two years, the city expects to purchase 1,209 residential-size electric meters and 100 commercial-size meters at a total cost $226,648.05. The meters will be received quarterly as needed.

In recent years, the city has been testing the system and has already installed several of the meters.

When the system if fully operational, it will allow the remote reading of all water, natural gas and electric meters. Among the benefits the new system is supposed to more quickly identify service problems.

The council approved hiring Michael Combs to fill a vacancy on the water department crew. Seven people applied for the position. He is expected to begin working for the city later this month.

The council approved the addition of Ezra Morris as a member of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department.

Cody Hersch appeared before the council to appeal the denial of her application to build an enclosed dog run where she is currently living. Her request conforms to the city regulation but the property owner earlier was found to be in violation of a city code and ordered to repair a hole in a garage roof. Until such time as the garage meets minimum city standards, the fence permit will not be granted.

Representatives of Brodstone Hospital attended Monday evening’s meeting to discuss the routes patients will use for the drive-through COVID testing and flu shot clinics.

As work is getting underway on a hospital remodeling and addition plan, the route used previously this year will not be available.

For the COVID testing, patients are being asked to turn east off Highway 14 at the Eighth Street intersection and continue north on Washington to Tenth Street and then west to the south entrance to the hospital. Use of Ninth Street is being discouraged because of the width of the street and the number of vehicles often parked along the street.

As more people are expected to attend the flu shot event, participants are asked to turn off the Highway 14 at Seventh Street and proceed north via Converse and Washington streets to the hospital. It is hoped this route will not result in traffic stopping on Highway 14.

Hospital personnel and signs will be available to direct participants.


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