Milford council approves $70,000 for new water tower

By Elle Wood
Posted 7/5/24

MILFORD – A new water tower is looking to be added to Milford in the construction of the Milford Corporate Center.

The Milford city council was presented with a proposal from KCI for …

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Milford council approves $70,000 for new water tower


MILFORD – A new water tower is in the works to be constructed in Milford.

The Milford city council was presented with a proposal from KCI for $70,000 to design a 300,000-gallon water tower for the upcoming Milford Corporate Center. They are looking for $60,000 for the geotech investigations, site permitting, tank design, soil borings and preparation of construction documents.

The other $10,000 will be used for contingencies and permit fees.

This money was budgeted in the Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2024 and will move into FY 2025.

“I think there was a little more than the $70,000,” said Lou Vitola, the finance director for the city. “So, there is room, some of the budget will carry forward into ’25.

“I believe it was over $200,000 but it may have contemplated more than the design of the tower.”

KCI plans for this phase of the tower to take about two years.

“Design and construction of the water tower will take approximately two years to complete,” said Willis Schaffer, the director of Public Works in Milford. “Design takes six months and fabrication takes 12 to 18 months.”

However, a referendum will have to take place.

“This project will require debt financing which the terms will exceed five years,” said Mr. Schaffer. “The loan package would require city-wide referendum.”

One of the concerns that Councilman Dan Marabello brought up was how the gallon amount was determined and how that fit the needs of residents and nearby occupants.

KCI performed a study in the northeast section of the city to determine these needs. It also included the tower in relation to the other water towers in the city.

“And one of the things you have to be careful of is you don’t oversize your tank where you don’t get enough turnover in water which we experienced in one of one of our other tanks,” City Manager MarkWhitfield said. “So, this in combination with the tank on 10th Street by Wawa will be more than enough to serve that area.

“And the two of them combined will give us about 800,000 gallons of water a year, which is a lot.”

The council approved the proposal for the $70,000 by KCI in a unanimous vote. The referendum date has yet to be announced.

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