After a short bout of setbacks on the renovation of Crestview water tower, the project is back on track and expected to be completed before the end of April.
Water/Wastewater Superintendent Kevin Quaethem said the setbacks spurred from a request for information and a photo of a worker on the water tower sent to the Fraanklin County Health Department and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
“We’ve had some external issues with the Crestview water tower,” Quaethem said. “There was an entity that came into town and felt they weren’t doing the job the way they were supposed to, and requested information from the city and called the health department and OSHA.”
The site was shut down for a short period while inspections were done. Quaethem said OSHA inspectors interviewed all the workers, tested equipment and found no concerns.
Quaethem said the health department, however, felt Maquire Iron had violated requirements and shut the job down. During that time, the city discovered Maquire Iron’s subcontractor, O.J. Coatings, was not certified to work in Missouri.
At the time, Quaethem said there was no necessity to ask about certifications for the work, as it isn’t typically requested.
Since then, the workers have been certified and have started working once again on the water tower.
“They’ve gotten together and immediately gotten their employees certified in Missouri. So it’s not a problem,” Quaethem said. “We are proceeding forward.”
He said the work is proceeding well and said the job could be finished before the end of the month if all goes well and the weather behaves.
“They are on schedule and are hoping to be done a little ahead of schedule,” Quaethem said. “I think the project is going really well.”
Currently crews are sandblasting the watertower and the canopy for painting will soon go up. After the canopy is up, it will remain until the painting of the tower is completed.
The base layer of the tower contains lead-based paint so the entire site has to be “tented” to prevent the lead from escaping.
During high winds, speeds above 15 mph, work will have to stop and the tent taken down. Once the paint is applied, Quaethem said the new coat should last 25 years.
The paint is needed because rust has begun to show. The tower is structurally sound and should have a 100-year life span with regular maintenance. The tower was built in the 1970s.
The tower has been repainted before, but now the paint has already reached a certain thickness where new paint can’t be added. That means, all the paint has to be completely removed. The project will cost $598,100.