DESLOGE — Work on the Desloge water tower next to U.S. Tool is nearly complete. City Administrator Greg Camp said the tank should be lettered very soon.
“The top of the bowl is still the middle coat color,” Camp said. “That needs to be painted with the final coat. After that the tank gets lettered and the disinfection process takes place.”
Camp said the disinfection process takes 10 days. He said there are also about six houses on Marty Drive that still need to be connected to the new system.
“We are waiting for the health department’s report to come back,” he said. “Once it comes back and says there is adequate chlorine and an absence of bacteria, we will be able to make the connections.”
Camp said there is a possibility Desloge could give notice the beginning of May that it is ready for the changeover. The notice will stipulate that 45 days from the time it is sent will be the turnover date.
Desloge purchased the water tower as part of a $1.5 million deal with Park Hills. In the deal, Park Hills sold the portion of its water system that is located within the city limits of Desloge.
Under the agreement, Desloge has 18 months from February of 2009 to make all the necessary connections and upgrades to provide water service to all Desloge residents.
“We aren’t going to send the notice to Park Hills prematurely,” he said. “For that to happen the first of May, everything would have to take place the way it’s supposed to and we would have to get everything done on our end in April. Weather is going to be a big factor.”
Camp said there are still several resident who have yet to fill out contracts for water and wastewater service. Those residents risk paying a $750 tap fee if they procrastinate past the changeover date.
“There is a $50 deposit that will be due when service is provided,” he said. “I can’t stress enough that if you don’t have a contract in, you run the risk of getting your water turned off.”
Contracts are available at city hall.
Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at email@example.com.