| By Jason C. Mattox
Water tanks in the City of Sardis need to be painted, but the questions of "when?" and "how much?" have the mayor and board of aldermen examining their options.
During a meeting Tuesday, September 6, Andy Morris of Phoenix Tank Services told the board exactly what needs to be done to the tanks.
"It is time for you to think about painting and cleaning both of the city’s water tanks," he said. "They needed to be painted a couple of years ago, and they need to be painted now."
Morris, who inspected the tanks prior to their 2002 cleaning, said at some point it would be important to sandblast the tanks.
"The water tanks have been painted with lead-based paints, and you are going to have to remove that at some point in time," he said. "Just take my word for it, that process is going to be expensive."
In 2002, the city’s cost for cleaning and painting the tank was $261,510. Just three years later, the cost of cleaning and painting the tanks would be approximately $280,000.
"We can’t do it for the price we quoted you in 2002, but the increase is only eight percent," Morris said.
Morris proposed three payment options to city leaders for consideration.
"When we discussed this in 2002, there were only two options," he said. "Those options were cash or a maintenance contract over a four-year period."
The third option Morris proposed to the city was financing through Consolidated Financial for a period of 10, 15 or 20 years.
"The financing would include the maintenance contract," he said.
Under the contract with Phoenix, tanks would be cleaned and repaired every two years and repainted every 10 years. Phoenix would also be responsible for sandblasting the tank when it became necessary.
"When the time comes that the tanks have to be sandblasted to bear metal, we will be the ones that come in and do it," Morris said. "There will be no additional cost to the city.
"Basically under the contract anything to do with the tank becomes our responsibility," he added.
The matter was taken under advisement and will be discussed at a later date.