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Committee presents Western Avenue study

The water tower, built during World War II as part of the Voorheesville Army Depot infrastructure holds .5 million gallons of water and was in use until the construction of the 2 million gallon Relyea Road water tank in 2002.

After both the Depot Road tank and the Westmere tank were inspected it was determined that a great deal of structural repairs were needed for the Depot tank.

"It would be cheaper to demo the tank than to fix it," said West.

In addition to being costly, the Depot Road tank has been the target of vandalism in the past.

"It's a liability," said West, and despite barb wire fencing and posted signs the tower's exterior still has messages painted on it. "The kids find a way in and a way up."

The Westmere project was awarded to Amstar of Western New York, Inc. at a cost of $564,000 and would ultimately prevent rusting inside the tank, a process that West said causes "irreparable harm." The last improvement to the tank was made around 25 years ago.

The next town board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3.""

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