Major renovations expected for Normal water tower

By Beau Ebenezer

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Normal Town Council has approved a major maintenance project for one of the town's water towers.

City officials said the water tower located on Main Street is in need of renovations.

On Tuesday, they agreed to begin evaluations of the inside and outside of the tank.

City Manager Mark Peterson said they need to remove the lead-based paint from the exterior and give it a new coat.

The inside will also be inspected for deterioration.

"Our hope is that it is not too bad and could be handled relatively quickly and easily," Peterson said. "Sometimes the interior coating is worse than we think, so we would have to do more inside than initially anticipated."

The water tower is one of four tanks in the town of Normal. They are used to store water in case of shortages.

The estimated cost of the project is $700,000. Work will begin this summer.