CORTLAND - Demolition of three water towers began early last week in Cortland.
City Council approved an emergency ordinance on March 4 authorizing the mayor to contract with Independence Excavating Inc. for the water storage tank demolition.
The company is demolishing three abandoned water storage tanks at locations known as City Hall, Southdale and Willow Park for $74,999 from the city's water fund.
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The Southdale water storage tank is being taken down in Cortland along with two others, now that a new water tower in Willow Park has been erected to replace them. The partially-deconstructed tower is visible from Evon Circle and Whitetail Run.
The process of taking down the tanks will take several weeks, according to lead engineer Don Wittman.
A new water tower in Willow Park has been constructed to replace the three aging towers.
According to Council member Terry Tackett, the new tower went online about two months ago and has been providing residents with better water pressure.