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Parks board hopes to demolish old water plant

Thursday, November 14, 2002

The Storm Lake Parks Board plans on demolishing the city's old water plant near Sunset Park to make additional green space for the park system.

The proposal was discussed at a meeting of the park board Monday night, and will go to the city council for consideration.

The old plant is not used for anything at this time, said Street Superintendent Pat Kelly.

Former Mayor Wilbur Tucker once proposed making the lakefront brick building with its unusual tile roof into a welcome center. But it would be cost prohibitive to try to renovate the facility, which still contains piping.

"There's some old water lines in there that would have to be removed before we could use it," Kelly said.

That would be costly work, and it is the Parks Board's intentions to propose demolition of the buildings instead.

Kelly estimated demolition costs at $55,000.

The facility was Storm Lake's first water plant.

Other highlights of the Park Board's budget proposal include installing exercise stations in Frank Starr Park, fixing up the 9th Street ballfield pressbox, painting campground bathrooms, and new lighting for the veterans statue/flagpole area at Chautauqua Park.

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