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Work Begins on Seaside Park Water Tower Painting Project



Seaside Park Council President Wilk and Council Member Kraft visited the work site. (Photo: Seaside Park)

Seaside Park Council President Wilk and Council Member Kraft visited the work site. (Photo: Seaside Park)

Scaffolding and shrouding is going up at one of two water tanks in Seaside Park.

Seaside Park has begun its project to repaint and improve the Decatur Avenue water tower, the tank in the northern portion of town. The work began late last week and has become more visible over the past several days.



Construction is anticipated to be completed by June 2024, borough officials said. The project consists of the setup of a containment system, abrasive blasting, painting, and operation of heavy machinery. Work on weekdays will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Work on Saturdays will also begin at 8 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. There will be no work on Sundays.



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“Although we understand this work will be causing a disturbance for the local neighborhood, unfortunately during the critical phase of the work when there is blasting and painting activities the usage of heavy machinery will be required,” a letter from the borough’s contractor said. “We will be working tirelessly to execute the work within the proposed schedule with the intention to minimize as much as possible the duration of this project.”

Seaside Park Council President Wilk and Council Member Kraft visited the work site. (Photo: Seaside Park)

Seaside Park Council President Wilk and Council Member Kraft visited the work site. (Photo: Seaside Park)

The Seaside Park water tower at Decatur Avenue prior to maintenance, Oct. 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

The Seaside Park water tower at Decatur Avenue prior to maintenance, Oct. 2023. (Photo: Shorebeat)

While the project will include the repainting of the exterior of the tank, the bulk of the work occurs inside the tank itself. Painting the interior of the tank is, arguably, more important than its exterior painting since a barrier coat protects the integrity of the tank and the water inside it. The water, of course, is treated before reaching residents’ homes. Several years ago, a similar project was performed on the southern water tower near 13th Avenue.

In November, the borough council voted unanimously to set aside a maximum of $1,041,000 for the water tower project, which will include maintenance on the northern water tank in town, located on Decatur Avenue. A contract was ultimately awarded to Brave Industrial Paint, of Long Branch, to complete the work in the amount of $745,900.

 






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