DEWEY — Weather continues to be a factor in the removal of the old Dewey water tower

“The new owners were here last week surveying,” Dewey City Manager Kevin Trease said. “But there have been some more weather issues that are preventing work. They have been in town though and have started the process.”

The city installed a 750,000-gallon storage tank in June 2014 and put the tank into service that November. Both tanks are located on the site of the old granary, west of the Dewey Fire Station. It had been projected that the new owners would be moving the tower last week but snow, ice and single digit temperatures changed plans.

“We are expecting snow and rain by the end of the week so we are trying to fit the work in,” he said. “They are going to be bringing a crane in for the work and we don’t want to have them operating a crane in high winds, so this may have to be continued until next week.”

Trease said the old tower was sold to an individual in North Carolina in mid-August 2015 and had previously been quoted as saying that the fact that someone had purchased the old tower would save the city money because it wouldn’t have the expense of taking it down.

The process to move the tank has been a lengthy one, and one of the final hurdles, removing cellular equipment from the tower, was completed in September.

“We’re anxious to get this out of here,” he said.

The new tank had been in the works for some time, and the Dewey City Council approved the final contract in August 2013. The contract, which was awarded to the Indiana-based Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, totaled $2.14 million.