By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL, MN Pending good weather, the old water tower in Dassel will be coming down this week, according to engineer Chuck DeWolf.
The tower’s foundation will have to be removed in the spring, when the ground thaws, DeWolf added.
At the Dassel City Council meeting last Monday, it was reported by Dave Scepaniak of public works that the old tower has been drained and is just sitting there, waiting to be removed. “They’re waiting for the weather to break,” he said.
Council members discussed the time frame, which wasn’t immediately known that night; noting that the tower was supposed to be down by now, but speculating that it could be as late as February before it was done.
Administrator Myles McGrath said the schedule for the water tower project was delayed five to six weeks due to various reasons, and that this extended into removal of the old tower.
The city has retained about $38,200 from the contractor, which can be used as a bargaining chip if the project isn’t done according to specifications.