Officials solicit bids to repaint, repair water tower

BROOKFIELD – Village staff members in Brookfield will begin reviewing bids next week for a project to repaint and repair the water tower at Maple and Brookfield avenues.

The project recently went out to bid, and those bids will be opened July 3, said Brookfield Village Manager Riccardo Ginex. Dixon Engineering previously estimated the work will cost about $208,500. Ginex said Dixon will serve as the village’s agent in overseeing the project.

“The project will consist of exterior painting, which will require sandblasting the exterior,” said Dan Kaup, Brookfield’s public works director. “There also will be interior painting, which will require sandblasting the interior. It also will entail re-coating parts of it with epoxy.”

Kaup said sections of the tower will need to be repaired. Built in 1980, the last time the interior and exterior were repainted was 1996, he said.

The water tower will be offline for no more than 35 days, Kaup said. Residents will not experience any disruptions while work is completed on the water tower, he said. Water is supplied to residents by the Brookfield-North Riverside Water Commission.

Work on the water tower is scheduled to begin in late summer and finish in October, Kaup said.

Village officials will be presented with several options in each bid, Ginex said. They want to compare the costs of retaining the image of the dolphins on the water tower with the costs for not having them repainted, he said.