Since the beginning of the year West Point’s south water tank near the old Bryan Food plant has been shut down under an order by the Mississippi Department of Health to clean and repaint the tank. Now the city of West Point is moving forward and is in the process of having the tank cleaned out and painted so it can once again be put into operation for the city’s water customers.
Tuesday night, during the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen meeting, Dwight Prisock, West Point Water and Light Superintendent, gave the board an update on the condition of the tank and read bids from paint contractors who expressed interest in repainting the tank for the city. The tank has to first be steamed cleaned or pressure washed on the inside and any inside damage will have to be patched before being painted on the interior and exterior.
Prisock said the Water and Light Department received bids from four companies, and the city has two cleaning and painting options to choose from. One option is for the contractor to paint the tank with paint that is guaranteed to last one year, and under the second option the tank would be painted with a paint, which would remain in good condition 15 years. Prisock recommended that the board go with option B.
The low bidder for the paint project is Leher Painting Enterprises of Arkansas was $234,777 for option A plus as additional $20,000 for option B. The cleaning and painting of the tank would be paid through the Water Department budget.
Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer made the motion to accept the low bidder, the motion was seconded by Ward 5 Selectman Jasper Pittman and the motion carried by four votes.
Pittman strongly suggested that the contractor paint a logo or design on the tank representing West Point and suggested that the tank not be painted the color it was before.
“Just to paint it back the way it was doesn’t change it,” Pittman said. “You can see it from Highway 82. I think with that place already being an eyesore I think we need to add some color to it. Anything to beautify the city I’m all for it.”
Prisock said the Water and Light Department received an estimate about a year ago to paint a mural on the side of the tank, and to add a mural the cost would be around $30,000. He said the Water and Light Department can still get another estimate to see how much it would be to add a design on the tank.
The color the tank would be painted is up to the board, and Prisock said there is no additional cost for different paint colors. The city has about six weeks to decide upon a color for the tank.
Leher Painting Enterprises has been asked to begin the paintwork by March 15 and is expected to complete the work 90 days after.