Wednesday, August 5, 2020 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During a regular meeting on Aug. 3, the Broadview Board of Trustees voted unanimously to enter into a master services agreement with Utility Service Co., a Georgia-based tank maintenance provider that will be responsible for repainting, renovating and maintaining the village’s water tower, which hovers over the village’s municipal complex just off of 25th Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
According to the agreement, which is not to exceed 12 years, the village will pay Utility $585,293 each year for three years. After the third year of the agreement, yearly payments decrease to $97,086, said Bill Murfree, of Suez, a French-based water and waste management company that acquired Utility in 2018.
“The first three years cover the renovation to restore the tank to a baseline condition and in year four that payment of just under $100,000 goes on yearly,” Murfree told board members.
“It’s something the village has the option to cancel on a yearly basis, if we’re not doing our job. It’s a flattening of the budget long-term. So, in the contract you have, we are going to repaint the exterior not to exceed 12 years. If it starts to have problems in year five, we’re going to come and fix it. And then we’ll do a proactive repayment prior to the end of year 12.”
The Broadview water tower in 2019. The tower is poised to undergo painting and renovations after the village board voted on a master services agreement with a company at an Aug. 3 board meeting. | File
Murfree said that, although the village still owns the tank and controls its use, Suez provides regular maintenance — including painting, repairs and other tasks necessary to keep the water compliant with government regulations. He added that the company maintains tanks for over 2,000 municipalities in the United States.
“Every 15 to 20 years, we see municipal water tanks being repainted,” Matthew Ames, Broadview’s public works director, told board members, adding that the tanks, over time, experience rusting and other problems.
Ames called the water tower “one of the most critical assets” the village owns, adding that the agreement with Suez puts the village “in the position to where our successors are not scrambling like we were … from a sustainable, long-term standpoint, this is a no-brainer.”
Tom Hood, Broadview’s budget officer, said that the money to pay Suez was included in this most recent fiscal budget.