Downpour doesn’t thwart downing of tower

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Workers used acetylene torches to cut the water tower into manageable pieces before lowering them to the ground.

The Aledo Water tower is coming down. There were more than just a few onlookers out sitting in their cars and trucks to watch the progress of this skilled crew from Iseler Demoliiton, Inc. The rain kept the onlookers closed in their vehicles.

Deconstruction was began at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, and there was no holding back, not even a steady downpour could stop the demolition. Iseler Demolition, Inc., out of Romeo, Mich., put in the low bid of $13,120 for the project sent a crew down this week. It should take only a few hours to cut it apart and bring it all down.

Iseler Demolition Inc. specializes in the dismantling of water towers and tanks, and other steel structures. The company has been in operation since 1990 and has successfully and safely completed hundreds of projects nationally.

The city of Aledo drained the 150,000-gallon tower located next to the Mercer County VFW Hall earlier in the week. There are now only two water towers servicing the city of 3,700. The newest, a 400,000-gallon water tower is located in the city’s industrial park on the east side of the city. The other tower, also a 150,000 tin man tower, is on the south west side of the city and recently went through some maintenance for its upkeep.

Workers from Iseler Demolition, Inc. were out in raincoats taking down the tin man water tower Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 in Aledo. The tower was first put into service in 1916.