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RAC water tower design gets the ‘greenlight’

The city of Roswell’s efforts to have the new water towers at the Roswell Air Center painted green instead of safety orange was successful. On Monday, Infrastructure Committee recommended the design to have the city’s trademarked logo on each side of the two towers. (Graphic courtesy of Lake Area Sign LLC.)

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The two new water towers will be on-brand green instead of orange if approved by the Roswell City Council.

City Engineer Louis Najar said that persistence “pays off” and the Federal Aviation Administration determined the future towers will be “out of the flight zone” at the Roswell Air Center, formerly known as the Roswell International Air Center. Therefore, the towers can be designed as the city chooses.

On Monday, Roswell City Council members of the Infrastructure Committee, Chair Juan Oropesa, Caleb Grant, Jeanine Corn Best and George Peterson unanimously approved to send their recommendation a graphic design with the city’s logo to the consent agenda of the full City Council.

Instead of “Whataburger orange” as Najar called it, the councilors considered three different designs with a green, black or grey color scheme. The first option had with the trademarked city logo comprised of an “R” with a UFO and beam in the center of the letter, the second was “Roswell” in black letters with a green alien head above it and the last option was “Roswell” with “New Mexico” under it in the branded font.

“I just don’t know if I was a resident out there that I’d like to be looking at an alien head out of my back window,” Grant said and showed favor for option one. “I’m not against it all. I think this is a classier way to do it.”

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Citizen Larry Connolly suggested adding ROW to the towers for the benefit of airport passengers.

Najar said that the original plan showed the epoxy paint designs would be identical on both tanks, with each tank having two of the images. He said the tanks will be visible from Southeast Main Street.

Another city councilor, Barry Foster suggested that options one and two’s designs could be alternated on each tank. Best shared her opinion that she also liked the alien head.

The committee discussed having different designs on the water towers, but ultimately agreed that four of the same image, two per water tank, was the most cost-effective. They decided the logo one aligned best with the city’s current branding that was launched in May.

The new towers will increase water capacity, with each tower holding 1 million gallons, and will take the place of the 1943 water tank that holds 500,000 gallons. It is paid for by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water Loan Program.

According to minutes from the full City Council meeting on Aug. 8, the council approved to award the bid to Landmark Structures of Fort Worth, Texas, totaling to $6.4 million, including gross receipts tax, and will take approximately two years to complete.

During the project updates on the large diameter water lines, Najar said when the line near the Boys & Girls Club, 201 S. Garden Ave., was turned off, some lateral breaks happened on Alameda as well as Third Street downtown.

Najar said it’s expected that there is another broken or closed valve at Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River at 1612 W. Eighth St. He added that more breaks are anticipated in the winter.

Roger Buckley, director of Central Control, elaborated that water, in a 42 inch line from McGaffey Street to Country Club Road, is not able to get to Country Club Reservoirs west of the city, therefore “creating the pressure” on Third Street and North Garden Avenue where a smaller reservoir is.

Known as the Edgewood Project, water-line work has closed North Garden Avenue from Cherry Street to Third or Fifth Street to the north. The project started this summer and is expected to be done near the end of December.

Connolly inquired about how many valves the city’s water system has. In response, Najar said there are “hundreds” and a majority need to be replaced.

Special projects reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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