Jackson Street Water Tower Restoration
The grant funded the repair of structural deficiencies identified in an August 2015 Condition Assessment. Work on the tower included minor repairs, cleaning of the water tower, the removal of loose paint chips, and priming and painting the entire structure. The last phase of the project included regrading around the base to ensure water drained away from the foundation.
The newly painted structure is an Elk River icon and is part of the community identity. The structure is a beacon for drivers entering the city from the south as the red roof can be seen from a long distance. Local businesses are using the new tower in their advertisements and on billboards within the community. Watch video of restoration »
$5,846,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $7,004,000 in fiscal year 2021 are for statewide historic and cultural grants to local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Money must be distributed through a competitive grant process. The Minnesota Historical Society must administer the money using established grant mechanisms, with assistance from the advisory committee created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), item (ii).
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