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Elk Mound plans demolition of old siren tower

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND —  Several years ago when Elk Mound built a new village hall, part of the project included installing a new warning siren at the new building.

Since then, the Elk Mound Village Board has been contemplating what to do with the old warning siren tower.

At one point, someone expressed interest in it as an historical artifact.

At another point, someone offered to take it down for scrap.

At the Elk Mound Village Board’s July 2 meeting, the village board — once and for all — decided that village employees would dismantle the old tower.

Unless, of course, someone else with an adequate amount of liability insurance would want to take it down and sell it for scrap.

Or unless someone else would be willing to pay for the village employees’ time to take it down.

Mark Levra, director of public works, reported that village employees had been ready to dismantle the tower the previous week, but then he started receiving telephone calls from people who urged him to wait because they might be interested in it.

“So, we did not do it,” Levra said.

One particular gentleman said he would be happy to buy it for scrap if the village employees would take it down bolt by bolt.

Levra said he checked on scrap iron prices, and the amount of scrap in the old siren tower would be worth about $45.

In addition, he said, it would take village employees a week to remove all of the bolts.

The tower is constructed with about 600 square-head bolts, Levra noted.

The plan for village employees is to cut the tower down, piece by piece, in about five-foot sections, he said.

A company called Rowan Enterprises out of Elk Mound has offered to help cut the tower into sections, Levra noted.

Elk Mound Village Board members agreed that village employees should dismantle the old siren tower with the assistance of Rowan Enterprises.

After the employees have taken down the tower, anyone who is interested can purchase the tower for the cost of the village employees’ time to take it down along with any other expenses associated with dismantling the tower, said Andy Peterson, village president.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Approved a change order for the University Street resurfacing project in the amount of $2,978. The change order involves the “tie in” for the street with the Mound View Elementary driveway.

• Approved an ordinance update regarding statutory limits on access to municipal and municipal utility records.

• Approved an ordinance update regarding regulation of natural landscapes and regulation of length of lawn and grasses.

• Learned that the Elk Mound Public Library will be holding a grand opening on July 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.