The Madera City Council approved a $2.9 million contract for renovation of the city's Loy Cook Water Tower. Photo Credit: City of Madera

Documented by Kristina Mansfield

What happened: At its Wednesday meeting, the Madera City Council approved a $2.9 million contract to renovate the city’s Loy Cook Water Tower.

Located on the southwest corner of South and Columbia streets, the water tower was built in 1962 and has the capacity to hold 1 million gallons of water.

The contract was awarded to Unified Field Services Corporation to provide structural upgrades; repainting of the exterior including the Madera logo to its original size and color; and replacement of its interior coating, water supply line and valves.

The project funding was included in the water utility and capital improvement projects budgets for fiscal year 2023-24 using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

And also: The council approved a tax-sharing agreement between the city and county of Madera.

The new agreement proposes nominal increases to the sales tax received by the city and provided to the county from the prior agreement.

In addition, the agreement includes an annual inflationary increase each fiscal year to funding for the Madera branch of the Madera County Library System.

Up next: The Madera City Council will meet again Nov. 1. The Oct. 18 meeting will be canceled due to scheduling conflicts for members of the council.

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