Beginning in the next few days, the Comeford Reservoir (water tower) will undergo minor repairs and get a brand-new paint job. Crews will use abrasive blasting to remove layers of existing exterior paint, taking it down to bare steel, prior to applying the new protective coating. All blasting and painting work will be fully enclosed and contained. Continuous air monitoring will be conducted around the job site perimeter as a public safety measure.
The northeast corner of Comeford Park and adjacent street parking on 6th Street will be closed during the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in January 2022. The children’s playground west of the water tower will be closed during paint removal. Local business access and parking on the north side of 6th Street will remain open.
In recognition of how much the city water tower means to the Marysville community as a historic landmark, in 2020 the City Council directed staff to preserve the structure. Structural repairs to the catwalk were made late last year. At its Sept. 13, 2021, meeting the Council approved a $492,703 contract with Mericka Group, LLC, for the recoating project now getting underway. The new coating has an expected lifespan of 25-30 years.
The Comeford Reservoir, originally dedicated in November 1921, was a working water tower until about the late 1980s. Although no longer an active drinking water reservoir, the city is responsible for its periodic safety assessments, routine maintenance and preservation.
We appreciate your patience and look forward to unveiling the tower’s new look in the New Year!