By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington has two water towers. One is located in Normal. According to this 2015 story, that one was not being used: https://blnnews.com/2015/08/04/more-ineptness/
Staff admitted in 2015 it wasn’t being used. The buzz back in 2015 is detailed in the story.
At the last meeting in April the Council the services agreement with Arthur J Gallagher for $1,084,576 for insurance coverage. During the discussion City Manager Tim Gleason mentioned the City had TWO extraordinary losses.
I’m sure you remember the Lake Bloomington Fire, but what was the second one? Since not knowing was still bothering me last week I emailed Tim Gleason and asked.
He responded with this:
The other major claim was the Ft Jesse Water Tank. Lighting strike damaged a pumping station and pumped additional water into the already full tank and caused major damage. I can get you more detail but it can also be found in the insurance presentation to Council a few meetings ago.
I emailed him back saying I was under the impression that tank isn’t used. He said he didn’t know about past use but both tanks are now used daily.
I then tried to find information in the documents Council received concerning the presentation. It begins on PDF page 269: http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1112&Inline=True
Reading numerous pages on insurance is like watching paint dry, but I saw no mention of either the Lake Bloomington Fire or damage to the water tower. I did find this:
The above is on PDF page 298, it appears both old and new tanks are covered under the proposal.
New tank and pump?
Are there now two water towers?
It’s nice to know the water tower I was told isn’t being used is now being used, but now I have even more questions. Stay tuned.