September 18, 2000 |
The $258,000 clocks are frozen in time, each accurate for only two minutes a day when the universe happens to catch it at the right moment. Hung high on the water tower at the northeast entrance of town two years ago, the three neon-blue clocks have been plagued with problems ever since. The minute hands caught fire in 1998 and last fall. Bulbs have frequently shorted out. And the clocks - on the north, east and west sides of the tower - could not keep the same time. Now, a month after the hands have been redesigned and reinstalled, two of the clocks refuse to budge.
July 7, 2000 |
The state Department of Environmental Protection has rejected a loan application from the Waterford Municipal Utilities Authority, citing an apparent inability to move forward on well and water-tower construction projects the authority hopes to finance. In 1995, the authority applied for about $2 million under the DEP's bond loan program to pay for the projects, which are integral to completion of Waterford's ambitious water and sewer construction plans. The township has had problems with groundwater contamination.
November 7, 1991 |
It's been a South Jersey landmark since 1961: the first thing motorists see on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike or Interstate 295 after they get a whiff of that strong coffee aroma from the Melitta factory. After facing countless rainstorms, relentless heat waves, low-flying birds, would-be graffiti artists and the usual wear and tear of 10 years, Cherry Hill's water tower on Kresson Road is getting a fresh coat of paint. When the job is finished - probably by the end of the year - the white colossus will greet motorists with a new twist: A cherry logo and the greeting "Welcome to Cherry Hill.
March 31, 1991 |
Officials confirmed last week that the long-defunct Montgomeryville Merchandise Mart property might be the key to pleasing almost everyone in the uproar over where to put a proposed 105-foot, 2.8 million-gallon water tower. "There's a big challenge here to bring this together," said Montgomery Township Supervisors Vice Chairman Robert Simpson Jr. "And if we can all stay constructive . . . there's a reasonable chance we will. " The township needs water to meet the demands of a growing population, and, after a storm of local opposition this month over a proposed site for a new North Wales Water Authority water tower, the mart is emerging as the next best place to put the tower.
March 18, 1986 |
About 70 residents from the Devonshire housing tract showed up en masse at last night's Mount Laurel council meeting to protest a proposed water tower. The council listened, voting 6-0 to reject the sale of a parcel of land to the township's Municipal Utilities Authority, which was seeking to build the 165-foot-high tower on the Marne Highway in the Devonshire neighborhood. The tower, projected to cost $886,000, would hold a half-million gallons of water. In an hour-long public session, residents voiced concerns about the aesthetics and safety of the tower.
December 7, 2012 |
Officials have identified the worker killed when he fell into an empty water tower yesterday in Lower Providence Township, and the man saved in a dramatic rescue. Jason Schmidt, 31, of Jacobus, York County, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, officials said this morning. The second man, who was suspended in midair for over three hours in a safety harness, was identified as Miguel Martinez, 38, of Pennsgrove, Salem County. Martinez was taken to Paoli Memorial Hospital.
March 14, 1991 |
It looked like a done deal: Contracts had been signed; the Montgomery Township supervisors had approved development; permits had been acquired. The North Wales Water Authority Board of Directors had only to give the word at its Tuesday night meeting, and construction could have begun yesterday on a 2.8 million gallon, 105-foot water tower in Montgomery Township. But, pressured by residents living near the site for the proposed tower, the board didn't give the word. Although they weren't optimistic about finding an alternative site, the five members of the authority board agreed to delay action to meet with the township supervisors and residents who oppose the tower.
October 15, 1986 |
Motorists traveling along Interstate 295 may see a huge, balloonlike object towering in the horizon within the next year in West Deptford Township. To a child's eye, the object may resemble a giant ship from outer space. But no matter what the proposed water storage tank resembles, it looks like one may soon be constructed in the township. For the past six years, residents and businesses in the Gloucester County community have used more water than the township can supply, according to Edward Phelps, the township's superintendent of water and sewers.
May 8, 1988 |
The leader of a citizens' group in Valley Township was prepared last week to continue a legal battle against a water tower that is a key to residential development in the township. The Rev. Joshua Grove 2d of Meadowbrook Drive said he formed a citizens' group to protest the tower as soon as he realized it was being constructed next door. The group is called Valley Township Concerned Citizens. Mr. Grove and about 40 Valley residents attended a supervisors' meeting last month to complain that the water tower would reduce the value of their properties and dry up their wells.
February 19, 1989 |
The 90-foot sky-blue water tower erected last year in Valley Township's Quiet Village section can remain in place, Chester County Common Pleas Judge Thomas G. Gavin ruled last week. Approximately 200 neighbors had appealed first to the township and then to the court to outlaw the 150,000-gallon elevated tank, which they called an eyesore. "While I can sympathize with the plight of the Valley Township Concerned Citizens and readily understand their desire not to have a water tower visible from their properties," Gavin wrote in his decision, "I cannot conclude that a properly constructed tower is in the least bit offensive from other than an aesthetic viewpoint.