The Cherokee City Council voted to use white paint to paint the north water tower. The tower had been white before being painted a light blue some years back.
The tower will also contain the slogan "Your Place to Be" in smaller letters after the word Cherokee. Mick Samsel of Creative Services presented artist conceptions of options on how the name and slogan would look. The city will get cost estimates on both completely black lettering and mixed colored lettering.
The painting is expected to take place in the fall. Prior to painting, the old paint will be stripped off down to the metal. This will be a particularly expensive procedure because the base coat contains lead.
The decision to go with white is based on the fact that it is less expensive, colors tend to fade and show dirt, and a white tower really stands out, particularly with lights showing on it at night.
In a related matter, the city council indicated that the MHI and the Hill Street should be painted all silver rather than have red roofs as they do now. It was noted that the red fades quickly.
Neither of these towers will be painted this year.