Denham Springs water tower to get fresh coat of paint

The Denham Springs water tower is expected to get a face-lift soon, after the City Council voted Monday to seek bids to repaint the structure.

The 400,000-gallon bulb will showcase the city’s name to passing traffic from both directions of Interstate 12 at Pete’s Highway and will incorporate the schools’ yellow jacket mascot at the center, Ann Trappey, of Forte & Tablada, said.

The project, estimated to cost $196,000, has been in the works for several months, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.

The Department of Health and Hospitals must first approve the project, which will include repainting the interior bowl, Trappey said.

In other business, the City Council declared as surplus the service weapons of two retiring policemen and authorized their sale to an authorized firearms dealer.

Sgt. Chad West will retire at the end of February and Lt. James Edwards will retire at the end of May, according to a letter from Police Chief Scott Jones.

A federal firearms licensee will buy the officers’ guns — three Glock 9mm pistols. The Police Department’s Union Local 17 will then give each retiring officer the purchase price of his weapons, and the dealer will transfer ownership of the guns directly to the retiring officers, Jones said in the letter.

Two of the pistols are worth $300 and the third is worth $400, according to the letter.

Also Monday, the council advertised for sealed bids for disaster debris removal and monitoring; fuel; ready-mix concrete; dirt, sand, gravel and limestone; and pipe and piping products.