City breaks ground for second water tower

More than two years after planning began, the city of Barron has begun work on an estimated $2.4 million water tower along Olson Avenue near North Mill Street. Attending a ground breaking ceremony Thursday, June 6, 2019 were, from left, in the order that faces are visible: Maureen Tollman, city council; Teresa Anderson, project manager for MSA Professional Services, city engineers; Jeff Ballard, project manager for general contractor Maguire Iron, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Rick Jari, city utility manager; Jeremy Boe, city water supervisor; Bob Kollmer, water tower specialist for Badger State Inspection, weld and coating inspection; Mayor Ron Fladten; Paul Solie, city council; Marv Amundson, Barron Utility Commission chair; Gene Jones, Jr., president, Maguire Iron; and Darren Bjugstad, Bjugstad Enterprises, subcontracted to Maguire Iron for utility work. According to Anderson, “significant construction activity” is expected to start by mid-to-late July. Photo contributed