Water authority considers former Russo site for storage

The Altoona Water Authority is considering a bid to buy the site of the former Russo building that Blair County plans to sell to use as a supplementary equipment and material storage area for the authority’s adjacent emergency well field.

The project would relieve congestion at the well field, where materials are now stored, and at the authority water yard on Margaret Avenue, where equipment is now stored, said General Manager Mark Perry.

The authority postponed formal action at a recent pending the county’s formal advertising of bids on the advice of solicitor Alan Krier.

If it obtains the 2.1-acre property on 31st Street between Sixth and Beale avenues, the authority would build a pole building to house tandem trucks, backhoes, a track hoe and a roller, with an attached shelter for winter road mix and top soil, Perry said.

It would also build a rack for piping, designate a spot for a stone pile and construct an access drive for the wellfield property, Perry said.

The county has set $83,000 as the minimum bid.

The three well heads on the well field tract are on inactive status, Perry said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.