Water tower to get new logo, paint
by Celia Shortt
The Newnan Utilities water tower on Bullsboro Drive is getting a new paint job – and it will be sporting a new logo, one which will complement other water towers in the county and will highlight a major part of Newnan life.
Newnan Utilities contracts for water tower maintenance with Utility Services from Perry, Ga., said Dennis McEntire, general manager of Newnan Utilities. Each year, they clean and maintain each of the city utility’s water towers. Part of the contract is to paint the towers as needed, usually every seven to eight years.
The current paint job for the water tower on Bullsboro Drive near Farmer Street is only for the exterior, McEntire added.
The new logo will replace the Newnan Utilities logo that has been on the tank for some years now.
The new paint job falls under the yearly maintenance agreement Newnan Utilities has with Utility Services. Each year they pay $35,000 to Utility Services to take care of the water tower on Bullsboro Drive and the other two in the city – one on West Washington Street and the other off the bypass near Jackson Street.
McEntire said he is expecting the repainting of the Bullsboro tank to be finished by the first week of May.
According to the “History of Coweta County, Georgia,” published by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, the Bullsboro Drive water tower was built in 1964 by R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company, at the time the South’s leading metal fabricator.
The one-million-gallon capacity tank was like the tanks Cole’s crews built in the United States and South America and shipped to Africa, Asia and Europe. Lighted at night, it was said to be an “impressive sight as one enters the city.”
R.D. Cole Company, which had grown from a small wood and ironworks company in 1854, was sold to Graber and was later sold to Brown Steel Company. The company headquarters have remained on East Broad Street through the years.
One of Newnan’s National Register historic districts is Cole Town, centered on East Broad Street, where many Cole family members built their impressive homes.