Reconstruction of the tower's roof began Thursday, and Bob Acker, MID's director of facilities and planning, said the work should be done within 28 days.
"It's still an active part of our district; that's why we're maintaining it," Acker
said."We've been trying to come up with a suitable product to put up (on the roof) for over a year." Acker
said the district is replacing the roof's existing wooden shingles with new copper ones.
"It's going to end up with a copper roof on it, which will be an upgrade.It should have a longer life," Acker
Garith Krause, MID's
assistant general manager for general resources, said that since the tower is located fairly close to the shore of Lake Yosemite, vandals have been able to throw rocks at it, destroying the existing wooden roof.
"There's nothing in the tower that a leaking roof hurts; it's just visually not attractive," Krause said."It has gone into disrepair over the years so they're going to try and replace it and make it a more attractive monument." Acker
said reroofing the tower will cost about $2,500.
Once we do all this work we hate to see it damaged right away or at all," Acker