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Lights return to Melissa water tower

staff reports
Melissa Water Tower

The lights are back at the Melissa water Tower.  In early February, crews installed a new lighting system to bring the iconic structure back to life.

Back in 2012, Melissa was one of the first area communities to light its water tower in recognition of victories by high school varsity teams. City officials say it was a community-building tradition that helps bring residents together to symbolically cheer for students and demonstrate the city’s support for Melissa High School.

A few years ago, the company who manufactured the lights went out of business and could no longer help maintain the system. For a time, city officials found workarounds to keep the lights on.  They compared their creative efforts to band-aids, covering the issues for as long as they could on their own.  In 2019 the water tower went dark.

Now, thanks to the newly installed system, the shinning beacon in the night has returned to the Melissa skyline.  City officials will continue testing the new lights to ensure that everything is in good working order. The next time one of the Cardinal teams gets a big win, the town water tower will once again highlight their achievements against the night sky.