State Del. Shawn Tarrant says he will seek passage of a $300,000 bond bill to restore the Roland Water Tower.

It's the second year in a row that Tarrant, who represents the 40th District, is introducing the bill. Last year's bond bill was for $250,000. It was rejected in a lean economic year, but the buzz in the General Assembly was, "Maybe next year," Tarrant told the Roland Park Civic League on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the tower gets a clean bill of health, with one major exception, in an engineering study the civic league commissioned with a grant from Preservation Maryland.

The eight-sided tower, built in 1904, appears structurally sound, but terra cotta is falling from the top of it and bird skeletons and guano are piled high.


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"That in itself is going to be a major part of any work we do," said architect Peter Pearre, who told the league about the study's findings.

A city inspection after the earthquake found the tower to be structurally sound.

The new study was also done after the earthquake, Pearre said.

The league is trying to raise about $900,000 for renovation and $150,000 to install a park around the tower, said league president Phil Spevak.

The league wants to use the old tower as a museum of local history.