By Mark Barnes
Drive through many small towns across the country and the most prominent feature is the city’s water tower with the school’s mascot or town name prominently painted on the side. Perhaps it is just the first letter of the town that is proudly displayed. If the 2013-2014 Kuna High School Student Body President is successful with his proposed senior class project, Kuna’s iconic blue water tower will sport the school colors and possibly a big “K” on the side.
Casey Cobb, Kuna High School student body president, presented three variations of the water tower to the city council during the meeting on July 2, 2013.
“About a year ago I was driving down Main Street and looked up,” Casey Cobb said. He had his senior class project idea then and there.
“When I became president, I made it my goal,” he said.
According to city officials, the tower was last painted 24 years ago but a new paint job won’t be cheap. Both the city and the student project team are seeking bids but initial estimates the last time it was looked in to are close to $50,000, far more than what the students were expecting.
While shocked at the large amount, Cobb said, “We’ve embraced it.”
During the discussion with city council members at the council meeting, the students requested that the city pay a large portion of the tab with the students working to get sponsors and host fundraisers to help pay for the project. Among many ideas, they plan on selling bottled water at Kuna Days.
City Councilwoman Briana Buban-Vonder Haar said, “Perhaps you could pay for the K?”
Mayor Greg Nelson said that it is about time to paint the tower to keep it maintained anyway. “What else have we got that we recognize the town from?” he said.
According to city engineer Gordon Law, the blue water tower is not used in the city’s water system anymore and sits empty.
Cobb hopes that the project could be completed prior to homecoming this October. He asks that donations be sent to Kuna High School, c/o Water Tower,
637 E. Deerflat Rd. Kuna, ID 83634.