A number of Weddington residents have been up-in-arms about a water tower planned to be placed in a residential area.
“It has no business being here,” Weddington resident Linda Watt said.
Watt and her husband Cory moved from Los Angeles to Weddington -- where they were looking forward to green, country living. A water tower was not what they had in mind – just outside of their neighborhood.
"The placement of this water tower which is going to be 179 feet tall is against the Weddington Land Use Plan,” Watt said. “It shouldn't be here. It should be in a commercially zoned area."
At the corner of Hemby and Weddington Matthews Rd., behind the Providence Volunteer Fire Department -- is where two plots of land for the tower were approved by the Union County Board of Commissioners.
Watt and other nearby residents filed a lawsuit in late December -- not for the tower, but its placement.
"One hundred and seventy-nine feet feet is 18 stories high. That tall of a building would not be allowed here,” Watt said.
They fear it could be an eye-sore, and that could lower property values -- and even bring unwanted commercialization to their green town. Currently, there’s only one shopping center in Weddington.
Watt and those filing the lawsuit are hoping that Weddington's new mayor, Bill Deter, will form a new plan of action for the town's water-pressure problems.
"We need a water tower and everyone wants a water tower and agrees with it but it comes down to where's it going to go -- and nobody wants it in their backyard,” Deter said.
One plan is underground pumps -- but that would dig deeper into residents' pockets.
"We would love to discuss underground pumps,” Watt said
The tower would not be servicing members within a half-mile radius because they are mostly on wells. In fact, more than 60 percent of Weddington uses well-water, according to Deter.
We reached out to county officials for comment and were forwarded to their attorney handling the lawsuit – who did not return our message.
Many in Weddington have water-pressure problems. There's no argument that a plan is needed for an area that has been consistently growing in population.
This isn't a new idea. This water tower has gotten the run-around on different locations and plans for over seven years -- but ideas of a tower above ground or pipes underground -- there's been no middle ground.
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