It's been a seven-year process but the controversial water tower in Weddington has been approved by Union County Commissioners.
The water tower will be placed behind the Providence Volunteer Fire Department on Hemby Road.
Many have been opposed to the water tower and actually pushed for ground storage tanks -- 325 petitioners.
"The problem is that the costs are the same but we're being stonewalled and we don't know why," Weddington resident Linda Watt said.
Weddington tax dollars would have been used for extra maintenance costs for ground storage, but the county says it was unsure if that would have been feasible.
A group of Weddington resident's estimated pricing from it's own consultant was around $1.5 million cheaper than Union County Public Works' estimates of ground storage.
Union County Commissioner Jonathan Thomas said the county spent $10,000 on it's study of ground storage against the water tower and has spent hundreds of thousands over the seven-year debate.
"This thing has been seven years in the making," Thomas said. "...There's always been some sort of conflict that we've had to take into consideration...we've got to move forward with the tower. It's a health and well-being issue."
The tower will be 179 feet tall and hold 1.5 million gallons of water that will represent areas like Weddington and Stallings. It will be less than a half mile from 1,200 residents.
"There's always going to be someone that doesn't want it in their backyard," Thomas said. "Unfortunately as one of the commissioners said, and said it well, is in order to meet the needs of many a few have to be affected. It's an unfortunate paradigm to be in but that's what we're dealing with."
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