Not in my backyard! Neighbors complain over new water tower

Not in my backyard! Neighbors complain over new water tower

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 10 at 7:27 AM

WEDDINGTON, N.C. -- Neighbors in the Providence Acres neighborhood of Weddington said their homes have instantly lost value after town council voted to allow the construction of a 200-foot water tower behind their homes.

The tower will be located off of Providence Road, just south of the intersection with Rea Road.

"It's a huge blue mushroom," complained neighbor Kathy Davis.

"It is going to be an absolutely gigantic moon that won't ever set," said neighbor Jennifer Romaine.

The homeowners in Providence Acres won't benefit from the tower. The homes all use well water. The water tower will help create water pressure for developing neighborhoods in Weddington.

"It's a shame that we have to bear the burden of this huge monstrous tower to service a completely different part of town," said Romaine.

Construction is estimated to take 18 months.

Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson told NewsChannel 36 she understands the concerns of the neighbors. She said it makes sense to place the tower along Providence Road because many of the water mains are located underneath the road.

Anderson said placing it in another location, or making it lower profile, would cost significantly more taxpayer money.

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