Regardless of the issue, it seems that Union County’s ‘Developer-Friendly’ Commissioners find a way of placing needs of a fellow developer or club member ahead of taxpayers. The placement of the new water tower in Weddington is just another case in point.
Those of us with dead or dying lawns, shrubs and trees know first hand how the lack of water supply and infrastructure has adversely effected our homes. The current water restrictions is the result 20 million gallons a day (MGD) demand and a 18 MGD supply contract and a plumbing system that is barely adequate.
The envelope please!
This past Monday night, Union County Commissioners selected a site for the new Weddington water tower. The site they choose was not the consultant engineers first choice, nor was it their second choice.
It was obvious to those in the audience last Monday night, that Commissioner Mills favored the Reaview school site and later the Cox Road school site, which might be acceptable except those options come at millions more in cost to the taxpayers.
So in the end, the Board voted 3-2 for Site 1A, as recommended by the new Public Works Advisory Committee, when they reviewed the site choices earlier this summer.
Consultants Engineers: Site recommendations
Senator Pittenger need not worry
It was painfully apparent, that Commissioners Baucom, Mills and Pressley were dead set against entertaining the consultant engineers first choice for the tower. You would have thought it was radioactive. Chairman Pressley was quick to stifle the discussion as Mr. Openshaw revealed that the best site, was owned by a group led by Mecklenburg State Senator Robert Pittenger.
The good senator has been a very active land speculator in western Union County. One of the most lucrative was the satellite annexation into Waxhaw arranged by NC Legislature, so Senator Pittenger’s property would enjoy much higher home density than county zoning. That resulting ‘school busting’ development is known as Lawson. There are others.
Mr. Openshaw suggested that since the Senator has been so successful in Union County, perhaps his sense of civic responsibility would give him pause and he’d consider selling less than 3 acres of his 81 acre track to Citizens of Union County who so desperately need water.
The Senator, represented by his son, answered Mr. Openshaw’s interrogatory, stating that ALL the property was available for $300,000 per acre.
The reader should know that going rate for all the residentially zoned land for that area of western county is appoximately $100,000 per acre. Land specifically for commercial use goes for $300,000 an acre, so one could draw the conclusion that there is more to this story. 😉 In the ‘Developers’ paradise of Union County, there always is.
It’s always easy to bully the little guy and a church
We’re told the property owner of Water Tower Site 1A, is not a ‘willing’ seller, so a condemnation lawsuit will be required to wrest this property away, unless facing the legal might of Union County is more persuasive.
That same hammer is evidentially less persuasive when opposed by a bigger hammer in Raleigh.