s we have seen so often since this Commissioner majority took control, taxpayers again take a back seat as the location of the Weddington water tower is revisited less than a month after the board voted on the site selection.
Lest we forget what the PAID consultant engineers said! Forget about the No.1 recommended site, Mecklenburg Senator Robert Pittenger’s property and lets ignore the No.2 site recommendation, Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson’s property.
Lets go instead with Commissioner Parker Mills’ hand picked location, though it was not reviewed by the paid consultants. Forget how much more it costs, it’s just another example of those vaunted business decisions!
Water Tower – Part II
Even though the County Commissioners selected Site 1A last month, evidently Commissioner Parker Mills has other ideas about the water tower location and with this in mind, he made a pitch to the Union County Board of Education to place the Water Tower on the new elementary school site on Cox Road at Weddington-Matthews Road.
On Oct. 2nd, the badgered school board voted 6-3, to allow Public Works Department to utiltize a back corner of the school property for the water tower as requested.
The Enquirer Journal: School board OKs water tower site
There was NO public hearing by the School Board, not a single parent was allowed to express their views on a decision that not only sets a new precedent, as school property now is fair game for Union County Public Works projects, like pump stations, holding tanks, and substations. If there is logic for monstrous use like a 1,500,000 gallon, 853 foot water tower, then any lessor use should be OKed without a whimper. Shame on the School Board for allowing themselves to be bullied.
$1.3 million more — but who cares?
The estimates revealed by Mr. Mills is that the cost of implementing the water tower at the Cox Road site is $1.3 million more than building than on Site 1, (Senator Pittengers property). Frankly, I’d like to see an independent assessment of the site and the costs associated with building the tower on that location.
Finally, I would really like to hear a rationalization as why the nine assessed site locations were inadequate and the Mills’ Cox Road site is a better deal at $1.3 million or more. Don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath waiting.
At last night’s County Commissioners meeting, consideration of a new location was tabled until the next meeting. A number of citizens critical of the plan, spoke their minds during public comments.