Towns looks to preserve structure
Waxhaw is now free to do whatever they want with their water tower. County commissioners approved a request during their Monday, Oct. 3 meeting to turn control of the water tower and land it resides on to the town of Waxhaw.
“This has been abandoned for a long time,” Public Works director Ed Goscicki said. “It’s no longer in use, no longer part of our system. Public Works has no need for this tank.”
The original plan, Goscicki said, was to tear down the structure. Instead, the town requested that the structure and land be turned over to them. Waxhaw originally owned the land where the water tower was built, but deeded it over to the county for as long as the tower was in operation. Now that’s over, the town wants it back.
The switch comes as Union County prepares to decide what to do about another water tower in the area. Last month, the Weddington town council reversed a decision approving a water tower at 247 Providence Road South. Public Works officials wanted to use the 1.5 million gallon tower to improve static pressure and fire flow in the western portion of Union County during peak demand.
Only 18 percent of Weddington’s 73 subdivisions have fire hydrants. Additionally, 80 percent of homes use wells instead of county water. Of the town’s subdivisions, 60 of the 73 use only well water. Some Weddington residents opposed the tower, arguing that it would be an eyesore for the town and dangerous to children in the area. Instead, they requested the county pay for a ground level water tank to be installed instead. County commissioners will meet with the Weddington town council to discuss the issue Monday, Oct. 10.
While the idea of a water tower is shunned in Weddington, Waxhaw hopes to use the structure to highlight part of its heritage, officials say.
“(There are) no solid plans yet other than preservation, which is why we want it back,” Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner said. “To the county it’s only worth what they can get for it on the scrap heap. To Waxhaw, it’s part of our skyline and our history.”