TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of Troy wants to put up a new water tower but some residents are saying not in my backyard.
The proposed site is a city park and that is the issue.
Troy officials got the formal notice Wednesday afternoon that a land owner is willing to sell land to build a new water tower that would leave Carriage Crossing Park untouched.
“We’re all very excited and we feel that the city has listened to us,” said Troy resident Abigail Fischer.
The park is in Fischer’s backyard. When she found out that city leaders were proposing the park as a potential site for a new water tower, that didn’t sit well with her or her neighbors.
“That park is used by numerous children that live in the neighborhood and the city itself. Green space is an important thing in a community and we really felt like a water tower should not take up two acres of it,” said Fischer.
At an informational meeting Wednesday night, held at Concord Elementary, city officials told the crowd of news they just learned about an hour before.
“The site that we are now looking at is about a quarter of a mile away from any residential so the neighbors to this tower if placed is farm field, corn, soy, maybe cows and industrial buildings,” said public service director Patrick Titterington.
The new site does come with some downfalls.
“This property has always been on our radar it was not one of our preferred properties at first because there’s a price tag to buy it,” Titterington said.
One that’s $127,000. To be paid for by the city’s Water Fund. The city of Troy already owns Carriage Crossing Park and that’s why building the water tower there was more appealing.
Another downfall more noticeable to the eye is that once constructed, the new tower would be built less than 1,000 feet from one of Troy’s current water towers.
“I’ve seen other water towers on 70 that have been and I don’t feel like that’s a huge problem,” said Troy resident Katie Deland.
On September 8th, Troy city council is expected to authorize the purchase of the 1.8 acre property. The entire water tower project is estimated to cost nearly $2.8 million and is to be completed paid for by the Troy Water Fund.