TROY — On Wednesday, more than 100 members of the Carriage Crossing neighborhood and surrounding developments received good news at the city-led community meeting concerning the city’s planned extra high service water tower site.
According to city service and safety director Patrick Titterington, the city is currently entertaining an offer to purchase a 1.8-acre site on Stanfield Road for the proposed extra high water service tower site. The site was indicated on a map during the community meeting at Concord Elementary School. Titterington said the city has offered to pay $127,000 for the site and expects council to accept the offer at the next council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
“We didn’t have it to the point where we could announce it until today,” Titterington said after the meeting adjourned. “If council, as we think, passes it Tuesday night, then we would start focusing on the design work there.”
On Aug. 4, the city’s park board approved a 2-acre parcel of the Carriage Crossing Park to be a potential site as long as it was located near the park’s detention pond area. Titterington confirmed on Wednesday night that the city was doing preliminary survey work for the tower if the park site was eventually selected for the 200-foot-tall water tower near the park’s detention pond area.
On Aug. 31, council met as a whole in executive session to discuss the purchase of private land as an alternative site to the proposed consultant recommendation at the Carriage Crossing park.
Following the executive session, all council members present voted to recommend that Titterington investigate alternate sites in relation to the extra high service water tower and for the city to consider the purchase of real property. The committee meeting did not mention any potential sites or purchase prices.
Council members Robin Oda and Tom Kendall were not present during the vote.
“We’ve seen the property, we’ve looked at the property in the whole process of evaluating,” Titterington said after the meeting. “It originally wasn’t one of our preferred sites because it’s still $70,000 an acre to buy it and we were concerned that maybe the hydrology wouldn’t work because of where Stanfield (water) tower is. So we had to get all that cleared up.”
Titterington said they had approached the property owner three to four times during the process before the city submitted an offer this week.
“We had a lot of due diligence before we could get to that point,” Titterington said. “We knew we had to find an alternative if we possibly could.”
The proposed site is four parcels away from the current Stanfield Tower site, creating what city engineer Jillian Rhoades has dubbed a “mother/sister” tower appearance. The Stanfield water tower is 150 feet tall with a 500,000 gallon capacity. The proposed extra high water service tower will be the same shape, but will be nearly 200 feet tall with a 750,000 gallon capacity. Construction of the new tower is not expected to be completed until 2017, Rhoades said.
Carriage Crossing residents still had many questions for Rhoades and Titterington during the hour-long meeting, including if the park site isn’t an option at this time, will the park be considered five to 10 years in the future?
Rhoades said the city considers the city’s potential growth and the locations of where the growth is taking place.
“We feel pretty confident we aren’t going to be here,” she said.
Rhoades said the new proposed tower’s capacity should be sufficient for the next five to 10 years to serve the growth to the west of the city. Rhoades said as the city continues to expand to the west, more property owners may potentially be open to the city purchasing land for future utility use.
Prior to the closing of the meeting, Carriage Crossing resident Katie Deland thanked the city staff and administration for their time and assistance in addressing their questions and concerns regarding their neighborhood park during the last few weeks.
City council will address the new potential Stanfield Tower site and its pending purchase at the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
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