Event will help with legal fees
On Sept. 11, Weddington's Town Council unanimously voted against IB Development LLC's request to build a private sewer plant for its new development The Woods, located on Hwy. 84 in Weddington.
After a month of public testimony, the town rejected IB Development's request, since it did not meet Weddington's land-use plan.
Friends of Weddington formed, out of a deep concern that there was a real possibility of having private sewer plants across our town. With Union County's sewer-system shortage, we knew that if one private sewerage plant was approved, this could set a precedent for others across our town and county.
Although Friends of Weddington is very grateful for the outcome, we could not have foreseen that it would take Weddington's town council a month to vote on this issue! After months of preparation, hiring experts and an attorney to represent the townspeople of Weddington, Friends of Weddington was left with a large legal bill.
We were fortunate to have several families across Weddington contribute money to our fight. Overall, it cost our group over $30,000 to represent the townspeople of Weddington and beyond. Friends of Weddington was able to raise over $20,000, but we are still left with a remaining bill of $10,000.
Weddington's town attorney, Anthony Fox, could have advised our town administrator, mayor and town council members that IB Development's request was against Weddington's land-use plan prior to granting a public hearing. Instead, attorneys and experts for the Friends of Weddington, IB Development LLC and the town of Weddington had to endure seven nights of costly public hearings and testimony, while the town council had to sort through tedious details regarding the proposed sewer plant.
To help raise money for our large legal bill, Friends of Weddington is inviting Weddington and Union County residents to a Masquerade fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Please join us for a night of music, festive food and spirits, and a silent auction. For more details, please go to www.FriendsofWeddington.org.
If you are unable to attend the fundraiser but would like to contribute to our legal fund, please go to our Web site for more details. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
We want to say a special thank-you to everyone for their support. Friends of Weddington looks forward to becoming more involved in issues that could affect our town and our county in the future.