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Weddington sewer plant draws fire

WEDDINGTON The town council made no decision during the fourth night of hearings on the private sewer treatment plant planned for proposed development The Woods.

The Friends of Weddington, a group of local residents opposed to the plant, presented testimony calling the plan into question.

Rick Harmon, a geologist and hydro-geologic expert hired by the Friends of Weddington, said there likely was not enough information to determine where liquids would run in the event of a broken sewer line or spill.

The last witness for the Friends of Weddington, former Union County Public Works director Jon Dyer, testified that in his experience there is always odor associated with treatment plants, contrary to the presentation by IB.

“It will release gases that will need odor control. I am not aware of any plants with complete odor elimination,” said Dyer, who was director from 1999-2005.

He also expressed concerns that the upper part of the drainage basin The Woods property sits in may never receive county sewer if the private plant goes in.

He instead suggested that the developer install septic systems for the short term and then hook up to sewer when the county sewer lines are installed sometime in the future.

Union County currently has no permanent Public Works director.

IB Development has argued that installing septic systems would not be economically feasible. Homes in the proposed neighborhood would sell for $1.2 million-$3 million. Reclaimed water from the system would be used to irrigate lawns in the neighborhood.

Union County currently has little or no public sewer capacity to offer new residential development because the Twelve Mile Creek treatment plant is at capacity.

Closing statements and public comment will be heard at the next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Weddington High School.