Posted at: 05/07/2013 6:41 PM
By: Katie Eldred

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Replacement Water Tower Not Sitting Well With Neighbors

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The city council voted last night in favor of a decision that will put a large water tank near St. Mary's park. The decision was not one neighbors in the area wanted to hear.

"It's a beautiful neighborhood, it's a historical neighborhood, it's too bad it has to be ruined by a concrete monster," said resident Josephine Camilleri.

The idea of the brand new water tank being built across the street from Camilleri’s home has been making her sick to her stomach. She was just one of the residents that attended Monday night’s city council meeting. 

"We were hoping they would take consideration of the other sites, but they were not willing," said Camilleri.

The city council voted 5-1 in favor of upholding a decision to build a 3.5 million gallon water tank across from St Mary's Park.

"I think what we’re going to do is the best we can do for the neighborhood, realizing that we do have water needs in the community," said interim city council president Randy Staver.

Staver says the decision was simply what's best for the city.

"Financially this turns out to be one of the best locations because a lot of the infrastructure is already in place and from a geographic prospective a high location is an ideal location," said Staver.

The new tank will replace the old blue tank on the site. While the existing tank is 66 feet in diameter the new tank will be about 100 feet.

RPU spokesperson Tony Benson says they are hoping to give the tank as much curb appeal as possible.

"We’re going to be bringing in a number of trees and landscaping elements to bring it back to how it was before or even better," said Benson.

Despite the promise of trees and landscaping around the tank, Camilleri is still hoping they will be able prevent the new water tank from being built just feet from her home.

"It's just going to change the whole area," said Camilleri.

The existing tank was built in 1930. RPU hopes to begin construction on the new tank late this summer.