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‘No Red Hill Water Towers’ Sign Lambastes Incumbents

© Leesburg Today - 08/25/2015

A group fighting the construction of a 189-foot water tank near Arcola recently put up a campaign sign aimed at five incumbent Loudoun County supervisors.

The banner, at the intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane, decries county Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), and Supervisors Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) and Shawn M. Williams (R-Broad Run).

They cast the five votes last November to permit Loudoun Water to build the 1-million-gallon water storage tank, and all but Williams seek re-election.

""It's time for change -- VOTE IN NOVEMBER,"" says the sign from the ""No Red Hill Water Towers"" group, which also notes that the ""15+ story water tower"" was approved by the five supervisors.

York's name appears in the largest type, and he made the motion to approve the tower. His proposal nixed a second tank Loudoun Water wanted to build in the area, but the no-water-towers group contends that he changed his position on the matter from an earlier stance against both towers, group member Ashley Ziviello said on Monday.

Ziviello, an aide to Supervisor Janet S. Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), said she's not sure whether the group will do any other kind of campaigning, such as distributing fliers, but she repeated another complaint that was pointed out before the supervisors' vote last fall. Most, if not all, of those upset with the tower would have to live near it without even using it: Their homes are served by private wells.

York, however, maintained that the water tower was needed.

""The water tower is a necessary part of the infrastructure to continue serving the citizens in that area who are on central water and sewer,"" he said in an emailed statement Monday. ""The water tower is needed in order to provide the required water pressure to provide safe and clean drinking water, and fire suppression in case of fires. Working with Loudoun Water, we were able to reduce their original proposal from two water towers to just one.""

And though ""No Red Hill Water Towers"" members criticize the size of the structure, York said, ""This tower is shorter than the water tower that serves the Town of Purcellville in the rural area of the county.""

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