Town might consider site for water tower

STRASBURG – Town officials and a consultant say they found another possible site for a new water tower for Strasburg.

Members of Town Council’s Infrastructure Committee heard a report on the potential location Monday. The site lies north of an electrical power substation near Colley Block Road just outside the business park in town.

The site will have “little visual impact” on the surrounding area, Assistant Town Manager Jay McKinley told the committee. Karl Shaffer, with Pennoni Associates, provided details about the search for the site. The presentation also showed lines connecting the tank to the town’s water-distribution system. The site lies in an area identified as a high-pressure zone just north of the low-pressure zone that contains much of the town.

However, the town likely would need to buy the land from private owners. Riverton Properties LLC, of McLean, owns the nearly 50-acre site that includes an abandoned home. The property was assessed at $277,700. Whether or not the town would need the entire 50 acres or a part of the property remains uncertain.

The town has needed a new water tower for years. The existing storage tank needs to be painted on the inside but the town doesn’t have an adequate, secondary container.

The town paid $100,000 for 6.8 acres of vacant land in the Crystal Hill area in 2011. The property was bought with the idea that it could serve as a future site for a water-storage tank. Crystal Hill residents protested the possibility of the town erecting a tower near their neighborhood, potentially blocking views and reducing property values. Council also considered a site in the Pouts Hill area but ultimately scratched the idea after residents near that location protested. The elimination of the two locations spurred town officials and Shaffer to search for another site.

Some council members were skeptical that a tower on the site near Colley Block Road would not disrupt views, especially if nearby vacant land is developed with residential homes.

At the end of the presentation, Vice Mayor Richard Redmon, who chairs the committee, directed staff to move forward with further testing of the potential site.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com