Weddington neighbors fight against sewer line in backyards

- Neighbors in Weddington say they aren’t going down without a fight. Dozens packed town hall Thursday night to battle against a potential stinky situation.

Union County Public Works plans to install a more than $10 million gravity fed sewer line along 12 mile creek. Much of the plan calls for that sewer line to go through neighbors' backyards.

“They showed me a copy and it was going right through my backyard. Like on the other side of my fence line and I was like, you have to be kidding me,” said neighbor, Carline Sitterud.

County leaders say the plan is no joke. The sewer line has been part of a master plan since 2011 and is now almost required as areas in Union County continue to grow.

The plan calls for some neighbors to lose portions of their property while others will see trees and shrubs knocked down. That’s not only the worry during the construction phase.

“The main concern of course would be the odor and any contamination and they are saying those things won’t happen,” said neighbor, Don Smith.

So, who are they telling neighbors everything will be ok? They were Weddington town leaders and representatives from public works. No commissioners from Union County were at Thursday's meeting.

“They have been in the shadows. I wish they would come to a meeting like this and just let us know there is nothing we can do like the two people up there,” said Don Smith.

“We are going to go all the way to the end. We are looking at lawyers. We are not going to take this lying down. At last our neighborhood. We are not going to take this lying down,’ said Carline Sitterud.

FOX 46 Charlotte did speak with someone from public works who said the sewer plan is pretty much set in stone. Neighbors say they will continue their fight.

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