Community divided over development of new water storage facility in Oakland Township

27 October, 2022
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Community divided over development of new water storage facility in Oakland Township

 Oakland Township requires a new EPA-mandated 45-foot high water storage facility. It is something everybody agrees on, but its placement of it is not.

The township started by considering nearly 20 potential locations and narrowed it down to two, and neighbors who live along the Kern Road option are fighting it.

The water storage facility wouldn’t be a tower but a puck-shaped ground facility. If placed on Kern Road, it will be the front door view of homes in an Oakland Township subdivision and the back door view of the neighbors across the street in Orion Township.

The whole reason people chose the area was because of the open spaces.

On Tuesday (Oct. 25) night, the Oakland Township board voted on the facility’s placement, and it ended in a tie. The Kern Road site has power lines and a community well on it and a far smaller footprint than the other possibility, which is an undeveloped 22-acre parcel near Adams and Gunn roads.


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