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Whitewater Common Council Discusses New Water Tower, Sign Ordinance

The Whitewater Common Council discussed the addition of a new water tower at their meeting last night. The new tower will be at a site adjacent to well number 9. This decision came to be based on citizen opinions and recommendations from public works. This tower is being built as a result of the tower at Starin Park nearing the end of its prime. Some citizens have shown concern with the project, because of how it would impact property values. However, members of the board have researched this and found there to be no relation between water towers and nearby property value. An eminent domain specialist will be hired by the city for this project, as is required by state law.

Also, the Whitewater Common Council approved changes and updates made to the sign ordinance at last night’s meeting. The updated sign ordinance was edited so it is easier to read, and is more compliant with the outcome of court case Reed V. Gilbert, which means the new ordinance includes more content based regulations. The new ordinance also clarifies commercial vs. noncommercial signs.

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