Water tower fencing irritates Millersburg residents

Some residents of a Callaway County subdivision next to a 140-foot water tower are upset because the water district has erected a 6-foot tall chain-link fence with three strands of barbed wire around a one-acre area in the subdivision near Millersburg.

Some residents of a Callaway County subdivision next to a 140-foot water tower are upset because the water district has erected a 6-foot tall chain-link fence with three strands of barbed wire around a one-acre area in the subdivision near Millersburg. Photo by Don Norfleet.

A high chainlink fence topped by three strands of barbed wire erected around a water district tower near Millersburg has upset some residents living around the tower.

The big fence was placed around a half-million-gallon water tower built next to several large homes along Route J in Callaway County.

The tower is owned by Boone County Public Water Supply District No. 9, which provides water service to Millersburg in Callaway County and also to a large area east of Columbia in Boone County.

“I don’t think the people who run the water district care about what they are doing to property values of homes next to the tower,” said John Wilkerson, who lives nearby.

Roger Ballew, manager of the water district, said he didn’t think the fence lowered the property values of homes next to it.

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