The water tower on Maynard Road near Cary High School will stay.
The Cary Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to expand water storage in central Cary in way that preserves the well-known water tower. The year is painted on the tower to honor schools’ graduating seniors.
Cary considered demolishing the tank last year until a group of residents petitioned the town to save it. The town then hired an engineering firm to investigate its options for expanding water storage.
The engineering firm completed a report earlier this month that said the town could save up to $2.7 million by preserving the tank and building another one elsewhere.
The council didn’t hesitate to act on the engineering firm’s recommendation.
“I don’t think there’s anyone on this council that wanted it to go away,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said. “To me, this is a no-brainer.”
Councilwoman Jennifer Robinson said she never knew the tank meant so much to the community until the town considered tearing it down.
“We now know that water towers are a very special thing,” she said.
Supporters of the water tower shared stories with the council about how it had always been a part of the backdrop for nostalgic events such as football games and high school graduations.
“A history of a place can be defined by its traditions, and that’s what we have here,” Councilman Ed Yerha said.
A lover of history and puns, Yerha praised the residents for fighting to save the structure: “Tank you.”