Hamilton Mayor Greg Wilmoth reported to the Town Council April 8 that he had written to Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and members of the Board of Supervisors noting the town’s concerns over the location of a private well about 200 feet from the town’s Well 14, located in the Stone Eden subdivision south of town.
The letter followed discussion in council during its March meeting, with members alarmed by the proximity of the private well to the town’s well, particularly because the county government had expressed apprehension about the effect of the town’s well on neighboring wells in the subdivision, eventually requiring the town to conduct comprehensive monitoring studies and draw up a mitigation plan.
In his April 4 letter, Wilmoth noted the town was concerned the new private well could impact other private wells, or, worse, the town well.
“The private wells do not have any limits on the amount of water they can pump nor is the volume of pumped water calculated,” Wilmoth wrote, noting, in contrast, Well 14 has limits imposed on its use by the county and is subject to daily monitoring.
Saying the town is concerned about possible contamination and the impact on the town’s well, Wilmoth suggested the new well should fall under similar monitoring. Considering the long history between the town and county over Well 14, the town at least should have been consulted or notified, Wilmoth said.