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Lancaster residents piped over Red Oak water issue

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JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER - When the City of Red Oak increased water rate fees three months ago and paved the way to buy water from Dallas, one city stood in the way.Now, many Lancaster residents are angry over the fact Red Oak officials and city engineers plan to pipe a 66-inch water line down stretches of Houston School Road and through their city.
'The clash is going to be with owners of semi-rural property that fronts on Houston School Road,' said Lancaster resident and attorney Thomas Allen. 'They want to protect the semi-rural nature of their part of the country, yet growth pressure coming from Glenn Heights and Red Oak, spurred by successful litigation, is going to put pressure on the city of Lancaster to turn Houston School Road into a major thoroughfare.'Many of the residents who voiced opposition at meetings in recent months, according to Allen, said they didn't want their prized pecan trees cut down.
One water line proposal would have pipes going through a nature preserve. 'The manager of the nature preserve vowed to fight the matter in court,' Allen said. Red Oak City Manager Ken Pfeifer said engineers from both cities are moving forward on meeting with their southern Dallas County neighbors to settle any qualms some might have. When asked at a council meeting in October, Lancaster City Manager Jim Landon said citizens there are 'very, very' aware of the issue.

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