Spe­cial meet­ing set for Ris­ing Sun’s fu­ture wa­ter ser­vice



—A spe­cial meet­ing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednes­day in town hall to pub­licly present the plans to con­nect to Ch­ester Wa­ter Au­thor­ity.

“This is the meet­ing where the agree­ment with Ch­ester Wa­ter will be in­tro­duced and po­ten­tially voted on,” said Calvin Bo­nen­berger, town ad­min­is­tra­tor.

A se­ries of res­o­lu­tions and or­di­nances will be present-


— Use of an acety­lene torch around paint fumes caused a small fire on Fri­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal.

Em­ploy­ees of Mike Mont­gomery Auto Body on Barnes Cor­ner Road were


ed, ad­dress­ing fi­nanc­ing, de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion of the project to pro­vide wa­ter to Ris­ing Sun’s res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

“It’s all re­lated to mov­ing for­ward with the wa­ter line,” Bo­nen­berger said Mon­day.

Bo­nen­berger said one of the next steps is hir­ing an engi­neer­ing firm to de­sign the sys­tem from the Mary­land line to Ris­ing Sun. Town of­fi­cials ex­pect that to cost around $300,000.

That de­sign would have

Acety­lene torch, paint fumes cause small fire

us­ing an acety­lene torch to de­con­struct an old paint­ing booth at about 4:30 p.m. on Fri­day when paint va­pors were ig­nited. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said quick-think­ing em­ploy­ees used fire ex­tin­guish­ers to douse the fire.

There were no in­juries and no loss of prop­erty. to look at how many feet of pipe would be needed to get up to a mil­lion gal­lons per day into town from the Penn­syl­va­nia line to Wal­nut Street.

“We’re up­hill, so we’ll need pump­ing sta­tions,” he said.

At the meet­ing, Bo­nen­berger said the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers would in­clude all in­for­ma­tion ex­plain­ing why this is the best de­ci­sion for the wa­ter sup­ply. Ris­ing Sun cur­rently uses sev­eral wells but the Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment in­formed the town al­most 10 years ago that it should seek a sur­face wa­ter source in­stead.

“What it came down to is we can’t put any more straws in the bowl of wa­ter here,” he said.

With the town’s cur­rent bound­aries, there is no way to in­crease its recharge area for wells, he added.

“Our recharge cap is the amount of acreage un­der our con­trol,” he said, ad­ding the only way to change this would be to ac­quire or an­nex more prop­erty. “What would it cost us for land ac­qui­si­tion? If we could get six ad­di­tional wells it would cost $6 mil­lion just to get the wells on­line. That doesn’t in­clude the ease­ments and land ac­qui­si­tion.”

At an es­ti­mated cost of $10 mil­lion, town of­fi­cials agree the CWA op­tion would be the least ex­pen­sive — a fact proven by sev­eral stud­ies go­ing back as far as 2005.

“We’ve talked to Port De- posit, North East, Perryville and Elkton about hook­ing to their sys­tems,” Bo­nen­berger said of past stud­ies. “We’ve had three en­gi­neers do a cost anal­y­sis. How many times are you go­ing to study it?”

He said one of those stud­ies looked at get­ting town wa­ter from Arte­sian, which also gets its sup­ply from CWA.

“We’re at the point where we need to get a de­sign and say, ‘Let’s build it,’” Bo­nen­berger said.

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