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.