County un­veils plans for new Bain­bridge sewer plant

Would re­place cur­rent Port De­posit plant

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX


— County pub­lic works of­fi­cials laid out a new re­gional vi­sion Tues­day for sewer ser­vice that could serve cus­tomers not only in down­town Port De­posit, but also fu­ture Bain­bridge cus­tomers and those in nearby mo­bile home parks.

The plan was un­veiled as part of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest for coun­cil ap­proval to trans­fer $1.12 mil­lion from al­ready bud­geted projects to re­pair lines and parts of the ex­ist­ing 40-year-old plant, to a new de­sign project for a new plant lo­cated at the top of the hill on Bain­bridge property.

The bud­get re­quest isn’t ask­ing for any new money for this year — only a trans­fer of money to pro­vide a longer term so­lu­tion to fu­ture sewage needs at Bain­bridge and the area around it.

“We think $1.12 mil­lion is ad­e­quate to cover the cost of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign,” Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works Scott Flani­gan said Tues­day night.

A for­mal bud­get amend­ment for the trans­fer was in­tro­duced Tues­day night and a pub­lic hear­ing has been sched­uled for Oct. 4 at the county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing in Elk­ton. The fi­nal vote will take place on Oct. 18.


County ad­min­is­tra­tion is also ask­ing for ap­proval of com­pan­ion res­o­lu­tions to amend the county’s mas­ter water and sewer plan to ac­com­mo­date ex­pan­sion of county sewer ser­vice and pri­vate water ser­vice from Arte­sian Water Com­pany in the Port De­posit area.

The lat­est sewer con­cept would in­clude study­ing the ex­ist­ing sewage col­lec­tion sys­tem and re­pair­ing the most press­ing leaks in the sewer lines, but the fo­cus is on even­tu­ally clos­ing the old plant, which is lo­cated along the Susque­hanna River in a flood zone, and open­ing a new ex­pand­able plant at the top of the hill.

The to­tal project would in­clude en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign, fol­lowed by grad­ing and con­struc­tion of a pack­age sewage treat­ment plant us­ing two 125,000-gal­lonsa-day mod­ules to start, re­sult­ing in a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 250,000 gal­lons a day.

Con­struc­tion of a sewer pump­ing sta­tion and force main to con­vey the sewage from Port De­posit up to the site of the new plant is also re­quired.

“Our goal is to ex­pand in phases over time up to as much as 1 mil­lion gal­lons a day,” Flani­gan said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also hopes to have a fully-vet­ted fi­nan­cial plan for the con­struc­tion phase ready for the fis­cal year 2018 bud­get, Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion Al Wein said.

Wein and Flani­gan said that there is on­go­ing dis­cus­sions be­tween the Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, county ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment and the Bain­bridge de­vel­oper to put to­gether a fi­nanc­ing pack­age to fund the es­ti­mated $9 mil­lion con­struc­tion cost of the project.

Flani­gan ex­plained that the plant will be built to ENR (en­hanced nu­tri­ent re­moval) stan­dards, mak­ing it el­i­gi­ble for Ch­e­sa­peake Bay grant fund­ing to help de­fray costs. The BDC has ver­bally agreed to do­nate the land for the plant and the de­vel­oper is part of the on­go­ing dis­cus­sion.

Chief of DPW’s En­gi­neer­ing and Con­struc­tion Divi­sion Phil Muzik said that part of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s rea­sons for shift­ing pri­or­i­ties for sewer ser­vice in the Port De­posit/Bain­bridge area was a de­ci­sion to be more proac­tive and seek a longer term so­lu­tion.

“BDC lost a $100 mil­lion bot­tling plant prospect who re­quired 250,000 gal­lons of water a day to the Bain­bridge site this year be­cause we had no def­i­nite plans to give them,” Muzik said in a morn­ing work ses­sion. “They went else­where be­cause util­i­ties were not in place.”

Mike Pugh, chair­man of the BDC board of di­rec­tors, also em­pha­sized the need to be flex­i­ble.

“We had two po­ten­tial users last year and we con­tinue to mar­ket the place for com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial users. But, this ups the re­al­ity of us be­ing able to at­tract de­vel­op­ment to Bain­bridge,” Pugh said.

Flani­gan agrees Pugh.

“We be­lieve when in­fra­struc­ture is there, they’ll get cus­tomers at Bain­bridge,” Flani­gan said Tues­day night. with


This il­lus­tra­tion shows the ap­prox­i­mate lo­ca­tion of the Port De­posit Waste­water Treat­ment Plants (old and pro­posed new).

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