Per­ryville looks to fu­ture of its dam, reser­voir


jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— The reser­voir that used to pro­vide the town’s wa­ter is about to be of­fi­cially de­com­mis­sioned as the town looks to sell the prop­erty.

The site where the reser voir sits ac­tu­ally con­sists of two prop­er­ties to­tal­ing 18.8 acres of f Reser voir Road in the Blythedale area on the out­skirts of Perr yville. The small­est plot is 0.95 acres and holds the pump house, while the more than 80- year- old reser­voir sits on 17.85 acres. The reser­voir has not been used for drink­ing wa­ter since 1973.

“The town in­tends to re­move the ex­ist­ing build­ing and stor­age tank,” said Denise Breder, town ad­min­is­tra­tor. “We are plan­ning to is­sue the project to a con­trac­tor by the end of the year.”

Breder said the cost of the con­tract is flex­i­ble and would take into con­sid­er­a­tion who would get the ben­e­fit of re­cy­cling the huge steel stor­age tank for its scrap metal.

While the re­moval


is Per­ryville Mayor Jim Eber­hardt in­spects a large steel tank on the town prop­erty in Blythedale. The huge tank and build­ing on the Reser­voir Road site will be re­moved and a hole drilled in the dam to lower the wa­ter level.

un­der­way, Ralph Ryan, Perr yville’s en­gi­neer, said an­other project would also be­gin to of­fi­cially de­com­mis­sion the dam.

“From the top of the dam, about 5 feet down, a 4- inch hole will be drilled,” Ryan said.

A spe­cialty com­pany has that job, Ryan said.

The out­fall should take much of the pres­sure of f the dam. About a week later, the wa­ter should be fin­ished drain­ing into Mill Creek. That out­fall drilled into the 3- foot­deep dam will keep the wa­ter level low, Ryan said. Riprap will be in­stalled to pre­vent ero­sion

and to di­rect the flow into the stream.

Breder said the town would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the prop­erty, es­pe­cially be­fore and af­ter storm events.

“We’ll keep up with the emer­gency ac­tion plan and ba­sic main­te­nance,” Breder said, but added the town is shop­ping the prop­er­ties, which are not in­side town lim­its.

The reser voir prop­erty is also the scene of a stream restora­tion project — or com­pen­satory mit­i­ga­tion — on be­half of Lidl, the Ger­man gro- cer cur­rently build­ing a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in the neigh­bor­ing Prin­ci­pio In­dus­trial Park. Mean­while, Ce­cil County is mak­ing re­pairs to the ag­ing dam in prepa­ra­tion for Perr yville’s role in the project.



PJ Meekins, from the Per­ryville Pub­lic Works De­part­ment, points out a valve on the dam, which will soon be drilled into to lower the wa­ter level.

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