Coun­cil to vote on amended wa­ter plan for Port De­posit



— The county coun­cil will vote next week on a


change to the county’s master wa­ter and sewer plan to ex­pe­dite the ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing Arte­sian wa­ter sys­tem in Port De­posit to in­clude the Bain­bridge prop­erty.

Dur­ing a Tues­day work ses­sion, County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Robert Hodge di­rected County Man­ager Jim Massey to pre­pare a new amend­ment to the county’s master wa­ter and sewer plan to be voted on next Tues­day night. The amend­ment would clar­ify maps lim­it­ing the ex­pe­dited ex­pan­sion to only the Bain­bridge prop­erty, as re­quested by Per­ryville of­fi­cials.

The ex­pe­dited ex­pan­sion is to be done in three phases be­tween now and 2018.

The first phase is an ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing wa­ter plant in Port De­posit to 1.1 mil­lion gal­lons a day, as well as a new pump sta­tion and tanks at Bain­bridge. The se­cond phase would in­crease the wa­ter in­take from the Susque­hanna River and build a new Bain­bridge wa­ter plant, con­vert the ex­ist­ing wa­ter plant to a pump sta­tion and re­hab or build new wa­ter main. In the fi­nal phase, Port De­posit’s wa­ter sys­tem would be con­nected to the rest of Arte­sian’s coun­ty­wide sys­tem.

Arte­sian Wa­ter Mary­land has op­er­ated Port De­posit’s wa­ter sys­tem since April 2009 and cur­rently has 265 cus­tomers.

The town of Per­ryville orig­i­nally ob­jected to ap­pendix E and F, and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing maps, which in­di­cated the ex­pan­sion would take in por­tions of Per­ryville’s growth area and oc­cur in­side its cor­po­rate lim­its, in ad­di­tion to Bain­bridge.

How­ever, the county plan­ning com­mis­sion re­cently rec­om­mended ap­proval of the master wa­ter and sewer plan, ex­clud­ing the ar­eas im­pact­ing Per­ryville, and specif­i­cally in­clud­ing a re­vised map that only shows Bain­bridge prop­erty as be­ing changed from W-3 to W-2 in the master plan. A W-3 des­ig­na­tion means the prop­erty is not planned for wa­ter and sewer for six to 10 years and a W-2 means wa­ter and sewer ser­vice is ex­pected within one to five years.

Arte­sian Vice Pres­i­dent Joe DiNun­zio, a res­i­dent of Fair Hill, told the county coun­cil dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing last week that he agrees with the plan­ning com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tion and sup­ports the amend­ment. Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Chair­man Mike Pugh also spoke in sup­port of the amend­ment, as rec­om­mended by the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

The county coun­cil will vote on this pro­posal at 7 p.m. Tues­day.


This map shows the ten­ta­tive pro­posal to ex­change land near Booth Street from Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools to the town of Elk­ton for the pur­pose of build­ing a com­mu­nity cen­ter.

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