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.