Bainbridge to get water, sewer service by 2018
— Bainbridge is on track to get water and sewer service as early as 2018 after county council voted unanimously on three separate measures Tuesday night to begin the process.
Council members approved two resolutions to amend the county’s master water and sewer plan that moves the Bainbridge property up in priority from scheduled service within 10 years to scheduled service within five years. But ef-
forts are already underway to provide both water and sewer services as early as 2018.
A request from Perryville town officials to clarify accompanying maps to go along with the upgrade of the timeline was also approved unanimously by council.
A third bill that provides funding for the proposed county sewer improvements was amended Tuesday night at the request of the county department of public works before a final vote was taken.
Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan asked to revise a budget transfer of $1.1 million from a previously funded inflow and infiltration sewer line project in Port Deposit downward to a $500,000 transfer in order to have enough money to pay for the project, since bids came back higher than anticipated.
Flanigan wants to start the I&I sewer project in town before the State Highway Administration starts a
downtown streetscape project, which has already been scheduled.
“This change will leave us with enough money to do the design for the extension to Bainbridge and we can address construction costs in the fiscal year 2018 capital budget,” he said.
Artesian Water of Maryland will provide the water improvements and exten- sion to Bainbridge, and the county government will provide improvements and expansion of sewer service to Bainbridge.
Artesian has operated Port Deposit’s water system since April 2009 and currently has 265 customers.
Both Bainbridge Development Corporation, owner of the Bainbridge property, and Artesian Water supported the county’s action Tuesday.
Officials are hoping that adding water and sewer service will bring in development and restore Bainbridge to its former glory.