Bain­bridge to get wa­ter, sewer ser­vice by 2018

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CHERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BAIN­BRIDGE HIS­TORY BLOG

Of­fi­cials are hop­ing that adding wa­ter and sewer ser­vice will bring in de­vel­op­ment and re­store Bain­bridge to its for­mer glory.

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