Of­fi­cials: Sewer man­date to im­pact 47 prop­er­ties

Cecil Whig - - BLANFORD’S TREE SERVICE, - By BRAD KRONER bkro­ner@ches­pub.com

ELKTON — Ce­cil County of­fi­cials have iden­ti­fied 47 prop­er­ties that will be im­pacted by County Ex­ec­u­tive Alan McCarthy’s sewer man­date, which will re­quire prop­er­ties to con­nect to county sewer if they phys­i­cally can con­nect.

While the man­date was an­nounced two months ago, it’s not yet be­ing en­forced. County law re­quires pub­lic hear­ings to be held be­fore en­force­ment, and no such hear­ing has been sched­uled.

Un­der the county’s up­dated san­i­tary dis­trict pol­icy, prop­erty own­ers who are ca­pa­ble of con­nect­ing to the county sewer sys­tem will have 10 years to con­nect and then shut down their sep­tic tank, un­less a trig­ger­ing event re­quires an ear­lier hookup. Trig­ger­ing events in­clude fail­ure of the sep­tic tank and sale of the prop­erty, among other pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Many ju­ris­dic­tions have shorter time­lines to con- nect. For ex­am­ple, Elkton has a 90-day dead­line to con­nect, and Per­ryville has a six-month dead­line to con­nect.

Eric Sennstrom, di­rec­tor of land use and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices, said that 26 com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and 21 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, all on U.S. Route 40, would be im­pacted by the man­date.

The county man­date doesn’t im­pact those liv­ing inside municipalities. How­ever, those mu­nic­i­pal res­i­dents must still abide by the

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

The pub­lic salutes the Amer­i­can flag dur­ing a ren­di­tion of “Taps” at Mon­day evening’s 9/11 re­mem­brance cer­e­mony in Pell Gar­dens.

MAP COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY GOVERN­MENT

The gray ar­eas on the map show ex­ist­ing sewer ser­vice, some of which are mu­nic­i­pal and some of which are county. The yel­low ar­eas show where county sewer ser­vice is ex­pected by roughly 2019, and the or­ange ar­eas show where ser­vice is ex­pected by roughly 2024. This map shows where the sewer man­date will be in ef­fect.

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