Officials: Sewer mandate to impact 47 properties
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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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.