County relents on sewer mandate deadline
ELKTON — After months of public outcry from citizens, the county has introduced changes to the impending mandatory sewer hookup policy that would allow homeowners to put off connecting to county sewer indefinitely as long as their septic system is functioning properly.
Over the summer, Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy’s administration introduced a new policy that requires property owners who are capable of connecting to the county sewer system to do so within 10 years, unless a triggering event requires an earlier hookup. Triggering events include failure of the septic tank and sale of the property, among other possibilities.
But last week, in response to comments from the public and the county council, the county revised the policy to lessen the financial burden on those who connect while also allowing others to avoid connecting at all. A hearing on the policy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Elk Room of the Cecil County Administration Building, located at 200 Chesapeake Blvd. in Elkton, and written public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
Scott Flanigan, Cecil County director of public works, said he believes that the revisions will address many of the concerns about the policy and added that further changes
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This map shows where the sewer mandate will be in effect, with gray areas showing existing sewer service, yellow showing short-term growth and orange showing long-term growth.