County re­lents on sewer man­date dead­line

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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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MAP COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY GOVERN­MENT

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.

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