Ris­ing Sun build­ing mo­ra­to­rium to be of­fi­cially lifted Nov. 3

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter more than a decade, the town’s build­ing mo­ra­to­rium will of­fi­cially end Nov. 3 with a party in front of town hall.

In fact, Ris­ing Sun Com­mis­sioner Allen Authen­reath said at the Tues­day night town meet­ing that the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers will con­vene a spe­cial meet­ing at 10 a.m.

“We will vote to of­fi­cially lift the mo­ra­to­rium,” Authen­reath said. “We’re very happy to an­nounce the end of this mo­ra­to­rium.”

In Jan­uary 2006, Clint Bow­ers, then the com­mis­sioner in charge of Ris­ing Sun’s wa­ter and sewer, called for the sewer mo­ra­to­rium be­cause of the town’s ob­so­lete in­fras­truc­ture.

“There should be no new per­mits from this day un­til fur­ther no­tice,” Bow­ers said. “There should be no new con­struc­tion other than what’s al­ready ap­proved.”

RIS­ING SUN

The would have been the Maple Heights and Bryan’s Grace sub­di­vi­sions.

“We fig­ure with re­duc­tion and other im­prove­ments we can take care of 86 apart­ments and not vi­o­late (state) guide­lines any more,” Bower said at the 2006 meet­ing.

Three months ear­lier the town had en­acted a wa­ter mo­ra­to­rium. It was late in Oc­to­ber 2005 that Bow­ers and town of­fi­cials first met with Ch­ester Wa­ter Author­ity.

At that time, Ris­ing Sun was about to put its new­est wells dug on the Amer­i­can Le­gion prop­erty off East Main Street on­line — a move the state would later can­cel, in­form­ing the town it was to seek out sur­face wa­ter sup­plies in­stead.

Ris­ing Sun met with sev­eral wa­ter com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Arte­sian, which in­formed the town that it also gets wa­ter from CWA. Of­fi­cials with the Delaware­based wa­ter com­pany sug­gested to the town that it go di­rectly to CWA in­stead.

Hav­ing spent $14 mil­lion to re­place its la­goon sys­tem with an or­bal ditch wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant, Ris­ing Sun is now near­ing com­ple­tion on the $10 mil­lion project to con­nect to CWA. The town needs about 275,000 gal­lons per day to meet cur­rent de­mand, but can draught up to 1 mil­lion gal­lons per day to meet fu­ture cus­tomer needs as they ar­rive. Town of­fi­cials ex­pect to be­come wa­ter sup­pli­ers to out­ly­ing ar­eas, with the hope that the avail­abil­ity will at­tract new busi­nesses and jobs to Ris­ing Sun and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’ve got a nice busi­ness com­mu­nity,” Authen­reath said, adding more are wel­come.

Once the town hall ac­tions are com­plete, Authen­reath said the cel­e­bra­tion would move across the street to Rise N Grind Cafe.

“We’ll kick off small busi­ness shop­ping for the hol­i­days,” he said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Ris­ing Sun Com­mis­sioner Allen Authen­reath an­nounces that the town will hold a spe­cial meet­ing and cel­e­bra­tion Nov. 3 to of­fi­cially end the town’s 13-year-old build­ing mo­ra­to­rium

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