Sewer project funded
Completion expected mid-July
SUDLERSVILLE — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced on Wednesday, May 25, that the Town of Sudlersville will receive federal funding to aid in the completion of its construction of a wastewater treatment facility.
The project, started in 2008, will connect the Town of Barclay to Sudlersville sewer services. The announcement states that the town will receive a $700,000 grant and a $250,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for treatment plant construction.
“Water infrastructure may sound like a technical term for far off pipes and storage tanks. In reality, it is an important part of our daily lives that helps grow our economy, protect our
environment and promote public health,” Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement. “We know that in many big cities and small towns across america, quality of life suffers because of either insufficient or nonexistent water infrastructure.”
Cardin said he applauded the towns of Sudlersville and Barclay for their “proac- tive approach to meeting the current and future demands of residents and businesses.” Cardin ensured that the federal government is a partner to towns on the Eastern Shore in aiding in creating 21st century infrastructure systems.
When the project originally started back in 2008, Sudlersville Town Manager Elizabeth Jo Manning said it was projected to cost a little more than $3 million. Eight years later, including the funds recently received from the federal government, Manning said the project is at $8.6 million.
Manning said the project, which the town has been building “for the last 100 years, it seems like,” came up short on funding because the project became more expensive after initial funding was approved.
“We had to go and ask for additional funding, and the additional fund we asked for was the $950,000 to finish it,” she said.
With the additional funds for the wastewater treatment facility, Manning said the town is aiming for a mid-July completion date. The money from USDA will be used for engineering costs due to inspections, changes to the initial plan, the final construction costs as well as fees associated with the project halt during the winter months and the remobilization of equipment back to the property for job completion.
At the town’s next meeting on Wednesday, June 1, the commissioners are scheduled to sign the loan resolution and legal documents associated with it, as well as sign the needed documents to secure the grant.
During the Town of Barclay’s commission meeting on Dec. 16 last year, the commissioners unanimously approved the annexation of 34 properties in the surrounding area into the town limits to eventually receive sewer ser vice.
According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, every dollar invested into water infrastructure is returned with a $6 growth to the economy.
“Maryland cities and towns need to upgrade their water and sewer infrastructure but they can’t do it on their own,” Mikulski said in a statement.
“These funds in the federal checkbook will allow our rural communities in Queen Anne’s County to update critical infrastructure creating construction jobs today.
“By investing in our water infrastructure, we are investing in the health and safety of Mar yland families and businesses for tomorrow.”
SEN. BEN CARDIN
SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI