Sewer project funded

Com­ple­tion ex­pected mid-July

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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

JO MAN­NING

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