Phase one of SKI sewer project of­fi­cially gets un­der­way

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — It has been years in the mak­ing, but on Fri­day, Dec. 2, the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers, sur­rounded by county and state staff from var­i­ous de­part­ments, of­fi­cially be­gan the process of cre­at­ing a new sewer sys­tem on Kent Is­land.

The South­ern Kent Is­land (SKI) Sewer Project Phase 1 be­gan with a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, gold shov­els and all, at the Ro­man­coke Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 227 Al­le­gany Road. Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran said the county is in­ter­ested in projects that im­prove the qual­ity of life for its cit­i­zens, the en­vi­ron­ment and the wa­ter. Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Mark An­der­son gave thanks to the part­ner­ships with de­part­ments and agen­cies at var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

On Aug. 23, the Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved bids for Phase 1 of the SKI project with a three to two vote, Com­mis­sion­ers Stephen Wilson and Robert Buckey against. On Nov. 2, the Mary­land Board of Pub­lic Works ap­proved $33 mil­lion in Wa­ter Qual­ity Re­volv­ing Loan funds to be used for the sewer project.

Phase one of the project will in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of the sep­tic tank ef­flu­ent pumps, com­mu­nity mains and trans­mis­sion mains, cre­at­ing the sewer in­fra­struc­ture. The Trans­mis­sion force main will run along Mary­land Route 8 from the county’s en­hanced nutrient re­moval waste­water treat­ment plant.

The SKI Sewer Project will serve about 1,528 homes, eight com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and 560 in­fill prop­er­ties, of which 775 prop­er­ties will be en­hanced in Phase 1. The first phase of the four phased project, ex­pected to be fully com­pleted in 10 years, will serve the Kent Is­land Es­tates and Ro­man­coke on the Bay com­mu­ni­ties.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers in fa­vor of the ac­tion to cre­ate a new Sep­tic Tank Ef­flu­ent Pump­ing Sys­tem (STEP) cite fail­ing sep­tic sys­tems caus­ing raw sewage to sit in some yards. Home­own­ers have ex­pressed trou­bles through­out the ap­proval process of in­abil­i­ties to sell or ex­pand their prop­er­ties due to the fail­ing sys­tems and lower mar­ket value for their homes.

The project is be­ing paid through a Bay Restora­tion Grant through the Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment as well as a Wa­ter Qual­ity re­volv­ing loan. Funds will also be ac­quired from the fees new users hook­ing up to the ser­vice will pay per month as this is a spe­cial as­sess­ment project. The county said home­own­ers will pay about $100 per month for the hook up with $70 per month from the fees go­ing to pay down debt for in­fra­struc­ture and the re­main­ing money to be used for oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of the sys­tem.

Res­i­dents seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can call the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works at 410-758-0920, visit the South­ern Kent Is­land San­i­ta­tion Sewer Project web­page on the county’s web­site at www.qac.org, or by vis­it­ing the project’s of­fice site at 9410 Ro­man­coke Rd., next to United Com­mu­ni­ties Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. The of­fice is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues­day and Thurs­day.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Con­struc­tion of the new Souther Kent Is­land Sewer Project of­fi­cially be­gan on Fri­day, Dec. 2, as of­fi­cials used gold shov­els to break ground for Phase 1 of the four phased project.

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