Rising Sun building moratorium to be officially lifted Nov. 3
— 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.”
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.
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