The county will propose lending Union Bridge $31,000 to help the town extend its water system to 29 homes currently served by a spring or other sources.
The Maryland Department of the Environment has offered the town a $70,000 grant and a $60,000 loan for the project, estimated at $130,000.
But Union Bridge officials and residents are concerned the town would be unable to repay the loan, said Marlene Conaway, assistant county planning director.
As an alternative, Union Bridge officials have proposed charging 29 homeowners -- 25 supplied by Dennis Bowman's Big Spring Farm and four others -- $1,000 each for area water connection fees. The county would provide the remaining $31,000 as an interest-free loan, said Conaway. The loan would be repaid when additional houses are built in the area, annexed into town and connected to the system, she said.
County officials plan to schedule a meeting with the Union Bridge Town Council to discuss the proposal.
County and state agencies and the town have recommended replacing the system because of questions of reliability, contamination, accurate monitoring, fire protection and safety for homeowners. Bowman also has told Union Bridge officials he plans to cease operation of the system by the end of 1991.