Do residents of Cardiff and Whiteford want public sewer service, and are they willing to pay for it?
The county Department of Public Works hopes to find answers to those questions at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at North Harford High School with about 500 residents and business owners in Cardiff and Whiteford.
At the meeting, public works representatives will present preliminary plans about a possible joint project with Pennsylvania to build a public sewer system servicing Delta, Pa., and neighboring Whiteford and Cardiff.
Delta is across the state line from Cardiff -- the two towns share Main Street. Whiteford is located about a mile south of Cardiff. Both Harford villages are located outside the areas designated for intense development in the county's master land use plan.
Whether the project goes beyond the discussion stage depends on what the residents of Whiteford and Cardiff want, said Jerald A. Wheeler, deputy director for water and sewers.
The project was proposed in September to Harford government administrators by Delta borough officials. Delta officials want the public sewer service for a school, said Wheeler. Representatives of Delta and the county public works department met in September and October to discuss the project, he said.
Project cost is estimated at about $2.1 million for the sewer lines and about $3.6 million for a treatment plant, Wheeler said. A site for the treatment plant has not been selected.
The sewer system proposed by Pennsylvania officials would be a satellite project, which would not connect to the county central sewer system, Wheeler said.
He said officials were uncertain as to from where the money would come for construction. Also, hook-up fees and user fees have not been determined.
"Right now, we're just putting up a trial balloon. If it's not the sense of the community, or it proves to be too costly, we won't move ahead," said Wheeler.