Developers at odds over water supply and payment Councilman asks for review of proposal

October 09, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Two developers hoping to build single-family homes in the New Windsor area are in disagreement about how water should be supplied to their respective sites and who should pay for it.

Mike Sponseller, who is digging a well for his Atlee Ridge development, said he does not want to pay for use of the water tank the New Windsor Partnership must build for its Blue Ridge Manor homes, because his development does not need it.

"I don't want to pay for a water tank for half of their lots," Mr. Sponseller told the New Windsor Town Council Wednesday night.

But Mel Schneider, a representative of New Windsor Partnership, said that the homes Mr. Sponseller is building at higher elevations will depend on the water tank.

"We are saying that with the system the way it is now, to get fire flow and adequate water usage in the development, he'd have to use the tank," Mr. Schneider said.

Mr. Schneider said his development, Blue Ridge Manor, needs the water tower to provide adequate water pressure to homes built at high elevations.

"At least a portion of his homes would be at an elevation where they would need the tank," Mr. Schneider.

Mr. Schneider and his engineer, Charles Crocken, presented a plan to the council they felt would benefit everyone, including the town, which has been experiencing water-pressure problems for 20 years.

The current water tank on Rowe Road cannot be filled to capacity without causing a series of leaks throughout the town, Mr. Schneider said.

If the new developments were connected to the current system, no one would have sufficient water pressure, and plumbing inside and outside homes would be affected, he said.

"This idea we have is to alleviate some of the pressure in the area and control the water flow so that everyone gets water," Mr. Schneider said.

"This plan would also solve the problem of the leaks in town if the water tank is filled."

Mr. Sponseller said he wants his engineer to look over Mr. Schneider's plan, which Councilman Everett Ecker said should have happened -- without the council becoming involved.

"Why can't the developers get together and decide what they want to do and then bring it back to us later?" Mr. Ecker asked the opposing sides.

"We just go back and forth without ever really deciding anything at all."

The developers will meet with their engineers to look into the proposal, but no decision was made as to who would have to pay for work needed on the existing system.

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