State OKs $250,000 for sewage plant CENTRAL --Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

November 19, 1992

The state Board of Public Works has approved a $250,000 state supplemental grant for a new sewer system and treatment plant to serve 43 homes in Pleasant Valley, between Westminster and Taneytown.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer, chairman of the public works board, announced the grant yesterday

"The residents of Pleasant Valley currently rely on individual septic systems, many of which are failing due to poor draining soils," the governor said. "This project will remove and environmental threat to Bear Branch and eliminate a potential public health hazard."

The project involves the construction of a conventional gravity sewer collection system and a 15,000-gallon-a-day wastewater treatment plant.

Work is expected to begin in April 1993 and be completed by April 1994. The total cost of the project will be $564,935.

Carroll County plans to cover the balance of the cost with a $314,935 loan from the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund.

The fund, managed by the state Department of the Environment, provides low-interest loans for construction projects that will improve water quality.

The Department of the Environment, which helped Carroll officials plan and design the sewage collection and treatment facilities, will provide technical assistance and oversight during construction, the governor said.

Funds for the $250,000 grant came from the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 1991.

The other members of the Board of Public Works are Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer. The board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases and property transactions.

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