Taneytown to seek sewer fix money

February 09, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The Taneytown City Council has known for some time how to fix the problems with the town's sewer system, but didn't know how to get the $1.6 million needed for the job.

Last night, the council voted to have Richard Hillman, director of the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program, process the town's application for state money to complete the proposed project.

The program, in the state Department of Housing and Community Development, would help the city obtain long-term financing with advantageous terms, Mr. Hillman said.

Taneytown's sewer system has been running inefficiently for several years, bringing 250,000 more gallons of waste into the system daily than it should be handling.

The town spent $27,000 in November to locate the source of infiltration. City engineers found storm water runoff leaking into the damaged lines and overloading the system by 100 percent.

The engineers last week gave the council films that showed leaks in at least 10 percent of the city's lines.

Three main trouble spots were identified by city engineers, said Town Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. The main pipe leading to the treatment plant leaked; several artery pipes leading to the lTC main line were blocked by tree roots, and man holes needed to be replaced.

"It's strictly a financial matter at this point," Mr. Mangini said. "[The council knows] what the situation is."

In other action, residents Roger Keller, Georgia Krug and Terri Wetzel last night voiced concerns over the council's consideration of an extension of Fairgrounds Avenue to Grand Drive to lessen tie-ups on East Baltimore Street and Antrim Boulevard.

"Why would the council even consider diverting traffic from two very controlled areas into one that is far less controlled?" asked Mr. Keller.

"This road has no traffic signals and few people obey the stop signs."

The council took no action on the matter.

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