Town asks state to cut water pollution fine Improvements offered in request

September 02, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The New Windsor town government has asked the Maryland Department of Environment to reduce a fine imposed for water pollution at the town's sewer treatment facility from $5,000 to $500, Mayor Jack A. Gullo said last night at the monthly council meeting.

In return, the town will improve its laboratory conditions at the treatment lagoon, explain why wastewater discharged from the system in February and March had a high alkalinity, and improve and document the plant's standard operating procedures, Mayor Gullo said.

The fine could have been up to $1,000 for each day the polluted wastewater was discharged -- much higher than the $5,000 fine -- but, at one point, the department proposed a $2,550 payment to the Clean Water Fund to settle the violations.

If the town's $500 offer is accepted, its improvements would have to be completed Oct. 1, Mr. Gullo said.

The mayor also summarized the negotiations he has had over the last three weeks with county school officials about the new middle school that will replace New Windsor Middle School on Green Valley Road.

He said a tentative agreement has been reached on water and sewer connection fees, but until the county shows some sign of paying the $183,600 in hook-up fees, the town will not commit to providing the services, Mr. Gullo said.

He said he originally asked for $228,000 for the services, but revised his request in the negotiations.

The mayor also said that plans to annex the school land are

progressing. But he said that because it has taken so long for the annexation process to begin, the annexation can't be completed until February.

The council voted last night to increase town sewer connection fees from $1,000 to $1,500, and took a first vote on an ordinance to increase water connection fees from $1,000 from $2,500.

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