NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

September 28, 1993

Manchester seeks engineering study

The Manchester town council has asked the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at Charles County Community College for help in writing a request for bids for an engineering study of the town's water system.

Jake Bair, the training center's director, said the study is expected to cost $20,000 to $30,000.

Workers at the center will develop a computer model of the Manchester water system that the town can use to make decisions about such issues as extending water lines, adding water tanks, adding pumping stations or eliminating the use of springs.

"I think it's needed -- most definitely needed," said Councilman Douglas E. Myers, who has oversight responsibility for strategic planning for the town.

He said the study would help the town save money.

"I think the study will benefit not only the water department" but other town functions, such as the planning and zoning commission, said Steven Miller, Manchester's superintendent of water and waste water.

Mr. Bair said the town will not be charged for the center's help seeking bids because the center is financed by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The center recently helped Thurmont and Hancock with similar projects, he said.

Manchester sought the center's help when town officials were planning to construct sewage spray fields.

FIRE

* Hampstead: Firefighters from the Hampstead and Manchester companies in Carroll County and the Arcadia firehouse in Baltimore County went to a house on South Main Street to extinguish a fire in a clothes dryer at 11:08 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 25 minutes.

Engines from Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia went to a house fire on North Main Street in Hampstead at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 8 minutes.

Hampstead volunteers were dispatched for wires on fire on South Main Street at 4:48 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 10 minutes.

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