Carroll commissioners hear proposal to discharge school's sewage on farm

May 05, 1999|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

A plan to discharge treated sewage from Francis Scott Key High School onto a nearby dairy farm was unveiled before Carroll County commissioners yesterday by a New Windsor consultant.

The commissioners immediately lauded the idea of David T. Duree, president of Advance Systems, as an inexpensive way to correct a costly error by the county Board of Education. The school board built the $800,000 wastewater treatment plant last year to replace its aging septic system, but failed to obtain state construction and discharge permits.

County officials will soon meet with the landowners, Rodney and Melanie Stambaugh, to discuss details of the system that will discharge up to 7,000 gallons per day of treated sewage onto an unused field on their dairy farm.

Duree pledged to handle the public information campaign and public hearings for the county. The Stambaughs said yesterday they approved of the plan.

"It's the logical way to do it," Melanie Stambaugh said, adding she met with Duree earlier this week to hear plan details. "The area of the discharge is a dried-up wetland -- this is the way of getting it back.And this is going to be better for the wetlands, too."

Duree said the plan will cost taxpayers $263,000 -- including his company's $55,000 fee -- and take just over a year to implement. It was designed with biological engineers from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension and could be used as a living classroom after it is in operation, he said.

"It makes sense for everybody," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. "After it is treated, we're putting better water into the stream than the stream has already."

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