Carroll pitches in on state project

County to build wells to ease water shortages

March 05, 2003|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The county commissioners agreed yesterday to contribute $128,100 to a state construction project at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville and asked for a prompt resolution to issues that might delay Carroll's plan to build a series of wells at the hospital to augment the area's water supply.

In a letter to the Maryland Environmental Service, the commissioners pledged to pay the cost of building a pipeline along the hospital's Main Street that is larger than originally planned. They also asked in the letter for state approval for the design, installation and maintenance of as many as six wells on the Springfield property.

The wells "will ensure an adequate supply to the hospital complex and alleviate shortages in the Freedom area," the commissioners wrote in the letter. The county's contribution to the state project represents the cost of upgrading a proposed pipeline from 12 to 16 inches. By sharing the pipeline with the state, Carroll can enhance fire protection capabilities, improve water pressure in the town and provide a backup should problems occur in its system, officials said.

Approval for the $1 million pipeline project is expected to go before the state Board of Public Works on March 19, and construction could begin next month.

The shared project could save Carroll taxpayers about $1 million.

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