Cumberland Times-News

April 21, 2013

County water projects beginning to flow

Matthew Bieniek
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Allegany County water projects are on the move. A project in Rawlings will extend water service to 100 homes from Church Street to Lilac Court.

In October, Allegany County commissioners approved the award of a contract for a portion of the Rawlings project.

The $840,537 contract covers the first phase of water transmission line construction.

Additional construction can occur as funding becomes available, said Mark Yoder, county utilities chief. About 7,500 feet of water line will be constructed, county officials said.

Rawlings needs complete replacement of its water and sewer system.

“The sewer line in this area is absolutely terrible,” Paul Kahl, Allegany County Public Works director, has said.

It’s possible that once the replacement is arranged, the county could take over the privately owned Rawlings water system, which will serve about 285 customers after the upgrade.

In addition to the $756,000 from the United State Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, $800,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant funds will be made available through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Mount Savage project is also moving forward. A new distribution system will add 450 homes to the Mount Savage system. The project will connect Mount Savage to a transmission line in Morantown.

Commissioners also made appointments to two boards. They appointed William Kenny of Westernport to a vacant position on the Upper Potomac River Commission for a term expiring in March of 2019. Commissioners also appointed Richard P. “Pete” Davis of Westernport to a position on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Davis’ term expires in February of 2018.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.