Cumberland Times-News

May 5, 2013

Million-dollar sewer work gets the OK

Matthew Bieniek
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners last week awarded a contract for rehabilitation of sewers on Bedford Road.

The work will be paid for through a 12.5 percent loan along with a loan forgiveness program.

The loan forgiveness program funds are the largest portion of the project funding at $875,000. The 12.5 percent loan is $125,000.

Most of the work will be completed by the end of “this year’s construction season,” said Daniel DeWitt, a county engineer involved in the project. The low bidder was Shaffer Construction Company, at $967,078, DeWitt said.

The project is in the Highland Estates area, officials said. The venture is one of many water and sewer projects in the county.

Commissioner Creade Bro-die Jr. recently discussed the work of the engineering, utilities and solid waste departments, among others, and mentioned the Bedford Road project, which began earlier this year.

“In 2012, engineering completed 12 projects including the $1.8 million Burbridge Building in North Branch Industrial Park, began the $1.32 million (Bedford Road area) sewer replacement ... the Flintstone Wastewater Treatment Plant Capacity Study, the small bridge inspection program and other projects,” Brodie said.

The Bedford Road project was a target for county officials at this year’s PACE reception. County officials successfully negotiated for the funding of the project.

The annual reception in Annapolis often yields leads on funding for local water and sewer projects and allows local leaders to make important contacts with state government and federal officials.

PACE, which stands for Positive Attitudes Change Everything, has begun in earnest.

PACE works to educate state legislators and officials about Allegany and Garrett counties and to present the local perspective about state issues.

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