CUMBERLAND — County commissioners gave the thumbs up Thursday to phase two of an overhaul of the Rawlings water and sewer system and expanded a lease by Penn Mar Recycling LLC at the Riverside Industrial Park.
Commissioners agreed to sign documents required to apply for an $800,000 grant for the Rawlings project. They also authorized the project going out to bid.
The potential grant funds are from a Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
The second phase of the project would provide water service to 100 homes served by a substandard water system, county officials said.
The water line would extend from U.S. Route 220 from Church Street to Lilac Court; it would also include eight side streets, according to documents prepared by county officials.
The first phase of the project is already under way and extends a water line from American Woodmark south, parallel to U.S. Route 220 to Church Street.
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 other county news, a recycling operation continues to grow.
Employment at Penn Mar has doubled recently, said Steve Miller, the company’s president.
Penn Mar is a subsidiary of Miller’s Recycling of Bedford, Pa.
The company will now lease 76,000 square feet at the industrial park, adding more than 43,000 square feet with the new lease agreement, which amends a previous agreement.
The agreement is for 10 years with an option to purchase for $977,608, county officials said.
All revenues will be placed in the county’s revolving building fund.
“With the help of economic development, we’ve had a lot of opportunities come in the door,” Miller said.
The company has operated in the county since 1990 and began the county recycling operation, later becoming a full-service recycler of cardboard, office paper, newspaper, magazine and steel and aluminum cans, county officials said.
“Thank you and we hope you keep investing in the future of Allegany County,” said Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr.
Commissioners also agreed to cooperate on strategies to the development and expansion of trails that could be spurs from both the Great Allegheny Passage Trail and the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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