The Garrett County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the inclusion of four new amendments to the Garrett County Water and Sewer Master Plan. They pertain to the Overlook Ridge subdivision, Thayerville Public Water System, and Mountain Lake Water System.
Following a public hearing on the amendments, the commissioners signed a resolution to include the additions in the master plan. No members of the general public voiced their support for or objection to the amendments at the hearing.
Garrett County Public Utilities director Linda Lindsey said Pete’s Drive LLC, developer of the Overlook Ridge at Deep Creek Lake Condominium Subdivision, plans to construct a private water system to serve dwellings in that development. The community will consist of 8 family dwellings, 6 duplex units, and 16 townhouses for a total of 36 dwelling units.
The project will be constructed in three phases, which will begin with the single family homes.
The proposed water system will consist of two production wells, a raw water line from the wells to the control building, and potable distribution lines and appurtenances within the development.
Lindsey noted that the system will include three 2,500 gallon fiberglass storage tanks, and the total estimated daily withdrawal at full build-out is 9,450 gallons per day.
Construction, operation, and maintenance will be borne by the developer, and operation and maintenance of the system will be financed by the condominium association through its annual budget.
The project is located within the Thayerville Water Service Area, which was created last June. Upon completion of the proposed public water system that will serve that area, the Overlook Ridge development will be required to connect to the public system and abandon the private supply.
Overlook Ridge developers also plan to construct a sewage collection system. This project will be completed in two phases and will include sewer lines, a 9,000 gallon emergency holding tank, and a sewage grinder pumping station.
The cost of constructing this infrastructure will also be borne by the developer. Operation and maintenance of the on-site system will be financed by the condominium association through its annual budget.
Sewage treatment will be provided at the Deep Creek Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, Lindsey noted.
The third amendment provides for the inclusion of the Thayerville Public Water System into the master plan. On Jan. 19, the commissioners awarded a contract to Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, which will provide design and construction phase engineering services.
The county has applied for financial assistance through the Maryland Department of Environment for the proposed system. For the purpose of the funding application, the total project cost – which includes administrative, engineering, construction, land, rights of way, and contingencies –was estimated at $11,229,000.
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