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Apr. 7, 2011

The Garrett County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved construction of the Thayerville Water System and improvements to the McHenry Water System. Public hearings on the projects were held last month at Garrett College.
The Thayerville project will provide water to Deep Creek Lake residents and businesses in the Mountainside and Thayerville areas. Garrett County Department of Public Utilities director Linda Lindsey said the project will cost $8.3 million.

The cost includes planning, design, rights of way purchases, water storage tanks, a booster station, and a water treatment plant. The ad valorem tax method will be used for the project’s debt repayment.

“The water quality in that area is poor, and it will add fire protection for that area, especially for restaurants and other businesses,” the director said about the new system.

She noted that two viable water sources have been found and will be developed for the new service area.

For several years, Mountainside property owners have experienced numerous private well failures and water quality problems. They petitioned the county in September 2005 to establish a public system.

The service area will include properties along Rt. 219 in the vicinity of Thayerville, beginning at the Rt. 219 bridge, south to Glendale Road, Glendale Road from Rt. 219 to the Glendale bridge, and south along Rt. 219 for approximately .6 mile from the intersection of Glendale Road and Rt. 219.

Lindsay said some land easements need to be purchased, and plans need to be finalized and put out for bids, but she hopes to have the project finished by next summer or early fall.

The director indicated that the McHenry improvements project can move forward immediately, as that system is already established. The $2.8 million project will include new waterlines, development of water sources, a water storage and water treatment plant along Gravelly Run Road, booster station controls along Pysell Road, rehabilitation of the Villages of Wisp storage tank, and Villages of Wisp treatment plant and well pump improvements.

The ad valorem tax method will also be used for the McHenry project’s debt repayment.

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