Jay Fergusonjay@deepcreekvacations.com301-501-0420

Comments Welcome on Water & Sewer Master Plan Amendments

At the March 6 public meeting, County Senior Planner Siera Wigfield presented the 2023 Water & Sewer Master Plan Amendment on behalf of the Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division.

The presentation was primarily “housekeeping” items of text amendments and map updates to the Water & Sewer Master Plan adopted on December 9, 2014. The current 10-year plan can be found here.

The 2014 plan was prepared to support the continued development of water supply and sewerage systems in Garrett County and meet the requirements of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The plan was developed by the Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division with the assistance of the Garrett County Planning and Land Development Office and the Garrett County Health Department Environmental Health Services.

Also, information was included from the 2008 Garrett County Comprehensive Plan, the 2010 Census, updated geologic mapping, and the most recently available growth projections from the Maryland Department of Planning and the County municipalities.

The amendment presentation includes:

First, map updates to combine McHenry & Thayerville Water areas into Deep Creek Lake Service Area and Sewer Service Expansion Sewer Service in Deep Creek. This will delete Figure 3-4 and update Figure 3-5.

Deep Creek Lake Water Service Area (formerly ThayervilleWater Service Area) per the included map:

  1. Merge Thayerville & McHenry Water Service areas – as per Resolution 2017-5
  2. W-2 > W1 in McHenry SW- connected service
  3. Expand FWS to match 2008 Compressive Plan Growth Area NW
  4. FPS > W1 – PARADISE Heights expansion – connected service F

Also, Update Figure 3-8: Expand FPS to cover Expand FWS to match Compressive Plan Growth Area NW & SE. Reference the included map.

Then, the proposed text and map amendments for the Grantsville Water Service. The Town of Grantsville requested to amend the plan to update the text to include improvements to the system by consolidating the Green and Grantsville WTPs, replace aging lines and a SCADA system to monitor tank levels. This amendment will allow the Town to apply for funding these improvements.

Also, there are proposed text and map amendments relating to the Trout Run/ Oakland Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). This will replace the Trout Run WWTP and combine service for communities at a modern WWTP in Oakland.

The complete presentation to include proposed amendments is linked here and the public comment period will be open until Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

If there are any questions, please contact Siera Wigfield at swigfield@garrettcounty.org or 301-334-7477.


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Jay Ferguson

Who I Am My name is Jay Ferguson, and I am a lifelong resident of the Deep Creek Lake area. I am also co-owner of the real estate side of Taylor Made. I have been in the real estate business for 21+ years now and I LOVE what I do! I have to say, my career really took off when I co-founded the real estate side of Taylor Made in 2014. Its been an amazing experience, building a real estate company from the ground up and achieving so much so quickly! In August 2016, we purchased Long & Foster Real Estate Deep Creek, where I had started my career in 2000. In 2018, we on-boarded virtually every agent from Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty as they closed up shop and the real estate family grew even more! We now have over 40 sales agents and have expanded to West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well. Taylor Made is the #1 vacation rental company at Deep Creek with over 475 vacation rental homes, and over one hundred thousand yearly visitors. Its amazing what we have accomplished using the principles of honesty, teamwork and customer service! Personally, my wife Jessica and I enjoy traveling and especially spending time in the outdoors, hiking and exploring the many diverse areas that Garrett County is naturally blessed with. We have raised two wonderful children here, Kayleah (22) and Noah (13). In the summer, we love spending time on the water with friends & family and enjoying the lake life! We are both active in our church, our community & local school activities, and we fill our schedule with plenty of volunteer efforts. I currently serve on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity. I am proud to say that I was named Deep Creek Time’s Favorite ‘Community Champion’ in 2019. I was also named Garrett County Realtor of the Year in 2018-19, as well. I really enjoy promoting my hometown. I am very proud of the resort area that has developed over my lifetime and look forward to growing the area even more! Deep Creek Lake has been described as ‘The Lake Tahoe of the east', and I think that speaks volumes about the potential to own property here! Deep Creek Lake isn't really a town or city by itself; it's comprised of three towns: Oakland, Swanton & McHenry, Maryland. I am very passionate about my hometown and am impressed with how many people know about it as we travel around the country. Deep Creek Lake is an amazing place to visit and even better place to live! During the pandemic in 2020, our market exploded and more and more people left their primary residence in the city to live here permanently. With distance learning in schools and tele-commuting becoming the ‘norm’, many more people were drawn to the area to ‘live where they love to play’. Why You Want Me Working for You: In addition to being an owner, I am consistently one of the top-producing agents in the entire area and the Associate Broker of record for Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. I have 21+ years of experience and I am a problem solver. There aren’t many situations that I have not encountered and I have a strategy for almost every scenario that you may encounter. I have extensively trained in all areas of real estate & emerging technologies, and also have trained as an appraiser, as well as served as a full-time Broker. I have a strong knowledge of the industry, as well as many trusted local contacts & affiliations that allow me to perform at a very high level and deliver results. I have a great deal of respect for my peers in this industry and have strong working relationships that I would love to put to work for you. Call me to discuss your situation - I know I can be of great service to you & others you care about! Honesty. Integrity. Results.