Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 22, 1998) -- A project to rehabilitate the north and south sewer systems of the Town of Chesapeake City in Cecil County, and prevent the city's wastewater treatment plants from being overwhelmed during heavy rain, will soon receive additional State funding thanks to Board of Public Works approval today of a $200,000 grant.

Chaired by Governor Parris N. Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon. The Board is empowered by the General Assembly to approve construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.

"This project is important because the existing sewer system is unable to handle the heavy rains that adversely affect the performance of the town's two wastewater treatment plants," said Governor Glendening. "Completion of this project will alleviate this problem and improve the water quality of Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to a previous State grant of $150,000, the town contributed $100,000 for a total project cost of $450,000. Construction will begin in March 1998 and be completed in March 1999.

"Chesapeake City faces the unique problem of maintaining two wastewater treatment plants because of the C & D Canal," said House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee Chairman Ronald A. Guns. "It is very important that the State is a strong partner with Chesapeake City in its efforts to clean up the Bay. I thank Governor Glendening, Comptroller Goldstein and Treasurer Dixon for their help."