Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 19, 1997) -- A project to rehabilitate the sewer system in the Town of Hancock in Washington County will soon receive a significant financial boost, thanks the Board of Public Works' approval today of a grant to replace and realign Hancock's aging sewer line along Main Street and other areas. The rehabilitation includes manholes, frames and covers.

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 to the community because it will prevent sewerage overflows and backups at the wastewater treatment plant," said Governor Glendening. "This will eliminate a public health threat that occurs during heavy rain events. It also contributes to the overall quality of life for the local residents."

In addition to the State grant, the town contributed $20,000 for a total project cost of $120,000. Construction will begin next month and will be completed in April 1998.

"This project is necessary to repair deteriorated sewer lines under the main street section of the Town," said Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy. "This work will be completed in conjunction with the main street water main replacement and will be completed prior to the Maryland State Highway's Streetscape Project which begins in June 1998."