Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 18, 2006) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced today’s Board of Public Works approval of a $200,000 grant for the design, engineering and upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant that will serve community and social service entities in southern Charles County. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project is necessary to eliminate continual septic system failures at these much-needed facilities and supports activities in a designated Priority Funding Area,” said Governor Ehrlich.

The project entails engineering, design and upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment plant at the Thunderbird Apartments to also serve Jude House and the Bel Alton School, which is being renovated to become a multi-service center for the area. The system will serve roughly 86 individuals.

“The project will improve the health and safety of the community by correcting sewerage disposal problems through construction of a pump station, force main and upgrade of the Thunderbird Apartment/Bel Alton Wastewater Treatment Plant recently acquired by the county,” said Charles County Commissioners President Wayne Cooper.

The total cost of the project is $358,286, of which $158,286 is the local share.

Construction is expected to begin in April and be complete roughly a year later.