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Area Leaders Mull Over Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

June 18th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Frustrated with rising water and sewer rates coming from the city of Cumberland-   Allegany County and  Frostburg officials may be ready to stop relying on the city and focus on building a new treatment plant. That proposed plant in theory would service parts of Allegany County as well as Frostburg and Lavale. The city of Cumberland has faced strong criticism recently from the county and Frostburg  for the potential  impact a proposed  $30 million wastewater treatment plant would have on residents outside the city limits. Mayior Brian Grim is on record as saying that since it is a regional water plant- any costs for improvements should be shared by all of the users. The new sewer rate approved by the Cumberland City Council will see increases for residents of Cresaptown, for example, of  $9 per quarter increase in their bills to operate that system. In all, Allegany County has 16 water districts with 5,850 customers and 13 sewer districts with 8,500 customers. Commissioner Creade Brodie said the county is looking at alternatives.


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