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Some Holiday Acres residents support sewers

December 10, 1997

Some Holiday Acres residents support sewers

By LAURA ERNDE

Staff Writer

Holiday Acres residents told horror stories Tuesday about their failed septic tanks and asked the Washington County Commissioners not to stop plans for public sewer there.

"Some people put $7,000 in their yard and it's just gurgling right up above the grass," said Carol Ridenour, who lives on Holiday Drive.

The County Commissioners are reviewing a 1993 decision to extend public sewer to 115 homes in the Smithsburg-area neighborhood.

The second look came after they received a petition, signed by about half the residents, opposing the service.

Ridenour and others have started their own petition in favor of sewer service. So far, they have about 20 signatures.

About a dozen residents came to the commissioners meeting Tuesday in support of the service.

"I've got a problem right now. I want a quick answer," said Dan Minnick Sr.

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When it rains, Minnick's septic tank fills with water, he said.

Plans for the service are still moving forward, said Public Works Director Gary Rohrer.

"We're not losing time," he said.

The commissioners have asked for information from the health department on the number of septic system failures in the development.

"Whatever decision this board makes, it's going to make someone unhappy," said Commissioners President Greg Snook.

When Ridenour took the petition around to her neighbors, she saw many who need sewer but who are afraid of the cost, she said.

"I know no matter what we do we're going to hurt them. They need to be considered when the price tag comes," she said.

The county is planning to charge a $2,750 hookup fee.

In addition, it will cost each homeowner an estimated $1,000 to $1,500 for plumbing work.

The commissioners said there are programs to help people with the costs of hooking onto the service.

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