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Pangborn East work to begin in October

September 11, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Work begins in October on a sewer project designed to relieve septic system problems that plague most of the 50 homes in the Pangborn East area.

The project has been planned for several years, county officials said. The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a bid for the project, which will cost around $9,500 per home.

The commissioners unanimously awarded the bid to BEKA Industries Inc. of Ellicott City, Md., low bidder at $386,000.

The sewer line will serve residents on Atlantic Drive, Eastview Drive and Jefferson Boulevard from Pangborn Boulevard to Eastern Boulevard. The Washington County Health Department reported earlier this year that 95 percent of the homes in the area had septic-system problems.

In addition to construction of the sewer line, the project calls for the purchase of two grinder pumps, with a total project price tag of around $475,000, said Jim Bishop, assistant county water and sewer director.

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Homeowners will pay the county $2,750 per home in hookup fees, a total of about $137,500, he said. The few commercial enterprises on the line will pay more, he said.

The county will pay the city of Hagerstown $1,000 out of each hookup fee because the sewer will flow into the city's treatment plant, said county officials.

Residents likely will pay about $300 a year in sewer bills, he said.

Bids on the project came in well under the $791,000 budgeted for the project, Bishop said.

Bishop expects work to begin in mid- to late October, and the contractor has 240 days to complete the project, he said.

The money for the project was borrowed several years ago and doesn't add new debt to the total county water and sewer debt, said County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

The county water, sewer, and pretreatment debt is around $53 million, according to county records.

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