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Council votes to buy property next to the town's reservoir

June 15, 2004|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - In an effort to protect the watershed for Clear Spring water customers, town officials Monday night voted to purchase a house and 22 acres adjacent to the town reservoir for $149,000.

An emergency land acquisition ordinance was introduced and passed at the meeting so there would be no delay in acquiring the property west of town.

"This is not only to protect the watershed, but also the $1 million-plus buildings we will be putting up there soon," said Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

Work is nearly ready to begin on the new water filtration system and treated water tower the town needs to be in compliance with Maryland Department of the Environment requirements for the town's water system.

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Both of those facilities will be built at the existing water reservoir site, which adjoins the property in question. The town is borrowing $1,313,600 to complete those projects, Hose said.

The final figures were received last week, detailing both the town's share, which is represented by the loan figure, as well as the $328,400 the state is contributing to the projects. The total for the two projects is $1,642,000.

- Marlo Barnhart

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