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Town plans $1.9 million installation of waterlines

December 26, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

KEEDYSVILLE - The Mayor and Town Council of Keedysville will spend the next year dealing with the $1.9 million installation of new waterlines through the town's main street.

Mayor Lee Brandenburg said the town's water system was installed in 1954 and 1955, and the cast iron pipes are showing their age with leaks and other problems.

"All of our water facilities are at the north end of town," Brandenburg said. "With the aging system, we've got to get a better flow to the south end of town."

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The town is able to afford the upgrade through a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, he said.

Brandenburg, who has been mayor for the past eight years, said the lines, which will stretch more than one mile, will extend from before Keedy Drive past Wyand Drive.

"We pump water to Boonsboro and they pump back to us," he said.

The town is the last in the county to have its streetscape refurbished, Brandenburg said. But the town cannot have its Main Street redone until the new waterlines are installed. He expects that contractors will begin installing the waterlines in the spring and hopes that the streetscape will be finished by the end of the year.

Keedysville's population has "probably doubled" over the past year, but Brandenburg said the growth spurt has nothing to do with the waterlines.

Rolls of blueprints covered his desk at Keedysville Town Hall for this interview.

"We've got one development just finished, one in the progress and one on the drawing board," Brandenburg said Dec. 12.

Brandenburg said the town council constantly is addressing growth. The town population's is "changing almost daily," he said.

Brandenburg said he believes the town's population is between 680 and 700.

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