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Council plans vote on loan for plant

February 13, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Town Council will vote during its Feb. 22 meeting whether to borrow $2.2 million to help pay for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.

Town Clerk Brenda L. Haynes said after the council's meeting Monday night that the money would be borrowed from the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration.

"(The council) will vote on and hopefully pass it," she said.

In November, Haynes said the plant's construction is estimated to cost about $3.6 million. That funding includes about $1.4 million in grants, with the rest coming from the $2.2 million loan, she said.

Mayor Robert L. Kline said after the meeting that water and sewer fees could increase 5 percent each of the next two years to help pay off the debt.

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This year, the fees for in-town users of 11,500 gallons could increase from $160.79 to $168.77, according to figures that Haynes provided last year. Those fees represent quarterly water and sewer rates.

Figures show that the bill for out-of-town users of 11,500 gallons could increase from $214.90 to $225.57.

Kline said the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a mandate for the plant's construction after discovering that the existing facility was not up to code.

The new wastewater treatment plant would be built at the same location as the existing one, he said.

If everything goes well, Kline said construction would begin in October and finish about a year later.

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