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New Washington County sewer pumping station meant to lure businesses

April 09, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a bid to build a new sewer pumping station for Newgate Industrial Park in Hagerstown.

The $2.19-million Cedar Springs Pump Station will be built on Newgate Boulevard with the goal of drawing businesses to the area.

"In order to get industry to come, you have to have the infrastructure in place. The biggest thing missing there is a sewer system," said Mark Bradshaw, deputy director of the division of environmental management.

The commissioners unanimously approved the low bid of $2.19 million, submitted by C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown.

The nine other bids ranged from $2.23 million to $3.46 million.

The contract is contingent on USDA approval.

Construction should take about six months, Bradshaw said.

The station will provide sewer pumping for about 1,600 acres that can't be served by gravity lines.

Wastewater from the station will be pumped to Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant, Bradshaw said.

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In October 2006, the previous board of county commissioners created a special assessment district in anticipation of building the pump station, which has been in the county's capital improvement plan for three years, Washington County Environmental Management Director Julie Pippel said.

In the assessment area, businesses will be charged an additional $1,000 per acre or economic development unit, whichever is higher.

The money the county earns from that district will be used to pay back the costs of building the pump station.

"Basically, the commissioners are fronting the money, and as development comes in they will recoup their costs," said Bradshaw, who noted the developers of Powers Estates will use the facility.

He said a commercial trucking distributor interested in moving to Newgate Boulevard and a trucking company looking at a parcel on Greencastle Pike are potential users of the pump station.

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Timothy R. Troxell said New England Motor Freight and one other company have expressed interest in the area.

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