According to figures, Keedysville grew 139 percent

Town plans $4 million in water system upgrades to accommodate growth

February 12, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • A water tower is under construction at the Cannon Ridge housing development in Keedysville. Cannon Ridge is one of two developments that are largely responsible for the town's growth in the past decade.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

KEEDYSVILLE — For Keedysville Mayor Matthew Hull, the 2010 census population figures pointed out the obvious.

The little southern Washington County town he has called home for more than 15 years gained 670 residents in the past decade.

According to the figures, Keedysville grew by 139 percent, from 482 residents in 2000 to 1,152 in 2010.

A percentage increase that large isn't difficult to achieve when you start out with such a low number, Hull said.

But the growth puts more pressure on the town's aging water mains, leading to approximately $4 million in system improvements, Hull said.

When the weather warms up in early spring, work will begin to replace the water line under Main Street, Hull said.

"Oh, we're going to make an awful mess," he said.

The improvements also include a new water tank, which is being built in the Cannon Ridge development, Hull said.

Cannon Ridge is one of two developments on the south side of Keedysville that are largely responsible for the town's growth in the past decade, Hull said. Cannon Ridge and Rockingham were annexed into Keedysville, which is tucked between Sharpsburg and Boonsboro.

Despite the growth in residents, the town hasn't seen an influx of businesses, he said.

"We like it like that," Hull said.

"It's been trying as far as town government goes, but nothing that's been earth-shattering. It's gone as smoothly as expected," Hull said.

"The people move into the area from more populated areas and expect the same services, and that is not the case," Hull said. "Until everyone gets acclimated to the way we do things, then what the new residents expect has been entertaining."

For example, he said, some of the newer residents, at their previous locations, were used to having a town employee show up when they called government about an issue, he said.

But Keedysville doesn't have a lot of employees. It has a part-time town administrator, the mayor said.

So newer residents have had to learn who to call with different utility issues. For instance, if it's a problem with water service, call Keedysville, but if it's a problem with the water bill they need to call the town of Boonsboro, Hull said.

The Herald-Mail Articles