Port Deposit's sewer plant upgrade won't be based on projected development at Bainbridge.
That's what county public works director Scott Flanigan told members of the council last week.
"It's not the county's responsibility. Should and if that property is developed, it's not the county's responsibility," said Flanigan. "We've been kicking the can down the road (awaiting) Bainbridge development. We can't wait much longer for Port Deposit's plant."
He said the design/build plant means that a contract can be awarded, and the project designed and built by one contractor in an expedited fashion. The time line is that requests for proposals will go out November 1. Proposals will be due December 17. The proposals will be evaluated. He hopes the process and bid will be awarded in January to the company that pro- vides the "best value", not necessarily the lowest price. He said if this time line comes to fruition, the plant, which will use the ENR system (enhanced nutrient removal) would be finished in a year. "We won't specify what kind of sewage treatment. We will leave that up to the the design builder," said Flanigan. He did say that average daily flows currently treated are 30,000 gallons per day at the existing plant. The new plant capacity will be 60,000-150,000 gallons per day. Despite the fact that Flanigan said "Nobody knows what's going to be at Bainbridge."
This is the third plan that has been presented regarding a new plant for Port Deposit wastewater treatment. The plans for upgraded to the existing facility were abandoned as was the plan for a regional plant. Flanigan also stated that the existing pipe at Bainbridge is not in good condition.
"Nobody knows when or if Bainbridge (development) will happen," said Flanigan.