by Lisa Tome
While the Town of Rising Sun has millions in long term debt, the spending will continue.
The most urgent and ongoing with be the $8.8 million that it will cost for the town to connect to Chester Water Authority for needed water.
Town administrator Calvin Bonenberger has estimated that the town will need to spend an additional $15-$18 million over the next decade or so.
"Our expenses are catching up to us," said Bonenberger during a town meeting recently.
In 2015, Bonenberger reported that the following items need to be handled within two to five years. He recently adjusted the timeline. Right now, about 3,000 gallons per day of liquid sludge is going into the sewage lagoon from the new wastewater treatment plant. At some point, the Maryland Department of the environment will require Rising Sun to decommission the lagoon at a cost of $2-$3 million. An additional $1-$2 million will need to be spent to handle the sludge.
An additional $2 million will need to be spent to install 10,000 lineal feet of five-inch water lines. Those larger lines would eliminate instances of "brown water" for residents in certain areas. "That's not pressing. We should do it within 10 years," said Bonenberger.
The 13-year-old town hall building needs a new roof and other repairs. It will also cost about $100,000 to fix the HVAC system and cracks in the brick. Bonenberger said this needs to be done within three years.
The town will lease police vehicles spending about $100,000 for this over three years. The town has budgeted for some new public works equipment. But another $250,000 needs to be spent to replace a 13-year-old dumptruck and a 20-year-old backhoe.
The town will need a second water storage tank. That will cost at least two million and is growth dependent. The current water tower is overdue for inspection. The inside of the current tank also needs new coating.
About $500,000 is needed for upgrades to address inflow and infiltration issues at the sewer plant. This needs to be addressed but isn't urgent.
An estimated $2 million is needed for street and sidewalk repairs. This does not include the urgent work needed on Ryan Drive. The town has already spent $225,000 there and may need to spend as much as a million.