by Lisa Tome
Mother Nature has not been kind to a project that will bring water and sewer to schools south of the canal.
"Unfortunately, the weather has hammered us with the rain," said Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos.
For more than a year, Chesapeake City town officials, the county, and Cecil County Public Schools officials have been working on a plan to fix the Bohemia Manor School complex.
The current wastewater treatment plant on the school site is failing and the school system/county is under consent order by Maryland Department of the Environment.
Work on the project has been underway for several months.
Now crews are working double time.
"We've added a second crew. We're trying to make up time," said Geracimos. "We will get there. We will make our deadline."
The MDE imposed deadline to get the work completed is in October.
"With decent weather, we would have had a decent chance of having it done before the kids went back to school," said Geracimos. "We appreciate everyone being patient."
TJ Gray is Project Manager for the Town of Chesapeake City. He explained that the project consists of a mix of water lines, some eight-inch and some 12-inch. The sewer project mixes force mains and gravity fed.
The size of the water lines has been increased since the project began. Geracimos said he wants to be assured that the schools will have ample water pressure. Allowances have also been made in the event the school is remodeled at some point, and a fire suppression (sprinkler) system added.
In addition to serving Bohemia Manor middle and high schools, these connections will also serve Chesapeake City Fire Company's Station 12 and the adjacent Paramedic Three station.