A major drainage overhaul in Port Deposit is about to begin.
Last week, crews from Pessoa Construction began moving equipment into Port Deposit's town hall. For the next two years, they will be in town completing a massive storm drain project.
That project is 100 percent funded by the State Highway Administration. "They will be replacing drains all along Main Street," said town administrator Vicky Rinkerman. The scope of work also includes the installation of new drainage outfalls and selective water and sewer line replacement.
The goal of the project is to decrease flooding. "The SHA has told us that it won't stop all flooding. But during a large rainfall it will handle the water better. That's the goal," said Rinkerman.
There is no official start date but it is expected the work will start in late January. The streets won't be closed during the work. One lane of travel is supposed to remain open at all times.
In other business:
• The town has a new public works employee. Andrew Jones will now be working with crew leader Floyd Taylor. Jones' job duties include maintaining town buildings and property, mowing, landscaping, refuse and debris removal, maintaining town vehicles and equipment, and more.
• Rinkerman said town officials are worried about set fires. On December 17, a vacant two-story home at 250 North Main Street was a target for an arson. A 16-year-old was charged with arson and other crimes for that incident. Port Deposit has at least a dozen vacant buildings. Rinkerman said town officials are asking residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.
• The Town of Port Deposit has been notified that they will receive $50,000 in DHCD facade grants. Rinkerman said that grant money encourages property owners to improve their homes which is good for the town.