by Lisa Tome
Three years after Chesapeake City began supplying the Bo Manor schools with infrastructure, upgrades are needed.
Town manager Sandra Edwards said that the Bo Manor pump station needs about $60,000 in upgrades for the project which was completed in 2014. The initial work was completed in 2014. Edwards said the work is covered under the existing USDA grant. Pre bid meetings were underway last week for this project.
In other business from Chesapeake City:
• Chesapeake City has a partnership with the local schools. Last year, numerous conservation and clean up projects were completed by students from Bo Manor Middle and High. This year, every Friday in April, eighth graders from the middle school are completing work in the town.
• Mid April, the Canal Museum was supposed to be open on weekends. That has been delayed because volunteers will man it and paperwork has to be completed. The museum will be open on weekends as soon as possible.
• Edwards explained that the town is working to secure funding for a $9 million sewer plant ENR upgrade.
They are trying to be proactive and consolidate sewer plants. Currently, the north side of town has a sewer plant processing 75,000 gallons per day. The south side has an 88,000 gallon per day capacity. The new plant will allow for growth and will process 300,000 gallons per day. Construction is set to begin in 2018. The plant will also allow for future expansion and can double its capacity to 600,000 gallons per day.
The new plant will be constructed on a parcel of land adjacent to the existing north side sewer plant. It will be built to be flood resistant. Specifically, a new headworks facility will be built. The new plant will also have sequencing batch reactor tanks.
Both of the existing sewer plants have been in operation for more than a quarter century. Both the plants are currently in compliance with Maryland Department of the Environment standards.
The grant and loan work is underway.