Elkton, MD – The Cecil County Department of Public Works (DPW) published revised versions of Cecil County Sanitary District policy memorandum #1 and #2 following the completion of a public outreach process.
Policy Memorandum #1 establishes policy and procedures for the allocation of sanitary sewer capacity and the payment of Major Facility Fees (MFF) for County-owned and operated sanitary sewer systems. Policy Memorandum #2 establishes policy and procedures regarding the circumstances under which property owners must connect to County sewer.
The outreach process consisted of consultation with members of the County Council, a formal public hearing conducted on November 14, 2017, and the solicitation of written comment from interested stakeholders.
Key changes that were made to Policy Memo #1 in response to public comment and input from the County Council include a commitment to process applications to finance payment of MFF within three working days of receipt and to provide for a fixed rate of interest for owners of existing properties who connect to County sewer and opt to finance payment of MFF.
Policy Memo #2 outlines the criteria used by DPW in determining whether or not a parcel of land is considered to be served by County sewer and establishes what are termed “triggering events” that would require connection to County sewer in accordance with §9-661 of the Environment Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The most significant change from previous versions of Policy Memo #2 is to provide a mechanism whereby owners of properties that have not had a triggering event can further defer connection to County sewer provided that their existing septic system is determined to be functioning properly. In response to public comment, the deferral period has been increased from five to ten years.
The complete text of Cecil County Sanitary District policies are available on the DPW portion of the County’s website at www.ccgov.org/government/public-works/public-works-forms-and-publications.