Rising Sun Town Administrator Calvin Bonenberger told the Cecil County Planning Commission this week that he means the pun when he says this is “a watershed moment for the town of Rising Sun.”
Issues with both water and sewage in the town forced a moratorium on construction in the town that has lasted for the past 10 to 11 years, he said.
“This has had a tremendous impact on the town of Rising Sun,” Bonenberger said.
The town experienced the highest property values in 2010. Since that time, values have declined by 33% in the town, he told Planning Commission members. This has translated to $200,000 fewer tax dollars as the town has had to work on the difficult job of funding a police department and other services with less money. He believes the economic recession in the nation affected property values and the continuing building moratorium is to be blamed for the values remaining at a lower level.
A new sewer plant opened in August, 2015.
“The next piece of the puzzle is to solve the water issue,” the Town Administrator explained.
Bonenberger said the town’s investment in water and sewer systems will total $28 million, including research, planning and construction of needed infrastructure.
After considerable research, Rising Sun will be getting its water from Chester Water. This requires a pipeline from Pennsylvania.
The town visited the Planning Commission and the County Council this week to expedite master water and sewer plan amendments. The town is rerouting the water pipeline in the area of Ridge Road to go across two farm properties instead of along the roadway. This will streamline the project since the change will require only two easements, instead of 33 easements along the roadway, Bonenberger said. The change also means that section of pipeline will go across land instead of the town having to get that section of the road torn up and then replaced.