Work could begin this summer.
After years of discussion, work could begin soon on replacing the aging water mains in the Village of Rosemont. The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $1.8-million loan for the project. $1.5-million of that amount will be forgiven and become a grant, while $300,000 will remain a loan that must be paid back.
"The three-party agreement, carefully crafted over the last two years to resolve a seven-year-old outstanding litigation involving the City of Brunswick, the Village of Rosemont, and a number of individual plaintiffs who live in Rosemont, will be replaced by a brand new set of water mains," says Brunswick City Administrator Rick Weldon.
The original lines were constructed during the 1930's as part of a Works Progress Administration project. For many years, the City of Brunswick provided the water for customers in Rosemont.
But the pipes are aging, and water pressure has dropped for Rosemont customers. The two municipalities were in disagreement over who was responsible. Brunswick said it didn't build the water mains, and said it was not responsible. Rosemont argued Brunswick was responsible because it had been providing the Village with water for a long time. The issued ended up in court. "This solution solves all that. I think all the suits will be dismissed and we'll get on with the water project," Weldon says.
He says work is expected to begin this summer. "I actually think the construction period is going to be a little longer than a year. It won't be on line within a matter of months. But the City of Brunswick will continue under the existing arrangement to supply water," Weldon says.
Under the new arrangement, Brunswick will continue to provide the water, but the county will own the water lines in Rosemont.
The money comes for a revolving loan fund administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment. "We're pleased that the parties came to an agreement. We want to do everything we can to ensure that Marylanders have safe, quality drinking water, and we're pleased that the funding has been approved for Rosemont," says MDE spokesman Jay Apperson.
"Good things take time, and this is a great example of that," says Weldon.