It has been awhile since we last shared with the citizens of PITTSVILLE, happenings going on in the Town so we wanted to get you all caught up as best as possible. HERE GOES!
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) Funding
The ARP funding to municipalities approved by the Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March of this year has arrived in PITTSVILLE. The Town received its first allotment of $713,680.50 on 30 Jul 21. The second and final allotment is due by 1 Oct 22. The Town Commissioners have initially determined to utilize these funds to upgrade, repair or replace the water/sewer infrastructure within the Town to include both Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). These funds will enable the Town to undertake much needed utility work alleviating the need to apply for loans that would be costly to our constituents.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT UPGRADE GRANT
Along with the ARP funding, the Town has been approved for a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for $968,000 to continue and complete the upgrading of the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) that was begun in 2019. Meetings have already begun to undertake this project. The Town Manager has also recommended that the Town begin work next year on a project to drill a new well needed to add to the Town’s water supply production. We want to thank our Town Engineers, Davis Bowen & Friedel (DBF) for their great work on obtaining this grant for the Town.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT (WTP) SOLAR PANELS PROJECT
The much anticipated WTP “Solar Panels Project” has commenced and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. This project is also funded by a grant from MDE in the amount of $616,555 and once solar panels are activated will reduce our electricity costs by $30,000 annually (projected).
COMMUNITY PARKS/PLAYGROUND GRANT
The Town will be applying for a grant of $100,000 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) “Community Parks & Playground” program to undertake a project to replace and upgrade equipment in the Town’s park off Pearl Street. The project is to replace two (2) picnic tables damaged by vandalism (one to be ADA approved), an ADA approved swing, and a more inclusive ADA children’s play activity structure. This grant will be submitted by the end of the month of August.
PLANNING/ZONING COMMISSION NOTES
The Town’s Planning/Zoning Commission will begin this month a review and revision/updating of the Town’s Zoning Code and Zoning Map which will include possible revising of criteria required to build within the incorporated limits of the Town. This process is anticipated to take at least a year to complete.
PLEASE REMEMBER—that the Town does require zoning/building permits to undertake projects to improve your property. BEST ADVICE! Before undertaking any work, verify criteria required by Town ordinance.
As the Town’s “Code Enforcement Officer” I have been very pleased of the cooperation and adherence to the Town’s property maintenance code ordinances by our residents This year, only eight (8) notices of violation have been issued and ALL resolved.
As a reminder, most municipal violations involve high grass problems, or failure to obtain proper building permits. The Town conducts daily “code enforcement” tours and notifies property owners of any violations.
TOWN FY22 STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
The Town Commissioners have approved the FY 22 “Street Improvement Program” for the town which will be commencing this fiscal year. Designated project to include paving of Pine Street from Old Ocean City Road to Railroad Avenue, constructing a parking lot at the Community Center, and restriping of Main Street from Gumboro Road to Old Ocean City Road. The Town Engineers are preparing bidding documents at the present time.
TOWN MANAGER “Status & Availability”
More good news! The Town as the sponsoring agency for the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) “Town Manager Circuit Rider” program has been approved for a grant of $50,000 to continue operating the TMCR circuit which also includes the Towns of Sharptown and Willards. For anyone interested, my schedule is the following:
Pittsville-Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
This schedule is subject to change depending upon the needs of each town. Appointments should be coordinated with town staff.