TOWN MANAGER’S TALES
The Town Commissioners at a special meeting held on September 11, 2019 approved a three (3) year contract with SINGH OPERATIONAL SERVICES (SOS) to provide operations and maintenance to the Town of Pittsville’s Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to become effective October 1, 2019. SOS has been in operation for many years and will be a tremendous. SOS will provide the water operators, perform the required testing and maintenance and prepare the necessary reports that are required by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE).
Along with the above, the Town’s commitment to perform a mini upgrade to the WTP will be commencing soon to be paid from funds reserved in the Town’s water impact fee account. The Town Manager has informed MDE of the above change in the operation of the WTP.
Bulk Trash is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019. Look for specific details in a separate News Event listing on the Town’s web page
Should you have a community special event you want listed to be included in the utility billing soon to go out in the mail, please provide details to the Town by Monday, September 30, 2019 so we can include in our mailing. Events should be for the upcoming quarter (Oct thru Dec).
The next scheduled meeting of the Town’s Planning/Zoning Commission will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 commencing at 6:30 pm to finalize discussion on the new draft comprehensive plan before being presented to the public for further input or comments.
SOLAR PANELS PROJECT
GOOD NEWS! The issue regarding the demolition of the old building structure on town property to be the site of the solar panels project has been resolved. All parties (MHT, MDE, and Town) have agreed to the town’s request to remove the structure using local funds, and not any grant funds. This removes the last obstacle in the way of beginning these very important and worthwhile endeavor that once completed is projected to save the Town $30,000 annually on our electric costs.
The Town with the assistance of SERCAP, a non -profit organization that helps write grants for rural communities for sewer/water projects, has been awarded a grant from USDA Rural Development of $22,000 to begin the initial engineering study for the new waste water treatment plant (WWTP). This is only the very beginning of a lengthy process to upgrade the WWTP.
Unfortunately, our grant application to clear and clean out the town’s storm ditches was not approved at the State. However, the Town will consider alternative ways and resources to undertake this project as the Town Commissioners consider this a “priority”.
Please remember and be advised and aware that before you undertake any building construction or repair, contact the Town Hall to ascertain whether you need a building permit. Beginning a project without a town AND county permit may result in halting of work and municipal citation with fine being issued. BEST ADVICE!!! ASK BEFORE STARTING!
NEW RENTAL HOUSING REGULATIONS/REGISTRATION
As advertised, the Town Commissioners have approved new rental housing regulations that requires the registration with the town of ALL rental dwelling units along with a formal inspection to be done by the Town. A letter describing the procedure and application to be completed has recently been sent to those interested parties owning rental housing units. Letter is posted on the town’s web site.