|Route 8 Sewer and Water
If you don’t live in Kent
Island Estates, Romancoke, Tower Gardens, Queen Anne Colony, Kentmorr,
Matapeake Estates, Chesapeake Estates – you may think this doesn’t affect
However it will affect your
schools and roads – and likely your taxes. Consider consultant’s
study calculates 700 additional students and Level of Service on Rt 50
overpass/ramps and Rt 8 and intersections falling to E and F.
And will there even be any
environmental benefit after the resulting development and millions of dollars
spent? Pasted below is a explanation flyer. You need to be
aware of how this proposal will affect Kent Island and you. Please
share and comment.
What Does Southern Kent
Island (SKI) Sewer Extension Down Route 8 Mean to You?
Only You Know That Answer…..But
Don’t Let it Take You By Surprise
Decisions are being made
that will have substantial financial obligations for YOU and will
impact your way of life.
As an existing homeowner
you have no voice other than you own.
Do not assume anyone else
is representing your interest.
Vacant lot owners have
retained lawyers, are well funded and have an organized campaign.
Every resident has an obligation
to ASK QUESTIONS NOW – EXPRESS YOUR OPINION
If you would like to sign
a petition: NO SEWER/NO WATER
Send Email to Route8Sewer@gmail.com
Send questions/comments to Todd Mohn, Director of Public Works firstname.lastname@example.org,
copy QAC Commissioners email@example.com,
ATTEND next meeting
of the Public Works Advisory Board, July 14, 4:00 p.m. Kent Narrows
Exploration Center, Piney Narrows Road. You can ask questions/comment
at 4:00. This board is forwarding recommendations to County Commissioners.
READ the consultant’s
draft report at www.qac.org (on left in red - Southern Kent Island Sanitary
Project). Specifically review Facilities Impacts and Financial Analysis.
This is not an easy issue. It is complicated but it will affect you.
A great deal of money is involved –the amount you will have to pay as
well as speculative profits to be made by some.
Through recent years, many
lots that were known to be non-buildable have been purchased as
investments, at reduced prices - such as tax sales. The 1600 vacant
lot owners have been contacted privately and are well represented and well
financed - with lawyers, website and expensive mailings.
The basis of this project
is that vacant lot owners, who currently own non-buildable lots, would
pay a “benefit assessment” based on an appraisal, because sewer would make
their lot buildable and add value. Example - what is a buildable
lot in Queen Anne Colony worth versus one that is non-buildable?
The cost to existing homes will be determined mathematically by the
number of vacant lots served and the amount of this benefit assessment.
Similar method as Bay City and Cloverfields.
At the recent Public Information
Meeting, local developers and many non-resident lot owners spoke about
wanting to develop lot holdings but do not feel it is fair for them to
pay this benefit assessment. One argument is that property rights
are being taken away. Another side to the
argument is that property
rights were taken away when perc standards changed many years ago.
Under existing conditions, they do not have a right to build - and many
lots were bought with this knowledge.
Decisions are being made about running water in addition to sewer, though
it is acknowledged by the Health Department that water is not necessary
for the purpose of the project.
Adequate Public Facilities.
Existing Adequate Public Facilities (APF) regulations do not apply– only
to new subdivisions of 5 or more homes.
The addition of water
is estimated to add $49,000,000 to the cost of the project and you will
pay a water usage bill in addition to a sewer bill. The estimate
handed out was SEWER ONLY.
What will happen to your well?
Will you be able to keep it for outside use or will you be paying the county
when you wash a car, water your plants or add water to a pool?
Route 8 Traffic Analysis.
The report shows that traffic on Route 8 will be greatly increased.
The Consultant’s Report, Section
V, Page 14, calculates 700 additional students.
Without APF what protection
will there be for overcrowding of schools and roads? How long will
schools remain overcrowded. Who will pay to purchase land and build
new facilities required?
How will increased need for
emergency services, police, fire be handled? This is not addressed
by the Consultant’s Report.
Will Environment Really be
Improved? The Consultant’s Report footnotes that NOT included
in benefit/cost calculation is the “net value” of nitrogen and phosphorous
due to subsequent increased amount of stormwater due to proposed development
- Section VII, Page 12 (footnote).
Current Level of Service (LOS)
is “A”. The traffic study for the sewer extension causes the LOS
on Route 8 to fall to E and F (failed). Consultant’s report, Section
V, Page 10.
There are $89,936,000 of road
improvements identified that will be necessary. When will these road
improvements be made - who will pay for them? Will the residents
be forced to pay for improvements themselves or be forced to live with
E and F intersections?
How is a traffic light determined?
By number of accidents/injuries?
Are all alternatives being
Does this mean things like 3200
additional cars on Route 8, with oil, grease, asbestos, antifreeze, chemicals,
trash, were not considered? Agriculture, cars and stormwater are
the biggest sources of nitrogen in the Bay (National Geographic “What’s
Flushing into the Bay”).
Commissioner Wargotz (now
campaigning for U.S. Senate) stated at the Public Meeting his full support
for full build out of sewer and water because “Southern Kent Island is
a Growth Area”. It is not a growth area - he was corrected
by Commissioner Fordonski . Is this the end result of a sewer
line paid for by a select number of citizens?
Everyone asks “How much will
it cost me?”
Right now a failing septic system
can be addressed with new BNR system. As of July 1, individual counties
will administer the existing State “Flush Fund” that provides a 100% grant
for BNR system. First priority is given for a failed system within
the critical area.
The Consultant’s Report does
not explore newer technology options and small high-tech plants that could
be placed for use in the problem areas.
At this point, any costs are
projections - whether ultimately under or over budget, you will pick up
the tab. The report references 20 year loans and maybe grants.
What will be available in this economy? What happens to people unable
to afford this?
All costs are dependent on the
number of vacant lots and whether or not any “benefit assessment” is charged
to the lots and the amount the assessment. An Estimated Cost
handout was given at the Public Information Meeting. You can email
for a copy or access it on www.qac.org.
Note that this was for Sewer Only – the addition of water would be higher.
If you pay the entire cost,
what happens in the future when someone else hooks in? How much will
they pay? Who will they pay? Will you be reimbursed?
Will you be paying to create a growth area that could ultimately allow
other vacant lands on Route 8 to develop at lesser cost?