Where’s the Water, Commissioner Asks as Town Approves Annexation Resolution

Elkton Town Hall — Jan. 20, 2010 – At the town meeting this evening, the board heard a petition from Belle Hill, LLC to annex 28 acres of land at 189 Belle Hill Road, in the vicinity of Route 279.  As the elected officials discussed the proposal, Commissioner Jablonski noted the opportunity by saying that she’d read in the “News Journal that  what’s happening at the Chrysler Plant with medical and technology is going to spill over into Elkton.”  Commissioner Storke wondered whether the town had the capacity to provide water for the site since the administration had placed a moratorium on annexations.  “Where are we going to get the water from?  We have 800 homes on the books already,” he asked the town administrator.  “The first step is to get your foot in the door” Lewis George explained while adding that if the board expressed an interest in moving ahead an engineering feasibility study would be done.  “You didn’t answer my question.  Do we have water?” Commissioner Storke continued.  The annexation resolution was approved by a vote of three to one, with Commissioner Storke opposing the resolution.

In other business the town unanimously adopted the new comprehensive plan.  It also approved a budget amendment to reflect a $2,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation, which will be used to support the annual Firefighter’s Challenge.

Editor’s Note

Here’s a link to the article Commissioner Jablonski referred to.  The editorial page opinion piece was written by Daniel Schneckenberger, a past president of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce.

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