Elkton Cancels Annexation Hearing After Learning that Artesian Has Exlusive Franchise to Provide Sewer Service Outside of a part of the town

Over the weekend, a new blog focusing on the previous administration’s Deal with Artesian Water of Delaware sprang to life.  It presents a summary of the concerns a group of citizens had about this contract and shares a number of supporting documents.  It is concernedcecilcitizen.blogspot.com 

Matters related to this very subject came up at  a recent Elkton town annexation hearing.  After scheduling the hearing for a property on Bell Hill Road, the attorney representing the property owner appeared before the mayor and comissioners requesting the board cancel the proceedings.  The reason, the property owner, the town and the attorney had just been informed by Artesian that the company had an exclusive franchise to serve this part of the unincorporated area of the county.  The exclusive francishe was granted by the previous board of commissioners.  While Elkton has sewer service in the immediate area, they won’t be able to provide it, as Artesian was granted that right by the county commissioners.   In addition Artesian couldn’t advise when they would get around to digging sewer lines in this area as the corporation presently hadn’t formulated its plans to provide service to this area.  Thus the property owner felt he couldn’t get into a long delay or litigation over this matter so he requested a cancellation of the annexation hearing, until they had time to sort things out.  All parties indicated they were surprised by this announcement.

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3 responses to “Elkton Cancels Annexation Hearing After Learning that Artesian Has Exlusive Franchise to Provide Sewer Service Outside of a part of the town

  1. Do you really think the Mayor & Commissioners and the town staff didn’t know this?

    • Debbie, they said in the town meeting they didn’t know that. But since you mention it, wouldn’t the town attorney (also the county attorney) know that!

  2. Mike,
    Does Artesian add Flouride to their water? If, so, can the county or Town of Elkton ask that the water shipped to Maryland be d-flouridated? I have always wondered about this. Could you investigate?
    Your Humble and Obedient Servant,
    Silence Nogood

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