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Walkersville talks trash, water filtration

July 10, 2014

By Kelsi Loos, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

July 10--WALKERSVILLE -- The town will seek state funds for a new water filtration plant, and a town commissioner will work with the Maryland Municipal League to encourage the county to expand recycling to high-density housing.

Walkersville is trying to secure funding for a membrane filtration reverse osmosis system, which is expected to cost about $5.7 million.

The standing water filtration system is about 40 years old, according to town staff, and it has become expensive to replace worn parts.

The new water treatment system would save the town a substantial amount of money on chemicals, public works director Bob DePaola said at a previous town meeting.

Town commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday, with Donald Schildt and Gary Baker absent, to send a letter to state delegates requesting assistance for the project.

Burgess Ralph Whitmore said he hoped the state would be able to help, but he didn't have a sense of how likely it would be to get funding for the treatment system.

Expanded recycling

Commissioner Russ Winch will work in his capacity as president of the Frederick County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League to encourage the county to get involved in expanding recycling to apartments and condos.

Changes to Maryland law to take effect in October require that there be recycling pickup in high-density dwellings.

Winch and the MML will encourage Frederick County to expand its recycling service to those types of residences.

The county has had concerns, Winch said, about collecting recycling from apartments.

"They came up with a lot of excuses, primarily that the trucks that they have are set up only to be taking the bins that we all have," and not dumpsters, he said.

Burgess seeks comments on waste-to-energy incinerator

The MML will accept questions to ask County Council candidates at its forum.

Whitmore suggested asking them about their thoughts on the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator.

Winch added that many municipalities sent letters of support for the incinerator and suggested that they revisit that decision and form a position on the controversial project as a municipality.

"I'm for waste-energy. It's the only solution that makes any sense," Winch said.

Whitmore also expressed support for the project, but George Rudy, of Frederick, spoke out against it.

Rudy said the incinerator was contradictory to recycling and that there were other viable alternatives for disposing of waste.

He offered to share reports from other municipalities that have tried various disposal methods with the commissioners.

Whitmore said his mind was made up on the issue.

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