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United States : 2.8M state grant for sewer plant obtained by Rising Sun

August 14, 2014

A $2.8 million funding from the Maryland Department of the Environment will cover a portion of the expenditure of the new wastewater treatment plant along U.S. Route 1 at the edge of town.

Commissioner George Walker said, "This will be a big help . "This is money we don't have to pay back."

The town purchased a $20 million low-interest construction loan from PNC. If the plant is operating by November 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture has decided to roll the final cost into a lower-interest 40-year loan.

Wickersham Construction is building up its existence at the construction site, where it will conclude a $13 million wastewater treatment plant, as per to Walker. Walker said, "They are in the process of bringing their equipment to the site ."They are very aware of the deadline we're under."

Walker has been guiding the town's construction project since taking office above a year ago. When the previous contractor, Howard Robson, abandoned the project earlier this year, it forced Rising Sun to send the contract back out to bid.

Wickersham submitted the lowest bid $3.64 million and the Lancaster, Pa., company was one of the original bidders, so it is well-known with the specifications and the deadlines. Wickersham has told the town that, in spite of delays, it will still have the plant substantially complete by this time next year.

Walker said, "If everything stays on track, we're going to meet our deadline with USDA . "If we'd gone with them originally, we'd probably be done by now."

As the plant is approximately 65 percent completed, Walker said 2 big issues are still to be addressed.

He said, "The headworks where sewage comes into the plant needs to be finished as well as the plant operations area . "Some electrical work also needs to be done."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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