Septic System

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Planning is expected to release a report on how counties across the state are complying with a new law limiting growth.

Department spokesman John Coleman said the report will be given to state lawmakers on Friday. The law passed last year by the General Assembly creates a four-tiered system limiting where residential subdivisions on septic systems can be built. Counties were given until the end of December to draw growth maps detailing the tiered areas.

Facing compliance with Maryland’s new law restricting septic systems the Wicomico County Council will send out around 7-thousand postcards asking landowners to donate their property for a new designation that limits development.

Newly elected council President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that many people he talked to did not even know about the septic bill.

But they won’t be sent out right away.

The Council wants to work out the wording get a better handle on how much it would cost and wait to send them out until after the holiday season.

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up how to implement the state’s new septic system law at tomorrow’s regular meeting.

The law requires the county to divide up the land into four zones that would restrict the use of septic systems.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that members of the Planning and Z

Zoning Department will map out how the plan might negatively impact landowners.

Somerset County,

Somerset County officials are expected to tighten up conditions for declaring properties a nuisance.

Currently inspectors cannot cite property owners for such things as overflowing septic systems.

Instead the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the health department must go to court which can take months to get action.

Under the amended ordinance authority would be given back to the health department to issue citations for unsanitary conditions.

There are 13 new rules under the proposed revision.

Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino,

The Worcester County Commission will hear a plan next Tuesday that would add another 18-thousand gallons to the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment plant at Ocean Pines.

Ocean Downs wants to lay a force main 10 feet below the bottom of Turville Creek that would extend to Gum Point Road providing access to a sewer line for homes there as well.

The venue currently uses a septic system and drain field to treat its wastewater.

Ocean Downs drew 77-thousand visitors last year.

The Worcester County planning board has already given its approval lastJuly.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.

The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.