July 27, 2004
The Mayor and Commissioners awarded a $166,490.00 contract to Corrosion Control Corporation, Pedricktown, New Jersey, on July 21 for the interior and exterior cleaning and painting of the Blue Ball Road water tower. We expect that work will begin in mid-late August and be completed in October.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development provided a grant to the Town of Elkton under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program to assist the Town with this project.
The Blue Ball Road water tower was constructed in 1961 by the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company with a capacity of 500,000 gallons. The tower serves a vital function in the Town's water distribution system by providing storage for residential, commercial, and industrial water customers and ensuring that adequate water is available for fire fighting. The water treatment plant and additional water storage facilities in Elkton's water system will provide uninterrupted service to our water customers while the tower is temporarily out of service.
Singerly Fire Company, joined by numerous fire companies from Cecil County, Oxford, Pennsylvania, and the Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, area, battled a blaze at 144 - 148 West Main Street, Elkton, for several hours on Sunday, August 1,2004, before extinguishing the fire. Two buildings were significantly damaged, but no serious injuries were reported.
Mayor Fisona and the Commissioners thanked all the firefighters, rescue and emergency services personnel for an outstanding job containing the fire and preventing further damage to residential and commercial property in downtown Elkton.
This driver foolishly plows through floodwaters on Delaware Avenue recently, carrying both himself and his family into needless peril. Floodwaters on roadways may pose a significant risk to life and property, which drivers should avoid.
The Town of Elkton recommends that drivers be on the alert for flooding across highways and streets within the town and use alternative routes. Warning / road closure signs are erected on flooded roads, but roads flood quickly on occasion before signs can be installed, consequently drivers should use thoughtful judgment when traveling during severe rain events, particularly in flood prone areas.
The Town of Elkton recently purchased a Vactor Model 2105 sanitary sewer maintenance machine for use by the Department of Public Works (DPW) to clean and maintain both sanitary sewer and stormwater management collection facilities. Additionally, a trailer equipped with a tractor-camera and supporting equipment was purchased in concert with the Vactor for inspecting Elkton's estimated 75 miles of sewer and stormwater pipes that course throughout the town. DPW has assigned a dedicated crew to operate this equipment under a comprehensive sewer and stormwater management facilities maintenance program.
Mayor Fisona and the Commissioners are dedicated to providing on-going critical maintenance of our town's infrastructure. Using this equipment, the Department of Public Works can now directly and consistently inspect and clean our sewer and stormwater collection systems, as well as identify problem areas and schedule necessary repair work, thus assuring our citizens of reasonable, reliable and dependable service from the Town of Elkton.