The County Commissioners have unanimously agreed to ask state environmental officials for a $200,000 grant that would help Lineboro residents develop a sewage-treatment system.
In signing yesterday's letter of request presented by the Lineboro Environmental Wastewater Treatment Association (LEWTA), the commissioners praised the group's initiative in planning to reduce costs by doing most of the planning and some of the labor itself.
The state's grant is available through the Maryland Small Towns Environmental Program, a volunteer self-help program. The money would be paid to the county then forwarded to LEWTA to help pay for engineering studies and other costs.
Ultimately, Lineboro residents would pay an estimated $35 a month per household to pay off any construction debt and to maintain the project.
Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown thanked LEWTA -- which represents 36 households in the town of 200 people -- and its president, Leif Shock. Usually, people come to the commissioners "wanting us to solve their problem and pay for it yesterday," Mr. Brown said.
Mr. Shock said LEWTA was formed in January 1995 because of many residents' concerns when they learned that a 1992 health department survey showed that about 46 of the approximately 66 residences had failing systems that could endanger nearby streams feeding Pretty Boy Reservoir, part of Baltimore's water supply.
LEWTA is considering a wetlands treatment system but probably won't decide until summer, after receiving initial approval of a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment.