Carroll County commissioners, who spent about $75,000 on testing, engineering and designing a series of wells at Springfield Hospital Center, have decided not to tap into wells there to augment the water supply in South Carroll, but will instead consider using the Moxley property well nearby.
A majority of the commissioners also reiterated their determination to ease water shortages by building a $14 million treatment plant on Piney Run Reservoir.
The commissioners voted 2 to 1 yesterday against building four wells at the Sykesville hospital but did not shut the door completely on the Moxley property at Route 32 and Raincliffe Road.
Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, who cast the dissenting vote, argued that the wells would be a good interim source until the Piney Run plant comes on line - possibly by 2004. She urged her colleagues to pursue the Springfield wells for populous South Carroll, an area troubled with water shortages three of the past four summers.
"We need to actively work on the Springfield wells," she said. "They are a small expense and can be shut down later. This is water that is easily treatable."
Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier said, "It is good to have wells for backup, but the scope of the work left on the hospital wells is not what we are doing. We are building Piney Run."
Commissioner Donald I. Dell said he will not abandon plans for the Piney Run plant but is willing to pursue the Moxley well, which he considers high yielding and easily treatable.
"We should be actively pursuing a permit for the Moxley well," Dell said. "There is no harm in applying for [an] appropriations permit."