Elizabethtown water project faces restructuring

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Bartley said she could not say which plan she favored for the town. Once she and other town officials speak with a financial officer April 3 to discuss what sort of grants are available to help fund the projects, Bartley said she will be more prepared to make a decision.

“We need to know first what it’s going to cost our residents, because the residents cannot bear the bulk of this,” Bartley said.

As the Elizabethtown population is depleting with less job opportunities to bring in and keep more residents, Bartley said she believes by bringing in a sewer system that can withstand more industrial facilities will provide for growth.

“I truely believe a sewer system would ensure the future growth for this town and give current residents a reason to stay here,” Bartley said.

At a question and answer session at the Hand House March 28, Bartley presented the update to residents.

“I want people to know what’s happening and keep people connected with this project, because these changes are happening by the day,” Bartley said.

Bartley said the more prepared the town is for a new sewer system, the easier it will be if money becomes available in the future.

By constructing a comprehensive plan, Bartley said the town will be more likely to receive grant funding than it will be without a comprehensive plan in place.

“If we have a comprehensive plan it will give us credibility,” Bartley said.

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