By Ryan Cornell
The Frederick County Board of Supervisors has approved expanding two of its sewage and water service areas to locations outside of Middletown.
The expanded service areas include a 100-acre plot owned by the Lord Fairfax Community College Foundation just north of Middletown Elementary School, and a 41-acre plot east of Interstate 81 along Reliance Road.
The expansions are amendments to the county's 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a guideline for how the Board of Supervisors would like to see the county grow.
Back Creek Supervisor Gary Lofton said the expansion will be beneficial to the county as well as the community college.
"It will facilitate potential development there that will enhance the programs and activities and admission of Lord Fairfax, I believe," he said.
Because the Frederick County Sanitation Authority currently is incapable of serving the expanded areas, Lofton said the amendment includes a caveat that the county would partner together with Middletown, which has excess capacity in its upgraded sewer plant.
"[T]he Sanitation Authority would be the provider, but at this point, since they have no facility or infrastructure at this time, the Town of Middletown would provide water and sewer authority," he said.
"If [Middletown] could get more revenue generated in selling capacity at its sewer plant, that would benefit them."
Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh was optimistic about the changes, and said this was a good way for the town to start a dialogue with the county.
"We wanted to open communication and show the county that this is a new Middletown, not the Middletown of the past, and be a partner and player and best serve those people," he said.
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