July 09, 2020

Vote set for school sewer deal

CAMDEN — When the basketball team hits the showers at the new Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport sometime in 2000, the soapy water that runs down the drain will end up back in Camden — if voters in both Rockport and Camden approve a measure at annual town meetings next month.

While the issue of where the waste water flows may seem like a small matter, the estimated 11,000 gallons a day that will come from the new school could have hampered the town of Rockport’s ability to attract new development. Through an agreement, Rockport now can send up to 150,000 gallons a day on average to Camden’s sewer treatment plant.

If voters in both towns approve of an article at their town meetings to amend the interlocal agreement, the waste water from the new school will not count toward Rockport’s maximum flow.

The high school that now serves students in the area is Camden-Rockport High School, in Camden. Sewer lines are being installed westerly along Route 90 in Rockport toward the site of the new high school, which is slated to open in 16 months.

Camden Town Manager Roger Moody estimates that Rockport now sends 75,000-80,000 gallons each day to Camden. But Rockport Town Manager Don Willard notes that with the new 8-inch sewer line — which will accommodate other users — extending down Route 90, new business and residential growth may follow. Earlier this year, a 16-lot housing subdivision was proposed for land adjacent to the school property.

The town’s municipal attorneys, Paul Gibbons and Terry Calderwood, believe the change must go before voters during the town meetings.

The Five Town Community School District will pay the sewer bill for the new high school.

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