Annapolis, MD — The Maryland Board of Public Works May 13 approved the bid for upgrade and expansion of the Leonardtown sewage treatment plant. On May 11 the town council awarded the $16.8 million bid to MEB General Contractors, a Richmond, VA firm.

The Maryland Board of Public Works, which consists of the governor, comptroller and state treasurer, approved the contract without comment. The approval was for a state grant amounting to about 44 percent of the contract, according to Town Administrator Laschelle McKay. The remainder was for a low-interest, 15- year loan.

The project includes an ENR, or Enhanced Nutrient Removal, upgrade required by the state. It also expands the plant’s capacity from 680,000 gallons per day to 940,000 gallons per day. The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is in the process of completing the ENR upgrade to their Marley-Taylor plant south of Lexington Park.

With the Leonard’s Grant project in town nearing completion and Clark’s Rest beginning to take off, the town is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state. The plant upgrade and expansion has been in the works for several years and will give the town capacity to handle anticipated future expansion.

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