Terrapin Cove sewer project put on hold again
Residents of the Terrapin Cove section of Gloucester Point will once again see the proposed sewer extension project into their neighborhood in limbo.
The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 during its meeting Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse to limit any additional spending not already accounted for in the county’s budget in the event that the state does not pass its budget by July 1.
At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe requested the discussion be added to Tuesday night’s agenda at the beginning of the meeting. “I don’t see us needing to spend money outside of our budget until the state passes its budget,” Chriscoe said.
Lawmakers in Richmond have failed to reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion in the commonwealth. The state’s budget for the next fiscal year, which would normally have been approved in the spring, is inching closer and closer to its July 1 deadline with no agreement in sight.
In May, following months of discussion, the board authorized by a 4-3 vote a $773,638 loan from the county’s general fund to its utility fund for the purpose of sewer expansion in the Terrapin Cove area of Gloucester Point.
With the vote Tuesday night, money will not be transferred from the county’s general fund until the matter is revisited—after the state passes a budget. Also, in order for the project to proceed, the contractor must agree to an extension on its contract with the county, which is due to expire Friday.