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A proposed Rutter’s gas station at Mussetter Road and Md. 144 near New Market has nearby residents concerned about it being used as a truck stop.

A new Rutter’s gas station and convenience store could be coming to the northernmost municipality in Frederick County.

Emmitsburg Town Planner Zach Gulden detailed the proposal in his report Monday night to the mayor and town commissioners. Town officials recently reviewed a sketch plan and traffic impact analysis for the proposed 8,380-square-foot store.

Its proposed location is on the southeast corner of U.S. 15 and Md. 140, east of downtown Emmitsburg. It would include seven gasoline fuel islands, five diesel fuel bays along with a truck scale, 28 short-term tractor-trailer parking spots and 59 regular parking spots.

Rutter’s is a Pennsylvania-based gas and convenience store with roughly 70 locations in central Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Pam Baldwin, Rutter’s director of advertising and customer engagement, could not be reached for comment by phone or email Tuesday.

Mayor Don Briggs said the town’s Planning Commission and commissioners still need to review the proposal, but added he’s excited about the store’s interest in the area.

“It opens up an area on the east side of [U.S.] 15. That’s 200 acres we have over there,” Briggs said. “Specifically, most of it will go to commercial development, which is very important if we want to increase our commercial base.”

If all goes well, construction is expected to start in the late summer months, Briggs said.

In other business, the commissioners voted to replace a 1996 dump truck — something the town greatly needed to do because of rust and corrosion to the old vehicle, said Town Manager Cathy Willets.

The commissioners unanimously approved a bid of $154,460 from MJR Equipment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The other option was Truck Enterprises of Hagerstown for $154,475.

Commissioner Elizabeth Buckman asked Willets if two bids was normal for town staff and its projects.

Willets said that staff works hard to attract bids, but the number of responses varies with each request.

“I never see [truck] bids come in within $15 of each other,” Willets said with a laugh. “So it’s very competitive.”

Some of the most substantial discussion Monday occurred regarding the cross connection control program. A new program from the Maryland Department of the Environment requires that homeowners install backflow prevention devices — a device used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow.

Those devices are used to prevent water sources from being polluted or contaminated due to backflow. Many commissioners expressed that the installation — estimated to cost $100 to $150 — would burden some low-income residents in town.

The board voted 4-1 to allow all homeowners that hook up to the town’s water supply to have five years to install such devices. High-hazard properties would also need to buy new installation permits for $25 and renewal permits for $15, which the board also voted 4-1 to approve.

Commissioner Joe Ritz opposed both measures, saying it was “excessive regulation” that would be too costly for many people in town.

Follow Steve Bohnel on Twitter: @Steve_Bohnel.

Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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