The County Council of Dorchester County, Maryland will conduct a public hearing at 6:02 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 in Room 110, County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 to consider an Amendment to the Dorchester County Comprehensive Water and Sewer Plan for the Dorchester County Sanitary District.

The purpose of the amendment is to change the designation of the property located at 6304 Suicide Bridge Road in Hurlock, MD 21643 (aka Suicide Bridge Restaurant), Tax Map #12, Block #17, Parcel #24 and Election District #15, from “No Planned Service” to “S-1” (Planned Service within 2 years).

Suicide Bridge Restaurant, which serves up to 500 diners as well as operates 2 historic paddle wheelers, is currently connected to a domestic well and an on-site tile field disposal septic system showing signs of age and potential hydraulic failure at times of peak demand or environmentally challenging conditions.

Without routine pumping, the hydraulic failure would be obvious and continually and immediately detrimental to groundwater and nearby streams and rivers.

Suicide Bridge Restaurant proposes to finance the construction of a connection via a dedicated sewer forcemain (denied access line) to the sewerage facility of the Town of Secretary. The forcemain and pump station will be owned, operated and maintained by the Town of Secretary at the expense of Suicide Bridge Restaurant; the access to the forcemain is limited to Suicide Bridge Restaurant, absent an amendment of the agreement by both parties and express approval by County Council. The amendment will add a Sewer Service Area Map illustrating this change.

Additional information is available at the Office of Planning & Zoning, Room 107 of the County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Contact: Herve Hamon, Director of Planning and Zoning at

The public is invited to attend the hearing and to provide comments which are generally limited to three minutes per individual.

By: Jay L. Newcomb, President