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Mardela Springs, Vienna In Line for "Sustainable" Money

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MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. Two small Eastern Shore Maryland towns are in line to make some improvements with help from the state of Maryland.
Mardela Springs and Vienna have been designated as Sustainable Communities by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The program provides local governments with a "framework for promoting environmentally, economically, and socially responsible growth and development," according to a department press release.
Once the towns identify specific needs, they can apply for grants, loans, and tax credits.

Mardela Springs is targeting infrastructure.

"Right now we need some sidewalks fixed, and we've got more houses we need to get rid of" said Stanford Robinson, Mardela Springs Town Council President.

Although improving existing businesses might be a realistic goal for the town of about 350 residents, attracting outside business is not likely.

"We don't have town water or town sewer, so it's a problem to get businesses that need those things to go along with it. Like a fast food place or something, we wouldn't be able to have that," said Robinson.
In a separate effort, Mardela Springs has already received financial help from state and federal government that should improve recreation on Barren Creek in town. 
"We've also been approved by state DNR and federal DNR for a rebuilding of a boat ramp and a kayak launching ramp put in," said Robinson.
Mardela Springs is expected to make their request to the state in about two months after the town council votes on a plan, according to Robinson.

Mardela Springs in Wicomico County and Vienna in Dorchester County are part of 103 towns in Maryland designated as Sustainable Communities. Vienna, with a population of about 270, is the smallest town to receive the designation.

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