SEPTIC PUMPING AT GWYNN’S ISLAND RESTAURANT SEEN BY SOME AS EXCESSIVE

Mathews County has been piling up some pretty big bills for septic pump-outs. According to a report in The Gazette Journal (www.gazettejournal.net) Mathews County paid over $15,000 since January to pump out the septic system at the Hole in the Wall restaurant on Gwynn’s Island. The annual lease payment on that property comes to $8,100, which amounts to just a little over half that total amount. While the business claims that the revenue generated by the restaurant more than compensates the county for the expense, county leaders are taking a close look at the cost of the pump-outs, after learning that the septic company has been pumping between 3,000 and 3,500 gallons of sewage a week. The septic system is in need of some very expensive repairs, but until they can be done, and in order to keep the restaurant open, it’s necessary to pump and haul. One big problem is that the property is restricted, with not much land to put a new septic system in because most of it is paved.