Saturday, July 25, 2009
Stricter Storm Water Laws Proposed
A new ordinance is being formulated for residential (new construction) storm water management-- based on so-called BMP (best management practices). The City's Environmental Officer, Kim Burmeister, calls the proposed new erosion and sedimentation control ordinance for single family residences near "critical" areas (wetlands, etc.)-- "stricter than ADEM's." As proposed, Burmeister is to be the inspector/enforcing officer-- and fines will be $500 per incident per day. When Councilman Mike Ford expressed worries the new ordinance may hurt developers, City Planner Johnathan Smith replied it (new ordinance) would only add about $250 to the cost of a typical new home-- and added, "we're trying to insure healthy growth." Smith: "It's ready to go unless you (City Council) have suggestions."