CENTERBURG — Centerburg Village Council took a step back Monday night rescinding legislation that organized a storm water utility that was suppose to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
The ordinance would have set rates based on the square footage of impermeable area. However, the process of setting those figures proved to be a Herculean task.
“It was just more difficult than we ever dreamed,” said Teri James, village clerk. “We came to the conclusion to base the fee on lot size.”
Mayor David Beck explained the need for storm water utility, and the resulting fees, is a “community effort to solve a problem we all have.”
Storm water runoff infiltrating a wastewater system is a problem for nearly all municipalities. Upgrades and corrections to storm water infrastructure keep rain water out of the wastewater treatment facility, thereby lowering the costs of treatment.
Village Solicitor Kyle Stroh suggested taking the matter to the public services committee for discussion and possibly present new legislation in January with an effective date of June 1, 2018.