MOUNT VERNON — The city of Mount Vernon is inching toward the creation of a storm water utility as Councilman Chris Menapace, chairman of Utilities Committee, started the conversation with council Monday night.
The 1972 Clean Water Act required municipalities separate storm water from wastewater systems. This order was followed up in 2003 with strict regulations by state and federal Environmental Protection Agency that changed the way the city discharges storm water which includes public and private storm water, said City Engineer Brian Ball.
“In the last six months we have had a lot of calls from very angry citizens as we have culverts collapsing, catch basins collapsing,” Ball said.
“We have a system and when we fail to maintain it, it clogs and then it rains,” Ball said. He went on to explain the “entire storm system on Fountain Street is completely clogged and essentially useless. We don’t have a program where we go out and put cameras in the pipes.”