Pleasant View ponders storm water ordinance

Mar 20 2011 - 10:55pm

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PLEASANT VIEW -- Pleasant View is developing a storm water ordinance that will help the city meet state regulations.

"If we do want to enforce, and the state demands we enforce, we need someone to do this," said Public Works Director Paul Ellsworth. "We have four of us (including Ellsworth) that are certified. They will be looking for something that's being discharged that should not be discharged."

Ellsworth said such things as washing a car or spraying down a home's siding will not be a problem, but developers dragging mud onto city streets and leaving it can bring fines for the city and the developer, even if it is only a 1-acre lot being developed. Anything that disturbs soil and the way water runs off it can bring problems.

"It's overkill. This (ordinance) will keep us in compliance. We're going to get hammered just like everyone else," said Ellsworth. "We are supposed to educate. This will apply to fertilizing, over-watering -- they even get down to grass clippings. It's so overkill, we have to monitor the dog droppings in the park and how much water we wash off the mowers, how much weight it is."

Councilman Todd Walker asked if the League of Cities and Towns is doing anything to fight the state regulations, but other council members did not know the answer.

"We still need to have an understanding about the League of Cities and Towns. They protect the cities, so it seems like this would be at the top of their list," said Walker.

City Administrator J.J. Allen said the city could fine those who violate the ordinance up to $50,000, and the state could add fines on top of what the city might charge.

Mayor Doug Clifford said cities have been working to get some commonality with the ordinances they are passing, so there won't be a patchwork quilt of ordinances across the state.

Ellsworth said Roy city is already being hammered by the state, and every city in Utah would be under the magnifying glass within the next five years.

"Roy got nailed on a bunch of Dumpsters that were catching rain water and leaking out," said Ellsworth.

Allen said he would make calls and see if the League of Cities and Towns is taking any action.

"I have never heard any discussion about pushing back," said Allen. He also said the storm water ordinance would probably be back on the city agenda for approval in April.

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