UNION BRIDGE - Union Bridge Mayor Perry Jones said the town may discuss a stormwater management and restoration fee soon, as he fears a fee may become necessary as new requirements for stormwater mitigation are expected to be handed down by the state.
At the town's council meeting Monday, Jones said it may be smart for the town to start discussing the fee, and letting people know that it is a result of state requirements. Recently, a county advisory group stated that the upcoming National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Phase II permit is expected to require 20 percent of additional mitigation of the town's impervious surfaces. The costs of projects associated with the permit are estimated to be $765,354, according to a county advisory group.
"It looks like right now that nobody wants to wants to pay anything more on their water bills, but it would be smart for the town to start assessing a fee," Jones said, rather than wait until it is too late to do so.
In an interview after the meeting, Jones said he is unsure when the town will be talking about a potential fee. He said officials will wait until they get more specific information about what will be required for the town. Jones said he hopes the county will put aside some money to help municipalities to pay for the costs of new projects to be handed down by the state.
Also at the meeting Town Attorney John Maguire said the he recently learned the town's wastewater treatment plant was in the 100-year floodplain but learned the town may still be able to upgrade the existing facility despite that. Expanding the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant is essential to further development in the town, he said in an interview after the meeting.
The Town Council also approved the operating statement, the Sept. 23 council meeting minutes and Oct. 7 work session minutes.
They also approved giving a $200 donation from a local business to a program that is donating groceries to needy local children.