The Porter County
Stormwater Advisory Board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. inside Room 205 of the
County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.
Tabled from its
Aug. 8 meeting, the board will consider a request by the Izaak Walton League
Porter County Chapter to waive or reduce stormwater user fees on various
Jim Sweeney at their earlier meeting said five parcels have conservation
easements with the Department of Natural Resources or with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. The chapter works to restore wetlands, prairies and
woodlands to clean water before it leaves the property.
Board members asked
Sweeney to give clarification on how accessible these individual parcels are
to the public as that is a factor they have weighed in reducing fees for
other properties like those belonging to the Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
requests include the Woodland Savanna Land Conservancy which owns parcels
located in Center Twp. and Liberty Twp. Next, Center Twp. resident Judith
Andamasaris is requesting her fee be waived for her property on 209 W. Ind.
In other business,
the board will consider passing a resolution establishing criteria to be
considered during the evaluation of appeals to the stormwater system user
fee. Engineer for the Department of Development and Stormwater Management
Mike Novotney presented a draft of the resolution at the board’s January
meeting that suggested applicants provide a management plan describing how
stormwater is being treated on property and to tell how it accessible it is
to the public to observe the benefits. This would help the County in it MS4
mandate to provide public education about best stormwater management
practices, he said.
Under new business,
the board will hear a request from NIPSCO to get permission to replace
utility poles within regulated drainage easements that cross or run parallel
to Ind. 8 in south Porter County.
resident Tim Stoner requests permission to allow a septic system perimeter
drain at 260 N and 270 N on CR 600E to outlet into Crooked Creek.
Novotney will give
the board updates on other projects during the meeting.