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Izaak Walton League appeal back on Stormwater Board agenda

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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 parcels.

Chapter President 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.

Other appeal 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. 130.

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.

Washington Twp. 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.



Posted 2/10/2017






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