Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 27, 2012

Citizens organize stormwater summit

By Andrea Cline/Times Sentinel managing editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — A group of concerned citizens invite the public to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed Town of Zionsville stormwater fee.

The group, called Committee of Concerned Residents of Rural Zionsville, will host the Stormwater Summit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Mounts Runn Baptist Church, 250 S. County Road 775 East, Zionsville.

A stormwater fee proposed earlier this year would gather money for the stormwater department for public education program for clean water, oversee all new projects and make sure there are things such as retention ponds in the plans, would also see that they are maintained post-construction, staff training, fund maintenance of our existing structures and help homeowners with drainage problems.

“It’s a multifaceted approach of trying to get people to adopt practices that will reduce pollution,” said Gavin Merrimen, Stormwater program manager for the Town of Zionsville, during an April 27 Zionsville Town Council workshop. “The big thing for us is public education. We are coordinating with the schools to educate the community. The next big thing is mapping out our current infrastructure; ordinance development is a big part of it, too. We have to review plans and conduct inspections on development and make sure that everything is being maintained.”

On Sept. 4, the council tabled a decision on a $3.86 per household fee per month, which will be phased in over three years, for homeowners. Non-residential taxpayers would pay $3.86 on imperial surface for every 4,400 square foot of property.

See the Wednedsday, Oct. 24, issue of the Times Sentinel for more of this story.