April 11, 2014 09:22

Failure to Approve Agreement

The city council of Norton, Ohio, failed to approve a stormwater ordinance at a recent council meeting. The ordinance would have authorized the mayor to execute and deliver an agreement for certain stormwater management services with Summit County Public Health, based in Stow, Ohio.

Members of the council were concerned about the limitations of the contract with them, and wanted to consider the opportunity of hiring an outside contractor for management.

According to the mayor, the agreement with Summit County Public Health had been approved in the past. It pertains to the testing, sampling, and screening of fallout water in the city and is something that must be in place, he said. Since the council voted down the ordinance, the city is now out of compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. According to Law Director Justin Markey, the EPA could step in and take action to test stormwater in Norton.

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