Stormwater Ordinance Extended
Councilman Wendell Honeycutt argued against the extension, saying that using the stormwater fund to pay for things like a street sweeper, without reimbursing the fund, is wrong. “It was designed to be a pure fund only for stormwater, but we’re actually using it to relieve general fund expenses.”
But Councilman Joe Trigg pointed out that, after the city of Lexington failed to meet minimum EPA standards for construction site stormwater runoff control and illicit discharge protection, it was required to spend roughly $300 million on sewage infrastructure. “I’m afraid that’s what’s going to happen to us,” he said. In 2010, Glasgow was found to be in violation of all six of the minimum standards. This will likely result in future fines, said Trigg.