Oct. 31, 2016 06:53

Stormwater Compliance Position Rejected by Minnesota City Council

City council officials in Wilmar City, Minnesota, rejected a proposal to establish a new stormwater compliance officer/permit assistant position. According to the planning and development services director, there is currently no staff time available for the city to conduct stormwater inspections at construction sites or monitor stormwater compliance.

Wilmar City has recently been cited, but not fined, by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations. The MPCA has said the city “doesn’t have a proactive system in place,” according to city administrator Larry Kruse.

The council is open to exploring other options to make sure the tasks get completed. However, Mayor Marv Calvin seems skeptical. “We don’t have a good track record of following through with what we say we are going to do,” he said.

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