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HISTORY LESSON: Council updated on storm water policy

June 12, 2013

Mark Jesse, of GAI Consultants, explains to Columbia City’s Common Council the history behind the city’s storm water rates. See Page A2 for the complete article. Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council had a history lesson at Tuesday’s meeting.

Mark Jesse of GAI Consultants reviewed with the council how storm water fees were set for the city.

Back in 2006, the council worked to set the fee, which includes a residential rate of $9.15 per household, and a variable price for non-residents. Today, there are no Common Council members who remain in office from that time, and the city has since elected a new mayor.

“(Councilman) Dan Weigold has asked to have a replay of history,” Mayor Ryan Daniel said. “He and others have asked about this. Since the council ultimately sets rates, having this information (on how rates were set) is crucial.”

In 2006, it was determined that billing would take place based on the amount of impervious surface per property. GIS software was then used to examine 50 properties in the city.

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