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ON TAP: Col. City clarifies sewer ordinance

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City passed a modification to its sewer ordinance on first reading at the common council meeting Tuesday.

Citizens will not be allowed to have taps that flow into the sewer. The addition to the ordinance, which passed unanimously, is that all current connections to the sewer system will be grandfathered in and will not be considered illegal.

This ordinance was first brought up earlier this year. Concerns were brought up about the large number of homes likely in violation. Water Pollution Control Superintendent Mike Cook and City Attorney Marcia McNagny then went to work to make these revisions.

It was asked what would happen if an old connection, grandfathered in, was disconnected while work was done.

“If you disconnected it and then reconnect it, it would be after the date (to get grandfathered in),” McNagny said.

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