COLUMBIA CITY — Rain barrels were on the plate for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
A rain barrel program was proposed at last month’s meeting. This would be a partnership between the city and citizens whereby residents would purchase a rain barrel and have the city reimburse $30 of the cost. The barrel would be placed to catch rain water coming off of the roofs of houses. This would then prevent water from going into the combined storm and sewer system.
Originally, a company was going to supply rain barrels for the city. With the city buying in bulk, costs would be saved. Some members questioned the wisdom of doing this, though.
“If it still qualifies for program, someone bring in a receipt we would give them $30,” said Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle.
The city would also only cover the cost of one barrel per household. While some homes may have four downspouts that capture rain water, the price tag could get excessive.
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