County amends sewer regulations to match state

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the county’s commissioners on the changes this week.Scott Wagner with the Whitley County Health Department presented an update on the changes last week at the regular meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.“This state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,” Wagner said.“Because the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.”The ordinance that was altered was the county’s Onsite Sewage Disposal Ordinance.The health department received a letter from the Indiana State Board of Health saying that with a few working changes, the county’s ordinance meets or exceeds “the provisions of Indiana Code and Indiana Administrative Code for onsite sewage systems.The letter went on to say the county should have the county’s legal counsel (Dan Sigler) review the document.Sigler was copied on the issue.Wagner told the board that during the review process, “the only issue that came up was about perimeter drainage.”He said the county’s new ordinance “incorporates the new state law and adds specific details for the county.“The last state law was in effect since 1990, and the last county ordinance since 1993.”