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Winfield adopts storm-water management plan

| Friday, July 27, 2001

WINFIELD: Supervisors unanimously approved a storm-water management plan Thursday.

'We have somewhat (of a storm-water management plan) in our zoning ordinance, but it's a little one,' Supervisor Joseph Schmeider said. 'We're updating it.'

Supervisors said the need for revision came about as a result of population increases.

'We've adopted a plan that we think will (better) suit our needs,' Supervisor Glenn Nagle said. 'It used to be that it didn't matter. You'd build a house, but you'd have 50 acres around you.'

A surge in the township's population in recent years, though, makes it more likely that land is purchased in smaller parcels or developed into subdivisions.

Schmeider said the result is the township is having to send crews to clear water and debris runoff from the roads.

'The expense of sending a crew out to clean up shabby work is not good,' he said.

Under the newly adopted ordinance, a zoning officer will inspect property to make sure it meets the storm-water management plan before issuing a building permit.

It was not clear Thursday whether the zoning officer would examine all properties.

'We might have to check all the lots. We're going to find out what other townships are doing,' Supervisor Walter McKruit said.

'We need to be checking driveway runoff. Driveways are probably our biggest problems. We've already had a foot of debris on the roads,' he said.

However, Nagle said the ordinance will apply to new building permits issued by the township. If a zoning officer determines construction is questionable, the property owner will have to contact an engineer who will decide if construction will violate the storm-water management plan.

Nagle said if there's any chance the water will leave the property and enter the road or a neighbor's yard, an engineer must be consulted.

Supervisors said they are hoping to hire an engineer who will enforce the ordinance and plan to talk to other townships.

Michelle Start can be reached at mstart@tribweb.com

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