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Posted on: May 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Residents invited to open house on proposed stormwater fee

A 9-year-old program may be getting a new fee, and officials want residents to understand why. Residential water bill customers are invited to an open house on the Town’s proposed $3 monthly fee to fund the Stormwater Management Program that is mandated by the federal government.

The meeting will be held Thursday, May 29, between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Holly Springs Town Hall Holleman Meeting Room at 128 South Main Street. There is a separate program for non-residential property owners earlier that day.

As required by the federal government, the Holly Springs Stormwater Management Program safeguards our local waterways for us and future generations by ensuring that the rainwater that flows from all of our properties and into the collection systems remains clean and free of contamination.

The program ensures the Town complies with the federal government by requiring inspections and maintenance of stormwater retention areas, providing response to stormwater complaints, enforcing penalties against illicit discharges, providing outreach to residents and businesses to help prevent pollution, and more.

The program also helps facilitate regional stormwater treatment areas, like the Mims stormwater retention pond, which is planned for downtown Holly Springs to both prevent flooding and reduce water pollution.

To date, the program has been funded out of water and sewer reserve funds, which typically pay for projects the Town needs to function and thrive – projects like building and repairing water and sewer lines, expanding the wastewater treatment plant, and buying drinking water capacity.

The Stormwater Management Program has been in place since 2005, when the Town received its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Phase II Permit from the state government. The costs of the program are now well known and proven over the past six years, so that a fee can be calculated. The program costs the Town approximately $600,000 annually. The proposed fee will defray a portion of these costs.

We are committed to keeping Holly Springs and the surrounding environment safe, and we look forward to seeing you at our public information evening! Visit www.CSIHollySprings.us or email stormwater@hollyspringsnc.us for more information.

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