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Site Changed For Thursday Stormwater Fee Meeting

January 8, 2019

The time and site have changed for Thursday’s educational public meeting about the recently enacted stormwater fee that impacts many Luzerne County property owners. Organizers now plan to hold two sessions, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m., at the Jackson Twp. fire hall, 1160 Chase Road. Previous plans to hold just one session at another location were changed. The stormwater fee will increase the annual bill for most customers of Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. The fee is based on the amount of nonabsorbent impervious area contained in a parcel. The most common annual increase will be $57.60. Thursday’s meeting will be “for residents by residents,” according to organizer Marian DeAngelis. The sessions will be divided into two parts. Part one will feature watershed specialist John Levitsky, of the county conservation district. Levitsky is a neutral specialist on watershed issues, with no connection to the sanitary authority, DeAngelis said in an email. He will provide information about stormwater and the municipal separate storm sewer systems, (MS4), program, regarding how stormwater is gathered and discharged into streams and rivers. Part two will feature questions and comments from the public. Planned discussion topics include concerns about inaccuracy in the mapping used by WVSA and the cost of the current stormwater management plan. The group will look for similarities in concerns, issues and questions, according to DeAngelis. Officials of the sanitary authority have said the fee is needed to comply with a stormwater management mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency for bodies of water that drain into Chesapeake Bay, including the Susquehanna River. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117 STORMWATER FEE RATES A fee schedule from WVSA shows most homeowners will pay $57.60 more per year. Property owners can qualify for credits for doing things like installing green roofs or stream buffers. The fees are based on the amount of impervious surface on a property: • Property owners with less than 100 impervious square feet will not be charged. • Between 100 and 500 feet, the monthly charge will be $1. • Between 500 and 7,000 feet, the monthly charge will be $4.80. That’s the price most residents will pay. • More than 7,000 feet, property owners will pay $1.70 per 1,000 square feet. Those who disagree with the amount they are being charged may appeal.

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