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DC to require septic inspections

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 19th, 2013

DUNES CITY — The March 31 deadline to comply with Dunes City’s septic maintenance ordinance, No. 203, still stands.

In a 3-2 vote last week, with Councilor Ed Scarberry absent, the city council rejected a motion to extend the deadline to June 30.

In November 2011, the council repealed 203, prompting an appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). LUBA decided against the city and the ordinance was reinstated. No. 203 requires property owners to provide records that show their septic systems have been mapped, pumped and inspected.

Enforcement of the ordinance is a concern for councilors. Of more than 780 city property owners, 150 have not responded to requests for records.

Notices were sent more than a year ago and then again last summer, according to City Recorder Fred Hilden, who also serves as the city’s code enforcement officer.

Councilor Jamie Mills said she has been auditing the records and some of the 150 may have alternative systems that are subject to the state’s stringent inspection schedules, so they would actually be in compliance with the city’s requirements. A list is forthcoming from the county, which will be checked against the city’s records.

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