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DC softens septic ordinance penalties

Posted: Friday, Apr 19th, 2013

The March 31 deadline has come and gone for Dunes City property owners to comply with the city’s septic maintenance ordinance, No. 203. To date, fewer than 100 residences are still not in compliance, about 30 of which are lakefront properties. The ordinance requires each septic system to be mapped, pumped and initially inspected, with records to be kept by the city.

In a 4-1 vote at the council’s regular meeting last week, councilors decided to take some of the teeth out of 203 by directing city staff to not impose fines or place liens against residents who do not follow the ordinance. Councilor Maurice Sanders cast the dissenting vote.

Sanders said he understood why past councilors wanted to initiate some sort of inspection program because of the unique situation of citizens drawing water from the lakes.

“Do I like mandating that I shall pump? No. Do I like government telling me that I have to inspect? No. But there are a lot of things out there that I don’t like that I have to comply with,” said Sanders, who added that he felt such direction from the council would “cloud that issue” for the code enforcement officer.

For the complete article see the 04-20-2013 issue.

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