Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 5, 2013

Peru Council to consider stormwater ordinance

Credits offered for installing anti-flooding measures

By Carson Gerber

PERU — The Peru Common Council Monday will vote on an ordinance that gives non-residential properties a billing credit for installing systems that mitigate stormwater runoff and reduce area flooding.

The ordinance states the measure aims to reduce or eliminate stormwater runoff from certain properties into the stormwater collection system.

To qualify for the stormwater billing credit, a property must construct and maintain on-site stormwater controls that retain enough water runoff that would occur during a 100-year, 24-hour rain event. The ordinance states there can be no runoff to surrounding properties or public infrastructures.

The mitigation plans must also be approved by a professional engineer.

Properties in full compliance with ordinance requirements will receive a stormwater fee equal to a property having one equivalent residential unit of impermeable surface area.

Council will vote on the measure at 6 p.m. Monday inside the Peru City Hall.

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He may be reached by phone at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.