BANGOR, Maine — The city has set up several methods for residents to learn more about the stormwater utility program and the fee that will fund it beginning in April 2013.
Bangor officials will conduct a public information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at City Hall. Other sessions will be scheduled at the James F. Doughty and William S. Cohen schools, the city said in a news release.
Residents and businesses with 3,000 square-feet of impervious surfaces, such as pavement, roofs and walkways, will pay $22 per year. For every 1,000 square-feet beyond the original 3,000 square-feet, an additional $11 will be assessed.
Letters are being sent to property owners in the city to explain the program and to notify them of the expected fees for their property, according to city staff.
The fees will be used to fund projects to reduce the amount of pollutants washing from these surfaces into the city’s streams.
When rain falls, it either soaks into the ground or runs into bodies of water, taking dirt, fertilizer, salt, pet waste and other pollutants with it. As more parking lots and roof spaces are built, less open ground can soak up stormwater before it reaches a body of water.
The city plans to complete projects in order to improve the health of streams in the city and comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maine Department of Environmental Protection water quality regulations.
The city says the funds raised from the stormwater fee will be used to create management systems that allow more water to seep into the ground, build structures to reduce the amount of water runoff, clean catch basins and storm lines, complete drainage system repairs and construction projects, and educate residents and businesses about stormwater.
The city also has set up a dedicated phone line, 992-4480, for questions related to the stormwater activities or fees associated with it.