IGL Sanitary District Trustees Adopt Stricter Penalties For Ordinance Violations

Thu 4-11-2019

(Milford)-- Trustees of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District voted Tuesday to increase penalties for ordinance violations, making them subject to municipal infractions or misdemeanors. Municipal infractions can be up to $750 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for each additional offense. Misdemeanors can be as high as $650 per conviction with the possibility of 30 days imprisonment. Each day a violation continues will be deemed a separate offense. 

Trustees also amended a couple of ordinance sections pertaining to easement encroachments and inspections, observations, measurements, sampling and testing of the sewer system on any property connected to it. A property owner who does not allow such access will be assessed a $75 surcharge for each day access is not allowed.

Steve Anderson, Superintendent of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District, says the steps are being taken to protect the integrity of the public sewer system.

He adds district staff is continuing to search for sump pumps that are illegally connected to the system. Anderson says they've found six of those in the past couple of weeks and looking for more. He says it's very important that if you have sump pump, to make sure it is not discharging into the sanitary sewer.