NOTICE REGARDING CHANGES TO STORMWATER UTILITY BILLING

Beginning January 1, 2021, the Leo-Cedarville Stormwater Utility will be changing how the Stormwater Fee is collected. Previously, the fee was paid directly to the Leo-Cedarville Stormwater Utility by method of check, credit card or automatic bank payments. In order to reduce the increasing costs associated with direct mailing, billing and collections, the fee will be collected through the Allen County Treasurer’s Office and will appear as a separate annual charge on the spring property tax bill. The cost per ERU, equivalent runoff unit, remains unchanged at an annual rate of $75.60, (previously billed at $6.30 per month, then $18.90 per quarter).

The feedback received regarding this change has been positive so far. In addition to reducing the cost of administration, we feel this change helps address a common complaint we often hear regarding how many different bills residents have to manage in Leo-Cedarville. The Leo-Cedarville Stormwater Utility will continue business as usual with monthly meetings to address the maintenance and needs of the current stormwater infrastructure as well as promoting the educational and community outreach efforts of the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality.

PLEASE DISCONTINUE ALL BANK AUTOMATIC BILL PAYMENTS. After January 1, 2021, checks received by the utility will be destroyed and will not be cashed or returned. Accounts with credit balances will be processed for refunds, checks should be received by the end of the first quarter 2021.

Note: To all Churches, schools, and other not-for-profit entities, please take the time to look at your spring property tax bills/statements received from Allen County as this assessment will be reflected due and payable to the Allen County Treasurer’s Office.

Stormwater Utility Board Meeting Dates

The Stormwater Utility Board meets at the Leo-Cedarville Town Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

The Leo-Cedarville Town Hall is located at 13909 Pony Express Run, Leo, Indiana

2021 Stormwater Utility Board Members

R. Paul Steffens, John Abel, Larry Clark

Stormwater Utility Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2021
February 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021
June 8, 2021
July 13, 2021
August 10, 2021

Stormwater meeting minutes from previous years are available for public review here.

LEO-CEDARVILLE STORMWATER UTILITY

Leo-Cedarville Town Hall

13909 Pony Express Run

Leo, IN 46765

 

2020 Monthly Water Quality Tips:
Grass recycling
Spring Into Better Lawn Care
Scoop the Poop
Fall in Love With Clean Storm Drains

2019 Monthly Water Quality Tips:
April Showers
Mother May I
Not Another Dad Joke – June 
Independence From Wasting Water
Go to the Car Wash
Trick or Treat
Keep Drains Safe From Hazardous Waste
Merry and Bright Keep Salt Light

What is a Storm Water Utility?

A special assessment district set up to generate a stable source of funding for storm water management within the town usually through user fees.

The Leo-Cedarville Storm Water Utility Management consists of a 3 (voting) Member Management Board, Secretary, Treasurer, and Part-Time Clerk.  The board is also supported by the following positions/departments: Clerk-Treasurer, Town Manager, Engineering, Accounting, and Legal.

Who is required to pay?

All properties within the Leo-Cedarville town limits that have impervious surface such as concrete, asphalt, stone, building rooftops, etc., are charged a storm water fee. This includes residential properties and non residential customers. For example: commercial, industrial and institutional properties, churches, schools, businesses and government buildings.

Why am I paying a storm water fee to Leo-Cedarville StormWater Utility when I have no storm sewers and water stands on my lawn, street, etc.?

You don’t have to have storm sewers in order to contribute to the Stormwater Utility that Leo-Cedarville is required to manage. Even if water stands on your property for a while, it drains into the town’s stormwater system until it disappears. Water from your property may drain on top of other nearby properties, then into storm sewers and ditches.

The drainage from my neighborhood goes into a pond/ a dry pond-retention area/ or storm sewers.

Why do I have to pay a storm water bill to the utility?

In order for the water to drain off your property and get to the pond, it probably goes through street inlets, storm sewer pipes and/or ditches. Those inlets and pipes are maintained by the Leo-Cedarville Storm Water Utility.

Why worry about Storm Water?

The EPA now considers storm water pollution to be one of the most significant sources of contamination of our nation’s waters. Stormwater from developed areas erodes stream banks and smothers stream beds with sediment. Accumulated chemical and bacteria flush off the land and into streams. Poor storm water management can destroy stream life, pollute drinking water, increase flooding and damage property.

How will revenues be used?

All revenue from the fee will be used to support the storm water program which includes maintenance of the drainage system, such as pipes, ditches, and culverts; protecting our streams and rivers from erosion and pollution; and complying with state and federal regulatory mandates.

Why do I have to pay when I do not have any drainage problems?

Everyone in the Town will benefit from the Stormwater Management Program. If storm water runs off your property, the town must have a program and funding to manage the increased in runoff and pollutants.

What is impervious surface?

Impervious surface is any hard ground cover, such as asphalt, concrete, and rooftops that prevent or retard the entry of water into the soil and increases run off.

Run off expected from four types of Land Use:

Land Uses Runoff from a four inch rainfall (inches)
Run off Volume from 1 inch on 1 acre (gallons)
Forest 0.5 inches 13,600
Grass (meadow, lawns, parks) 0.8 inches 21,700
Residential (1 acre lots) 1.2 inches 32,600
Corn or soybeans 1.7 inches 46,200
Residential (1/4 acre lots) 1.7 inches 46,200
Industrial 2.7 inches 73,350
Commercial 3.7 inches 100,520
(source: Purdue University)

Did you know?

Approximately 70% of all drains lead directly to open waterways, without treatment.
46% of all impaired rivers and lakes in the U.S. are polluted due to uncontrolled storm water runoff.
A one-quart oil spill causes a two-acre oil slick.