BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:
RESOLUTION ADOPTING AMENDED
GUIDELINES FOR THE INFLOW AND INFILTRATION GRANT PROGRAM.
WHEREAS, the legislature of the state of Minnesota has enacted legislation
allowing the city to establish a program that provides assistance to property
owners in financing the costs of abating inflow and infiltration on their
WHEREAS, the legislation requires the city to establish guidelines to govern
the grant program; and
WHEREAS, the city established initial program guidelines in 1997 that were
approved by the city council in Resolution No. 97-0333; and
WHEREAS, time deadlines and compliance standards imposed by the Western
Lake Superior sanitary district and Minnesota pollution control agency
make it necessary to accelerate the I&I program in certain basins and
to complete home inspection programs in these basins on an expedited basis;
WHEREAS, the amended guidelines for the I&I grant program will facilitate
an acceleration of the program.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby adopts
the amended inflow and infiltration grant program guidelines filed as Public
Document No. _________.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
In the Laws of Minnesota 1996, Chapter 317, the Minnesota legislature authorized
Home Rule Charter and statutory cities to provide grants and loans to property
owners to assist the owners in financing the cost of abating inflow and
infiltration on their property. The statute also provides that any city
having such a program must establish standards and compliance standards
for its program. In 1997, the city council approved the initial program
guidelines, which have worked reasonably well. Recently, however, the city
has come under greater scrutiny from the WLSSD and has had to enter into
an agreement to get Basin No. 2 90 percent completed by March 1, 2002,
or build a sewage holding tank for the proposed Woodlawn residential development.
In order to meet this and other anticipated future time deadlines, changes
need to be made in the grant program guidelines. First, these guidelines
state that the city will prioritize basins (neighborhoods) for compliance
efforts. The prioritization will be based on need where city and WLSSD
data shows we have the most pressing problems. Secondly, the new guidelines
state that the city will initiate home inspections on an area wide basis.
Under the present guidelines, the homeowners are left to call in for inspections
if and when they want to. This type of inspection system will not achieve
the high percentage of compliance the WLSSD is looking for. Finally, the
city is providing an alternative way of completing the work. Under the
present guidelines, the homeowner was required to get three bids for the
work and present them to the city for approval. The work would go to the
lowest approved bidder. This was time consuming and troublesome for the
owner. Under the amended guidelines, the city will still allow the homeowner
to get bids but the city will also have prepared bid standard unit specifications
for typical I&I operations such as installing sumps, sump pumps, running
pipes, etc. The city will accept the low responsible bid to do any houses
that request the service. This will allow the successful bidder to "lump"
jobs in an area together and get a good deal of work done in a short time
at a reasonable price.