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Carbondale leaders researching storm water fees

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- City leaders in Carbondale are researching ways to try and improve the city's drainage system.

One way would be to add a storm water fee to residents and businesses. Mayor Mike Henry says it would help fix the aging system.

"Our current storm water system can't handle the water," Henry said. "You're driving through six, eight, 10 inches of water when we have a real heavy storm."

Public works director Sean Henry says city is designated as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community. That means the city must look for ways to manage storm water properly, and keep it away from areas like sanitary sewers.

City council members are meeting Tuesday, February 25 to discuss whether to approve funds to hire a consultant. Sean Henry says, the consultant will help answer key questions, such as possible revenue and expenses.

Mayor Henry believes residents would pay a monthly flat rate while businesses would pay higher fees because larger areas are more likely to contribute to more storm run-off water.

Danny Valle

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