County partners with Town of Addison
County will administer Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance

The Public Works Committee approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Addison at its January 24th meeting. The agreement authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Division of the Planning and Parks Department to administer the Town's Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance.

This Intergovernmental Agreement aligns well with the County's Strategic Plan and its goal of being a Well-Governed and Administered County. One of the County's priorities is to seek opportunities for collaboration and shared services with public or private entities. Even dating back to the 2013-2015 Strategic Initiatives document, the Board has advocated the creation of shared services with neighboring counties and partner municipalities through intergovernmental agreements.

The Intergovernmental Agreement was presented to the Committee by Paul Sebo, County Conservationist. "This is an identical agreement that was brought before this committee in August of 2017, but that one was with the Town of West Bend" Mr. Sebo reported. In both instances the town officials initiated the discussion with the County in response to personnel changes at each township. The County has its own Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance that overlays all unincorporated areas in the County unless a township adopts a similar ordinance and administers that ordinance themselves. Most townships in the county have adopted the County's as a model and through an Intergovernmental Agreement like this, the county becomes their administering authority.

"There is no cost to the Township for having the County administer their Erosion Control and Stormwater Management ordinance; the County recoups its expenses through permit fees which we retain" explained Mr. Sebo. "There can be significant cost to a municipality if they do not recoup their cost through permit fees." Administration for the two Townships is estimated to yield roughly $2,000 to further offset County personnel costs.

The Erosion Control and Stormwater Management ordinance applies to new land development activities to prevent water pollution both during and after construction. The code requires the installation of erosion control practices and timely stabilization to control erosion during construction. For development activities that increase impervious surfaces by over 20,000 square feet, permanent stormwater management practices must be installed and maintained to protect downstream property owners.