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1 Options for Community Structures: Wastewater Treatment On-Site Sewage Treatment Program Extension Educators Doug Malchow Valerie Prax Laurie Brown

2 Points to keep in mind: There are options for districts, but the public needs to be involved/informed all along the way For all the options legal council needs to be involved The MPCA only reviews the creation of Sanitary Districts under Minn.Stat to

3 Why do we need a “community structure”? When multiple landowners work together a legal and responsible entity is usually needed to work on behalf of the community members.

4 What roles might the entity play? Provide continuity within the project Acquire property or easements Obtain/administer financing to build project Negotiate contracts Develop and enforce project rules Recover costs of damages to the system Budget/Levy to manage, repair, and replace the system

5 Determine District Boundaries Based Upon Need Convince residents that they need improved wastewater treatment before drawing district boundaries Residents with complaint wastewater treatment systems included within a district’s boundaries may not support a new wastewater treatment system if it will cost them money

6 ComplyDon’t Comply Minnesota Lake Typical Assessment

7 ComplyCan’t Comply Could Comply Minnesota Lake More Complete Assessment

8 More complete assessment Offers a complete understanding of the current situation Basis to look at potential solutions Helps determine appropriate boundaries Fits with the proposed funding hierarchy changes

9 Types of Entities that “could” Oversee a System Lake or homeowner associations Joint Exercise of Powers Agreements Lake Improvement Districts Sanitary (Sewer) Districts Subordinate Service Districts

10 Lake or Homeowner Associations Advantages Early catalyst for action Provide some funding Educational network

11 Lake or Homeowner Associations Disadvantages Lack ability to levy for funds Fee collection difficulties Rules enforcement difficult Lack accountability to government entity

12 Joint Exercise of Powers Agreements Advantages Allow issues that cross political boundaries to be addressed Agreements carefully spell out issue, powers and responsibilities

13 Joint Exercise of Powers Agreements Disadvantages Time consuming- appointed board; multiple hearings; carefully outlined and detailed agreement between multiple partners Any partner can withdraw, leaving remaining partners with obligations

14 Lake Improvement Districts Advantages Created by 26% of property owners within proposed area Focused on improving water quality

15 Lake Improvement Districts Disadvantages County remains legal entity managing a small area; district can’t levy All county residents responsible financially Created by small number of residents

16 Sanitary Districts Advantages Independent commission may manage Can levy and bond Can write and enforce ordinances Some can provide water service (116 A)

17 Sanitary Districts Disadvantages Created by petition/hearing process by MPCA Boundaries and need established before petitioning MPCA Lengthy process Difficult to get consensus over large area

18 Subordinate Service Districts Advantages Can be created at the county or township level Relatively easy/inexpensive to create in short time Costs borne only by users Can evolve easily over time as needs change

19 Subordinate Service Districts Township 365A Requires petition of 50% + 1 of property owners in contiguous area; signature verification Public hearing Board approves or disapproves Reverse referendum by 25% of property owners puts district on hold; special election with simple majority of those voting rules Can be enlarged Dissolved via petition of 75% of property owners in district followed by Board decision

20 Subordinate Service Districts County 375B – Creation by Resolution Following public hearing Can be withdrawn via resolution following public hearing

21 Subordinate Service Districts County 375B – Creation by petition Requires petition of 10% of qualified tax voters in proposed contiguous area Public hearing Board approves or disapproves Reverse referendum by 5% of qualified tax voters in proposed area puts district on hold Special election majority of votes rules Withdrawal after petition by 10% of property owners followed by special election; majority rules

22 Questions? septic.umn.edu (Information for homeowners)


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