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City tries to get moving with EPA mandates

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - It should have been done years ago but the city of Shepherdsville is playing catch up.

The council unanimously approved an ordinance regulating standards which must be met for post-construction work dealing with surface water issues.

Engineer Angi Johnston said Shepherdsville passed two of the three ordinances required for the Clean Water Act.

In passing the ordinance, she said Shepherdsville would be required to provide enforcement to make sure developers are following the standards set forth in the post-construction requirements.

Work with the storm water system is very important and would require manpower, said Johnston.

“We are way behind the eight ball,” admitted Johnson.

Besides making sure developers protect the environment, she said the city needs to collect data on all water discharge points and the Salt River outfalls must be mapped.

Councilman Rob Flaherty said he had some knowledge of the situation since he served as deputy county judge/executive when Bullitt County was going through the process.

He said the county already has a certified inspector with the code enforcement office. Currently, the county is doing inspections and enforcement for four cities and the county. It might be a situation where the county inspector could also do it for the city.

While many of the requirements are placed at the feet of the developers, Flaherty said the city will be very responsible for enforcing the ordinance.

With councilman Larry Hatfield absent, the council voted 5-0 to adopt the ordinance on post-construction regulations.