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COLE COUNTY ESTABLISHES STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Cole County Department of Public Works will hold its first Stormwater Management Advisory Committee meeting on May 23, 2019. The formation of this committee is the result of work done to manage stormwater runoff and erosion control in the County. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources requires cities and counties with urbanized areas to follow guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Clean Water Act. A component of the County’s stormwater management plan is to allow public participation and a citizens’ forum to address stormwater concerns.
The initial committee will be comprised of the members of the Cole County Road and Bridge Advisory Board. The six regular members of the Board are county residents appointed by the County Commission on a yearly rotating basis with member terms lasting 3 years. The main duties of the Road and Bridge Advisory Board are to provide guidance and advice to the County Commission and Public Works Department in the expenditure of sales tax funds for road and bridge improvements. The stormwater forum will be added to their duties.
The stormwater meetings will be held biannually and citizens will have an opportunity to address the committee with their concerns. The committee will have no authority to direct work to be done. However, they will be able to recommend correction measures to the Public Works Department and ultimately the County Commission. The forum will allow citizens a structured format to discuss their concerns and a procedure to address the issues if warranted.
Citizens are encouraged to present their concerns and attend the meetings. A formal process has been established for people to get on the list for discussion at the meeting. People wishing to speak are required to submit their concern through an online form or they can send in their concern by mail or email. The submittal needs to be received by the Public Works Department no later than Friday May 17th. Information can be found on the county’s website under Public Works and the “Stormwater” tab at the link below. Information about the meeting can also be found below.
Residents can also call the Public Works Department at 573-636-3614 with questions and for more information on how to submit a concern to be discussed at the meeting.
Stormwater Information on Cole County Website
Date: Thursday May 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Place: Cole County Fire Protection District
Training and Administration Building
5206 Monticello Road
Jefferson City MO 65109