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Typically rainwater is absorbed by the earth through soils and vegetation, but when it falls on your house, driveway, or street it cannot penetrate those surfaces so it drains to the nearest storm drain, ditch, or creek. The term "Stormwater" means the rainwater that runs off of impervious surfaces such as buildings, houses, roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, and compacted gravel. The more impervious surfaces we develop, the more runoff we create and have to manage.
The City created a stormwater utility fee to fund the Federal and State mandated Phase II Stormwater Program. The City’s Stormwater Management Program is funded completely through this stormwater fee. This is a separate utility fee, not tax dollars. The residential fee is $5 per month. The nonresidential fee is based on the amount of impervious surfaces on each property at $5 per 2,500 square feet of impervious surfaces per month.
The stormwater fee for Residential customers is a flat $5.00 per month. Commercial/Non-Residential customers are charged $5.00 per 2,500 square feet of impervious surfaces on their property. Impervious surfaces are anything that stormwater cannot penetrate such as rooftops, parking lots, compacted gravel etc. The Commercial/Non-Residential fees were assessed at the onset of the Stormwater Management Program by an engineering firm using GIS software and aerial photogrammetry to view and measure impervious surfaces located on each parcel within City Limits. The fee is not charged to residents and commercial businesses located outside of City Limits, even though they may have a Belmont address.
The stormwater fee is used for many things; from day-to-day operations, staff, fuel, equipment maintenance, stormwater system maintenance, mapping, and capital improvement projects. The majority of the revenue generated from the stormwater fee is allocated for capital improvement projects (CIPs) which are large stormwater system repairs and upgrades that benefit the community.
The storm drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system and the stormwater is not treated. They are two separate systems. Storm drains flow to streams, creeks, and in some cases directly into the river. The only thing allowed to go into the storm drains is rain.
There are several possibilities why the storm drain(s) on your street is not draining properly: 1. The grate is clogged with debris keeping stormwater from passing into the catch basin. 2. The pipe that the storm drain is connected to is clogged or has failed. 3. The rain event was too large for the system to handle causing backups. Please call (704) 901-2076 to report a storm drain that is not draining properly.
No, because the City has no jurisdiction and does not collect stormwater fees from properties outside of City Limits. If you have a stormwater related issue or problem and are outside City Limits call (704) 901-2076 and City Staff can help get you in touch with the right people to address your issue or problem.
Typically yards wash away or erode due to a lack of vegetation. Vegetation, whether it be grass, shrubbery, trees, etc., helps to stabilize the soil and keep your yard intact. Establish a vegetative cover on any bare areas to get them stabilized. For severe erosion issues call (704) 901-2076 so that the issue can be investigated by City Staff.
There are several possibilities why you have a sinkhole in your yard: 1. When an excavated area is filled in with soil or other material it naturally shifts and settles. Water always takes the path of least resistance and if there are any voids or crevices it finds, that’s where it’s going. Over time stormwater can channel out voids and sinkholes. 2. Utility service leak or failure can cause sinkholes to form. Water/sewer leaks or a separation in a stormwater pipe can be causes. Please call (704) 901-2076 to report a sinkhole in your yard or on your street so that it can be investigated by City Staff.