City adopts rules update

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council adopted a new stormwater ordinance on Monday, accommodating changes required by federal and state environmental regulators.

The public hearing drew no citizen comments on the new regulations, which provide the first city updates on stormwater rules since 2010.

Tyler Cowing, the city’s engineering technician for water resources, outlined the changes in requirements for sites of one-half acre or larger, permitting fees and who will be required to buy permits, which cost from $25 to $200.

All lots for single-family homes being constructed, any structure disturbing greater than 5,000 square feet of land and any structure disturbing land in Tier A of a shoreland district require permits. The city also must adopt standard operating procedures for permitting and inspections.

Managing stormwater runoff is crucial in Fairmont because runoff is carried into the lakes, which provide the source for the city’s drinking water as well as recreation.

A copy of the ordinance is available on the “Popular Links” on the city’s website,

In other business, the council:

o Designated year-end fund balances for specific purposes. Paul Hoye, city finance director, reported that the unrestricted general fund balance at the end of the year was $7.2 million, with $3 million designated for the trail system and almost $2 million for a new parks and streets building.

o Approved the renewal of a consumption and display (setup) permit for the Chain of Lakes Yacht Club.

o Approved an event permit for the Borderline Cruisers Car Club to barricade several downtown streets for its annual car show June 9.

o Approved a transient merchant license for TNT Fireworks at the Walmart parking lot from June 20 to July 5, contingent on completion of a background check.

o Heard Mayor Debbie Foster proclaim March 11-17 as Girl Scout week in Fairmont. There are about 200 Girl Scouts and volunteers in Martin County. Some of the fourth-grade Scouts attended the council meeting.

o Set a public hearing on a proposed floodplain management ordinance for 5:30 p.m. March 26 at City Hall.