Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 21.5

GreenStep City Best Practices: Environmental Management
Septic Systems No. 21

Implement an environmentally sound management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems.

Best Practice Action 5

Create a program to finance septic system upgrades.

1 star Participate in a county, state or federal program or use one-time grant or loan financing.
2 star Base homeowner upgrade repayments on the value of the property rather than on the credit-worthiness of the owner.
3 star Use a city revenue bond, repayable through taxpayers' property taxes.

Who's doing it

Burnsville - 2 star
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The City has Policies 5.035 and 5.036 which outline options for connecting to existing trunk mains in CSAH 5 and that outline the conditions under which street and utility improvemens will be provided in SW Burnsville (area zoned R1A, Single Family Rural Residential) Policy 5.036 allows property owners to elect to have the connection charge assessed to their property to allow for payment over a period of up to 10 years to help offest costs. Property owners may either undertake major repairs/renovation ot SSTS systems or connect to public utilities. The city will not order connection to the municipal system unless a documented health risk is determined or if ordered by MPCA.
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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff) | basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us | 952-895-4524
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Rochester - 2 star
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Rochesters Water Quality Protection Program started in 1998. It provides a financial subsidy to reduce city sewer and water costs to the property owner. it has been used in 31 subdivisions to eliminate 1500 septic systems and provide city sewer service. No payment or interest charges are required until a date 3 years after a project is awarded to serve your neighborhood. Thereafter, uniform payments can be made over a period of 10 years at 7.5% annually on the unpaid balance. No connection is required until a date 5 years after a project is awarded to serve your neighborhood.
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For more information contact:
Tony Benson (City staff) | tbenson@rpu.org | 507-280-1534
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Albert Lea - 1 star
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Property owners are eligible for three low interest loan programs to upgrade their septic system - through the USDA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Freeborn County.
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For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff) | jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us | 507-377-4316
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Austin - 1 star
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Mower County has a low interest loan (3%) availablefor failing system replacement/upgrades. This program is repayablethrough property owner's tax assessment.
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 1 star
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Occurs for tribal citizens on tribal land under certain circumstance, every AI is eligible for 1 septic system which is possible by EPA funding through IHS. Leech Lake is working on putting stony point campground to join city system.
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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Fergus Falls - Pending
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There are currently less than 75 homes in the city limits that have private septic systems. When these systems fail, they are being hooked up into the city’s septic system.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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