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Millville moves to make water laws fairer

October 9th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Marissa Bodily

MILLVILLE–The Planning Commission is rewriting the ordinance requiring property developers to give up water shares in order to comply with a new state law.

The commission discussed the ordinance that currently requires people developing property to give up one water share for every acre at a meeting Thursday night. Planning Commissioner Jim Hart said the ordinance shouldn’t be based on an acre, it should be based on the impact the new household has on Millville’s water supply.

“We need to make it so it’s fair,” Hart said.

The ordinance is being altered because it doesn’t say why water shares must be given up and it does not comply with the state law now.

JUB Engineers, Inc., is conducting a study to find out how much water is available for use in Millville. There was money left over from the bond for the study, so JUB is developing a long range plan for future water needs. The commissioners will use the numbers from the study to write the new ordinance according to the city’s water needs. Hart said he thinks the city is short of water.

Planning Commissioner Catyse Easton volunteered to begin writing the ordinance so at their next meeting they can begin plugging in the numbers from the study.

The commission decided to continue the discussion of the ordinance at their next meeting. “This is an ongoing discussion,” Hart said. “We are going to finish this.”

The commission also approved three building permits for Millville residents for a minor subdivision, a single family dwelling and to change a roofline.

Easton was assigned to attend the next Millville City Council meeting on Oct. 28.

The commission will meet next on Oct. 21 providing the paperwork for the building permits is turned in by the applicants; otherwise they will convene again on Nov. 4.


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