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Brown County Residents Hear New Septic Ordinance

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(Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News))

The Brown County Board of Commissioners could vote as soon as next month on a revised version of its septic tank ordinance.

The current ordinance has been in place since 1997. Proponents say it needs to be replaced to address new development in the county.

The new ordinance would require a property owner to obtain a permit before construction of a building that has an onsite sewage system.

“If you’ve ever walked a creek or done a survey, and walked through one of them that’s failed, you’re going to throw your boots away," said Brown County resident Kevin Allen.

First time violators of the ordinance could face a fine of $500 or up to $1,500 for multiple violations.

“There’s no reference to a minimum timeline someone has to get something fixed," said Brown County resident Erika Bryenton.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has regulations in place regarding septic systems, but allows counties to craft their own ordinances governing them.

The public can submit written questions on the ordinance up until 4:00 p.m. on May 3.

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