By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski County will have its stormwater runoff program “up and running” by the July 1 deadline, but county officials are hoping the 2014 General Assembly will delay the deadline.
Administrator Peter Huber said Pulaski County has joined Virginia’s 94 other counties to support proposed legislation (HB697) that would give localities until July 1, 2015 to take over administration of the stormwater runoff program from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The county also supports HB637 which would set stormwater runoff permit fees for land disturbing activities under five acres to the amount charged for less than one acre of disturbance if the permit is being sought for a single-family residence. Huber said the purpose of the bill is to reduce the cost for individuals and families needing such permits.
Ninth District Delegate Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) is sponsoring both bills in the House of Delegates.
As for the cost to Pulaski County for having to take over administration of the stormwater program, Huber said the true cost would not be known until the county starts administering it.
County Engineer Jared Linkous said the costs are still being compiled. The deciding factor will be whether existing staff can administer it or whether an additional hire will be needed.