CRAWFORD COUNTY - At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 17, the Crawford County Board of Supervisors repealed and recreated the Chapter 15, Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS) Ordinance.
A more complete article on the subject was published in the March 1 issue of our paper. Follow the link to read that story: http://www.swnews4u.com/section/1/article/37287/
The County Sanitation Department can be reached with any questions at 608-326-0294.
This means that the home of every resident of the county will either need to be connected to a municipal wastewater system or a code compliant POWTS (septic system) that is regu-larly inspected a minimum of every three years once the ordinance is enacted.
The City of Prairie du Chien and all villages, ex-cept Bell Center and Steuben, are served by mu-nicipal wastewater systems. The ‘downtown area’ of Seneca Township is served by the Valley Ridge Clean Water Com-mission.
This leaves approximate-ly 7,000 rural residents of the county who are not served by a municipal sys-tem and therefore must have a POWTS.
The new ordinance was approved with only minimal changes to the proposed ordinance reported on in the March 1 issue of this paper. The limited changes involved changing "inspection" to "maintenance" and adding section 15.07(4) on the special assessment.
For more information, go to crawfordcountywi.org/zoning.
The Board also passed a schedule of fees as follows:
Fees include $75 DSPS Administrative Fee & $25 DNR Groundwater Fee.
In-Ground, In-Ground – Dosed, & Holding Tank fees reduced $100 if plans have been approved by State.
At-Grade- Pressure $550
Holding Tank $450
Tank Only–Add/Replace Treatment, Combo, or Dose $275
Component Modification - Treatment or Dispersal $300
Sand, Gravel or Peat Filter $550
Aerobic Treatment or Disinfection Unit $550
Experimental POWTS $550
Reconnection - Full Evaluation $200
Reconnection - < 5 years from permit issue date $50
Non-Plumbing Sanitation System $250
391-Composting/Incinerating Toilets, Privies
Physical/Chemical Restoration $200
Inspections (soil verifications & additional inspections) $75
(all permits include one construction inspection)
Soil Evaluation Review & Filing $100
Sanitary Permit Change of Plumber, Renewal, Revision, Transfer $100
Wisconsin Fund Grant Application $200
Soil Saturation Determination Inspections $250
Administrative Appeals $50
Special Assessment Annual Fee: $7 per POWTS
Past Due Report Late Fee $100 + citation
The following fees apply to activity began prior to issuance of required permit:
First Offense: double regular fees
Second Offense: triple regular fees
Third Offense and beyond: triple regular fees + citation
Offenses accrue to property owner regardless of whether offenses involve the same property. Offenses exonerated if none accrued by property owner within a period of 36 months.
NOTE: If rebuilding after a natural disaster, an appeal for a fee reduction or waiver may be made to the County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Committee.
NOTE: All Floodplain or Shoreland/Wetland (w/in 300’ of navigable water) development subject to County and/or State permit requirements; contact this office to verify. Local permits may be required.