Storm water department flushed away
Nothing stays the same, the old saying goes, and Decatur City Council is proving that adage by eliminating the storm water department it created only nine years ago, in 2004.
There are good reasons, laid out by City Attorney Tim Baker at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
The department originally was established in order to collect a storm water fee as well as to create a special taxing district. The laws covering those measures have since changed, however, and so the reasons for creating the department are no longer viable.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.