Storm water department a goner
The City of Decatur's storm department is no longer with us, having been officially abolished by city council at its meeting on Tuesday night.
It has been merged with the waste water department and its functions are now under the management of the city's Board of Works and Safety. Council had approved the transfer on two readings at its previous meeting, then gave final — and unanimous — approval on Tuesday.
The department originally was established in 2004, in part 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, it was noted at a previous meeting.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.