about south river federation

 

JESSE ILIFF, South Riverkeeper

County Enforcement Audit

Round Table Discussion at Fall Community Meeting 10/11/16

 

Enforcement

GOAL:

              Work with the County to improve procedures 

        in Inspections & Permits for enforcement

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Recommendations:

 

  1. Require online Vegetative Management Permits.

  2. Establish a baseline set of information for inspectors to review prior to inspection.

  3. Acquire a boat for County Inspections and Permits (I&P).

  4. Standardize data entry protocols and develop training for I&P personnel.

  5. Identify additional information that can be made available online.

  6. Vet contractors during selection process for past violations.

  7. Include prior compliance history with referrals to Office of Law.

Roundtable Discussion Notes

Fall Membership Meeting 10/11/2016

 

Advocacy: County Enforcement Audit
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  • Jesse feels that enforcement/penalties are weak, which lead to him conducting an enforcement audit
  • Paying the fine vs. mitigationMitigation = source of pollution/sediment is taken care of NOT pollution all cleaned up; damage is done
    • Which is more costly?
  • Issues with Practices vs. Issues with Transparency
    • Antiquated software – Being updates; will standardize data entry
    • Recommendation: Have a Data Administrator who is in charge of data (entry, quality, etc.)
    • Potential for mapping function availability?
  • Where does the money from fines go?
    • A county general fund
    • People feel it should go to mitigation
  • One bad home/property can ruin lots of stormwater good practices – Enhancement of communication between departments/agencies?Question: How can such a large project get by without the necessary stormwater management?
    • County says it will be fixed with software upgrade
  • How do we report violations to you?
    • Online forms; Request an investigation
    • In order to be TRULY anonymous: mail in your forms, or report through SRF
    • SRF can do a better job of informing members what to do when you see a violation and how to report ***LINK HERE***
  • Does the county tell Jesse about planned projects?
    • Because he has been a "pain"; somewhat. Jesse has gotten a plan of DPW projects from the Director.
    • Online Clearinghouse for Development Proposals – maybe with the new software?
  • Do you feel threatened by an Enforement Audit?
    • Should SRF be doing an Audit? (maybe the State’s job?)
  • How can members advocate?
    • Contact with bureaucrats!
    • SRF disseminates information to members about violations, members keep an eye on violations, report if necessary.
    • Contact your neighbors and SRF about violations, there is power in numbers!
  • Establish your use/enjoyment of a resource now; document it!
    • Gives you standing
  • Do associations/organizations have standing?
    • Might depend on judge