The stormwater management update Mayor Sandy Stimpson gave the City Council during the pre-conference meeting on Jan. 7 was short, but it wasn’t sweet.
The city submitted its annual report to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management late. Stimpson said they have already asked for an extension, but are waiting to hear back.
“The report was not submitted on time, but it has been submitted,” he said. “We have already asked for an extension and are waiting to hear back. This is something that they can fine the city for if they choose to do so.”
Every year the city must submit an annual report to ADEM by Dec. 31. However, the city filed the report on Jan. 3. Not submitting the annual report is something that has gotten the city into trouble before.
In February 2012, ADEM fined the city $17,750 for not submitting a report for 2008-2009. Then ADEM cited the city for failing to submit a report for 2007 and 2009. The later violation is coupled with other citations is what led ADEM to sue the city.
ADEM is now asking the Mobile County Circuit Court to fine Mobile $475,000. This will be decided upon during the Feb. 7 hearing between ADEM and the city of Mobile.
Stimpson noted that Mobile Group, Inc., which the city pays $498,240 to monitor the city’s stormwater system, did not turn in the report on time.
Councilwoman Bess Rich asked if they were aware it was due on Dec. 31, 2013.
The mayor responded since the company has been doing this for more than a decade, they should be aware.
A more in-depth update on the city’s stormwater troubles with ADEM is forthcoming, Stimpson said.