An ordinance that would require septic tanks within the Village of Four Seasons to meet new regulations before a home is sold is going back to the drawing board.
The board of trustees voted against approving the ordinance because of a problem with wording. While they agreed with the intent of the ordinance, trustees were concerned the wording would cause confusion down the road.
The ordinance would have involved only homes within the Village being sold after sitting unoccupied for more than 60 days. Building Inspector Robert Davis explained that septic systems begin to break down after 60 days, and some new homeowners have discovered problems after taking possession.
The ordinance, once the language is corrected, will require septic systems to undergo a hydraulic load (flood test), to be inspected by a camera and to undergo a dye test. If a system fails, the home sale cannot be completed until the problems are solved.
Trustees discovered wording in the ordinance allowed transfer of ownership before the testing would take place, and they want the testing conducted before possession of the home.
David said if a home has been unoccupied for fewer than 60 days it would not need the testing. Cost of the testing is estimated at between $400 and $800.
"We're getting more and more involved in septic tanks with the new state laws," he explained.
Ranita Jones was seated as a new trustee to fill the unexpired term of Cynthia Lonergan who with her husband recently moved outside the boundaries of the Village.
Trustees conducted brief interviews of three applicants for the position during the meeting: Jones, Nancy McCleary and Johnny Franzeskos, Jr. The applicants were then asked to leave the room while trustees discussed the attributes of each.
After resuming the meeting, Trustee Arnold Sandbothe offered a motion, seconded by Trustee Dave Perdue, that Jones be accepted for the interim position. He noted Jones attends most of the trustee meetings as an interested citizen and has been instrumental in spearheading the Village's new emergency preparedness program. He encouraged others to attend regularly as well.
"This was a difficult decision," Trustee Carolyn Lorain said. "All three are good candidates."
Sandbothe reminded everyone that the Jones' seat along with two others will be up for election April 8, and encouraged McCleary and Franzeskos to file their candidacy.
Trustees also approved purchase and installation of a new Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOiP) phone system for Village Hall at a cost of $4,395 from Mo Bell Telecom of Camdenton.
The phone system was one of a half-dozen wish list items identified by staff members and trustees in recent months.
Page 2 of 2 - Village Clerk Tom Laird noted that several bid packets were picked up, but only Mo Bell Telecom responded.
•Trustees learned that more equipment was purchased for the emergency preparedness trailer. Jones said she has photographed all of the equipment and supplies for a permanent record. The task of identifying handicapped or wheelchair-bound residents who could be located in case of an emergency was also discussed. Jones said the Map Your Neighborhood program, which is part of the emergency program, is designed for that purpose.