SB Common Council President talks storm water utility fee & rental inspections proposal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - South Bend Common Council President Tim Scott, D-District 1, joined Tricia Sloma on 16 Morning News Monday to talk about the city's storm water utility fee and proposed rental inspections.

The city is considering a water utility fee that would allow for new storm water infrastructure. If the fee is approved, starting in June, residents may start to pay an extra two dollars and non-residents, five dollars each month.

"There's infrastructure improvements that we just don't have the funds for that this money would go directly to...for any drainage throughout the city, whether it's within the river boundaries or not," Scott said.

The city is also looking at adding rental inspections. Scott said this stems out of the issue city officials have had with high lead levels in homes. The first inspection is free, but if you don't pass the first inspection, a second one is 50 dollars.

Scott said the council strives to look out for the quality of life of everybody.

"Whether you're a homeowner or renter, it's important, and we want everybody to have a good quality of life in South Bend," Scott said.

Both topics will be discussed at the 7 p.m. Common Council meeting in the Common Council Chambers at the County City Building.