|Cease-and-desist order issued by board of health|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
At their Dec. 15 meeting Northeast Colorado Board of Health members issued a cease-and-desist order at the conclusion of a public hearing for an onsite wastewater violation.
The order was issued to a Washington County landowner who moved two mobile homes onto his property without installing a septic system. The landowner, who was living in one of the mobile homes, applied for a septic system permit in early August, but never installed a system.
He was contacted by the Northeast Colorado Health Department in mid-August and notified he was in violation of NCHD’s Onsite Wastewater Regulations, as he was dispensing effluent inappropriately from his home.
After numerous failed attempts to contact the landowner, NCHD sent another letter on Dec. 3 notifying the landowner that he was still in violation of the regulations, specifically Section 3.1 which states “under no condition shall sewage or effluent be permitted to be discharged upon the surface of the ground, or into Waters of the State.”
The letter also stated that a public hearing had been set up to discuss the violation on Dec. 15 with members of the Northeast Colorado Board of Health.
During the hearing the landowner told board members he was initially unaware he needed to obtain a permit and install a septic system, but that he would take the responsibility to clean up the land. He also requested the $600 permit fee be given back to him as he is in the process of selling the land and will therefore be vacating the property.
Board members formally issued a cease-and-desist order to the landowner, which gives him 30 days to come into compliance and cease dispensing effluent onto the ground.
Board members also voted to retain the permit fee for the time being as financial assurance that the land would be cleaned up for the subsequent landowner. A final determination on whether or not the fee will be refunded will be decided after NCHD has determined the cleanup has taken place.
In other business the board:
—Recognized outgoing board member and Washington County Commissioner Bruce Johnson for his service to the board.
—Accepted the November financials.
—Approved NCHD’s 2011 budget.
—Approved the presented dates for 2011 Board of Health meetings.
—Approved an employee compensation proposal presented by Crosthwait, which will award each employee $200 as an end-of-year bonus. Crosthwait requested the bonus in light of the fact that staff has not received raises or a cost-of-living increase for the past two years and because the agency’s health care insurer, CEBT, recently awarded the agency a check for $8,000 for low usage. The funding of the bonuses will come directly from the money received from CEBT.