MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Managing storm water is expected to be a hot topic at Tuesday's Mobile City council meeting.
Council members are expected to vote on a 0$500,000 contract. If they don't approve it, it puts the city in danger of being sued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for failure to comply.
It's not the first time the council has seen the issue.
"We should have done this a long time ago, it is a little bit of wanting to be sure the most right approach was taken," said council member William Carroll.
The Federal Clean Water Act requires cities to create storm water management plans to reduce the pollution flushed into streams and lakes by municipal drainage systems.
Because city council members failed to approve the contract or a plan, it puts the city in danger of being sued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
"There is always a possibility of some type of litigation when you haven't completed a task or done what was necessary to consent to decree. But I understand both parties are trying to work this out," said Carroll.
Carroll said the deadline to comply was July 2.
Carroll along with Council woman Gina Gregory said there is some disagreement between ADEM and the city.
The city argues that it had started working on the plan that would have brought it into compliance and would have been implementing a plan.
"ADEM was hoping that we would have had the plan implemented instead of implementing to conform to the consent decree," added Carroll.
Some council members have voiced concerns over the cost of the contract and feel there are cheaper routes to take but now it may be too late with the deadline already come and gone.
Gina Gregory said ADEM wanted the plan to be complete in 180 days but the city's plan took years.
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