Statewide Adverstising

To the Editor:

February 25th, 2010

Homeowners in Sibley County spent $1,000 to $1,500 more than they should have!

Any homeowner who installed a septic system within the last four or five years having a three bedroom home could be affected.

Dave Nelson of Metro West, sanctioned by Sibley County Environmental Services Jeff Majeski, encouraged all designers and installers to put in a 1500/2 compartment septic tank with a 1,000 gallon lift tank WITHOUT ASKING THE HOMEOWNERS if they wanted to do so.

Sibley County’s adopted program at the time these septic systems were installed was a 1,000 gallon septic tank and a 500 gallon lift tank. The home owners without their knowledge appeared to have spent from $1,000 to $1,500 more to have their septic system installed. To go even further, it appears that some of the lift tanks might have the wrong pump switches or improper pump switch settings causing over dosing (too much water being pumped at one time) of the mound system which by all teachings say that the SYSTEM COULD FAIL BEFORE ITS TIME. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) 4+ years ago told Sibley County Environmental Services and Dave Nelson Inspector from Metro West Inspections that in order to have a 1500/2 compartment septic tank and a 1,000 lift tank you would have to first change the county ordinance otherwise it would just be a recommendation (in other words, you, the homeowner, have to GIVE PERMISSION before the change could be made without an ordinance!)

In the same correspondence they were told if using these recommendations to make sure that the pump switch settings were set properly. Even though warned, protocol seemed to be ignored. There could be as many as 200+ SEPTIC SYSTEMS involved here! Each homeowner paid $400 for a permit to Sibley County and along with that permit comes a TRUST, a trust that Sibley County is looking out for your best interest. IF YOU ARE SATISFIED with a septic that could fail before its time THEN DO NOTHING. If you feel that something should be done about the excess cost of the septic systems and the possibility that your system could fail before its time, either call your Commissioner or call Sibley County Environmental Services (507-237-4091) ask for Jeff Majeski and ask WHY AND HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN and WHAT CAN BE DONE to make sure the system you have is WORKING PROPERLY????

I can only tell you what I think is a PROBLEM and it is up to you, the citizens, to ASK QUESTIONS and to VOICE YOUR OPINION to make sure that SOMETHING IS DONE!

On a more positive note-after these problems were brought up, Commissioners Bill Pinske and Jim Swanson were instrumental in stopping what was happening.

New ordinances were presented to our Planning and Zoning Board, put into a format by David Schauer our County Attorney and voted on by our Commissioners.

Still we need to look at this and always be open to making changes to the ordinances that will benefit only YOU, the homeowners of Sibley County!

Steve Gillaspie
Green Isle Township

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