Council to discuss resolution opposing state bill on septic system regulations

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A resolution to oppose state Assembly Bill 885 that deals with statewide septic system regulations will be on the Auburn City Council business agenda tonight. Council staff has recommended that the city oppose the new regulations and submit a resolution to the state Water Resources Control Board. In a report to the council from Jack Warren, director of public works, it was stated that the proposed septic regulations would have additional requirements for property owners of both new and existing septic systems. The proposed regulations require owners of septic tank systems to have their septic tank inspected by a qualified person for solid accumulation every five years. “We’re just adding our two cents more to get that modified,” Mayor Mike Holmes said. “There may be some cases where inspections should be done according to AB 885. Just to have a blanket law that covers all of California, especially where there is not a problem, does not seem right to me.” Situations where a septic system is leaking into a creek and ravine would have to be modified, Holmes said. In other business, Michelle Talbott, social services director at The Salvation Army, will be recognized by the council. The Auburn Urban Development Authority will also be part of the meeting. One key item on their agenda will deal with the jury parking lot, which is the same area used by the farmers’ market. A project is being considered to upgrade the parking lot. The council meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1225 Lincoln Way. — Staff Report