Minneapolis celebrates the Aquatennial. Shakopee celebrates Derby Days. Jordan celebrates the Annual Jordan Chamber Arts Festival. Belle Plaine celebrates Barbeque Days. Lakeville hosts the Panorama Of Progress. Not to be outdone, Golden Valley just hosted their very own “Sewer Fest” event. And you missed it! If they decide to have one next year, I’ll try to let you know ahead of time so you can mark your calendars!
The Sewer Fest was conducted to highlight the city’s new, controversial point-of-sale sanitary sewer inspection ordinance that has been in effect since 2007. All properties are required to obtain a city inspection prior to offering them for sale. This will cost residential property owners a whopping $200.00 and commercial owners $500.00. Properties can be offered for sale before required work orders are completed. A temporary Certificate of Compliance will then be issued. However, if work is not completed by closing, 125% of the estimated cost of repairs will be escrowed at closing. Failure to obtain a Certificate of Compliance will result in a misdemeanor charge, and will result in additional charges to the owner’s water bill ($500 per residential, $1000 non-residential.) The inspectors will be looking for improper water connections to sanitary sewer systems.
The Metropolitan Council, which oversees the metro seven county area has determined that too much clean water is being added to the sanitary sewer systems. Most of the member cities have responded by conducting block by block systematic inspections of neighborhoods and individual properties, a practice which the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors considers to be more fair and effective.
For questions about Golden Valley sewer inspections, call Public Works at 763-593-8030.
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