This page contains responses to specific questions to United Voice from the Silver Lake community. Some of which we received via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and others from Facebook groups where we’ve posted information. They are in order of receipt.
1) ANSWER: Effluent and drain bed will both be tested. The nutrients level in effluent is one test, drain field test is for proper operation. The type of soil under the drain field could help determine acceptable effluent nutrient levels. That is something that still requires further investigation.
2) ANSWER: *working on answer*
3) ANSWER:You are correct, there are currently no provisions in HD10 code for Phosphorus (P) remediation. It would be required under the proposed UV ordinance as currently written. For removal of P a vessel can be added relatively easily to an ATU system with a medium that will absorb the P. P removal is of utmost importance as it is currently the limiting factor in algae growth in the lake, the lake is loaded with Nitrogen N waiting for P to utilize for nutrients for growth. Since our lake is void of plant life for competition of the nutrients the available nutrients are utilized for algae growth.
4) ANSWER: Yes, upgrades will be necessary. As stated, there are revisions still to be made to the proposed draft of ordinance. We are looking for feedback to help guide any changes and certainly would be interested to hear your thoughts on it.
5) ANSWER: Yes, HD10 has no provision for mandatory inspection therefore mandating inspection exceeds their current requirements.
6) ANSWER: it has been determined that our former lake management company killed all vegetation in the lake. Because of this all available nutrients in the water are available to be utilized for algae blooms and growth. I have learned thru all this that septic system effluent (liquids) contain nutrients in the form of Nitrates and Phosphorus that runs thru the sandy soil to the water table much quicker than in an “earthier” soil. These nutrients then migrate to our lakes and streams feeding the algae. Please let me know if this explanation helps.
7) ANSWER: The current HD10 codes as written are being enforced, there is no ongoing inspection criteria there. UV is not SLDAPO. UV is a non affiliated group comprised of members from SLDAPO, FOSL, and the community at large. The plan as currently written costs (depending on an individuals current system) at most approximately 1/3 of what the sewer was to cost. UV is not mandating what must be used to meet the criteria, only that it be met. Personally, I’m hoping to see innovation at work! What has been proposed are recommendations. As stated they are certainly works in progress and open to discussion. In the end we as a community need to solve this issue however the documentation that does it is written.
8) ANSWER: Thus far SLIB is not involved in this. The Planning Commission meets tonight (2/25) , we hope to get feedback from them then. That feedback will be shared with the public
9) ANSWER: Great question! It applies to all homes and businesses in the Shaded area.
10) ANSWER: Aerobic technology is standard in many situations including proximity to open water or water table in many communities. Our own HD10 has been mandating them for several years in proximity to water and watertable situations even though it isn’t listed in the sanitary code.
11) ANSWER: I can’t speak to the soil or water condition of your home as I am not familiar with the specific circumstances at that location. I have looked into, and spoken with, many people on this matter, Nutrient pollution is an undeniable fact. It may not be a direct health risk but is an environmental risk. I would recommend a quick google search to see just how many items show up and look from there, Certainly ALWAYS consider the source when reading. Look up Leelanau and Tip of The mitt watershed to see what they have done right here in the state of Michigan. Ask yourself, why was the vegetation in Silver Lake an issue in the first place?
12) ANSWER: Taken under advisement. Yes, a program will cost money to operate, unfortunately there are people who will not address their systems unless mandated. If a septic system is leaching nutrients into the lake I would contend that it is not functioning as it should.
13) QUESTION: I don’t know if it is on the site because truthfully the site is not that user friendly or flow very well but I tried to maneuver around it for awhile but gave up looking. Is there a place where all these costs are broken down and a table showing how you arrived at the $110 per home cost or average or whatever that taxable amount is? Is it based on SEV? Homesteaded vs Non? I just saw the phrase $110 per home on tax bills would be added. I would like to know how that number was ascertained and also how the $275 + inspection fee was arrived at. Can you give me the link to the exact page by chance? Appreciate it.
13) ANSWER: Thank you, we will continue to look into ways to make the site as user friendly as possible. We don’t currently have a cost breakdown on the site but will look into adding it. The short of it as currently written is: Administration of the district – $110.00 per property (This is a high end estimate) Assumes $200,000 opening budget / number of properties included. This funds salary and mileage for administrator, computer hardware and software, other miscellaneous items to get started. This number should decrease in following years as startup is more expensive. Inspection Fee – $275.00. This is the cost quote from HD10 for a complete septic system inspection. This includes tank, drain field, and effluent nutrient testing. Permit – The actual permit issued is covered in the administration fee. Necessary Equipment – That is tougher to determine as there are many variables such as: current system viability, does the system need advanced treatment, etc.
14) QUESTION: I see that there should be attachments to the ordinance, but can’t find them. Where are they?
14) ANSWER: Apologies for any confusion on the attachments. The four attachments have been identified as necessary items but haven’t been written yet. They will be included as the ordinance becomes more complete. I’ll see if we can add that on the draft to help with any confusion.
1) The address list is currently a map under the “Boundaries” section. The map would be replaced with a complete list of addresses.
2) The sample permit will be the specific permit document.
3) The evaluation report will be the inspection form.
4) The enforcement agent job description will be a complete job description for that position.
15) QUESTION: What is the red area vs the green? Is this just a duplicate of the STEP sewer map. Was there no reconsideration of who should be IN or OUT of the zone?
15) ANSWER: The map is in no way finished and reflects properties within a proximity to water. Please remember that this is a work in progress and that starting points are needed. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.