The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted a new permit Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4, Phase II), aimed at reducing contaminants and pollution in storm water runoff from municipalities.
The City of Pharr has been proactive in complying with state regulations regarding pollution prevention. In November of 2008, the City of Pharr was granted the permit by TCEQ for the Municipal Storm Sewer System. This permit requires the city to publicize storm water public education and outreach programs to community members on a regular basis. At this time, the Storm Water Management Plan has been fully operational and closing year five of the approved state permit. We are currently transitioning from year five (5) into year (1) of the renewal of the existing permit for the next five years.
The City of Pharr acknowledges that construction activities and construction sites can lead to erosion and sediment point sources of pollutants entering the storm system. The second permit cycle calls for a development and expansion of efforts to reduce construction activities and maintain compliance through inspections, codified ordinances, and Best Management Practices (BMP). All new construction sites are subjected to regular inspections at least twice weekly to ensure compliance with state Storm water rules and regulations. As of December of 2010 a new city ordinance, (Illicit Discharge and Detention) was approved by city commission. The purpose of this article is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of citizens from Pharr through the regulation of non-stormwater discharges to the storm drainage system to the maximum extent as required by federal law. This article establishes methods for controlling the introduction of pollutants into the municipal separate storm sewer system in order to comply with requirements of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES).
Involvement/Public Education Measures
Measurable goals were selected to quantify the success of Best Management Practices to bring enforcement action on all responsible parties if needed. Success is shown through the number of inspections, enforcement actions, compliance, and improvement in the overall quality in discharged storm water.
Tire Ordinance-Sec. 26-188. – Residential property. It is declared to be the purpose and intent of the city to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, prevent the spread of disease and creation of nuisances, and to protect and enhance the quality of its environment. The purpose of this article is to institute and maintain a comprehensive city-wide program for tire disposal which will assure that the storage, transportation, collection, processing and disposal of tires does not adversely affect the health, safety, and well-being of the public and does not degrade the quality of the environment. Owners or renters of property within the city limit and may not cause or let cause, suffer the accumulation of scrap, waste tires within their private property or right-of-way.
Accumulation. No residential zoned property will be allowed to store more than five scrap, waste tires on or around property which they own or occupy. In case of a tire dump, the property owner, contractor, developer, builder or other person responsible for the property shall cause the property to be cleaned and to come into full compliance with this article. The city shall not be responsible for any cost of cleanup or remediation.
Right-of-way. Scrap, used tires are not to be placed on street right-of-way. Residential properties that cause or let cause the accumulation of used tires on street right-of-way shall be solely responsible for the pick-up and delivery of such used tires to a tire recycling facility at their own cost.
Enforcement. The City of Pharr Code Enforcement Division, Police Department and Public Works Department shall be responsible for enforcement of this article.
Disposal of tires. Residents can dispose of four rimless tires a month at city’s recycle center free of charge.
Violation and penalties. Any resident violating or failing to comply with any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, subject to a civil penalty of $100.00 up to $1,000.00 for each offense as determined by the city’s municipal court. Each day of continued violation(s) shall constitute a separate offence.
Sec. 26-189. – Tire business permits. All tire businesses located within the city limits and its E.T.J., engaging in the resale of tires or the generation of waste tires shall be issued a permit annually by the public works department for a non-refundable fee of $35.00. Tire businesses with multiple locations must purchase a permit for each location. Tire businesses that have their own trucks utilized to transport waste tires will receive one decal included with the permit fee. A separate decal must be purchased by such business for any additional truck utilized by the tire business to transport waste tires at a cost of $20.00 per decal. If such business has a mobile tire repair road service unit the permit/decal will be $100.00 for each unit in service. The city’s Code enforcement department will conduct random inspections of such tire business for the sake of monitoring compliance with the foregoing requirement.