The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring cities to develop a Stormwater Program to reduce the amount of pollutants going into local streams. Cities are being required to monitor stormwater as it enters an outfall point. The city of Portland's stormwater collects and discharges outside the city limits into outfall points either at Drakes Creek or Summers Branch. These are considered waters of the state. Stormwater that goes into these outfall points will have to be monitored for contaminants.
The city is required to form an advisory board of local citizens to help develop projects with the Stormwater Program. On March 7, 2016 the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the citizens who have volunteered to serve on the advisory board.
These citizens are Mark Evans, Patricia Sedillo, Joe Payne, Steven Blair, and Randy Baker.
Evans is a engineering manager at Unipres. Evans wrote on the biographical information form, "Furthermore, as a degreed mechanical engineer, I should be able to bring technical knowledge to the discussion that is valuable."
Sedillo is an accountant and wrote that she has owned Auto Parts Mfg. Co. and is currently in banking working with computers.
She wrote, "Have an eye for what makes things and how they should work."
Payne is a local farmer. He is a former member of the Portland Planning Commission, former member of Portland Board of Zoning Appeals, and a Tennessee registered land surveyor.
Blair is currently an executive director of maintenance and engineering. He wrote, "In the past 15 years of my career I have managed a multitude of small, medium, and large scale projects that required certifications...."
Baker is a local contractor. He wrote, "I currently build houses in the Sumner County area, and I have a Level 1 T.D.E.C. certificate."
The committee will make recommendations on how the cost of the program will be funded.
The Stormwater Program can be funded by tax increases or from fees collected from residents. Currently, White House has a fee that residents pay each month. The fee will be based on an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) which is based on the average square footage of impervious surfaces per residential lot, i. e. sidewalks, driveways, houses, etc.
Recently, the city council approved the hiring of Carlton Cobb, as an engineering assistant/Stormwater Program manager. He began working for the city on Jan. 25, 2016.