Carrboro is required under a stormwater permit with the State and EPA to pursue an operation and maintenance program for structural stormwater treatment devices. The essence of the approach being pursued in Carrboro is that the property owner has responsibility for maintenance of stormwater devices. By establishing maintenance agreements between landowners and the Town for owner responsibility for maintenance, the Town receives assurance that the owners are aware and capable of fulfilling their responsibility for maintenance, and the Town is able to convey to the State that adequate maintenance is occurring. Similarly, the owners receive the benefit of being able to control the inspection and maintenance and not bearing the expense of Town maintenance and inspection activities. Both parties receive clarity of understanding of respective roles and responsibilities.
The Town will periodically inspect sites to insure that maintenance is being adequately performed. If, after 3 inspections and landowner notification, the Town finds that adequate maintenance is not being pursued, the Town may take on the maintenance responsibility, and invoice the owner for the costs of the maintenance along with fees for the additional staff time for reinspections and overseeing the maintenance. Schedules for maintenance requirements for use in Carrboro’s stormwater management program have been developed. The Town does not endorse or certify specific contractors to assist with maintenance. A list of people that have received State certification for maintenance is available at http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/SCM-im/professionals.html.