PARMA Residents wanting to install a rain barrel in their yards will have to pay a steeper fee than what was originally believed.
The fee is $31 for one barrel, $32 for two, $33 for three and so on.
Last week, the Sun Post reported that it would cost just $1 to install a rain barrel.
That was based on a reading of a rain-barrel ordinance that City Council approved May 7. The ordinance established regulations for rain barrels.
The ordinance — while referencing another pre-existing code section — seems to state that the city fee for “storm water storage containers” is $1.
However, looks are deceiving.
What the ordinance did not say is that — under the other pre-existing code section — there is a base fee of $30 for storm water storage containers and other plumbing items.
So to calculate rain-barrel fees, residents should start with $30, then add $1 for each barrel they want to install.
Paul Deichmann, city engineer, believes the rain-barrel fee was established after 2008. It has remained unchanged since then.