Rice wants public input on state consent decree for sewage
St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice wants residents to have a say in a state- proposed fix to the city's sewage woes.
Last month, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a proposed consent decree that would require the city to solve its sewage crisis --- a mixture of aging pipes, reduced capacity and political inattention.
Rice will propose a minimum of two public hearing on the decree with an eye to getting public input on the final version.
Her new business item will be considered by the council at its Oct. 20 meeting.
"Welcoming public input is part of the commitment to transparency and open communication needed to help fix water resource management issues," Rice wrote in her rationale for her proposal on Wednesday.