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Monitoring period January 1, 2018to December 31, 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Who do I call about my water bill or find out about starting service ?
Call City Hall (503)749-2030

2. How do I report a drainage problem?

A drainage problem involving public streets, storm sewers or drainage ditches should be reported to the Public Works Department at (503) 749-1185.

3. How do I report a problem with the sewer system?
Problems with the sanitary sewer system and also the storm sewer system (surface drainage water) should be reported to the Public Works Department at (503)749-1185.

4. How do I report a street maintenance problem?

City streets are reported to the Public Works Maintenance Division (503)749-1185.  

Problems on County roads (1st, Main, and 11th Streets) should be reported to Marion County Department of Public Works

State and Federal roads (Hwy 22) are reported to the Oregon Department of Transportation

5. How do I report a water main break?
Major water main breaks can be reported by dialing 9-1-1. Dispatch will contact the appropriate maintenance personnel.

If it is a suspected leak or minor problem a citizen can report it directly to the Public Works Department at (503) 749-1185.

Trees and Weeds

1. How do I report a property with overgrown weeds?
Weeds must be cut before they are 10 inches or higher unless they are in agricultural areas or natural preserves. The property owner will receive written notice ten days before the City orders the weeds to be cut. If the owner does not cut them, the City will have them cut at the owner's expense. To report a property with high weeds, call the Aumsville Police Department at (503) 749-2188.

2. What is the City's procedure on dead or diseased trees?
The City will remove diseased or hazardous trees located in the right-of-way. If the tree is on private property, it is the home owner's responsibility to remove the tree.

Fertilizer

1. Does the City have any guidelines about fertilizer use?
Yes. In an effort to protect water quality in our lakes, streams and wetlands, the City has placed a high priority on educating the public about the use of fertilizers. In addition, the City has adopted an ordinance that regulates the use of fertilizer and pesticides. Under City ordinance: Fertilizer may not be applied on hard surfaces.

You may not apply fertilizer or pesticides near wetlands or waterways; Commercial fertilizer applicators must be licensed to work in Aumsville. They, along with businesses which use fertilizer, must use phosphorus-free fertilizer. Exemptions may be obtained for newly established lawns or those for which a soil test has shown that phosphorus is in need. Commercial applicators may not apply fertilizer on frozen ground or when other conditions exist which promote or create run-off.

2. If I fertilize my lawn, why should I use a phosphorus-free fertilizer?
Phosphorus from fertilizers runs off lawns and ends up in area lakes and wetlands where it promotes algae growth. Algae can turn a blue lake green and damage or kill the lake's Eco-system.

3. How can I tell if a fertilizer is phosphorus-free?
The make-up of all fertilizers is indicated by a series of three numbers on the package. The middle number indicates the amount of phosphorus the fertilizer contains. Look for a middle number of "0" to be sure you are buying a phosphorus free fertilizer.

4. If phosphorus poses a threat to lakes and wetlands, why is it in fertilizers in the first place?

In some parts of the country, soils need phosphorus to sustain healthy plant development -- but that's not true in Oregon. Oregon soils are generally rich in phosphorus. In fact, the soil in Marion County has high or very high levels of phosphorus, according to a study conducted by Oregon State Parks. The study showed that levels were so high the vast majority of lawns tested did not need any phosphorus.

5. If I don't live near a lake, stream or wetland should I be concerned about using phosphorus-free fertilizer?

Yes! No matter where you live in Aumsville, run-off from lawn flows into the storm sewer system. The storm sewer system empties directly into our local water bodies.

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