MERIDEN — The City Council approved changes to the city code to allow the Public Works Department and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission to issue fines for environmental violations.
The new ordinances were previously approved by the City Council’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee, and received final approval from the full City Council on Monday night.
The changes align city code with state statute and improve enforcement, said Cathy Battista, chairwoman of the council’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee.
One ordinance allows the Public Works Department to issue a $250 fine per day for flood plain violations.
Another permits the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission to issue fines for violations of its regulations.
“This is simply an update to our charter. Everyone on the committee approved unanimously,” Battista said.
Mayor Kevin Scarpati praised the committee’s work.
“I’m glad to see we’re moving forward with it,” Scarpati said.
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