Proposed Ordinance 61 Amendments + Open House Public Meeting Information

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January 13, 2023

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Proposed Ordinance 61 Amendments & Open House Public Meeting Information

Greetings! As previously noted in our GovDelivery, the On-Site Wastewater (OSW) Division is drafting proposed Ordinance 61 amendments. The proposed revisions will be ready for public review and posted on the St. Louis County website under the On-Site Wastewater webpage on January 13th. Additionally, the division will be hosting two open house public meetings to solicit input. The meeting dates and locations are provided below. The meetings will begin with a brief presentation by the OSW Division to give a synopsis of the proposed revisions and the context behind them. After the presentation, the room will be open to the participants to provide feedback. Both meetings will have the option to attend virtually. The virtual links can be found below and on the On-Site Wastewater webpage.

If you have questions or comments regarding the draft Ordinance 61 amendments or the two scheduled meetings, please reach out to the OSW Division by the emails or phone numbers listed below:

1st Public Meeting 

DATE:                   January 24, 2023

TIME:                    9:00am – 11:00am

LOCATION:          Rice Lake City Hall 

                             4107 W Beyer Rd, Duluth, MN 55803

January 24th Virtual Meeting Link

2nd Public Meeting 

DATE:                  January 31, 2023

TIME:                   9:00am – 11:00am

LOCATION:         Virginia Public Works building (lower-level training room)

                            7823 Hwy 135, Virginia, MN 55792

January 31st Virtual Meeting Link

Winter Sale Requirements 

Winter Sale Requirements (if the system is over 10 years old and hasn’t had a
compliance inspection in the last three years):
• Completed Transfer Agreement
• Estimate from a licensed and certified installer for the replacement of the system
• Escrowing 100% of said estimate at the time of closing until conditions allow for a
compliance inspection to occur

Operating Permit Renewals vs. Compliance Inspections 

Please be mindful for all point-of-sale transactions, that a compliance inspection is not the same as an operating permit renewal An operating permit renewal is considered proper maintenance on a system (i.e., filter changes, pipe clean out, pump review, etc.), where as a compliance inspection is a more in-depth inspection on system functionality that fully discloses to a potential buyer if there is anything failing on the system (i.e., inspect for cracks in the tank, reviewing drain field absorption, soil separation, etc.). Additional information can be accessed by clicking the following link: Buying/Selling Property (

Please contact the On-Site Wastewater Division through the information provided below if you would like further clarification. 

Contact us

On-Site Wastewater

If you have any questions about On-Site Wastewater or need assistance, please contact:

Duluth Office: (218) 725-5200
Virginia Office: (218) 749-0625

Ryan Logan
On-Site Wastewater and Water Manager