Structural Controls are implemented to manage flooding and maintain water quality within urban watersheds, however they require frequent inspection and maintenance to function as designed. San Marcos has implemented a successful inspection/maintenance program on a shoe-string budget, and our program has inspired other cities to start their own. In 2016, the San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance which included Section 86.531- Maintenance and Repair of Structural Controls, laying the groundwork for what would become our Post Construction Structural Control Inspection Program. The ordinance reinforced our city’s requirement for all existing and new Stormwater Management Structural Controls on private and city owned property to be inspected annually by a pre-qualified engineer. The decision to have a ‘hybrid’ style inspection program was based on the procedures of larger city’s but with concessions made for our existing personnel and budget constraints. Our experiences in developing and launching this program without a clear playbook has been challenging and ever evolving. However, after three years of administering this program our department has learned several lessons that could be helpful for other municipalities of comparable size to tackle this type of project. By sharing our challenges and solutions, we hope to help other city’s with alternatives for these type of inspection programs that can better fit a smaller city’s budget. Furthermore, we would like to offer ourselves as resources for other municipalities that may have questions regarding this type of program.
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