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Long Beach news: New sewer rules OKd

Long Beach City Hall on March 28, 2013.

Long Beach City Hall on March 28, 2013. (Credit: Tara Conry)

City Council approves new sewer rules

Long Beach will now require residents to inspect and repair their homes’ sewer systems.

The city council approved a new set of private sewer rules on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent wastewater in pipes from leaking into groundwater and waterways.


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The new rules require residents to maintain their sewer hookups to ensure there is no leakage, and that everything is in working order. An inspection will be required at the time of the home's sale, and any issues would need to be fixed before the transfer of title, according to city documents.

The rules will “reduce infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewer system operated by the city of Long Beach, and groundwater and waterways,” a copy of the rules state.

Failure to comply with the rules would be considered a "public nuisance," records state.

The city council unanimously approved the new rules.

City Council extends manager’s contract

Long Beach’s city council voted Wednesday to extend the contract of City Manager Jack Schnirman by two years.

Schnirman, the city’s top administrator, took the job over from Charles Theofan on Jan. 3, 2012, when the city was in the midst of a financial crisis. He is paid $157,989 per year.

Schnirman, 36, inherited leadership of the city just as Moody’s Investor Services downgraded the city’s general obligation debt to Baa3, the lowest investment grade rating. Moody’s has since improved the city’s outlook from negative to stable.

Schnirman is a Democrat in a city where Democrats control the city council.

He was a deputy town supervisor in Brookhaven from 2006 to 2008, under then-supervisor Brian X. Foley.

He also worked as vice president of management consulting at Bowne Management Systems, the Mineola-based engineering firm.

The city council’s vote to renew Schnirman’s contract was unanimous.

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