Storm Water


The Mayor (executive of the city) appoints the three member board, whose terms are staggered and who each serve for three years.

Members for 2016:


  • Kent Liechty
  • Ernie Steiner
  • Ron Sprunger



  • Director: Shannon Smitley
  • Storm Water Attorney: David Baumgartner
  • Secretary of Record: Becky Sprunger

Berne is a CSO Community.  Click here for more information.



What is a Storm Water fee?

A storm water utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. Customers pay a fee to drain storm water from their properties. The City of Berne’s storm water user fee is primarily the result of new environmental regulations (United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on storm water discharges.

Who else is paying a Storm Water utility fee?

Every property owner in the City of Berne’s Corporate Limits are responsible for paying a storm water utility fee including County, State and Federal government parcels and public institutions, along with commercial and industrial parcel owners.

Are there properties in the Corporate Limits that do not have to pay the fee?

Yes. State roads are exempt since they are governed by a separate NPDES MS4 permit issued by IDEM to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). City roads are considered to be part of the storm water management system along with city owned pipes, ditches and swales that convey storm water to waters of the State. The City is required to monitor, identify problems and improve outfalls that are part of the storm water management system if necessary.

Does the Post Office pay a Storm Water fee?


Does the City pay Storm Water fees on City owned properties?


My storm water does not go in to the city collection system, why do I have to pay a Storm Water fee? Alternatively, everyone else’s Storm Water runoff impacts my property – why do I have to pay the Storm Water fee?

Water quality affects all residents in the City of Berne and therefore, all property owners must pay their fair share of the costs to keep the rivers, creeks and streams clean and address drainage problems.

What is considered to be an impervious surface?

An impervious surface is any surface that prevents water from penetrating the ground. Examples include buildings, driveways, parking lots, swimming pools, patios, paved areas, gravel areas, tanks, pads and other features that do not allow rainfall to soak into the ground.

Who do I talk to if I want to dispute my bill or impervious area?

Appeals of storm water utility bills are handled by the Storm Water Utility Board. You are welcome to call Shannon Smitley at the City Building to discuss your bill and the basis for the amount. If you desire to appeal your fee, please have the most current information regarding your parcel available.

How can I help the city water collection system to function better?

Do not blow newly cut grass in to the street which then goes in to our catch basins. Keep leaves and other debris out of the curbing.

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