ATLANTIC — Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones announced that trick-or-treating will be held in Atlantic on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and offered several “guidelines.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic families are asked to keep children in groups and not to mix with other family groups and maintain a 6 foot distance while waiting to approach a house.

Candy should be handed out and not presented in a bowl or container in which people can put their hands into. Some households may choose to set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to take individually.

Masks and face coverings should be worn when approaching homes and by those handing out candy or anytime individuals are within six feet of others outside of the family circle.

Individuals that wish to participate in trick-or-treating should turn on a porch light to indicate that.

City

Temporarily Drops Changes to Septic

Tank Rules

ATLANTIC — The Atlantic City Council agreed Wednesday to drop, at least temporarily, changes to city law regarding the use of septic tanks within the city limits.

The new ordinance would have addressed several issues including when and if residents on a septic system would be required to hoop up to city sewer and if and they would be required to pay for the service.

But City Administrator John Lund said Wednesday that there was some confusion over the way the ordinance was written and what the committee had discussed and suggested the change be dropped until those issues could be worked out.

Current city code required that homes connect to the sewer system if a line is within 500 feet of the “structure” and able to “receive and convey (sewage) by gravity.” Some residents with a septic system have been charged sewer fees, though not required to by the law.

Under the revised ordinance those residents would be reimbursed for the fees, “insofar as AMU’s records can track.” It would also drop the gravity exemption but keep the 500 foot boundary. It would also require that once a septic system within 500 feet of a sanitary sewer line fails, the property owner will be required to connect to the sanitary sewer system.

The new ordinance is expected to come back to the Council at some point.

give rebates to residents who have been charged sewer fees even though they were not connected to the service.

City official said the issue arose while reviewing the case of an Olive Street resident whose home uses a septic tank system, but had been charged city sewer fees.

Email Jeff Lundquist at jrlund@ant-news.com