City of Knob Noster, MO
Johnson County
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Section 715.010 Purpose.

[R.O. 2012 §715.010; Ord. No. 387 Art. I, 9-25-1985]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the City to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the City's treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt for such public wastewater treatment works.

Section 715.020 Definitions.

[R.O. 2012 §715.020; Ord. No. 387 Art. II §§1—11, 9-25-1985]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
BOD (DENOTING BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees Celsius (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred (300) milligrams per liter (300 mg/l) and a suspended solids concentration of not more than three hundred fifty (350) milligrams per liter (350 mg/l).
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
All expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the sewage works to achieve the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed.
REPLACEMENT
Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the treatment works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
Any contributor to the City's treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
SHALL
Is mandatory; MAY: Is permissive.
SS (DENOTING SUSPENDED SOLIDS)
Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory.
TREATMENT WORKS
Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage, or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions improvement, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works, including site acquisition of the land that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment; or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating, or disposing of municipal waste or industrial waste, including waste in combined storm water and sanitary sewer systems.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.
WATER METER
A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City of Knob Noster or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City.

Section 715.030 User Charge Accounts.

[R.O. 2012 §715.030; Ord. No. 387 Art. III §§1—3, 9-25-1985]
A. 
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement and costs associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the treatment works, which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system. That portion of the total user charge which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works shall be established by this Chapter.
B. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established in Section 715.040, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the Sewer Utility and Sewer Replacement and Improvement Fund and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
1. 
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the treatment works (Operation and Maintenance Account).
2. 
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works (Replacement Account). Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made at least annually, from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in the amount of one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) annually.
C. 
Fiscal year-end balances in the Operation and Maintenance Account and the Replacement Account shall be carried over to the same accounts in the subsequent fiscal year, and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the Operation, Maintenance and Replacement Fund shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation, maintenance and replacement. The user charge rate(s) shall be adjusted such that the transferred monies will be returned to their respective accounts within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.

Section 715.040 Actual Use Rate Structures.

[R.O. 2012 §715.040; Ord. No. 387 Art. IV §§1—6, 9-25-1985]
A. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on his/her use of the treatment works as determined by water meters acceptable to the City.
B. 
Monthly User Charges.
1. 
Residential contributors. Monthly user charges shall be based on monthly water usage.
2. 
Industrial and commercial contributors. User charges shall be based on monthly water usage. If a commercial or industrial contributor has a consumptive use of water, or in some other manner uses water which is not returned to the wastewater collection system, the user charge for that contributor may be based on a wastewater meter(s) or separate water meter(s) installed and maintained at the contributor's expense, and in a manner acceptable to the City.
C. 
(Reference is made to Appendix A of this Chapter, which is on file in the City Offices). The minimum charge per month shall be one dollar twenty-five cents ($1.25) for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons. In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge rate for operation and maintenance including replacement of fifty cents ($0.50) per one thousand (1,000) gallons additional of water (or wastewater) as determined in the preceding Section, and an additional zero dollars ($0.00) per one thousand gallons (1,000) of water or wastewater for debt retirement.
D. 
For those contributors who contribute wastewater, the strength of which is greater than normal domestic sewage, a surcharge in addition to the normal user charge will be collected. The surcharge for operation and maintenance including replacement will be developed on a case by case basis.
E. 
Any user which discharges any toxic pollutants which cause an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the City's treatment works, or any user which discharges any substance which singly or by interaction with other substances causes identifiable increases in the cost of operation, maintenance, or replacement of the treatment works, shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be determined and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
F. 
The user charge rates established in this Section apply to all of the City's treatment works, regardless of their location.

Section 715.050 Delinquent Accounts.

[R.O. 2012 §715.050; Ord. No. 387 Art. V §1, 9-25-1985]
Due date and penalty shall be the same as provided for water accounts.

Section 715.060 Review of User Charge System.

[R.O. 2012 §715.060; Ord. No. 387 Art. VI §§1—2, 9-25-1985]
A. 
The City will review the user charge system at least every two (2) years, and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the cost of operation and maintenance including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users and user classes.
B. 
The City will notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation and maintenance, including replacement of the treatment works.

Section 715.070 Purpose.

[R.O. 2012 §715.070; Ord. No. 681 §I, 6-3-2003]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare, and convenience of the City to collect charges from all users who use the City's water system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt of such public water system.

Section 715.080 Definitions.

[R.O. 2012 §715.080; Ord. No. 681 §II, 6-3-2003]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Article shall be as follows:
CITY
The Board of Aldermen of Knob Noster and/or those employed by the Board in charge of operation, maintenance, and administration of the City's facilities.
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
All expenditures during the useful life of the system for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the system to achieve the capacity and performance for which system was designed and constructed.
REPLACEMENT
Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the system to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" shall not include "replacement".
RESIDENTIAL USER
Any user of the City's water system whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
SHALL
Is mandatory; MAY: is permissive.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which the treatment works will be operated.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total water service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the water system.
WATER METER
A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City.
WATER SYSTEM
Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, transmission, and distribution of water. These include transmission and distribution lines, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvements, remodeling, additions, and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable water supply such as standby treatment units and any works, including site acquisition of land, that will be part of the treatment process.

Section 715.090 User Charge Accounts.

[R.O. 2012 §715.090; Ord. No. 681 §III, 6-3-2003; Ord. No. 743 §I, 5-2-2006]
A. 
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay the costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement and cost associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the water system which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system. That portion of the total user charge which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement of the water system shall be established by this Article.
B. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established in Article IV, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement fund and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
1. 
The Operation and Maintenance Account shall be an account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the water system. Deposits in the Operation and Maintenance Account shall be made at least annually from the operation and maintenance revenue in the amount of three hundred fifty-seven thousand seven hundred thirty-nine dollars ($357,739.00) annually.
2. 
The Replacement Account shall be an account designated for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the water system. A Certificate of Deposit (CD) in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) will be designated "restricted" and used for the sole purpose of the water system, and should the Replacement Account funds be utilized, such funds will be replaced in a timely manner.
3. 
Fiscal year-end balances in the Operation and Maintenance Account and the Replacement Account shall be carried over to the same accounts in each subsequent fiscal year, and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Fund shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation, maintenance, and replacement. The user charge rate(s) shall be adjusted such that the transferred monies will be returned to their respective accounts within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.

Section 715.100 Actual Use Rate Structures.

[R.O. 2012 §715.100; Ord. No. 681 §IV, 6-3-2003]
A. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on their use of the water system as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
B. 
All monthly user charges will be based on monthly water usage.
C. 
The minimum charge for:
1. 
City resident customers per month shall be nine dollars eighty-five cents ($9.85) for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons. In addition, each user shall pay a user unit charge of three dollars ($3.00) per one thousand (1,000) gallons thereafter.
2. 
Outside City limits customers per month shall be twelve dollars eighty-five cents ($12.85) for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons. In addition, each user shall pay a user unit charge of six dollars ($6.00) per one thousand (1,000) gallons thereafter.
D. 
The user charge rates established in the Article applies to all users of the City's water system.
E. 
A minimum month charge shall be billed for each dwelling unit including each residence, each unit located in a duplex, occupied mobile home park lot located within a mobile home park, each occupied apartment located within an apartment building, or a residence, and each business.
F. 
Where a single meter exists for multiple dwelling units or business, a minimum charge shall be billed for each dwelling unit or business occupied and/or in use at the time meters are read each month. All gallons shall be billed in accordance with the applicable rate schedule (residential/non-residential).

Section 715.110 Meters.

[R.O. 2012 §715.110; Ord. No. 681 §V, 6-3-2003]
A. 
Water meters shall be read by the City on or near the twenty-fifth (25th) day of each calendar month, and statements shall be rendered to consumers for water used since the previous meter reading. Bills for water shall be due and payable upon reading of the meter, and if not paid on of before the fifteenth (15th) day of the following month, shall bear a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bill.
B. 
Disconnection Of Service.
1. 
Whenever a water bill is not paid on or before the twenty-fifth (25th) day of the month following the period for which the bill was rendered, the City may disconnect water service to the premises on which the meter was used, except as limited to Section 441.650, RSMo. If the water service to the premises is in the name of the owner, service shall not be reconnected until such time as the water bill, late payment penalty and reconnection charge are paid.
2. 
If the water service to the premises is in the name of an occupant who is not the owner, and the bill and other charges due remain unpaid for a period of two (2) weeks after disconnection, then the City shall take the occupant utility deposit and may file an action against the occupant to collect any charges due after the deposit. Furthermore, the occupant may not establish an account for water service at another premise until the bill and other charges are paid. Service to the premises may be reconnected in the name of the owner, or in the name of another occupant upon payment of the appropriate utility deposit.
3. 
Service may also be disconnected to any customer who fails to comply with orders restricting or prohibiting the use of water.

Section 715.120 Review of User Charge System.

[R.O. 2012 §715.120; Ord. No. 681 §VI, 6-3-2003]
A. 
The City shall review the user charge system annually and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of operation and maintenance including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users and user classes.
B. 
The City will notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works.

Section 715.130 Obstruction To Access of Meter — Violation — Penalty.

[R.O. 2012 §715.130; Ord. No. 681 §§VII — VIII, 6-3-2003]
A. 
It shall be a violation of a municipal ordinance for a water customer to obstruct, block, or otherwise place impediments that prevent City employees from having reasonable access to read a water meter.
B. 
A violation of Subsection (A) of this Section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days in jail.