City of Marshfield, MO
Webster County
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Cross References — As to water and sewer cost share fees for developers, §§500.460 — 500.470; as to identity theft program, §140.160.

Section 700.010 Combined Waterworks and Sewer System.

[R.O. 2014 §700.010; Ord. No. 79 §2, 3-10-1959]
The existing waterworks of the City of Marshfield and the existing sanitary sewerage system and all future improvements and extensions thereto, whether to the waterworks or to the sewerage system or to both, shall be and the same are combined and it is hereby declared that said waterworks and said sewerage system, and all future improvements and extensions thereto as aforesaid, thenceforth be operated and maintained as a Combined Waterworks and Sewerage System.

Section 700.020 Superintendent.

[R.O. 2014 §700.020; Ord. No. 92 §5, 4-12-1960]
The City Administrator shall employ a competent person to have charge of said water system under the control and supervision of the Board of Aldermen and said person shall be known as the Superintendent.

Section 700.030 Installation Fee — Meters/Hookup Required When.

[R.O. 2014 §700.030; Ord. No. 575 §§1 — 2, 5-22-1990; Ord. No. 632 §§1 — 2, 1-14-1993; Ord. No. 845 §§1 — 2, 4-29-1998; Ord. No. 1038 §1, 10-9-2003; Ord. No. 1059 §1, 2-12-2004; Ord. No. 1478 §1, 2-10-2011]
A. 
Every landowner in the City of Marshfield, Missouri, desiring to tap into the water mains of the municipal water system of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, and to have a City water meter installed on said tap-in shall pay to the City Collector of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, in advance, the tap-in and meter fee, to be determined by the size of the tap-in line required, to wit: (See Chapter 500, Schedule A, Fees)
B. 
No tap-in to the municipal water system of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, shall be allowed unless the City installs a meter on said tap-in. This provision shall not apply to City-owned property.
C. 
Under this provision any owner or occupant of a property, which has service available, will be charged the installation fee as defined in this Chapter. It is the responsibility of the customer to notify the City that a property is not connected to the public water system. "Available", as used in this Section, is defined to mean public water system services are provided by the City of Marshfield within one hundred (100) feet of the property line and it is economically feasible and practical from an engineering standpoint for a connection to be made.

Section 700.040 Water Meters and All Parts of Sewer System To Be Exclusive Property of The City — Tampering Prohibited.

[R.O. 2014 §700.040; Ord. No. 472 §6, 2-28-1985; Ord. No. 474 §7, 3-14-1985]
A. 
All water meters installed are hereby declared to be and to remain the exclusive property of the City of Marshfield and it is hereby declared unlawful and an offense for any person or persons to damage, destroy, steal, or tamper in any manner whatsoever with any water meter, or any metal box or the lid or top thereto, or with any other part of said water system, or to attempt to damage, destroy, steal, or tamper in any manner whatsoever with any water meter, any meter box or lid or top thereto, or with any other part of said water system.
B. 
All portions of the City sewer system, including pipes, mains, manholes, manhole covers, valves, lift stations, and the City treatment plant are hereby declared to be and to remain the exclusive property of the City of Marshfield and it is hereby declared unlawful and an offense for any person or persons to damage, destroy, steal or tamper in any manner whatsoever with any of the aforesaid property, or any other part of said sewer system, or to attempt to damage, destroy, steal, trespass upon, or tamper in any manner whatsoever with any part of said sewer system.

Section 700.050 Each Unit To Have Separate Meters.

[R.O. 2014 §700.050; Ord. No. 92 §13, 4-12-1960; Ord. No. 369 §9, 10-26-1978; Ord. No. 472 §7, 2-28-1985]
Each family unit and each business of any kind whatsoever shall have a separate and individual meter; provided however, that whenever any landlord is furnishing water to his/her tenants and said tenants are all under the same roof, each occupying a part of the same building, and no separate fee or charge is made by the landlord for the water furnished, the landlord may furnish water to all of said tenants through one (1) meter.
FAMILY UNIT
As used herein, shall have the same meaning as that commonly applied to the word "family", and shall mean any number of persons more than one (1) living together under the same roof with someone of their number as head who controls the affairs of the household and upon whom the others, or some of them, are by reason of some legal or moral obligation dependent.

Section 700.060 Water Rates.

[R.O. 2014 §700.060; Ord. No. 92 §§2 — 3, 4-12-1960; Ord. No. 369 §§1 — 2, 10-26-1978; Ord. No. 472 §§1 — 3, 2-28-1985; Ord. No. 663 §1, 10-28-1993; Ord. No. 960 §1, 9-13-2001; Ord. No. 1041 Art. IV, 11-6-2003; Ord. No. 1317 §§1 — 4, 1-24-2008; Ord. No. 1433, 4-22-2010; Ord. No. 1474 §1, 4-22-2010; Ord. No. 1555 §1, 11-8-2012; Ord. No. 1564 §§1 — 2, 1-24-2013; Ord. No. 1730 §§1 — 2, 11-17-2016]
A. 
Inside City Limits.
1. 
Every user of water from the municipal water system of the City of Marshfield located inside the municipal limits of the City of Marshfield shall use said water only after it has been metered in a water meter to be furnished, installed, regulated and controlled exclusively by said City of Marshfield, under the direction of the Board of Aldermen of said City, and the applicant for each meter, or someone for him/her, shall pay to said City for said water used at the following monthly rate:
Capital improvement fee: $5.00.
Minimum charge: $16.67 (beginning January 1, 2017)
In addition each user shall pay a user unit charge for operation and maintenance, including replacement: $2.54 per thousand gallons of water beginning January 1, 2017
2. 
A "month,"as used herein, is defined as one (1) calendar month.
B. 
Outside City Limits. Every residential user of water from the municipal water system of the City of Marshfield which is located outside the municipal limits of the City of Marshfield shall use said water only after it has been metered in a water meter to be furnished, installed, regulated and controlled exclusively by said City of Marshfield under the direction of the Board of Aldermen of said City, and the applicant for each meter, or someone for him/her, shall pay to said City for said water used at the following monthly rate:
Capital improvement fee: $10.00.
Minimum charge: $33.34 (beginning January 1, 2017)
In addition each user shall pay a user unit charge for operation and maintenance, including replacement: $5.08 per thousand gallons of water beginning January 1, 2017
C. 
Prior to using any water of the City water system, each homeowner shall deposit with the City the sum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00); prior to using any water from the City water system, each renter shall deposit with the City the sum of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00).

Section 700.070 Assessment From Owner For Sewer Service — Generally.

[R.O. 2014 §700.070; Ord. No. 595 §§1 — 2, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §§1 — 2, 8-10-1995]
A. 
There is hereby assessed against, and the City of Marshfield, shall collect sanitary sewer service charges for the use and services rendered by the sanitary sewer system of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, from the owners or occupants of each lot, parcel of real estate, or building which is connected with the sanitary sewer system of the City of Marshfield or which discharges sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, water or other liquids, either directly or indirectly into the sanitary sewer system of the City of Marshfield.
B. 
After the following date: September 1, 1995, there is hereby assessed against, and the City of Marshfield, shall collect, sanitary sewer service charges for having available the use and services to be rendered by the sanitary sewer system of the City of Marshfield from the owners or occupants of each lot, parcel of real estate, or building which:
1. 
Is connected to the wastewater treatment system; or
2. 
Discharges wastewater of any type, either directly or indirectly, into said wastewater treatment system; or
3. 
Is not connected, but has water service connected, and current consumption as well as said wastewater treatment services available to such property.
C. 
Under this provision any owner or occupant of a property which has services available will be charged the rate as defined in this Chapter. It is the responsibility of the customer to notify the City that a property is not connected to the public water system. "Available", as used in this Section, is defined to mean public wastewater treatment services are provided by the City of Marshfield, within one hundred (100) feet of the property line, or within two hundred (200) feet of a proposed building and it is economically feasible and practical from an engineering standpoint for a connection to be made. The Board of Aldermen will determine "availability" considering all relevant factors including, but not limited to, the following: The elevation of the property, the composition of the subterrain, the effect such connection will have on the surrounding system, and the public health and welfare.

Section 700.080 Sewer Rates.

[R.O. 2014 §700.080; Ord. No. 595 §§3 — 5, 5-23-1991; Ord. No 746 §§3 — 5, 8-10-95; Ord. No. 1318 §§1 — 2, 1-24-2008; Ord. No. 1434, 4-22-2010; Ord. No. 1475 §1, 4-22-2010; Ord. No. 1556 §1, 11-8-2012; Ord. No. 1565 §§1 — 2, 1-24-2013; Ord. No. 1731 §§1 — 2, 11-17-2016]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield hereby finds and determines that the rates, fees and charges for the use and services or availability of the use and services of the sanitary sewerage system of the City of Marshfield, which will be necessary and adequate to provide for the maintenance, operation, and improvement of such sanitary sewerage system are as hereinafter specified.
B. 
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield hereby finds and determines that the rates, fees and charges for the use and services of the wastewater treatment systems as hereinafter specified are necessary and adequate at this time to meet the requirements of Sections 250.010 to 250.050, inclusive, RSMo. The monthly rates required and which shall be charged and collected by the City of Marshfield for sewerage service furnished or available by the City's sanitary sewerage system shall be based upon a fee to be labeled as capital improvements along with the quantity of water used and shall be measured by the water meter or meters installed on the premises served, or for which service is available, unless suitable wastewater measuring and recording equipment is furnished and maintained by the person receiving service, and said charges shall be as follows:
1. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based upon a fee of nine dollars ($9.00) to be labeled as capital improvements along with its use of the water system as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
2. 
All monthly user charges will be based on monthly water usage.
a. 
For every user of sewer within the City limits of the City of Marshfield there shall be a fixed minimum charge of five dollars ($5.00) per month, beginning on January 1, 2017, plus four dollars ($4.00) per thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof, beginning January 1, 2017, for all water used.
b. 
Every user of sewer from the municipal sewer system of the City of Marshfield which is located outside the municipal limits of the City of Marshfield shall pay a fixed charge of eighteen dollars and one cents ($18.01) per month beginning on January 1, 2017, plus eight dollars ($8.00) per thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof, beginning January 1, 2017, for all water usage.
3. 
For any industrial, commercial or other contributor who discharges processed wastewater or other wastewater into the sanitary sewer system which contains more than one and seven-tenths (1.7) pounds of B.O.D. per thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof and/or more than two (2) pounds of suspended solids per thousand (1,000) gallons or any portion thereof, a charge of four dollars ($4.00) per month for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons or portion thereof, beginning on January 1, 2017, plus four dollars ($4.00) per thousand (1,000) gallons or portion thereof, beginning January 1, 2016, for all wastewater discharged above one thousand (1,000) gallons or portion thereof per month, plus seven cents ($0.07) per pound for each pound of B.O.D. in excess of one and seven-tenths (1.7) pounds per thousand (1,000) gallons or portion thereof, plus three cents ($0.03) per pound for each pound of suspended solids in excess of two (2) pounds per thousand (1,000) gallons or portion thereof.
4. 
In addition to the charges prescribed herein, all existing or future industrial contributors which discharge processed wastewater into the sanitary sewer system shall pay an industrial cost recovery charge to the City as prescribed by the industrial cost recovery charge ordinance.
C. 
If a substantial part of the wastewater discharge of a commercial or industrial user or residential user is not discharged into the public sanitary sewer; or if, in a particular case, special circumstances make the application of sewer rates and charges inequitable when applied, then the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to modify the foregoing rates, and may enter into contracts which shall provide for equitable charges for wastewater treatment services. Justification for adjustments to water consumption shall be studied and reported in the form of an engineering report, and submitted to the Board of Aldermen. The cost of engineering surveys or reports, or special metering devices used to determine any adjustment shall be borne by the user. All agreements for adjustments of water consumption previously approved by the Board of Aldermen and all future agreements shall be reviewed annually by the Board of Aldermen.

Section 700.085 Delinquent Bills.

[R.O. 2014 §700.085]
A. 
Bills for water and sewer shall be delinquent after the fifteenth (15th) day of the month. A penalty of ten percent (10%) shall be applied to delinquent bills. Any bill that remains unpaid after the twentieth (20th) day of the month shall subject the property owner/renter to a cutoff notice and an additional ten dollar ($10.00) charge. On the twenty-sixth (26th) of the month service shall be disconnected and a charge of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be added to the account.
B. 
Before any disconnected location is reconnected back to the municipal water system, all previous amounts due the City shall be paid and a charge of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid to the City of Marshfield for the cost of said reconnection, unless said reconnection is made after normal business hours (between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and midnight, and between the hours of midnight and 8:00 A.M. on any weekday; on any Saturday; on any Sunday; and on any holiday as declared by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield, Missouri) then the charge to reconnect to the municipal water system shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to be paid prior to said reconnection.

Section 700.087 Deposit Required.

[R.O. 2014 §700.087; Ord. No. 1042 §1, 11-6-2003; Ord. No. 1168 §1, 10-27-2005]
A. 
Prior to using any water of the City water system, each homeowner shall deposit with the City the sum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00); and each renter shall deposit with the City the sum of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) prior to using any water from the City water system.
B. 
If any user has previously paid to the City a deposit pursuant to previous deposit requirements and in an amount less than the current deposit requirements, then upon the third (3rd) written delinquency notice to terminate service issued to such user, said user shall be required to deposit with the City a sum sufficient to bring the user in compliance with the current deposit required by this Section.

Section 700.090 Billing Procedures.

[R.O. 2014 §700.090; Ord. No. 595 §6, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §6, 8-10-1995; Ord. No. 1272 §1, 5-22-2007; Ord. No. 1566 §1, 1-24-2013]
Billing procedures for non-commercial residential users and commercial users located either within the City limits or without the City limits of the City shall be billed on the basis of actual water consumption.

Section 700.100 Users Discharging Unusual Amounts of Sewage.

[R.O. 2014 §700.100; Ord. No. 595 §7, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §7, 8-10-1995]
Any business establishment, industry or other user discharging an unusual amount of waste or fluid into the City's sewerage system which places an unusual burden upon said system or its sewerage treatment works or facilities, shall be charged such reasonable and proper amount as may be fixed from time to time by the Board of Aldermen, taking into account such unusual burden.

Section 700.110 Sewage Services Not To Be Furnished Free.

[R.O. 2014 §700.110; Ord. No. 595 §8, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §8, 8-10-1995]
No sewerage services shall be furnished or rendered by the City's sewerage system or any of the facilities thereof free of charge to any customer or user thereof, other than to the City itself.

Section 700.120 Billing.

[R.O. 2014 §700.120; Ord. No. 595 §§9 — 10, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §§9 — 10, 8-10-1995]
A. 
All water meters shall be read and bills for both water and sewerage services shall be rendered monthly as such services accrue. The City Collector shall calculate the amount of each bill for water service for the preceding period and shall add thereto the amount of such customer's bill for sewerage service computed as hereinbefore specified, and shall render to each customer a single combined bill for such water and sewerage service.
B. 
For persons liable for payment of a sewer service charge to obtain any water from any source other than the City's water system, the City Collector shall each month obtain the total amount of water furnished such person for the preceding monthly period and shall calculate what would be the bill of the City for such water and shall then determine the amount of the sewerage service charge for such person, computed as aforesaid, and render a bill therefor.

Section 700.130 Occupant and Owner — Jointly and Severally Liable.

A. 
Sewerage services, water services, or water and sewerage services combined shall be deemed to be furnished to both the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service and, except as otherwise provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, the City or sewer district or water supply district organized and incorporated under Chapter 247, RSMo., rendering such services shall have power to sue the occupant or owner, or both, of such real estate in a civil action to recover any sums due for such services less any deposit that is held by the City or sewer district or water supply district organized and incorporated under Chapter 247, RSMo., for such services, plus a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court.
B. 
When the occupant is delinquent in payment for thirty (30) days, the City, sewer district, or water supply district shall make a good faith effort to notify the owner of the premises receiving such service of the delinquency and the amount thereof. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section to the contrary, when an occupant is delinquent more than ninety (90) days, the owner shall not be liable for sums due for more than ninety (90) days of service; provided however, that in any City not within a County and any home rule City with more than four hundred thousand (400,000) inhabitants and located in more than one County, until January 1, 2007, when an occupant is delinquent more than one hundred twenty (120) days the owner shall not be liable for sums due for more than one hundred twenty (120) days of service, and after January 1, 2007, when an occupant is delinquent more than ninety (90) days the owner shall not be liable for sums due for more than ninety (90) days. Any notice of termination of service shall be sent to both the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service.
C. 
The provisions of this Section shall apply only to residences that have their own private water and sewer lines. In instances where several residences share a common water or sewer line, the owner of the real property upon which the residences sit shall be liable for water and sewer expenses.
D. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any water provider who terminates service due to delinquency of payment by a consumer shall not be liable for any civil or criminal damages.
E. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to unapplied-for utility services. As used in this Subsection, "unapplied-for utility services" means services requiring application by the property owner and acceptance of such application by the utility prior to the establishment of an account. The property owner is billed directly for the services provided, and as a result, any delinquent payment of a bill becomes the responsibility of the property owner rather than the occupant.

Section 700.140 Water Must Be Metered.

[R.O. 2014 §700.140; Ord. No. 92 §10, 4-12-1960]
It is hereby declared unlawful and an offense for any person or persons to knowingly use water from the said municipal system unless said water is metered as herein provided.

Section 700.150 Complaints About Readings of Meters or Bills.

[R.O. 2014 §700.150; Ord. No. 474 §6, 3-14-1985]
Any complaints about readings of water meters or computation of water bills or sewer bills shall be made to the Board of Aldermen, shall be made in writing, signed by the user, state the exact nature of the complaint and be made at the next Board meeting after the rendering of the bill.

Section 700.160 Reading Meters.

[R.O. 2014 §700.160; Ord. No. 369 §6, 10-26-1978; Ord. No. 472 §4, 2-28-1985]
All water meters shall be read by a duly designated employee of the City of Marshfield on a periodic basis as determined by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield, but not less than once each calendar quarter, and the City employee reading said meters shall furnish to the City Collector of the City of Marshfield, an accurate record of all readings and the records of the readings shall be kept in the office of the City Collector.

Section 700.170 Sales Tax in Addition To Rates.

[R.O. 2014 §700.180; Ord. No. 472 §10, 2-28-1985]
All sales taxes lawfully levied by units of government shall be in addition to the rates designated herein.

Section 700.180 Inspection Before Sewer Hookup Outside City Limits.

[R.O. 2014 §700.190; Ord. No. 595 §12, 5-23-1991; Ord. No. 746 §13, 8-10-1995]
Any premises located outside the City limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, using sewerage services of the City of Marshfield shall be inspected by the City Building Inspector and must obtain and pay for the appropriate City plumbing permit(s) and the plumbing system on said premises and all part thereof, must be certified by said City Building Inspector to meet all of the applicable requirements of the City plumbing code then in effect prior to said premises being allowed to tap into any line of the Marshfield sewerage system.