[Amended 4-3-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012; 5-5-2015 by L.L. No. 2-2015; 6-7-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016]
The Board of Public Service shall consist of five Commissioners to be appointed by the Mayor for a term of three years each, subject to the approval of the Common Council. All members of the Board of Public Service shall not belong to the same political party.
The Board of Public Service shall meet regularly each month but may hold special meetings at the call of the Chair. The Chair shall call special meetings at the request of any two members of the Board. Special meetings shall be called: (a) by serving a written or printed notice thereof upon each member personally; (b) by delivering such notice to each member's residence at least three hours before the time of meeting; or, (c) at a member's option, by electronic means delivered at least three hours before the time of meeting.
The Board of Public Service shall:
Authorize, upon application on forms duly established for such purposes and upon demonstration by applicant of intention to install according to established standards, the introduction of new water service and new sewer service based on the apportionment of expenses, as provided in the Code;
Accept and consider appeals to the implementation of the Water Department rules and regulations. The Board shall make recommendations to the Mayor and the Common Council regarding changes in such rules and regulations.
Accept requests for exemption from the Water Department rules and regulations, and may grant such exemptions after due deliberation on a case by case basis. When such exemption shall require expenditure or repayment of public funds, the Board of Public Service shall notify the Common Council of the implications of its decision, and the Common Council shall act to accept or deny such action.
Determine, after holding a duly authorized show cause hearing, whether properties in the City shall be declared unsafe according to the Code.
Administer and implement the City of Oneonta Flood Damage Prevention Law as set forth in the Code.
Hear appeals to action by the City of Oneonta to cause snow and ice removal from sidewalks, roofs, and gutters, as set forth in the Code.
The Board of Public Service shall accept applications for and make recommendations to the Common Council regarding sale of water outside the limits of the City. In no case shall water lines be extended during any water emergency or at other times when provisions of such service shall jeopardize the delivery of water to customers within the City.
The Board of Public Service and all persons acting under its authority may use the ground or soil under any street within the City of Oneonta, and the highways or roads within the County of Otsego or any adjoining county, for the purpose of introducing water into and through any portion of the City or counties. The Board shall cause the surface of such street, highway, or road to be relaid or restored to its usual state, and all damages done to be repaired. Such rights shall be continuous for the purpose of repairing and relaying water pipes.