[CC 1979 §27-17; Ord. No. 71-390 §2, 9-20-1971]
It shall be unlawful to discharge or deposit into any natural outlet, drainage channel, or watercourse within the City sewage system any sewage, industrial wastes, garbage, polluted water or any other substance which constitutes a nuisance or hazard to the public health or welfare, except the effluent from a properly designed and approved sewage treatment facility or device which has been provided in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
[CC 1979 §27-18; Ord. No. 71-390 §§4 — 5, 9-20-1971]
At such time as a sanitary public sewer becomes available to a property, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Chapter, and any septic tank, cesspool, or similar private or semi-public sewage disposal or treatment facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.
Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of this Chapter, the building sewer shall be connected to an approved private or semi-public sewer or sewage disposal system or sewage treatment facility complying with the provisions of this Chapter.
A sewer shall be considered "available" if it is within two hundred (200) feet of any part of the property to be connected to the sewer.
[CC 1979 §27-36; Ord. No. 71-390 §§6 — 8, 9-20-1971]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters into any sanitary sewer. Any connection, drain or arrangement which will permit any such waters to enter any sanitary sewer shall be deemed to be a violation of this Section and this Chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any plumber, drainlayer, contractor, or any other person constructing a sewer, a house or building connection or an industrial connection sewer connected to a sanitary sewer to leave such connection open, unsealed, or incomplete in such manner that will permit storm or surface water to enter into any sanitary sewer. All such openings shall be tightly sealed at all points whenever work is not actually in progress on such sewer or connection.
[Ord. No. 00-1212 §1, 8-21-2000]
There is hereby assessed a sum of twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) per year on all residential property within the City of Manchester having six (6) or less dwelling units to provide funds to pay the cost of certain repairs of defective sewer lines serving such dwelling units. Nothing herein shall prevent the Board of Aldermen from reducing such assessment, should it determine that a lesser amount will provide sufficient revenues to pay the authorized costs under the Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repair Program. Any such reduction shall be by ordinance and shall cover a period of not less than one (1) year.
Such fee shall be imposed only on homes which areas are connected into the sanitary sewer system operated and maintained by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. Any homes which continue to utilize operable septic systems are not subject to payment of said fee nor are such included within such program.
Said assessment shall be billed and collected annually. The City anticipates collection of such fee under contract with the St. Louis County Department of Revenue as an additional line-item on the annual real estate tax bill due and payable by the thirty-first (31st) of December of each year. The City Administrator is authorized, by separate ordinance, to enter into a contract with St. Louis County for collection of said fee.
All proceeds from said fee shall be deposited into an interest-bearing account and all proceeds, including interest, shall be used only for purposes allowed under Section 249.422, RSMo., relating to operation of the Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repair Program, including assessment of reasonable administration fees for accounting, legal and engineering services provided by the City.
[Ord. No. 00-1212 §2, 8-21-2000]
There is hereby established a fund known as the "Sanitary Sewer Repair Fund" created for the sole purpose of implementing a program for repair of defective residential sanitary sewer laterals in accordance with the provisions of Section 249.422, RSMo. The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to create such fund on the financial records of the City of Manchester.
Nothing herein shall preclude the City from advancing funds from the City's General Fund to the Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repair Fund in the event that insufficient funds are available to pay authorized costs in any given fiscal year. Any such advance shall be approved by the Board of Aldermen and shall be repayable to the City's general funds, together with interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
[Ord. No. 00-1212 §3, 8-21-2000; Ord. No. 15-2129 §1, 12-7-2015]
The Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repair Program is intended to be an "insurance type" program offering homeowners protection against costly and unforeseen emergency repair to their sanitary sewer lateral. To that extent, the following general regulations and procedures shall apply to payment under the program:
An application form and release form authorizing work on the property shall be submitted to the Public Works Department by the property owner(s), together with a fee in such amount as the Board of Aldermen shall determine, from time-to-time, as part of the City's annual budget discussions and adoption.
The City shall verify with St. Louis County that the property owner(s) has paid any and all fees required under this program and is not in arrears for any past fee assessment(s).
The City shall verify the existence of a problem by use of a video recording camera through a licensed plumbing company retained by the City. This company will schedule an appointment with the owner(s) to do the video camera work.
The City shall review the video recording and plumber's report and either accept or deny the requested repairs. If repairs are denied, the owner(s) is (are) refunded the deposit fee, less the cost to complete the video camera service and cabling, as appropriate.
The City shall award all City residential sewer lateral replacement work to its primary repair contractor (hereinafter "PRC"). The maximum amount of funds that can be spent on any one (1) lateral repair from the Sanitary Sewer Repair Fund is six thousand dollars ($6,000.00) nor shall the total payments for repairs under the program exceed, in any calendar year, an amount equal to one hundred twenty percent (120%) of those amounts collected by the City by way of the assessment levied under Section 520.040 for the prior calendar year.
The PRC shall visit the site and inform the owner(s) of any personal items in the way that must be removed by and at the expense of the owner(s). These items may include, but not be limited to, fences, playgrounds, yard decorations, flower beds, trees, and the like.
The PRC shall notify all utility companies affected by the proposed repairs. The utility companies shall, in turn, locate any utility lines buried near the work site. Painted lines and/or flags shall be placed on the lawn/surface, in most cases, to identify the location of such utilities.
The PRC shall obtain a permit from the St. Louis County Public Works Department and perform any required repairs.
St. Louis County and the City shall inspect the work as it progresses.
After the repairs or replacement work is completed, the PRC will backfill and compact the trench, by means of water jetting or mechanical means, to MSD specifications and remove all excess excavated materials from the property. The PRC shall seed and straw all disturbed areas.
The City shall pay the PRC only after receipt of lien waivers, affidavit of compliance with wage rate and written one (1) year workmanship guarantee.
A release form shall be completed and submitted with the program application form by at least one (1) of the property owner(s) granting permission for the City and PRC to enter upon the property to perform work related to the program.
The property owner(s) shall be responsible for all other site restoration.
Reimbursement under this program will be subordinate to any insurance or other financial protections, including disaster recovery funds from the Federal, State, County or City, as well as settlements from potential litigation against parties, other than the City, to which the property owner(s) is or may become entitled.
The following costs are authorized for reimbursement or payment under this program:
The cost of video inspection of the sanitary sewer lateral to determine the location and cause of any blockage or break.
The cost of removal and reinstallation of any portion of private driveway or sidewalk necessary for excavation to repair or replace the sewer lateral.
The cost of excavation and repair or replacement of the residential sanitary sewer lateral from the MSD sewer main to the foundation of the affected residence. Excavation and repair under any structure, including the residence or detached garage, is not covered by the program.
Site restoration is limited to re-establishment of a reasonable yard grade using materials on-site.
The cost to remove and replace any public street or sidewalk area necessary to perform a repair.
Administrative costs incurred by the City including, but not limited to, bidding, contract management, materials and labor for repair to public infrastructure and other off-site work done by the City under the program. Such costs shall include recovery of the proportional amount of salary and benefits costs incurred in administration of this program. Such costs shall be reimbursed to the general funds of the City as miscellaneous income.
The following costs are not authorized for reimbursement or payment under the program:
The cost of interior clean-up or other damage to the interior of the home or personal property caused by sanitary sewer back-ups resulting from the failure to the sanitary sewer lateral.
The cost of lost wages or income to the residence occupant(s) due to absence from work necessary to cooperate with the City or PRC to complete any repairs necessary under the program.
Any property owner's cost of cabling or other similar methods to attempt to clear a sewer blockage.
The cost of site restoration or reinstallation by the homeowner for items as noted under Subsection (A)(6), above.
If it is determined that the need for such repair or replacement of the sanitary sewer lateral is determined to be the result of any act of God or natural disaster, or the result of negligence or damage during the course of other excavation or construction on the site.
[Ord. No. 00-1212 §4, 8-21-2000; Ord. No. 15-2129 §2, 12-7-2015]
Responsibility for administration and management of the Sanitary Sewer Lateral Repair Program is hereby assigned to the Department of Public Works. The Public Works Department Head shall prepare specifications and solicit bids, not less frequently than bi-annually, from qualified plumbing contractors to provide services under the program.