City of Lake Ozark, MO
Miller County
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[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010]
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.
[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010]
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 two hundred fifty (250) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than three hundred (300) 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)
The solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
TREATMENT WORKS
Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or liquid industrial wastes. These include interceptor sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvements, 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 land that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of such compost and land used for storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application; 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 the 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 Lake Ozark or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Lake Ozark.
[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010]
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 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 the operation and maintenance, including replacement purposes as established in Section 706.040, 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 treatment works. Deposits in the operation and maintenance account shall be made annually from the operation and maintenance revenue in the amount as determined annually by the Board of Aldermen.
2. 
The replacement account shall be an account designated for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works. Deposits in the replacement account shall be made annually from the replacement revenue in the amount as determined annually by the Board of Aldermen.
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.
[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010; Ord. No. 2010-10, 3-23-2010]
A. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on their use of the treatment works as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
B. 
For residential contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current month. If a residential contributor does not receive water from the City of Lake Ozark, the user charge will be based on an estimated monthly use of four thousand five hundred (4,500) gallons. For industrial and commercial contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current month. 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 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. 
The minimum charge per month for residential customers shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00). In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge for operation and maintenance including replacement of three dollars thirty-one cents ($3.31) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water as determined in the preceding Section. The minimum charge per month for commercial and industrial customers shall be twenty-two dollars three cents ($22.03). In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge for operation and maintenance including replacement of four dollars twenty-one cents ($4.21) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water as determined in the preceding Section.
D. 
For those contributors which 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 is:
$0.0479 per pound of BOD
$0.0440 per pound of SS
E. 
For commercial and industrial users which do not receive water from the City, the following monthly user charges shall apply:
Motels
$11.36 per room
Resorts
$13.13 per unit
Campgrounds full service
$4.58 per site
Campgrounds primitive
$2.30 per site
Restaurants
$3.20 per seat
Fast food
$3.20 per seat
Amusement shows
$0.12 per seat
Comedy club
$0.99 per seat
Taverns and lounges
$2.02 per seat
Car washes
$49.32 per bay
Medical clinics
$28.52 per unit
Supermarkets
$94.37 per unit
Schools
$1.07 per student
Churches
$0.12 per member
Office suites
$28.52 per suite
Office retail
$28.52 per suite
Marinas — slips 30 feet or longer
$2.30 per slip
Marinas — slips under 30 feet
$1.17 per slip
Convenience stores
$94.37 per store
Excursion boats
$0.62 per seat
Dump stations
$28.52 each
F. 
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 user shall be as determined by the responsible plant operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
G. 
The user charge rates established in this Chapter apply to all users of the City's treatment works within the City limits, regardless of the user's location.
H. 
The user charge rates established in this Chapter shall be multiplied by a factor of one and one-half (1.5) for all users outside of the City limits, regardless of the user's location.
[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010]
A. 
All users shall be billed monthly. Billings for each month shall be made within thirty (30) days after the end of that month. Payments are due when billings are made. Any payment not received within thirty (30) days after the billing is made shall be delinquent.
B. 
A late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) of the user charge bill will be added to each delinquent bill for each thirty (30) days of delinquency. When any bill is thirty (30) days in default, rendition of water and/or sewer service to such premises shall be discontinued until such bill is paid following due notice and opportunity of hearing.
[Ord. No. 2010-02, 1-12-2010]
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.