[Adopted as § 11.5 of the 2000 Code]
In order to assure preservation of public health, comfort and safety, the owner of each parcel of land adjacent to a water main on which there exists a building usable for human habitation, or in a block through which such a system is extended, shall connect all existing interior potable water plumbing to such water main on or before 90 days from the date the Village gives written notice to the property owner requiring connection. The Village shall give written notice requiring connection within 14 days of completion of final construction. If any person fails to connect within the ninety-day period specified above, the Village may provide written notice of noncompliance, and if the owner fails to bring the system into compliance within 10 days, the Village of Hobart may issue a separate citation for each day of noncompliance or may cause connection to be made, and the expense thereof shall be assessed as a special tax against the property. Notwithstanding the requirements set forth above, a property owner shall not be required to connect if the property is located along a major water transmission main route and the Village does not provide local water distribution mains for service to properties along the transmission main. Further, the requirements to connect to public water may be delayed during the frost season if the Village Board, in its sole discretion, decides to delay the effective date of the notice to connect until after the frost season has passed. Finally, the requirement to connect to public water will be voluntary as long as a residence is more than 400 feet from the property line where a water main is installed and running past such residence.
If the Village of Hobart causes a connection to be made as provided above, the affected property owner may, within 30 days after the receipt of written notice from the Village that work has been completed, file a written notice with the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village requesting a hardship exception based upon an inability to pay the assessment in one lump sum, and further requesting that the assessment be levied in two, three, four and five annual installments. If the Village Board grants this hardship exception, interest shall accrue on the deferred balance of the assessment in the amount not to exceed 15% per annum, as determined by the Village Board and, in addition, the deferred balance of the assessment shall be a special tax lien on the subject property.
Any building or structure usable for human habitation which is required to connect to the public sewerage system shall also be required to connect to the public water system. This requirement shall not apply if the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources orders the extension of public sanitary sewage service to the parcel of property.
In lieu of causing connection to be made, the Village of Hobart, at its option, may:
Impose a penalty for the period that the violation continues, after 10 days' written notice to the owner failing to make a connection to the water system, of $5 per day, payable quarterly for the period in which failure to connect continues, and upon failure to make such payment, said charge shall be assessed as a special tax lien against the property, all pursuant to § 281.45, Wis. Stats.
Commence court action to require connection to the Village of Hobart water system, and impose such other penalty as this article provides.
This article ordains that the failure to connect to the water system is contrary to the minimum health standards of the Village of Hobart and fails to assure preservation of public health, comfort and safety of the Village of Hobart residents.