City of Eldon, MO
Miller County
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Section 715.010 Definitions.

[CC 1988 §21.010]
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 for five (5) days at twenty degrees Centigrade (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter.
CAPITAL CHARGE
That portion of the total sewer service charge which is levied for local capital costs, local investment in plant facilities and other local costs excluding operation, maintenance and replacement costs.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR
The administrative head of the City of Eldon or his/her deputy, agent or representative.
INDUSTRIAL WASTE
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
MILLIGRAMS PER LITER (mg/l)
A weight to volume ratio; the milligrams per liter value multiplied by the factor 8.34 shall be equivalent to pounds per million gallons of water.
NORMAL STRENGTH SEWAGE
Sewage that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred (300) 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 sewage 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.
SEWAGE
Is the spent water of a community. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from residences commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions, together with any ground water, surface water and stormwater that may be present.
SEWER SERVICE CHARGE
The total monthly charge to be levied against users of the sewage treatment works and shall consist of user charges and capital charges.
STANDARD METHODS
The examination and analytical procedures set forth in the latest edition at the time of analysis of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater" as prepared, approved and published jointly by the American Water Works Association, the American Public Health Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
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.
TOXIC POLLUTANTS
Any pollutants, gaseous, liquid or solids which, when discharged into the sewage system, may tend to interfere with any waste treatment process, or to constitute a hazard to human beings or animals, or to inhibit aquatic life, or to create a hazard to recreation in the receiving water of the effluent from the sewage treatment plant.
TREATMENT WORKS
Any devices and systems for the collection, storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of wastewater or necessary to recycle or reuse water at the most economical cost over the useful life of the works. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, wastewater collection systems, pumping, treatment and other facilities which are an integral part of the wastewater collection and treatment processes or are used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which the treatment works will be operated.
USER
A person or legal entity connected to the wastewater treatment works which produces or causes to be produced wastewater requiring processing and treatment to remove pollutants.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total sewer service charge which is levied to proportionately recover the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.
WASTEWATER
Is synonymous with sewage and the two (2) terms may be interchanged without altering the meaning of either.

Section 715.020 Levy of Charges.

[CC 1988 §21.020]
A. 
There is hereby levied on all persons, firms, corporations, organizations, political units and political subdivisions, and all other entities using the wastewater treatment works of the City of Eldon a schedule of sewer service charges set out in Section 715.060. Pursuant to Section 250.140, RSMo., the services provided pursuant hereto shall be deemed to be furnished to both the owner and occupant of the serviced premises.
B. 
Any user charges, connection fees, or other charges levied by the City of Eldon shall be due at such time or times as specified by the governing body of the City and shall, if not paid by the due date, become delinquent and shall bear interest at the rate of one and five-tenths percent (1.5%) monthly from the date of delinquency until paid. If such charges become delinquent, there shall be a lien upon any land within the corporate limits of the City so charged, upon the governing body filing with the Recorder of Deeds in Miller County where the land is situated a notice of delinquency. The governing body shall file with the Recorder of Deeds a similar notice when the delinquent amounts, plus interest and any recording fees or attorneys' fees, have been paid in full. The lien hereby created may be enforced by suit or foreclosure or as otherwise provided by law.
[Ord. No. 2013-59 §§1—2, 11-26-2013]

Section 715.030 Classification of Users.

[CC 1988 §21.030]
A. 
All users of the wastewater treatment works of the City are hereby classified in the following manner:
1. 
Residential. "Residential" shall mean any user of the City's sewage treatment works whose lot, parcel or real estate, building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
2. 
Master metered. "Master Metered" shall mean any multiple residential dwelling units, e.g., apartment buildings and trailer courts, which are not individually metered for water service and are users of the City's sewage treatment works.
3. 
Commercial. "Commercial" shall mean any business or service user of the City's sewage treatment works.
4. 
Industrial. "Industrial" shall mean any manufacturing or processing user of the City's sewage treatment works.

Section 715.040 Basis For Charges.

[CC 1988 §21.040; Ord. No. 2010-06 §1, 3-4-2010]
A. 
Residential. All monthly bills shall be computed from the monthly water meter readings.
B. 
All Other Customers. All bills shall be computed from the monthly water meter readings. In the case of a single user whose water usage is measured by several meters, the total water usage for all the meters shall be the basis on which sewer service charges are computed and not on the basis of each separate meter reading.
C. 
If, on any commercial or industrial user's premises connected to the treatment works of the City, water is obtained from a source other than the City's water system, then the sewer service charge to be made against such premises shall be based on the aggregate quantity of water received on the premises from the City's water supply and all other sources as established by separate approved meter installed by such user at his/her own expense or by other City approved records kept and maintained by such user and open to inspection by a City representative.

Section 715.050 Optional Basis For Charges.

[CC 1988 §21.041]
A. 
If a commercial or industrial user desires to establish eligibility for a sewage service volume base which is less than one hundred percent (100%) of monthly water usage, he/she may at his/her sole expense:
1. 
Install a sewage meter acceptable to the City to measure the volume of liquid actually discharged into the sewage system from his/her premises. Such meter shall be maintained and calibrated by the user, and the readings from the meter shall be taken at least twice weekly and shall be provided to the City on a monthly basis. In the event a sewage meter is installed, the sewer service schedule as set forth herein shall be applied to:
a. 
The volume of sewage entering the sewage system as measured by the meter each month, or
b. 
A calculated volume based on a percentage of metered water usage discharged to the sewage system as determined by the historical comparison of water usage and metered sewage.
2. 
In lieu of a sewage meter, the user may install auxiliary water meter(s) to measure that portion of water used which is diverted from entering the sewage system. In the event an auxiliary water meter is installed, the volume of water metered by such meter(s) shall be deducted from the total volume of water usage before the sewer service charge schedule is applied.
3. 
In the event that (a) and (b) above in this Section are not physically feasible as determined by the City and upon agreement and approval of the City, a user may be billed for a calculated sewage volume based on a percentage of metered water usage. The user shall supply such supporting documentation and records as the City deems necessary to establish the percentage to be applied to metered water usage. The percentage shall be reviewed and revised no less often than annually to reflect the user's current operation conditions.

Section 715.060 Schedule of Charges.

[CC 1988 §21.042; Ord. No. 1293, 6-9-1987; Ord. No. 1850 §2(21.042), 12-11-2001; Ord. No. 1900 §1, 5-27-2003; Ord. No. 2025 §§1 — 2, 2-28-2006; Ord. No. 2151 §1, 10-28-2008; Ord. No. 2010-55 §1, 11-9-2010]
A. 
The schedule of charges based upon the provisions of this Section are as follows.
B. 
Metered Usage.
Minimum Monthly Rate*
Volumetric Rate**
(Per 1,000 Gallon)
Meter Size
In-town
Out-of-town
In-town
Out-of-town
¾ inch — 1 inch
$ 26.88
$ 29.99
$ 1.91
$ 2.35
1½ inch
$ 46.86
$ 52.22
$ 1.91
$ 2.35
2 inch
$ 74.32
$ 83.22
$ 1.91
$ 2.35
3 inch
$276.58
$297.14
$ 1.91
$ 2.35
4 inch
$351.49
$386.21
$ 1.91
$ 2.35
***
*Monthly minimum rate for sewer customers on metered water service, the monthly minimum rate is based on 0 — 1,000 gallons of metered water consumption and is applicable to all residential, commercial, or industrial users of the City's water system.
**The volumetric rate for sewer customers on metered water service, the sewer volumetric rate is charged per one thousand (1,000) gallons of metered water consumption in excess of the first one thousand (1,000) gallons included in the monthly minimum rate.
***Multi-residential (apartment complexes, condominium buildings, etc.) and multi-commercial (office/retail complexes, etc.) sewer customers on metered water service but not individually metered by unit, the monthly minimum rate per unit is equal to the equivalent meter size based on the defined class of each unit's use as determined by the City Administrator or his/her designee plus the volumetric rate at the per one thousand (1,000) gallon rate based on water consumption in excess of the first one thousand (1,000) gallons per unit.
C. 
Unmetered single-family residential usage will be determined by average use in households with the same number of occupants as follows:
Number of Occupants
In-Town Rate
Out-of-Town Rate
1
$28.79
$32.34
2
$31.97
$36.26
3
$35.16
$40.17
4
$38.34
$44.09
5
$41.53
$48.01
***Multi-residential (apartment complexes, condominium buildings, etc.) and multi-commercial (office/retail complexes, etc.) sewer customers not on metered water service, the monthly minimum rate per unit is equal to the equivalent meter size based on the defined class of each unit's use as determined by the City Administrator or his/her designee plus the average volumetric rate as established by the average usage of a similar use.

Section 715.070 Extra Strength Surcharge.

[CC 1988 §21.043]
A. 
An extra strength surcharge shall be assessed against any person discharging industrial wastes into the City's sanitary sewer system where the contributed wastewater strength exceeds normal strength sewage.
B. 
Extra strength surcharges shall be calculated based on one hundred percent (100%) of metered water use, except as otherwise provided in Section 715.040(B), in accordance with the following formula:
S = VB x 0.000834 Fa (BOD-300)+Fb (SS-300)
S = Surcharge in dollars monthly
VS = Sewage volume in hundred gallons (monthly) .000834 = conversion of gallons to pounds
Fa = Unit charge for BOD strength in dollars per pound
BOD = Five day BOD strength index in milligrams per liter by weight
300 = Allowed BOD strength in milligrams per liter by weight
Fb = Unit charge for suspended solids in dollars per pound
SS = Suspended solids strength index in milligrams per liter by weight
300 = Allowed suspended solids strength in milligrams per liter by weight.
Unit Charge
Cost Parameter
User Charge Portion
Total Unit Charge
$/lb
$/lb
BOD (Fa)
0.02747
Suspended Solids (Fb)
0.01330
lb=pound

Section 715.080 Monitoring Charge.

[CC 1988 §21.044]
A. 
When regulations as set forth by Federal, State and City require monitoring of the waste from a commercial or industrial user whether for extra strength surcharge calculations or for NPDES compliance, that user shall pay a monitoring charge.
B. 
The monitoring charge shall consist of all costs for personnel, material and equipment used to collect and analyze samples from the user's sewage.
C. 
The exact charge shall be based on actual costs and shall be determined by the City.

Section 715.090 Toxic Pollutant Charge.

[CC 1988 §21.045]
Any user which discharges any toxic pollutants which cause an increase in operation, maintenance and replacement costs shall pay for such increased costs.

Section 715.100 Billing Procedures — Discontinuance of Service.

[CC 1988 §21.050]
A. 
Bills for the sewer service charges for the use of the City's treatment works by a premises shall be rendered to the person or legal entity designated by the owner, his/her agent, tenant or occupant to receive the water bill. The bills for the sewer service charges shall be rendered monthly, and the due date to pay bills shall be the same as the date for the water bill rendered to the name and address designated for such premises. A bill will be delinquent on the 15th day of the month due and in default on the 26th day of the month due. When any bill is in default, rendition of water service to such premises shall be discontinued on the 26th day of the month payment is due until such bill is paid along with the service charge of twenty dollars ($20.00) as stated in Section 705.020.
[Ord. No. 2013-26 §§1—2, 6-11-2013]
B. 
When a premises is not connected with the City water system and therefore no water bill is rendered, the bill for sewer service charges shall be rendered monthly and shall be payable each month on or before the 25th day of the month, and failure to pay said bill may result in the disconnection from the system.
[Ord. No. 2013-26 §§1—2, 6-11-2013]
C. 
The City Clerk shall have authority to make corrections or refunds of overpayment on service bills due to errors in metering, billing or in receiving payment but shall have no authority to remit or diminish bills for any other reason.
D. 
In the event that a leak should occur on the customer's side of the meter, the City Clerk shall be empowered to reduce the bill in an amount he/she determines to be directly related to the amount leaking prior to the discovery.

Section 715.110 Inspections.

[CC 1988 §21.060]
The City Engineer and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. The duly authorized employees of the City shall have no authority to inquire into any process, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper, or other industries, beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.

Section 715.120 User Charge Rate Review.

[CC 1988 §21.070; Ord. No. 2026 §1, 2-28-2006]
A. 
The user charge portion of the rate structure will be reviewed annually to accomplish the following:
1. 
Ensure that the existing user charge rate is adequate to cover operation, maintenance and replacement costs;
2. 
Ensure that operation, maintenance and replacement costs are being distributed proportionally among users and user classes.

Section 715.130 Excess Revenue.

[CC 1988 §21.080]
Any excess revenue collected from a class of users shall be applied to the costs of operation, maintenance and replacement needs attributable to that class for the next year. The next year's rate shall be adjusted accordingly.

Section 715.140 User Notification.

[CC 1988 §21.090]
The City shall notify each user annually in conjunction with a regular bill of the rate being charged for operation, maintenance and replacement costs of the wastewater treatment works (the user charge portion).