[Ord. No. 1999 §§1 — 2, 1-5-1998; Ord. No. 2373 §§1 — 2, 5-4-2005; Ord. No. 2420 §1, 3-9-2006; Ord. No. 2428 §1, 6-8-2006; Ord. No. 2472 §1, 5-8-2007; Ord. No. 2982 §1, 11-2-2015]
On November 4, 1997, the St. Ann voters approved the proposition to assess up to twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) per year as set out in Section 535.020 of this Chapter on all residential property containing six (6) or fewer dwelling units to provide funds to pay the cost of certain repairs of defective lateral sewer service lines serving such dwelling units. The City has made an investigation and has concluded that, for 1998, these funds will allow the City to pay up to sixty percent (60%) of the cost of such repairs. As the repair fund grows, the City will review its actual experience and, for future years, may adjust the percentage of payment.
Effective as of January 1, 2016, the owner of a single-family home, duplex or apartment building containing not more than six (6) dwelling units may recover one hundred percent (100%) of such owner’s costs in repairing defective lateral sewer service lines serving the property of the owner, on compliance with the City’s policy, as here set out.
A lateral sewer service line is a sewer line which extends from the building foundation wall or exterior wall to the sewer main in the street or sewer easement. It does not include a sewer line located under any part of the building. A lateral sewer service line may be located in a front, side or rear yard.
If an owner is experiencing a problem with the lateral sewer service line, the owner should contact a plumbing company or a drain and sewer cleaning company to have the line cabled. The cost to cable the lateral sewer service line will not be a reimbursable cost item. If the problem is not resolved by cabling of the line, the property owner should contact the St. Ann Department of Public Services, at City Hall, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The owner must fill out an application and bring a copy of the paid real estate tax bill for the property, a receipt for cabling of the line not older than thirty (30) days, and a three hundred dollars ($300.00) application fee. No sewer lateral repair application shall be processed for any applicant who, at the time of said application, is in violation of any ordinance contained in Title IV, Land Use or Title V, Building Code of the Municipal Code of the City of St. Ann.
The City will arrange for the Metropolitan Sewer District to perform a dye test. In most instances, this will disclose whether there is a break in the lateral sewer service line.
If the dye test does not indicate a break in the lateral sewer service line, the City will have the lateral sewer service line video inspected.
If it is determined, either through the dye test or the video inspection, that the lateral sewer service line is defective, the City will schedule to have the appropriate corrective work completed.
The corrective work which is subject to reimbursement is limited to excavation, repair or replacement of the line, backfilling and seeding and strawing the disturbed portion of the yard.
The City has no obligation or responsibility for the performance by the contractor and no responsibility for any damages caused to the owner’s property by reason of the sewer line defects.
[Ord. No. 1998 §§1 — 3, 1-5-1998; Ord. No. 2364 §§1 — 2, 12-12-2004]
There is hereby assessed a sum up to twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) annually on all residential property within the City of St. Ann 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.
The St. Louis County Collector shall collect said fee annually by adding same to the general tax bills issued to property owners within the City of St. Ann.
Said revenues, including any interest generated therefrom, shall be used only for the purpose of reimbursing the owners of residential properties containing not more than six (6) dwelling units for the repair of defective sewer service lines serving such property in accordance with the City of St. Ann Sewer Lateral Repair Policy, set out in Section 535.010 above.
The City of St. Ann shall be reimbursed for the administration costs of the City's Sewer Lateral Repair Program. Therefore, the City shall receive a twelve percent (12%) fee as reimbursement for its administration costs associated with the Program. This twelve percent (12%) fee is based on the total of both the annual tax revenue generated pursuant to Sections 249.422 and 249.423, RSMo.
In that, to date the City has borne all the implementation and administration costs associated with the City's Sewer Lateral Repair Program, the City of St. Ann shall be compensated for the City's past administration of the City's Sewer Lateral Repair Program from the time of its inception on January 5, 1998, to the effective date of this Subsection (12-12-04) in the amount of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00).
Editor's Note — The language in subsection (A) above was changed to reflect the fact that the city has the right to charge any amount it legislatively sets from year to year not in excess of the twenty-eight dollar ($28.00) maximum as approved by the voters on November 4, 1997.