City of Richmond, MO
Ray County
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Section 715.010 Purpose.

[CC 1974 §27-101; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 1, 10-28-1992]
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 rates, fees and charges for the use of and services provided by the system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining the system, paying the principal of and interest on all revenue bonds or other obligations of the City now outstanding or hereinafter issued or incurred ("revenue bonds", as hereinafter defined) that are payable solely from the revenues of the system (the "system revenues", as hereinafter defined), and providing funds sufficient to meet the requirements of the ordinances of the City authorizing the issuance of the revenue bonds (the "bond ordinances", as hereinafter defined), including replacement of the system.

Section 715.020 Definitions.

[CC 1974 §27-102; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 2, 10-28-1992]
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 Centigrade (20° C) expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/1).
BOND ORDINANCES
The ordinances duly adopted by the Governing Body of the City which authorize the issuance of revenue bonds.
NON-RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
Any contributor to or user of the system whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is served by a water meter larger than three-quarter (¾) inch.
NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than one hundred eighty-two (182) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than one hundred seventy-two (172) mg/l.
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
All expenditures during the useful life of the system for materials, labor, utilities and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the system to achieve the capacity and performance for which the system was designed and constructed; provided however, that the terms "operation and maintenance" shall also have the meaning given to them by the bond ordinances, and in the event of any conflict in the meaning hereinabove prescribed and the terms of the bond ordinances, the bond ordinances shall govern.
REPLACEMENT
Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the system to maintain the capacity and performance for which the system was designed and constructed; provided however, that the term "replacement" shall also have the meaning given to it by the bond ordinances and in the event of any conflict in the meaning hereinabove prescribed and the terms of the bond ordinances, the bond ordinances shall govern.
RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
Any contributor to or user of the system whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is served by a three-quarter (¾) inch water meter or less.
REVENUE BONDS
All bonds or other obligations of the City now outstanding or hereinafter issued which are payable solely from system revenues.
SHALL
Is mandatory. MAY — Is permissive.
SYSTEM
The sewerage system of the City consisting of all properties and assets, real and personal and tangible and intangible, of the City, now or hereafter existing, which are held or used for the purpose of collecting and treating sewerage, including, but not limited to, the City's treatment facilities and all collection lines and equipment connected therewith.
SYSTEM REVENUES
All income and revenues derived by the City from the operation of the system.
TREATMENT FACILITIES
That part of the system consisting of any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions improvement, 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 the 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 the 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 stormwater and sanitary sewer systems.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which the treatment facilities will be operated.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total system revenues which is levied and collected in a proportional and adequate manner to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds, and to meet all requirements of the bond ordinances, including the cost of replacement.
WATER METER
A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City.

Section 715.030 Collection and Disbursement.

[CC 1974 §27-103; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 3, 10-28-1992]
A. 
Unless otherwise provided by the bond ordinances, the user charges shall be collected and disbursed as provided by this Section.
B. 
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual system revenues to pay costs of operation and maintenance, to pay principal of and interest on the revenue bonds, and to provide funds to meet the requirements of the bond ordinances, including replacement, which the City may by ordinance designate or have designated to be paid by the user charge system.
C. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is to be for operation and maintenance and, after meeting the requirements of the bond ordinances, for replacement shall be deposited in two (2) separate non-lapsing funds and accounts as follows:
1. 
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the system (operation and maintenance account).
2. 
After making the deposits required by the bond ordinances, in an account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the system (replacement account), deposits in the replacement account shall be made monthly in the amount of seven hundred fifty-three dollars eight cents ($753.08) each month.
D. 
Fiscal year-end balances in the operation and maintenance account and the replacement account shall be carried over to the same accounts in the subsequent fiscal year and shall be used for no other purpose than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the operation and maintenance account and the replacement account shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation and maintenance and replacement. The user charge rates 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.

Section 715.040 Rates Established.

[CC 1974 §27-104; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 4, 10-28-1992; Ord. No. 1701 §I, 3-8-2000]
A. 
This Section will set the rates to be charged to users for the collection and treatment of sewerage. Each user shall pay for the sewerage collection and treatment services provided by the City based on his/her use of the system as determined by water meters acceptable to the City.
1. 
Optional sewer billing rate. Residential customers living in individually metered dwelling units may, at their option, be billed for sewer usage beginning May first (1st) of each year and for the succeeding twelve (12) months at an average monthly amount established from the water metered in the previous October, November, December, January and February. If any of these months are zero (0) or minimal usage, then another proximate month shall be used. New customers who did not have the water service at their current address for the period of October through February will be billed based upon the quantity of water metered during each.
2. 
Once a resident has opted for this method, the method cannot be changed for twelve (12) months or until the following May.
B. 
For residential contributors, monthly user charges for the collection and treatment of sewage will be based on monthly water usage. For industrial and commercial contributors, user charges for the collection and treatment of sewerage shall be based on water used during the current month. If a commercial or industrial contributor is a consumptive user 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 a wastewater meter or separate water meters installed and maintained at the contributor's expense and in a manner acceptable to the City.
C. 
The minimum charge per month for the collection and treatment of sewerage shall be five dollars twenty-eight cents ($5.28) for the first (1st) one thousand (1,000) gallons for residential contributors and five dollars twenty-eight cents ($5.28) for the first (1st) one thousand (1,000) gallons for other than residential contributors. In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge rate of three dollars ($3.00) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water (or wastewater) above the minimum as determined in the preceding Subsection.
D. 
For those contributors who 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 is:
1. 
Fifty-two cents ($0.52) per pound BOD; and
2. 
Forty-two cents ($0.42) per pound TSS.
E. 
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 system or any water user which discharges any substances which singly or by interaction with other substances causes identifiable increases in the cost of operation, maintenance or replacement of the system shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be as determined by the treatment plant operator and approved by the City Council.
F. 
The user charge rates established in this Section apply to all users, regardless of their location, of the City's system.

Section 715.050 User Charges for Water or Water Service. [1]

[CC 1974 §27-105; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 5, 10-28-1992]
User charges for water or water service will be as provided in Ordinance No. 1315 of the City, dated December 16, 1987, and as may be hereafter amended, revised or enacted.
[1]
Cross References — Water rates inside city, §700.090; water rates outside city, §700.100.

Section 715.060 Billing.

[CC 1974 §27-106; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 6 10-28-1992]
A. 
All users will be billed monthly with their water bill, and delinquency will be in accordance with the policy established for non-payment of water bills. In accordance with established City policy, non-payment may result in the termination of water and sewer service until such bill is paid.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to notify the City Council of all such delinquent accounts and said City Council shall proceed immediately to cause sewer service to each customer to be discontinued.

Section 715.070 Application for Service.

[CC 1974 §27-107; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 7, 10-28-1992]
Application for sewerage services shall be made to the City Clerk by the owner or occupant of the property to be served. All connections must be made in accordance with the sewer use ordinance. By submittal of said application, applicant agrees to be and to remain in compliance with the City's duly adopted sewer use ordinance. Upon approval of such application, the applicant shall have the right to connect with sewerage collection facilities. The City Council may prescribe a connection fee to be paid by such applicant at the time of application. The City shall have the right to inspect all such connections and to reject such connections due to poor workmanship or inadequate materials.

Section 715.080 Tampering, Destruction of System.

[CC 1974 §27-108; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 8, 10-28-1992]
A. 
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to tamper or destroy any portion of the system or to make any connection without written permission from the City Clerk or to reconnect service when service has been disconnected for non-payment of bill. Upon conviction, there shall be imposed a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
B. 
The user of each premises receiving sewer service shall be held responsible for the proper use of the system. Plumbing facilities that are to be connected to the sewerage system shall be installed in accordance with the National Plumbing Code and shall be inspected for compliance by a designated representative of the City before any connection is made. No grease, petroleum products, milk, whey, paints, acids, chemicals, metals, animal wastes, food products or other materials detrimental to the treatment facilities and process shall be discharged into the system.

Section 715.090 Review of Charge System — Notification of User.

[CC 1974 §27-109; Ord. No. 1481 Art. 9, 10-28-1992]
A. 
The City will review the user charge system each year and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of operation and maintenance, to pay principal of and interest on the revenue bonds, and to provide funds to meet the requirements of the bond ordinances, including replacement, and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance and 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(s) being charged for water service and for sewerage service.

Section 715.100 Purpose.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. I, 3-28-2001]
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 use the City's water system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt for such public water system.

Section 715.110 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. II, 3-28-2001]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Article shall be as follows:
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
All expenditures during the useful life of the system for materials, labor, utilities and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the system to achieve the capacity and performance for which the system was designed and constructed.
REPLACEMENT
Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the system to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
RESIDENTIAL USER
Any user of the City's water system whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
SHALL
Is mandatory. MAY — Is permissive.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which the treatment works will be operated.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total water service charge which is levied in proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the water system.
WATER METER
A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City of Richmond or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Richmond.
WATER SYSTEM
Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, transmission and distribution of water. These include transmission and distribution lines, individual systems, pumping, power and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvements, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable water supply such as standby treatment units and any works, including site acquisition of land that will be part of the treatment process.
WINTER AVERAGE USE
Average of winter quarter (December, January, February).

Section 715.120 Collection and Disbursement.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. III, 3-28-2001]
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 water system 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 water system shall be established by this ordinance.
B. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established in Article IV, 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 water system. Deposits in the Operation and Maintenance Account shall be made daily from the operation and maintenance revenue accumulating to an estimated eight hundred thirty-two thousand five hundred thirty-two dollars ($832,532.00) or more annually.
2. 
The Replacement Account shall be an account designated for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the water system. Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made monthly from the replacement revenue in the amount of two thousand one hundred twenty-nine dollars seventy-eight cents ($2,129.78) monthly.
C. 
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.

Section 715.130 Rates.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. IV, 3-28-2001]
A. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on their use of the water system as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
B. 
All monthly user charges will be based on monthly water usage.
C. 
The minimum charge per month shall be six dollars seventy-five cents ($6.75) for the first one thousand (1,000) gallons. In addition each user shall pay a user unit charge for operation and maintenance including replacement of four dollars forty-five cents ($4.45) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water as determined in the preceding Section.
D. 
The user charge rates established in this Article apply to all users of meters connected to the City's system that are located within the City limits.

Section 715.140 Billing.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. V, 3-28-2001]
A. 
All users shall be billed monthly. Payments are due by the tenth (10th) day of the month. Any payment not received by the tenth (10th) day of the month shall be delinquent.
B. 
A late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) of the user charge bill will be added to each delinquent bill that has not been paid by the tenth (10th) of the month. When any bill is not paid in full by the twentieth (20th) day of the month, the water service to such premises shall be discontinued until such bill is paid. Reconnection fees shall be paid by the customer.

Section 715.150 Review of User Charge System.

[Ord. No. 1745 Art. VI, 3-28-2001]
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.