Village of Spring Lake, MI
Ottawa County
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[Adopted 5-2-1994 by Ord. No. 221 (Ch. 78, Art. II, Div. 2, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances)]
[Amended 6-5-2006 by Ord. No. 291]
The following charges and fees shall apply to all connections to the Village system:
A. 
Connection charge and system equity charge.
(1) 
A connection charge, in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution for:
(a) 
The installation and use of a water service line to the property line;
(b) 
The installation and use of a water meter;
(c) 
The installation and use of a meter horn and two valves; and
(d) 
All necessary Village inspections;
(2) 
Shall be payable by each premises connecting to the Village system. If the premises requires a different-sized service line, the connection charge for the line, appropriate size meter, meter horn and valves and inspections shall be that charge which is established and adjusted by Village Council resolution. The connection charge shall be paid by each premises connecting to the system in cash at the time application is made for a permit to connect in accordance with § 373-4. The Village shall be the owner of the service line, the meter, meter horn, and the two valves.
(3) 
In addition, a system equity charge shall be payable by each premises connecting to the system and each premises, already connected to the system, which requests a larger meter. The system equity charge for each new connection shall be as adopted from time to time by resolution.
[Amended 4-16-2018 by Ord. No. 348]
(4) 
In the case of a premises already connected to the Village system which requests a larger meter, the system equity charge shall be the difference between the system equity charge then in effect for the existing meter and the system equity charge then in effect for the requested larger meter.
(5) 
The system equity charge shall be paid by each premises connecting to the Village system in cash at the time application is made for a permit to connect in accordance with § 373-4 or, in the case of a request for a larger meter, at the time that request is made.
B. 
Off and on charge. If a customer desires that the water service be turned off and later turned on, the charge for such turnoff and turn-on shall be in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution. Such fee will be paid prior to the time the water service is once again restored.
[Amended 4-16-2018 by Ord. No. 348]
C. 
Use charge. A use charge, in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution for use of the water furnished by the Northwest Ottawa Water System and the Village system, shall be payable by each premises using water from the Northwest Ottawa Water System and the Village system as provided in § 373-18.
D. 
Readiness-to-serve charge. A readiness-to-serve charge in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution shall be payable each quarter by each premises connected to the Village system, as provided in § 373-18.
E. 
Testing charge. A testing charge in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution for testing of a meter at the request of a customer shall be payable by each premises using water from the Village system if upon testing of the meter according to Village testing procedures the meter is found to be accurate, as provided in § 373-18.
F. 
Administrative charge. An administrative charge in an amount to be established and adjusted by Village Council resolution shall be payable by each premises using water from the Village system when the Village has incurred court costs in enforcing payments to the Village for use of water from the Village system in the amount of the actual court costs together with an additional sum for administrative time incurred in collecting the charges provided for in this section and § 373-18, together with charges for nonsufficient fund checks returned after tender by a customer for payment of water furnished to premises by the Village system, together with a service charge as established and adjusted by Village Council resolution as provided in § 373-18, plus the actual bank charges assessed to the Village system by such institution.
[Amended 4-16-2018 by Ord. No. 348]
Rates for water supplied to each premises connected to the Village system and for the charges described in § 373-17, and for any standby fire-line-protection connection, shall be determined by the Village Council and shall be established by a resolution adopted and amended by the Village Council. No free service shall be furnished by this Village system to the Village or to any person, firm or corporation, public or private, or to any public agency or instrumentality. The Village shall pay for water supplied to it or any of its departments or agencies at the rates established pursuant to this section. In addition, the Village shall pay for water use for fire hydrants, fire protection and other purposes at the rates established pursuant to this section.
[Amended 4-21-2011 by Ord. No. 322[1]]
Charges for water shall be billed quarterly. Bills shall be mailed by the 15th day of the month following the quarter for which the bills are rendered and shall be due and payable on the 15th day of the next month. Bills not paid on or before such due date shall be subject to a penalty charge equal to 10% of the bill. If the bill is not paid within five days after the due date, a shutoff notice shall be mailed. If the bill is not paid within 10 calendar days after the date of mailing of a shutoff notice, the customer's water service shall be turned off immediately without further notice. An additional penalty charge as is determined by resolution of the Village Council shall then be charged to the customer whether water was shut off or not; if the shutoff team has to go to the property a fee will be assessed, before the water service is turned on again. On or before May 1 of each year, the Village Clerk/Village Treasurer shall prepare a certified statement of all water services and penalty charges then three months or more past due and unpaid. The Village Clerk/Village Treasurer shall then place such charges on the next tax roll and they shall be collected, and such lien shall be enforced in the same manner as is provided for general Village taxes.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).