[R.O. 2004 §725.010; CC 1990 §725.010; Ord. No. 680 Art. I, 1-4-1990]
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 contribute wastewater to the City's treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt for such public wastewater treatment works.
[R.O. 2004 §725.020; CC 1990 §725.020; Ord. No. 680 Art. II, 1-4-1990]
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 Celsius (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
- INDUSTRIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- A place where products are manufactured or fabricated.
- LIGHT COMMERCIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Any office, shop or mercantile premises where ten (10) or less employees are based and where food or beverages are not sold or dispensed.
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than two hundred fifty (250) 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 treatment 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.
- OTHER COMMERCIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Restaurants, quick shops, grocers, taverns, fast-food establishments, service stations, motels, schools, churches, concrete and plaster products sales, laundries and laundromats, banks, auto parts stores, garages and other similar occupancies.
- 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. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
- RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Any contributor to the City's treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only. In multi-family premises each dwelling unit shall constitute a "residential contributor". Each bay in a mobile home park shall constitute a "residential contributor".
- Is mandatory; MAY — Is permissive.
- SS (denoting 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.
- TREATMENT WORKS
- 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 the 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 a treatment works will be operated.
- USER CHARGE
- The total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater treatment works and inclusive of debt payment.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City of Pevely or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Pevely.
[R.O. 2004 §725.030; CC 1990 §725.030; Ord. No. 680 Art. III, 1-4-1990]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement and costs associated with debt retirement of a bonded capital associated with financing the treatment works which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established in Section 720.040, 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:
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the treatment works (Operation and Maintenance Account).
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works (Replacement Account). Deposits in the replacement account shall be made semi-annually from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in the amount of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) annually.
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring prompt payment of principal and interest over the maturity schedule of bonds (Bond and Interest Account). Deposits to this account shall be made monthly from the revenues. This account shall be used to pay current requirements of principal, interest and bond reserves.
Fiscal year-end balances in the operation and maintenance account, the replacement account and the bond and interest account shall be carried over to the same accounts in the 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.
[R.O. 2004 §725.040; CC 1990 §725.040; Ord. No. 680 Art. IV, 1-4-1990; Ord. No. 761 §I, 1-4-1993; Ord. No. 1112 §1, 6-19-2006; Ord. No. 1169 §§1, 3, 11-3-2008; Ord. No. 1203 §§1, 3, 10-19-2009; Ord. No. 1223 §§1 — 2, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 1293 §§1 –– 2, 12-17-2012]
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on his/her use of the treatment works.
The monthly minimum bill shall include the first five thousand seven hundred thirty-two (5,732) gallons or less of water and will be based upon water meter size and customer type as follows:
For commercial and industrial contributors the monthly user charge shall be based upon the water used during the month as determined by water meter. If such contributor has a consumptive use 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 installed in the building sewer just before connection to the City's collection sewer. However, such meter shall be installed and maintained at the contributor's expense and in a manner acceptable to the City. Also all users in this category assume responsibility of annual calibration of all sewer meters and forward certificate/report to City. No other metering arrangement will be acceptable as a basis for determining the monthly user charges. The user charge per month for contributors in this category shall be as follows:
For connection to the wastewater collection system there shall be paid an initial connection charge determined as follows:
Any user that discharges any toxic pollutants which cause an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the City's treatment works or any user that discharges any substance which singularly or by interaction with other substances causes identifiable increases in the cost of operation, maintenance or replacement of the treatment works shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be determined by the responsible plant operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
The user charge rates established in this Section apply only to residents of the City. Sewer users outside the City shall pay based upon their usage of another purveyor's metered charges or, if no metered charges exist, a flat fee that is twice the amount of the City residential fee.
[R.O. 2004 §725.050; CC 1990 §725.050; Ord. No. 680 Art. V, 1-4-1990; Ord. No. 772 §§1 — 2, 7-15-1993; Ord. No. 1293 §§1 –– 2, 12-17-2012]
Bills will be rendered for service by the 20th day of the month in which the service was rendered as set forth in the rate schedule. Bills not paid by the 10th day of the month following shall be subject to a late charge of ten percent (10%) per month. Service bills not paid within fifteen (15) days of the due date are subject to disconnection of the service. Failure of the City to submit a service bill shall not excuse the sewer user from his/her obligation to pay for the sewer used when the bill is submitted.
Deposits shall be required of each sewer customer within the City of Pevely, Missouri, who is not on the water system as follows:
Single-family owner-occupied residential unit: one hundred dollars ($100.00).
Single-family renter-occupied residential unit: one hundred dollars ($100.00).
All new residents' deposits will be paid as soon as residency is established. Failure to pay the deposit can result in a fine and court action.
[R.O. 2004 §725.060; CC 1990 §725.060; Ord. No. 680 Art. VI, 1-4-1990; Ord. No. 761 §II, 1-4-1993]
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, 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.
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.
[R.O. 2004 §725.070; Ord. No. 761 §IV, 1-4-1993; Ord. No. 1293 §§1 — 2, 12-17-2012]
This Appendix presents the methodology to be used in calculating user charge rates and surcharges and illustrates the calculations followed in arriving at the first (1st) year's user charges and surcharges. The unit costs established in this Appendix are based on estimates of expenses and loadings. The actual expenses and loadings that occur may differ from these estimates and certainly they will change as time passes. Therefore, the unit costs must be re-established whenever necessary to reflect actual expenses and loadings. The expenses and loadings may be determined from operating records and the unit costs can be adjusted based on these figures.
Appendix A to User Charge System, Appendix B: Replacement Schedule, and Appendix C: Equipment Replacement Details Chart are attached hereto and incorporated in their entirety by reference herein.