City of Ironton, MO
Iron County
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Section 710.010 Monthly Rates Established.

[R.O. 2008 §710.010; Ord. No. 273 §1, 9-5-1978; Ord. No. 370 §1, 4-14-1986; Ord. No. 397 Art. IV, 1-8-1990; Ord. No. 452 §1, 5-28-1996; Ord. No. 50 §1, 5-14-2001; Ord. No. 546 §§1 — 2, 2-26-2007; Ord. No. 581 §§1 — 2, 8-23-2010]
A. 
Monthly Rates Established.
1. 
The following rates and charges for the use and services of the combined waterworks and sewerage system of the City of Ironton, based on the amount of water consumed, are hereby established:
[Ord. No. 631 § 1, 3-13-2017]
Water Rates
Property Inside City Limits
Minimum
$20 per connection
Usage (volume) charge
$6.50 per 1,000 gallons
Property Outside City Limits
Minimum
$40 per connection
Usage (volume) charge
$13 per 1,000 gallons
Property Inside City Limits
Minimum charge
$3.50
Usage (volume) charge
$3.25 per 1,000 gallons
Property Outside City Limits
Minimum charge
$7.00
Usage (volume) charge
$6.50 per 1,000 gallons
When more than one (1) building is connected to the same water meter, or multiple units within the same building (such as apartment units), the minimum billing shall be multiplied by the average number of individual connections that were in use the previous calendar year. The property owner shall provide reasonable proof of the average occupancy; otherwise the minimum billing shall be multiplied by the total number of individual connections.
Whenever for any cause a water meter fails to operate, a reasonable estimate shall be made of the amount supplied during the period such meter fails to operate, and the user shall pay a rate based in whole or in part on the estimated amount of water supplied.
2. 
Basis For Calculations. The calculations used to determine the water and sewer rates are included as Appendixes A and B, attached hereto, and hereby incorporated into this Chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said appendixes are on file in the City offices.
B. 
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on his/her use of the sewerage system and treatment works as determined by water meters acceptable to the City.
C. 
For residential, industrial, and commercial contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current month. If the 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 or separate water meters installed and maintained at the contributor's expense, and in a manner acceptable to the City.
D. 
Whenever for any cause a water meter fails to operate, a reasonable estimate shall be made of the amount supplied during the period such meter fails to operate, and the user shall pay a rate based in whole or in part on the estimated amount of water supplied.

Section 710.020 Charges — How Made.

[R.O. 2008 §710.020; Ord. No. 273 §2, 9-5-1978]
A. 
Charges for combined water and sewer shall be made and collected against lots, parcels of land, or premises to which water is supplied by the City Waterworks System which may have any active sewer connection with the sewer system of the City of Ironton, or which may actively discharge sewage or industrial waste either directly or indirectly into said system or any part of the system.
B. 
If sewer system has been constructed to provide sewer to lots, parcels of land or premises, the person in question will be charged for the sewer whether he/she is hooked on or not. This charge is the same as above.
C. 
Charges for sewer service only shall be made and collected against lots, parcels of land, or premises which shall not in addition receive water from the City. Charges for water service only shall be made and collected against lots, parcels of land, or premises receiving water from the City. Charges for water service shall be united with sewer service in the same bill and one cannot be paid without the other.

Section 710.030 Bills To Be Sent Out Monthly — When Payable.

[R.O. 2008 §710.030; Ord. No. 273 §3, 9-5-1978]
A. 
Bills for the rates and charges herein established shall be made out by the City Water and Sewer Department Secretary and shall be sent out monthly. The bills shall be payable on the first day of the month following the reading of the meter. All bills shall be payable at the City Water and Sewer Department.
B. 
If any charge for the services of the combined system shall not be paid by the 15th day of the month in which it shall become due and payable, a delayed payment charge of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bill shall be added thereto and collected therewith.

Section 710.040 Deposit Required.

[R.O. 2008 §710.040; Ord. No. 273 §4, 9-5-1978; Ord. No. 436 §1, 3-14-1994; Ord. No. 461 §1, 3-10-1997; Ord. No. 511 §1, 4-8-2002 Ord. No. 594 §1, 8-13-2012 Ord. No. 598 §1, 7-8-2013]
A. 
In lieu of payment for water and sewer in advance and as a guarantee of payment by consumers, each consumer shall make an advance deposit with the City Collector of the sum specified below to safely cover the consumption of water and provision of sewer service for the next monthly payment. Each premises connected to the combined waterworks and sewer system shall provide a deposit as set out in Section 155.010 of this Code.
B. 
The City Collector shall issue a suitable receipt for the advance payment required in Subsection (A) of this Section of each consumer and shall deposit the amount in the Water Department accounts with other collections.
C. 
The advance payment required in Subsection (A) of this Section of each consumer will remain on deposit until the service is discontinued. At that time, the amount of such deposit, less the amount applied to the payment of charges due, will be refunded to the depositor by the Water Department, without interest.
D. 
After discontinuation of service by one consumer, if the service is continued by another party, that party will be required to post a new deposit.

Section 710.050 Owner, Occupant and User — Liable Jointly and Severally.

[R.O. 2008 §710.050; Ord. No. 273 §5, 9-5-1978]
The owner of any lot, parcel of land, or premises receiving any of the services of the combined water and sewer system of the City of Ironton, the occupant of such premises, and the user of the services shall be liable jointly and severally for the payment of services to such lot, parcel of land, or premises and all services are rendered to the premises by the City of Ironton only on the condition that such owner, occupant, and user shall be liable jointly and severally therefor to the City of Ironton.

Section 710.060 Connections and Charges.

[R.O. 2008 §710.060; Ord. No. 273 §6, 9-5-1978]
A. 
Whenever a connection is made either to the water works or the sewer system adjoining the premises, the property owner shall pay to the City an amount equal to the actual cost of material used in the construction for water connections from the main to and including the meter and a fee as set out in Section 155.010 of this Code for the sewer. If the meter is larger than a regular three-quarter-inch house meter, the customer will pay the difference of the two.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation desiring to connect any premises with the combined system for either water supply or sewer service shall first file an application therefor with the City Water and Sewer Department Secretary on a blank form to be provided by the Secretary. All connections to the system shall be constructed by employees, agents or contractors of the City of Ironton, Missouri.

Section 710.070 Water Shutoff and Turn-On Charge.

[R.O. 2008 §710.070; Ord. No. 273 §7, 9-5-1978]
A charge in an amount as set out in Section 155.010 of this Code will be made for shutting off and turning on water service, except at the time of the commencement of such service or at its termination.

Section 710.075 Unoccupied Rental Property.

[Ord. No. 630 §§ 1 4, 12-12-2016]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
UNOCCUPIED RENTAL PROPERTY
Property situated within the City of Ironton, Missouri, designed to be occupied by a person other than the actual owner thereof which is currently unoccupied and not rented and is therefore considered vacant. Said unoccupied rental property shall include apartments, condominiums, duplexes or triplexes, and other habitable property that may be used and has historically been utilized as rental property for human habitation, so long as habitable property is separately metered under the City of Ironton's water and sewer metering system. In order for this to be effectuated, the owner or landlord must so request that the water remain turned on or reconnected. Further, all future bills, until the property is reoccupied, shall be billed in the name of the owner or landlord. No deposit shall be charged to the owner or landlord under these limited circumstances.
B. 
Temporary Abatement Of Minimum Monthly Charge. For said unoccupied rental property, the minimum monthly water rate charge as set forth in Section 710.010(A)(1) shall be abated or suspended for the period of time that said property is unoccupied. Said period of abatement shall begin at the beginning of the first calendar month after the property becomes vacant and continue until next occupied. If the property is occupied for any period of time during a calendar month, then the minimum monthly water rate charge shall still apply. The cost of water utilized by the owner and/or landlord of the unoccupied rental premises shall be in an amount consistent with the actual water usage utilized by said owner or landlord in accordance with the rate set forth in Section 710.010(A)(1) of the Ironton Municipal Code, absent said monthly minimal charge as stated aforesaid.
C. 
Connect And/Or Disconnect Fees. In the event the owner or landlord requests, at the termination of a rental tenancy, that the water not be disconnected and thereafter verifies to the City that the unit is, in fact, unoccupied, the City may, at its discretion, choose to not disconnect the water service. Until the unit is reoccupied, the monthly minimum water rate shall be suspended. In the event the landlord requests the water connection be disconnected and/or then reconnected, no charge shall be imposed upon the landlord for the disconnection and/or reconnection so long as the disconnect and reconnect requests are limited to one time per month. If the landlord requests more than one (1) disconnect or reconnect to the water system within any thirty-day period, then the landlord or owner shall be required to pay the normal reconnection fee of thirty dollars ($30.00).

Section 710.080 Revenue To Be Kept in Separate Account.

[R.O. 2008 §710.080; Ord. No. 273 §7, 9-5-1978]
All revenue derived from the operation of the combined water works and sewer system shall be set aside as collected and deposited in a bank account separate and distinct from all other funds or bank accounts of the City, and proper records and accurate, separate and apart from all accounts of the City, shall be maintained.

Section 710.090 Water and Sewer Department — Rights Concerning Rates and Records.

[R.O. 2008 §710.090; Ord. No. 273 §8, 9-5-1978]
A. 
The Water and Sewer Department reserves the right to impose special rates and charges where the rates hereby established are not just or equitable.
B. 
The Water and Sewer Department Secretary shall make out a list of all premises receiving water or sewer service or combined water and sewer service. Such list shall show the name of the owner and the occupant of each such premises and shall be kept up to date at all times.

Section 710.100 Tampering With System.

[R.O. 2008 §710.095; Ord. No. 460 §1, 3-10-1997]
No authorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any meter, structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the municipal water and sewerage system of the City of Ironton, Missouri.

Section 710.110 Removal and Installation of Meters.

[R.O. 2008 §§710.150 — 710.170; Ord. No. 501 §§1 — 3, 12-11-2000]
A. 
Removal Of Meter. If any bills for any of the services of the combined water and sewer system shall remain unpaid for twenty (20) days following the rendition of the bill therefor, and the water and sewer system meter thereafter shut off for any reason, including non-payment, and thereafter if the City of Ironton, Missouri, learns that said water and sewer system meter has been unlawfully turned back on and water utilized by the owner, occupant or user of said premises, then the Superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department shall be authorized to remove said water and sewer system meter from the premises.
B. 
Reinstallation Of Meter. Prior to the reinstallation of any water or sewer system meter, a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be paid by the owner, occupant or user of said premises. In addition, any and all past due and unpaid bills for any of the services of the combined water and sewer system, including past due fees, shall be paid prior to said reinstallation of a meter.
C. 
Joint And Several Liability. The owner of any lot, parcel of land or premises receiving any of the services of the combined water and sewer system of the City of Ironton, the occupant of such premises, and the user of the services shall be liable, jointly and severally, for the payment of the removal and reinstallation fee of said meter.