City of Ironton, MO
Iron County
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Section 715.010 In General.

[R.O. 2008 §710.100; Ord. No. 397 Art I, 1-8-1990]
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 sewerage system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining, improving, expanding and retiring the debt for such public sewerage system and wastewater treatment works.

Section 715.020 Definitions.

[R.O. 2008 §710.110; Ord. No. 397 Art. II §§1 — 12, 1-8-1990]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Article 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 milligram per liter (mg/l).
NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred (300) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than three hundred fifty (350) 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.
REPLACEMENT
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.
SEWERAGE SYSTEM
A system of sewers, pumping stations and force mains for the delivery of sewage to the wastewater treatment works.
SHALL
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 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 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 storm water and sanitary sewer systems.
USEFUL LIFE
The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
USER CHARGE
That portion of the total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the sewerage system and wastewater treatment works.
WATER METER
A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City of Ironton or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Ironton.

Section 715.030 Disposition of User Charges.

[R.O. 2008 §710.120; Ord. No. 397 Art. III §§1 — 3, 1-8-1990]
A. 
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 bonded capital associated with financing the sewerage system and treatment works 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 treatment works shall be established by this Article.
B. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement purposes for the Wastewater Treatment Plant as established in Section 400.040, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the "Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation, Maintenance and Replacement Fund," and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
1. 
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the wastewater treatment plant (Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenance Account).
2. 
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the wastewater treatment plant (Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Account). Deposits into this replacement account shall be made at least annually, from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in the amount of sixteen thousand five hundred sixty dollars ($16,560.00) annually. Deposits to the replacement account shall begin in the calendar year following completion of construction of the improvements to the treatment works shown on plans prepared in 1989 by Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., Consulting Engineers. Money deposited in this account for a given calendar year shall have been paid by the City of Ironton, and by the City of Pilot Knob in proportion to the water sold to their sewer customers during the previous calendar year. The basis for the amounts to be deposited in the replacement account is shown in Appendix B of Ordinance No. 397, which is on file in the City Clerk's office.
C. 
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 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 715.040 Basis for User Charges.

[R.O. 2008 §710.130; Ord. No. 397 Art. IV §§1 — 6, 1-8-1990]
A. 
As to rates for water and sewer and services, see Section 710.010.
B. 
(Reference is made to Appendix A of this Article, which is on file in the City Clerk's office.) For those contributors who contribute wastewater, the strength of which is greater than normal domestic sewage [that having a BOD greater than three hundred (300) mg/l and/or a SS greater than three hundred fifty (350) mg/l], a surcharge in addition to the normal user charge will be collected. The surcharge for operation and maintenance including replacement is:
1. 
Eleven cents ($0.11) per pound of BOD in excess of that contained in normal domestic sewage.
2. 
Ten cents ($0.10) per pound of SS in excess of that contained in normal domestic sewage.
C. 
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 treatment works, or any user which discharges any substance which singly 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 as determined by the responsible plant operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
D. 
The user charge rates established in this Article apply to all users, regardless of their location, of the City's treatment works.

Section 715.050 Review of User Charge System — Notification of User.

[R.O. 2008 §710.140; Ord. No. 397 Art. VI §§1 — 2, 1-8-1990]
A. 
The City will review the user charge system at least every two (2) years, 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 debt service, 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, maintenance, including replacement and debt service, of the sewerage system and treatment works.

Section 715.060 Preamble.

[R.O. 2008 §720.010; Ord. No. 547 §1, 2-26-2007]
It is determined to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the City of Ironton 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 715.070 Definitions.

[R.O. 2008 §720.020; Ord. No. 547 §2, 2-26-2007]
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 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 a 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 Ironton or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Ironton.
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.

Section 715.080 Disposition of User Charges.

[R.O. 2008 §720.030; Ord. No. 547 §3, 2-26-2007]
A. 
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay the costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement and costs associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the water system which the Board of Aldermen 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 ordinance.
B. 
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance, including replacement purposes, 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 monthly.
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 one thousand four hundred fifty dollars ($1,450.00). The basis for the amounts to be deposited in the replacement account is shown in Appendix C of Ordinance No. 546, which is on file in the City Clerk's office.
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 715.090 Rate Structure.

[R.O. 2008 §720.040; Ord. No. 547 §4, 2-26-2007]
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 Board of Aldermen shall periodically establish, by ordinance, user rates for the water system. A minimum charge shall be established to cover the system's overhead costs, fixed costs and debt service attributable to fixed costs. An additional charge rate shall be established, based on metered usage in one-thousand-gallon increments, for operation and maintenance costs, as well as debt service attributable to volume.

Section 715.100 Bills To Be Sent Monthly — When Payable.

[R.O. 2008 §720.050; Ord. No. 547 §5, 2-26-2007]
A. 
Bills for the rates and charges herein established shall be made out by the City Water and Sewer Department Clerk 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. Any payment not received within fifteen (15) days after the billing is made shall be delinquent.
B. 
If any charge for the services of the water 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. When any bill is twenty (20) days in default, water service to such premises is subject to disconnection. Reconnection fees shall be paid by the customer.

Section 715.110 Annual Review of User Charge System — Notification to Users.

[R.O. 2008 §720.060; Ord. No. 547 §6, 2-26-2007]
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.