[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. I, 3-25-1999]
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 NID's collection system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt for NID's collection system.
[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. II §§1 — 12, 3-25-1999]
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).
- COLLECTION SYSTEM
- The sewer mains, submains, manholes, equipment and their appurtenances; extension, improvements, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide reliable removal of the user's wastewater.
- All expenditures required to maintain the grinder pumps installed in the system.
- 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.
- All expenditures during the useful life of the collection system for monthly treatment fees charged by Duckett Creek for processing the NID's wastewater.
- 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 collection system whose lot, parcel of real estate or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- Is mandatory; MAY — Is permissive.
- SS (denoting SUSPENDED SOLIDS)
- The 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.
- USEFUL LIFE
- The estimated period during which the collection system will be operated.
- A single connection of residential, commercial or industrial premise to the NID's collection system.
- 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 wastewater treatment works.
[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. III §§1 — 3, 3-25-1999; Ord. No. 01-31 §1, 11-1-2001; Ord. No. 01-33 §§1 — 2, 12-11-2001]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay the costs of annual operation and maintenance, including replacement, and the cost associated with debt retirement of 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 which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works shall be established by this Article.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance, including replacement purposes as established in Section 710.040, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund know as the Operation, Maintenance and Replacement Fund and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
The Operation and Maintenance Account shall be an account designated for the specific purposes of defraying operation and maintenance costs of the collection system. Deposits in the Operation and Maintenance Account shall be made annually from the operation and maintenance revenue in the amount of one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200.00) annually. (See Appendix A on file in the City Clerk's office.)
The Replacement Account shall be an account designated for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the collection system. Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made annually from the replacement revenue in the amount of one thousand four hundred three dollars ($1,403.00) annually. (See Appendix B on file in the City Clerk's office.)
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 use 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 with the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.
The annual user charges shall be supplemented by two percent (2%) and shall be considered as collection charges in order to cover the administrative costs of collection incurred by the City of Weldon Spring. The user charges payable each year will always be calculated as a proportionate share of the total requirements as indicated in Subsection (B)(1) and (2) and as the number of users increase, the user fee payable by each user would then decrease.
[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. IV §§1 — 6, 3-25-1999; Ord. No. 01-33 §§3 — 4, 7, 12-11-2001]
The users shall pay a monthly fee directly to Duckett Creek as an operating/processing fee. The fee is set by Duckett Creek and reviewed from time to time. The current fee is set at fifteen dollars ($15.00) per month.
The users shall pay an annual fee to the City as a maintenance/replacement collection fee. (Such fee is set out in Appendix C on file in the City Clerk's office.)
Any user who discharges any toxic pollutant which causes an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the sewer treatment works or any user discharges any substance which singly or by interaction with other substances which causes an identifiable increase in the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be as determined by the responsible Duckett Creek personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen of the City.
The user charge rates established in this Section apply to all users of the City's sanitary sewer collection system, regardless of the user location.
[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. V §§1 — 2, 3-25-1999; Ord. No. 01-33 §5, 12-11-2001]
All users shall be billed annually by the City or its agent on or about November first (1st). Payments for each year shall be due and payable to the City by December thirty-first (31st) of each year.
A late payment penalty of one percent (1%) of the user charge bill will be added to each delinquent bill for each thirty (30) days of delinquency. When any bill is thirty (30) days in default, rendition of sewer service to such premises shall be discontinued until such bill is paid following due notice and opportunity for hearing.
[Ord. No. 99-14 Art. VI §§1 — 2, 3-25-1999; Ord. No. 01-33 §6, 12-11-2001]
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, maintenance, replacement and collection.
The City may notify each user annually as to the rate being charged and provide the justification of any changes in the rate.