Cross Reference — As to service provided outside the city limits, §700.025.
Article I Sewer Service System
Article II Sewer User Charges
[CC 2001 §13.08.010; Ord. No. 14.00 Art. I, 3-11-1969]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
- BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (B.O.D.)
- The quantity of dissolved oxygen required for biochemical oxidation of decomposed organic matter under aerobic conditions in a period of five (5) days at a temperature of twenty degrees Centigrade (20°C), expressed in parts per million by weight. Such B.O.D. shall be determined as described under the heading "Biochemical Oxygen Demand" in the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage (latest edition), as published jointly by the American Public Health Association and the American Water Works Association.
- BUILDING SEWER
- The extension from the building drain to the City sewer or other place of disposal.
- COMBINED SEWER
- A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
- DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
- The executive of the Public Works Department, who directs the Sewage Superintendent of the City, or an authorized member of his/her staff.
- Solid wastes from the preparation of, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- The liquid waste or liquid-borne wastes resulting from any commercial, manufacturing or industrial operation or process, except uncontaminated and unpolluted clear water, and as distinct from sanitary sewage.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, ditch, pond, lake or other body of surface or ground water.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of the solution.
- PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
- Garbage which has been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in sewers, with no particle greater than one-half (½) inch in any dimension.
- Includes books, documents, papers, apparatus, data, readings, records of analysis, plans and graphs.
- SANITARY SEWAGE
- Any combination of wastes from water closets, urinals, lavatories, sinks, bathtubs, showers, household laundries, household garbage grinders, bars, soda fountains, cuspidors, refrigerator drips, drinking fountains, floor washings, floor flushings, and all other water-carried wastes, except industrial wastes and air conditioning wastewater.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A sewer which carries sewage and/or industrial wastes and to which storm, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
- Any combination of water-carried wastes from residences, buildings, industrial establishments, institutions, manufacturing plants, processing plants, commercial establishments, or other places in which such wastes are produced, together with such ground, surface, storm or other water as may be present.
- SEWAGE SUPERINTENDENT
- The Sewage Superintendent is in charge of all pollution abatement facilities.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any devices and/or structures used for treating of sewage.
- SEWAGE WORKS
- All facilities for collecting, pumping, transporting, treating and disposing of sewage.
- A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
- SHALL and MAY
- "Shall" is mandatory; and "May" is permissive.
- STORM SEWER or STORM DRAIN
- A sewer which carries stormwater, surface water, drainage and some industrial water discharges, such as cooling and air conditioning water, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- The dry weights of the solids physically suspended in a flow of sewage, industrial waste or water as determined by the method of determining suspended matter described under the heading "Suspended Matter" in the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage (latest edition), as published jointly by the American Public Health Association and the American Water Works Association, and expressed in parts per million by weight.
[CC 2001 §13.08.020; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 1, 5-8-1984]
It is unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the City, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste.
It is unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City, or in any area under the jurisdiction of the City, any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with provisions of this Chapter.
Except as hereinafter provided, it is unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, aeration equipment, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, situated within the City and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary sewer of the City, is required at his/her expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so; provided that the public sewer is within two hundred (200) feet (sixty-one (61) meters) of the property line.
[Ord. No. 2008-17 §§1 — 8, 5-5-2008]
The purpose of this Section is to control discharges into the public sewerage collection system and wastewater treatment plant that interfere with the operations of the system, cause blockage and plugging of pipelines, interfere with normal operation of pumps and their controls and contribute waste of a strength or form that either causes treatment difficulties or is beyond the treatment capability of the wastewater treatment plant.
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- DISCHARGE LIMIT
- Oil and grease discharge maximum limit from each individual food service facilities is one hundred (100) part per million. Samples are to be taken as a twenty-four (24) hour composite during facility functioning hours.
- FOOD SERVICE FACILITIES
- Those establishments engaged in activities of preparing, serving or otherwise making available for consumption foodstuffs and that use one (1) or more of the following preparation activities: cooking by frying (all methods), baking (all methods), grilling, sauteing, rotisserie cooking, broiling (all methods), blanching, roasting, toasting or poaching. Also included are infrared heating, searing, barbecuing and any other food preparation activity that produces a hot, non-drinkable food product in or on a receptacle that requires washing. These facilities include, but not limited to, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, motels, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, fraternal organizations, schools, grocery stores, prisons and jails.
- Material composed primarily of fats, oil and grease (FOG) from animal or vegetable sources. The terms fats, oil and grease shall be deemed as "grease" by definition. Grease does not include petroleum based products.
- GREASE TRAP
- A device for separating and retaining waterborne greases and grease complexes prior to the wastewater exiting the trap and entering the sanitary sewer collection and treatment system. These devices also serve to collect settable solids generated by and from food preparation activities, prior to the water exiting the trap and entering the sanitary sewer collection and treatment system.
- OIL/WATER SEPARATOR
- An approved (Subsection (D)) industrial standard system that is specifically designed and manufactured to separate oil from water. The system shall allow the oil to be collected and removed on a regular basis as to prevent it from being discharged into the wastewater collection system. Only oil/water separators manufactured for that specific operation will be approved. Adequate support literature from the manufacturer will be required so as to allow a proper review by the Code Enforcement Officer.
- Any person or establishment including those located outside the jurisdictional limits of the City who contributes, causes or permits the contribution or discharge of wastewater into the City's wastewater collection or treatment system, including persons who contribute such wastewater from mobile sources, such as those who discharge hauled wastewater.
Installation requirements. All existing food service facilities shall be required to install an approved grease trap within six (6) months after notification and all proposed or newly remodeled food service facilities inside the City of Bonne Terre, Missouri, wastewater service area shall be required to install, at the user's expense, an approved, properly operated and maintained grease trap.
Sanitary sewer flows. Sanitary sewer flows from toilets, urinals, lavatories, etc., shall not be discharged into the grease trap. These flows shall be conveyed separately to the sanitary sewer service lateral.
Floor drains. Only floor drains which discharge or have the potential to discharge grease shall be connected to a grease trap.
Garbage grinders/disposers. It is recommended that solid food waste products be disposed of through normal solid waste/garbage disposal means. If a grinder/disposal is used, it must be connected to the grease trap.
Dishwashers. Commercial dishwashers and three (3) vat dishwashing sinks must be connected to the grease trap. Dishwashers discharge soap and hot water which can melt grease and allow it to pass through an undersized grease trap.
Location. Grease traps shall be installed outside the building upstream from the sanitary sewer service lateral connection. This will allow easy access for inspection, cleaning and removal of the intercepted grease at any time. A grease trap may not be installed inside any part of a building without written approval by the Code Enforcement Officer
Construction. Grease traps shall be constructed and sized in accordance with DNR Division 20, Chapter 8 Design Guidelines and shall have a minimum of two (2) compartments with fittings designed for grease retention.
Access. Access to grease traps shall be available at all times to allow for maintenance and inspection. Access to trap shall be provided by two (2) manholes (one (1) on each compartment) terminating at finished grade with cast-iron frame and cover.
Inlet and outlet piping. Wastewater discharging to a grease trap shall enter only through the inlet pipe of the trap. Each grease trap shall have only one (1) inlet and one (1) outlet pipe.
Grease Trap Maintenance.
Cleaning/pumping. The user, at the user's expense, shall maintain all grease traps to assure proper operation and efficiency. Maintenance of grease traps shall include the complete removal of all contents, including floating materials, wastewater and bottom sludge and solids. This work shall be performed by a qualified and licensed hauler.
Disposal. All waste removed from each grease trap must be disposed of at a facility approved to receive such waste in accordance with the provisions of this program. In no way shall the waste material be returned to any part of the City of Bonne Terre's wastewater sewer system.
Maintenance log. A grease trap cleaning/maintenance log, indicating each pumping for the previous twenty-four (24) months, shall be maintained by each food service facility. An annual fee in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be charged for a "grease trap maintenance log" provided by the Code Enforcement Officer. A new maintenance log will be issued annually upon verification of required maintenance. This log shall include the date, time, amount pumped, hauler and disposal site. Said log shall be made available to the Code Enforcement Officer or his/her representative upon request. The user shall be required to submit maintenance records to the Building Inspector two (2) times each year. Records shall be submitted by March 1st (first) and September first (1st) of each year. The records shall be submitted to:
Code Enforcement Officer
118 N. Allen Street
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
The Code Enforcement Officer will perform periodic inspections of these facilities and shall notify the user of any additional required maintenance or repairs.
Chemical Treatment. Chemical treatments such as drain cleaners, acid or other chemical solvents designed to dissolve or remove grease shall not be allowed to enter the grease trap.
Laundries. Commercial laundries shall be equipped with an interceptor with a wire basket or similar device, removable for cleaning, that prevents passage (to the wastewater collection system) of solids one-half (½) inch or larger in size such as rags, strings, buttons or other solids detrimental to the system.
Enforcement And Penalties/Falsifying Information. Any food service facility failing to comply or any person who knowingly makes any false statements, representation or certification in any application, record, report, plan or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this Article or who falsifies, tampers with or knowingly renders inaccurate any monitoring device or method required under this Article or who falsifies, tampers with or knowingly renders inaccurate any monitoring device method required under this Article shall, upon conviction, be subject to penalty in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days, or by both. Each day on which a violation shall occur or continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[CC 2001 §13.08.030; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 2, 5-8-1984]
Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 705.040(D), the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this Section.
Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the approving authority. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by the approving authority. A permit and inspection fee shall be paid in the amount required in the fee schedule as set by the City Council.
A permit for private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the approving authority. He/she shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the approving authority when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of the notice.
The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Natural Resources, State of Missouri. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than fifteen thousand (15,000) square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system as provided in Section 705.020(D), a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Chapter, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material as directed in Subsection (H) of this Section.
The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the City.
No statement contained in this Section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Health Officer, County or City building codes.
When a public sewer becomes available, the building sewer shall be connected to the sewer within ninety (90) days and the private sewage disposal system shall be abandoned and removed or cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run gravel or dirt.
[CC 2001 §13.08.040; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 3, 5-8-1984]
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the approving authority.
There shall be two (2) classes of building sewer permits:
For residential and commercial service; and
For service to establishments producing industrial wastes.
In either case, the owner or his/her agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the City. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications, or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the approving authority. A permit and inspection fee for residential or commercial building permit shall be paid in the amount required by the fee schedule as set by the City Council.
A building sewer permit will only be issued and a sewer connection shall only be allowed if it can be demonstrated that the downstream sewerage facilities, including sanitary sewers, pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities, have sufficient reserve capacity to adequately handle the additional anticipated waste load.
All costs and expense incidental to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building; except where one (1) building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, courtyard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one (1) building sewer.
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the approving authority, to meet all requirements of this Chapter.
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the building and plumbing code, per Section 705.030, or other applicable rules and regulations of the City. In the absence of code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Standard Testing Materials (A.S.T.M.) and Water Pollution Control Federation (W.P.C.F.) Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, interior and exterior foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or ground water to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the building and plumbing code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and the W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gas-tight and water-tight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the approving authority before installation.
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the approving authority when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. Each and every part or a sewer connection shall be inspected and approved by the approving authority or his/her representative before being concealed or backfilled.
All excavations for building sewer installation shall comply with the provisions of this Code relating to excavations in streets and shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City.
[CC 2001 §13.08.050; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 4, 5-8-1984; Ord. No. 14.04A §1, 10-9-1997]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurfaced drainages uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as combined sewers or storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the approving authority. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet, if approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described water or wastes to any public sewers:
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas;
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance, create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant, or to cause the effluent from the treatment works to violate applicable effluent standards;
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than six and one-half (6.5), or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works;
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and whole or ground by garbage grinders.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the approving authority that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property or constitute a nuisance. In forming his/her opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the approving authority will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flow and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
Any liquid or vapor having temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150°F) (sixty-five degrees Celsius (65°C));
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between thirty-two degree Fahrenheit (32°F) and one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150°F) (zero (0) and sixty-five degrees Celsius (65°C));
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions whether neutralized or not;
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (¾) horsepower (0.76 h.p. metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the approving authority;
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc, and similar objectionable or toxic substances or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement to such a degree that any such material received in the composite sewage at the wastewater treatment works exceeds the maximum allowable concentrations as determined by the approving authority for such materials.
The approving authority will evaluate each toxic or objectionable substance waste on a concentration-dilution basis and will establish maximum allowable discharge concentrations for each individual person to protect against the following:
Decreased sewage plant treatment process efficiencies and degraded effluent qualities exceeding the current requirements of the regulatory agencies,
Concentrations of any toxic or objectionable substances in plant effluent flows which will result in concentrations of such substances in the receiving waters which will exceed the regulatory agency's maximum allowable limits for these substances in the receiving waters;
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of the State, Federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters;
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the approving authority in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations;
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of eight and five-tenths (8.5);
Materials which exert or cause:
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, Fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulfate),
Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions),
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works. "BOD" means the quantity of oxygen utilized in five (5) days in the biochemical oxidation of carbonaceous and nitrogenous compounds in certain inorganic materials in water or wastewater as determined by standard methods expressed in milligrams per liter,
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting "slugs" as defined herein;
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Subsection (D) of this Section and which in the judgment of the superintendent may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the approving authority may:
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the approving authority, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units.
All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the approving authority and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
Where pretreatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his/her expense.
When required by the approving authority, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer to facilitate observations, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the approving authority. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his/her expense and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analysis of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Chapter shall be determined in accordance with Federal E.P.A., 40 CFR-136 (Guidelines established for Test Procedures for Analysis of Pollutants); the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater published by the American Public Health Association or methods approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and shall be determined at the control manhole provided or upon suitable samples taken at the control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected. Sampling shall be carried out by customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect of constituents upon the sewage works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb and property. (The particular analysis involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls of a premises is approximate or whether a grab sample or samples should be taken.) Normally, but not always, BOD and suspended solids analysis are obtained from twenty-four (24) hour composites of all outfalls whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.
Any person discharging wastes having concentrations greater than the normal concentrations as set forth herein shall upon notification by the approving authority install a composite sampler with a compatible pacing (metering) device for monitoring the substances. The pacing and sampling device shall be of a type approved by the approving authority.
[CC 2001 §13.08.060; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 5, 5-8-1984]
The City shall have the right to contract with any industrial user under the provisions of this Chapter, i.e., to regulate what rates of sewage flow, sewage strength, etc., that the City will permit to be discharged into the City's sanitary sewer system for wastewater treatment and/or operate and maintain pretreatment facilities.
[CC 2001 §13.08.070; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 6, 5-8-1984]
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.
[CC 2001 §13.08.080; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 7, 5-8-1984]
Approving authority and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identifications shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Section. Approving authority or his/her representative shall have no authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (A) of this Section, the approving authority or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the company and the company shall be held harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the company against loss or damage to its property by City employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Section 705.050(H).
The approving authority and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within the easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on the easement shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.
[CC 2001 §13.08.090; Ord. No. 2001-33 §1, 9-18-2001; Ord. No. 2007-06 §1, 3-6-2007; Ord. No. 2008-29 §1, 10-14-2008; Ord. No. 2009-08 §§1 — 3, 4-3-2009; Ord. No. 201024 §§1 — 3, 11-8-2010]
Tapping into the City's main sewer line can be made by City of Bonne Terre Utility Department personnel or an individual contractor under the direction of the Utility Department.
The inspection shall be performed by the Code Enforcement Officer or his/her representative.
Cost for a residential sewer tap shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) and the cost to inspect the tap and trap assembly shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). These fees must be paid to the City of Bonne Terre before water service is made available.
[CC 2001 §13.08.100; Ord. No. 14.04 Art. 9, 5-8-1984; Ord. No. 2002-01 §1, 2-12-2002]
Any person found to be violating any provision of Sections 705.020 through 705.080 shall be served by the City with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in Subsection (A) of this Section shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and on conviction thereof shall be fined in the amount not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.
Providing Additional Penalties. In addition to the above stated penalties, the City may terminate the water services for said premises.
[CC 2001 §13.12.020; Ord. No. 14.05 Art. II §3, 5-8-1984]
The water supply may be discontinued from any premises for which the sewer service bill remains unpaid for forty-five (45) days after it is rendered. When discontinued, such service shall not be renewed until payment of the unpaid bill and upon payment of twelve dollars fifty cents ($12.50) for restoring water service.
[CC 2001 §13.12.030; Ord. No. 14.05 Art. II §4, 5-8-1984]
Whenever a bill for sewer service remains unpaid for forty-five (45) days after it has been rendered, the City Attorney may file with the court having jurisdiction a statement of lien claim. This statement shall contain the legal description of the premises served, the amount of the unpaid bill, and a notice that the City claims a lien for this amount as well as for all charges subsequent to the period covered by the bill.
If the consumer whose bill is unpaid is not the owner of the premises and the City has notice of this, notice shall be mailed to the owner of the premises if his/her address be known to the City, whenever such bill remains unpaid for the period of forty-five (45) days after it has been rendered.
[CC 2001 §13.12.040; Ord. No. 14.05 Art. II §5, 5-8-1984]
Property subject to a lien for unpaid charges shall be sold for non-payment of the same, and the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to pay the charges, after deducting costs, as is the case in the foreclosure of statutory liens. Such foreclosure shall be any bill in equity in the name of the City. The City Attorney is authorized and may be directed to institute such proceedings in the name of the City in any court having jurisdiction over such matters against any property for which the bill has remained unpaid forty-five (45) days after it has been rendered.
[CC 2001 §13.12.050; Ord. No. 14.05 Art. II §6, 5-8-1984]
The City shall establish a proper system of accounts and shall keep proper books, records and accounts in which complete and correct entries shall be made of all transactions relative to the sewage facility and at regular annual intervals the City shall cause to be made an audit by an independent auditing concern of the books to show the receipts and disbursements of the sewage facility.
In addition to the customary operating statements, the annual audit report shall also reflect the separate revenues and operating expenses of the wastewater facilities, including a replacement cost, to indicate that sewer service charges under the waste cost recovery system do in fact meet these regulations. In this regard, the financial information to be shown in the audit report shall include the following:
Flow data showing total gallons received at the wastewater plant for the current fiscal year;
Billing data to show total number of gallons billed;
Debt service for the next succeeding fiscal year;
Number of users connected to the system;
Number of non-metered users;
A list of users discharging non-domestic wastes (industrial users) and volume of waste discharged.
The annual audit report shall contain such other financial information consistent with future guidelines to promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
[CC 2001 §13.12.060; Ord. No. 14.05 Art. II §7, 5-8-1984]
The City shall notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation, maintenance, including replacement of treatment works, and debt service.
[CC 2001 §13.12.070; Ord. No. 14.07D §1, 7-13-1999; Ord. No. 2001-34 §1, 10-9-2001; Ord. No. 2008-22 §1, 9-25-2008; Ord. No. 2009-20 §1, 10-5-2009; Ord. No. 2010-09 §1, 4-12-2010; Ord. No. 201107 §1, 9-26-2011]
It is imposed on all persons who connect to the sewer system of the City a monthly sewer charge based upon metered water consumption as follows:
Within City limits a minimum of thirteen dollars and eighty-one cents ($13.81) per month with an additional four dollars and ninety cents ($4.90) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of consumption.
[Ord. No. 201404 §1, 6-12-2014]
Within City limits without City water service for single occupancy will cost twenty-eight dollars and fifty-six cents ($28.56) per month; double occupancy will cost thirty-eight dollars and thirty-five cents ($38.35) per month; and for occupancy by three (3) persons or more, forty-eight dollars and thirty-one cents ($48.31) per month.
[Ord. No. 201404 §1, 6-12-2014]
All users outside the City limits will be charged a rate calculated at one and one-half (1½) times the corresponding rate within the City limits.