[R.O. 1994 §715.010; Ord. No. 195 Art. I, 4-7-1997]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of 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. 1994 §715.020; Ord. No. 195 Art. II, 4-7-1997]
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).
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than two hundred fifty (250) milligrams per liter (mg/l) and a suspended solid concentration of not more than three hundred (300) milligrams per liter (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.
- 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.
- Is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
- TREATMENT WORKS
- Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage collection systems, individual interceptor sewer, outfall sewer, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances, extensions, improvements, 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 land that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment processes or is used for ultimate disposal of residues from such treatment; 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 sanitary sewer systems.
- 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.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City of Jonesburg or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Jonesburg.
[R.O. 1994 §715.030; Ord. No. 195 Art. III, 4-7-1997]
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 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 maintenance, including replacement of the treatment works, shall be established by this Chapter.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance, including replacement purposes as established in Section 715.040, 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:
The Operation and Maintenance Account shall be an account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs (excluding replacement) of the treatment works. Deposits in the Operation and Maintenance Account shall be made monthly from the operation and maintenance revenue in the amount of fifty thousand five hundred dollars ($50,500.00) annually.
The Replacement Account shall be an account designed for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works. Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made annually from the replacement revenue in the amount of three thousand five hundred twenty-five dollars ($3,525.00).
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. 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. 1994 §715.040; Ord. No. 195 Art. IV, 4-7-1997; Ord. No. 204 §1, 4-5-1999]
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on their use of the treatment works as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
For residential contributors that do not have metered water service, they will be assessed a 5,000-gallon usage charge. For residential, industrial and commercial contributors, user charges shall be based on water used during the current month.
The minimum charge per month shall be seven dollars twenty-seven cents ($7.27) in fiscal year 2000. In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge for operation and maintenance, including replacement accounts, of two dollars thirty-eight cents ($2.38) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water. (Reference is made to Appendix A of this Chapter which is on file in the City offices.)
For those contributors which contribute wastewater, the strength of which is greater than normal domestic sewage, a surcharge in addition to the normal user charge will be collected. The surcharge will be collected. The surcharge for operation and maintenance, including replacement, is:
Fourteen cents ($0.14) per pound BOD
Six cents ($0.06) per pound SS
Any user which discharges any toxic pollutant which causes 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 costs. The charge to each such user shall be as determined by the responsible plant-operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
The user charge rates established in this Section apply to all users of the City's treatment works, regardless of the user's location.
[R.O. 1994 §715.050; Ord. No. 195 Art. V, 4-7-1997]
All users shall be billed monthly. Billings for each month shall be made within thirty (30) days after the end of that month. Payments are due when billings are made. Any payment not received within thirty (30) days after the billing is made shall be delinquent.
A late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) of the user charge bill will be added to each delinquent bill for thirty (30) days of delinquency. When any bill is thirty (30) days in default, rendition of water and/or sewer service to such premises shall be discontinued until such bill is paid; a reconnection fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) will be added to the bill balance following due notice and opportunity for hearing.
[R.O. 1994 §715.060; Ord. No. 195 Art. VI, 4-7-1997]
The City shall review the user charge system annually and revise user charge rates to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay 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.