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Village of Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton as Title 12, Ch. 12.04, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The water and sewer utilities of the Village are combined into one public utility pursuant to § 66.0819, Wis. Stats.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
The operation of the Village water and sanitary sewer system shall be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Works subject to the final authority of the Village Board.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
The Utility Director is responsible for administration, supervision and general management of the Water and Wastewater Utility operation.
[Amended by Ord. No. 011, Series 2005; Ord. No. 028, Series 2005]
A. 
Water service maintenance. The property owner is fully responsible for any and all maintenance, repair and/or replacement of water service piping from the home or building to the property line or point of connection with the curb stop or shutoff valve. The Water Utility owns the curb stop and water service piping in the public right-of-way. The Utility is responsible for the maintenance, repair and/or replacement of the curb stop including repair of water service breaks and leakage between the curb stop and the point of connection with the public water main. The Water Utility also owns the water meter and the initial shutoff valve inside the building. The Utility is responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the water meter and meter valve as deemed necessary by the Utility.
B. 
Sewer lateral maintenance. The property owner is fully responsible for any and all maintenance, repair and/or replacement of sewer lateral piping from the home or building to the point of connection with the public sewer main. In cases where sewer lateral replacement work involves a street opening and pavement replacement in the public right-of-way, the Utility will reimburse the homeowner for excess costs relative to public right-of-way and pavement restoration costs. The excess cost subsidy amount will be capped at an equivalent cost as determined and updated annually by the Village Engineer.
C. 
Service laterals replacement relative to water and sewer main construction. Whenever the Village undertakes water and sewer main replacement construction projects it shall be the policy of the Village and its Water/Wastewater Utility to replace all existing water and sewer service laterals from the property line to the point of connection with the public main. The cost of this service lateral replacement work shall be borne by the Water/Wastewater Utility. If it becomes necessary for a property owner to replace his water and/or sewer lateral prior to when a planned replacement project is undertaken, the Village will reimburse the property owner for the cost of the service lateral replacement from the main to the property line as determined on a unit basis and per actual bidding and contract award. This retroactive reimbursement is limited to three years from the date of the actual service lateral replacement by the property owner to the date of utilities replacement contract award by the Village.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
Any person who, without authority of the Utility Director, allows contractors, masons or other unauthorized persons to take water from his premises, operate any valve connected with the street or supply mains, or open any fire hydrant connected with the distribution system, except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, or who wantonly injures or impairs the same, shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense and $500 for a third or successive offenses, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs of prosecution, shall be imprisoned in the county jail until said forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 60 days. Owners or operators of motor vehicles shall be liable for the cost of repair of any hydrant damaged by being hit by such motor vehicle, and the Water and Wastewater Utility will not be responsible for the damage to the motor vehicle by reason of such accident.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
A. 
Service connection specifications. Service connections or water laterals shall be installed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Village of Grafton.
B. 
Tapping mains. No person shall be permitted to tap or make any connection with any street main or distribution pipe unless authorized by the Utility Director.
A. 
Establishing rates. All water sold or furnished by the Water Utility shall be paid for at the rates and charges approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
B. 
Delinquent bills to be lien on premises. Customers whose water bills are in arrears on October 15 of any year shall be notified of such delinquency by the Village Director of Administrative Services in accordance with the provisions of § 66.0809(3), Wis. Stats., and delinquencies remaining on November 15, together with any penalty imposed, shall be levied as a tax against the lot or parcel to which water was furnished as provided in § 66.0809(3), Wis. Stats.
C. 
Building and construction service. Metered service rates shall apply to building and construction service.
A. 
Public fire protection service. The Village shall pay $200 and $10,000 annually to cover the use of mains and hydrants. This service shall include the use of hydrants for public fire protection service only and such quantities of water as may be demanded for the purpose of extinguishing fires within the Village limits only. For all other purposes, the metered or other rates set forth shall apply.
[Amended by Ord. No. 008, Series 2003]
B. 
General public service. Water service supplied to Village buildings, schools, etc., shall be metered and the regular service rates applied. Water used for flushing sewers, street sprinkling, flooding skating rinks, etc., shall be metered where meters can be set to measure the service. Where it is impossible to measure such service, the Water and Wastewater Utility shall estimate the gallons of water used, based on the pressure, size of opening and period of time water is allowed to flow. The estimated quantity shall be billed at the rates and charges established by the Water Utility and approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
Until further direction of the Village Board, the Utility shall introduce approximately one to 1 1/2 parts of fluoride to every million parts of water being distributed in the water supply system of the Village.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
A. 
Repairs to water mains. The Water and Wastewater Utility reserves the right to shut off the water in the mains temporarily to make repairs, alterations or additions to the plant or system. When circumstances, in the opinion of the Utility Director, will cause excessive delay, he shall give notification by newspaper publication or otherwise of the discontinuance of the supply.
B. 
Regulation during emergency. The Village President is authorized to declare a water emergency whenever in his opinion the Water and Wastewater Utility shall have an inadequate water supply to meet the needs and requirements of the users of said water. Said emergency may be declared by proclamation, and when circumstances in the opinion of the President will permit sufficient delay, he shall give notification by newspaper publication or posting or otherwise on the restrictions of the supply. During the period of such emergency, the Village President may place such restrictions and limitations upon the use of water being furnished as he may deem necessary. He may suspend the use of water fountains, sprinkling of streets, yards, gardens, watering or washing buildings, cars or other implements, use of water in air-conditioning units or any other use of water not vital to the health and welfare of the consumer.
A. 
General policy. The Board of Public Works shall determine when water mains are to be extended for new customers and whether the extension shall be an eight-inch or larger pipe where fire protection service is needed or a two-inch pipe or larger where only general service is needed. No main shall be extended outside the limits of the service needed. No main shall be extended nor service provided outside the limits of the Village except to a municipality that has a public water system and by ordinance of the Village Board designating the exact limits of such extension or service. All such extensions shall be commemorated by a written water service agreement between the Village and the benefiting municipality.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003; Ord. No. 001, Series 2006]
B. 
Assessment of cost of extension. The Village Board shall determine whether the extension cost is to be immediately assessed against abutting property, as provided in Chapter 3.36 of the Code, or is to be extended on a customer-financed basis as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Customer-financed water main extensions.
1. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONTRIBUTOR
The owner of property at time of a contribution or refund unless otherwise specified by written agreement.
CUSTOMER
As used in this rule means the owner of premises to which water is or is to be furnished unless specific written agreements specify otherwise. The customer at all times means the property owner at the time a contribution is to be made or a refund becomes available.
2. 
Basis for determining contributions from original customer. The applicant or applicants will advance the amount that would have been assessed under Subsection C.1 of this section. The contribution must be paid in advance of construction.
3. 
Additional customers and refunds. When additional customers are connected to a water main that was originally financed in part by customers, the Utility will require a contribution from each new customer equal to the existing average contribution. When the amount of customer contribution computed under Subsection C.2 of this section is less than would have been assessed under Subsection C.1 of this section, the applicant for service shall pay an amount equivalent to the assessment. This amount shall then be refunded pro rata to all contributors along the extension whose remaining contribution still exceeds what would have been assessed under Subsection C.1 of this section.
When refunds have reduced the contribution of any contributor to the applicable assessment per front foot, no further refund will be made to that individual. After all refunds have been made, the remaining premises that may connect will be charged at the rate per front foot established for the extension.
4. 
Limit of extension. When an extension beyond an existing extension is required to serve a new customer, and the cost of a customer exceeds the average remaining contribution in the original extension, then the new extension will be considered as an entirely new project, without refunds or other connection with the original extension.
D. 
Connection to Utility-financed mains or loops. When customers connect to a transmission main or connecting loop laid at Utility expense, there shall be assessed against the property of said customer on a front-foot basis an amount equal to the average front-foot assessment in the area.
E. 
Limitation of refunds. The development period during which refunds shall be made will be limited to 20 years.
A. 
Sewer service charges. Contributors of sewerage to the Village sewerage system shall pay such service charges as shall be established by the Village Board.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
B. 
Billings and payment.
1. 
Sewer charges are billed quarterly and included on the same statement used for billing of water charges. Payment is due on the 20th of the month following the date of billing. A one-time three-percent penalty is applied if payment is not received by the due date.
2. 
Delinquent charges to be placed on tax roll. All bills not paid by November 15 shall be placed on the current tax roll in the same manner as unpaid water bills for the corresponding periods.
A. 
General policy. The cost of installing, constructing or laying of all sanitary sewer mains and storm sewer mains shall be charged in whole to each lot or part of lot or parcel of land to be benefited thereby fronting or abutting upon such street, alley or highway or cost by such sewer pursuant to § 66.0703, Wis. Stats., and Titles 12 and 18 of the Code. Assessments on corner lots shall be as determined by the Village Board. No main shall be extended nor service provided outside the limits of the Village except to a municipality that has a wastewater treatment plant and by ordinance of the Village Board designating the exact limits of such extension or service. All such extensions shall be commemorated by a written sewer service agreement between the Village and the benefiting municipality.
[Amended by Ord. No. 002, Series 2006]
B. 
Assessment of cost of extension. See Chapter 3.36 of the Code of the Village of Grafton.
[Amended by Ord. No. 010, Series 2003]
If land to be benefited by a connection to the Village water or sewer system has not been specifically assessed for water or sewer main extension in the street abutting such property, for the reason that the property to be so benefited was not within the corporate limits of the Village at the time the assessment was levied for such water or sewer main extensions, the owner thereof shall, prior to annexation, pay a connection fee to the Village in an amount equal to the amount which the property would have been assessed for such service had the connection been made to the Village water or sewer system when the mains were laid, together with interest thereon at an applicable rate as determined by the Village Director of Administrative Services from such date to the date of payment. The estimate of the Village Engineer as to the cost of such sewer and water service shall be binding on all parties.
Any person who violates any provisions of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1.08, General Penalty, of the Code of the Village of Grafton.