[Adopted 2-9-1970 by Ord. No. 15274]
[Amended 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-23]
Any permit granted by the Director of Water and Wastewater, City Engineer or designated agent pursuant to this article may be revoked by him, at any time, should he have knowledge of any violation, on the part of the holder, of any of the provisions of this article or of the rules adopted thereunder. No permit so revoked shall be reissued within six months of the date of its cancellation.
No person shall drive any water or gas pipe in any street on which sewers are laid.
Pursuant to the Constitution and general statutes of the State of New York and the Charter of the City, special assessments for sanitary sewer improvements shall be apportioned over the area or areas to be served as follows.
Each lot, piece, parcel, plot or tract of land that is to be assessed for special assessment for sanitary sewer improvements shall be divided into units on the following basis:
A standard lot shall be a lot with a frontage of 60 feet and a depth of 150 feet. In the case of a lot with less than the aforesaid dimensions, if a building may be erected upon said lot in compliance with the Zoning Law, it shall be considered as a standard lot for special assessment purposes. For undeveloped areas with more than 60 feet of frontage, each multiple of 60 feet shall be considered as a unit for special assessment, except that where the average dimensions of the lots of any street or in any district being assessed are smaller than the dimensions set forth herein, the assessor shall subdivide such undeveloped areas to conform to the average dimensions of the lots on such streets or in such district. The plotting of such undeveloped areas shall be done in a manner consistent with a plan of possible future development. In the case of lots which have insufficient depth to erect a building and comply with the Zoning Law, the frontage for each unit of special assessment shall be increased to provide sufficient area to allow compliance with the Zoning Law. In the case where a lot or plot is subdivided, the charges for additional sanitary sewer connections shall be fixed by the City Engineer, subject to the approval of the City Council, and said City Engineer shall keep a schedule of such charges or rates on file in his office at the City Hall.
Corner lots or plots shall be assessed on the street which is first provided with sanitary sewer facilities and shall not again be assessed for sanitary sewer facilities except where a district of special assessment for sanitary trunk sewers is involved or where the lot or plot is subdivided, in which case the charges for additional sanitary sewer connections shall be fixed by the City Engineer, subject to the approval of the City Council, and said City Engineer shall keep a schedule of such charges or rates on file in his office at the City Hall.
[Amended 1-5-1981 by Ord. No. 80-169; 1-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-1; 3-10-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-5; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-23]
Any person requesting emergency sewer service from the Department of Public Works shall be notified that the owner of the premises will be subject to a service charge of $150 from the City for each response, should the Director determine that the sewer failure or blockage is in the owner’s service lateral or within the owner’s premises.
Upon such a determination by the Director, or his or her designee, the service charge will be billed by municipal voucher to the owner of the premises. The charge will be due within 30 days, and if not paid within such time shall be added as a lien to the next tax levy applicable to the property.
Any owner to whom such a fee shall have been charged may appeal the decision within 30 days of the date of the municipal voucher, to the Sewer Complaint Review Board. Enforcement proceedings related to the collection of the fee shall be stayed until decision of the Sewer Complaint Review Board.
[Added 8-24-1970 by Ord. No. 15368; amended 7-8-1974 by Ord. No. 16479; 11-19-1979 by Ord. No. 79-109; 12-7-1981 by Ord. No. 81-119; 7-16-1984 by Ord. No. 84-35; 8-8-1988 by Ord. No. 88-64; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-23]
The following rates are established for sewer service outside the limits of the City of Schenectady effective January 1, 2011:
One hundred seventy four dollars and sixty cents per annum per family unit.
The rate of $1.937 per 100 cubic feet of sewage flow.
The Director of Water and Wastewater shall compute a surcharge for high-strength sewage and shall apply the surcharge to the above rates where applicable.
The fee charged by the City to add additional connections, both for residential and commercial units, to the City Sewer and Wastewater Treatment System, shall be set by resolution of the City Council.
[Added 4-9-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-03]
Family units. The Director is hereby authorized and directed to determine the equivalent number of family units for residential units, combination residential-business units, combination residential-professional units, institutional units, nonresidential units, commercial units and industrial units.
High-flow users. Should any user be engaged in activities or processes requiring the use of large amounts of water as determined by the Director, the amount to be billed is to be computed on the basis of the rates set forth in Subsection A(2) above. The amount of flow is to be determined by sewage meters or by using the water consumption readings for the facility.
High-strength users. Should any user be engaged in activities or processes contributing high-strength wastes to the sewer system as determined by the Director, the Director is hereby authorized and directed to compute a surcharge based on the strength of the sewage as compared to normal domestic sewage and to apply the surcharge to the rates established in Subsection A(1) and (2).
The cost of determining the quantity of sewage flow and/or the strength of sewage discharged by any user is to be borne by the user.