Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg 3-8-1995 by Ord. No. 95-5; amended in its entirety 2-9-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-07. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 160-1 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them:
BILLING PERIOD
The interval of time between two successive bills; under normal conditions it will be approximately 30 days.
BOROUGH
The Mayor and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg, commonly known as the "Borough of Chambersburg" and/or its duly authorized representative acting in its behalf.
COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any business, commercial or professional undertaking functioning independently of other undertakings, whether located upon a separate parcel of land or upon the same parcel of land or within the same building or structure with other establishments.
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS
Natural gas that is compressed to pressures above 3,000 pounds per square inch and used primarily as an alternative fuel for internal combustion engines.
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS CONSUMER
Any person, served with compressed natural gas from the gas distribution system of the Borough.
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
DWELLING UNIT
A separate dwelling unit, apartment, room or group of rooms used for separate dwelling purposes and equipped for the preparation of food. In all cases the determination of the Borough as to what constitutes a separate dwelling unit shall be final.
GASOLINE GALLON EQUIVALENT (GGE)
The amount of compressed natural gas that equals the energy content of one liquid gallon of gasoline (109 cubic feet per GGE of compressed natural gas).
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
PERSON
Any individual, firm, corporation, association, or company.
RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
Premises which are used solely for dwelling purposes and other normal residential activity. Residential premises with publicly advertised commercial operations shall be considered commercial establishments.
UNIT
One hundred cubic feet (Ccf) of natural gas at standard temperature and pressure.
USER
Any person, as defined above, owning any property served with gas from the gas distribution system of the Borough. The user may designate that any person occupying his property receive the bills for gas power service to that property.

§ 160-2 Rates. [1]

A. 
General service rate: domestic (301); commercial and industrial (321).
(1) 
Availability. The general service rate shall be available to any user for any usual domestic, commercial or industrial purpose.
(2) 
Rates. The following rates shall be charged for gas furnished under the general service rate:
(a) 
Customer charge: $8.92 gross and $8.70 net per meter, per billing period.
(b) 
Energy charge. All units per billing period, per unit:
[1] 
Gross: $1.1820.
[2] 
Net: $1.1532.
(c) 
Purchased gas adjustment charge: in accordance with § 160-3 of this chapter.
B. 
Space heating rate: domestic (311); commercial and industrial (331); Borough use (382).
(1) 
Availability. The space heating rate shall be available for all domestic, commercial, industrial or municipal space heating purposes and other incidental purposes in the premises
(2) 
Rates. The following rates shall be charged for gas furnished under the space heating rate:
(a) 
Customer charge: $8.92 gross and $8.70 net per meter, per billing period.
(b) 
Energy charge. All units per billing period, per unit:
[1] 
Gross: $1.1546.
[2] 
Net: $1.1264.
(c) 
Purchased gas adjustment charge: in accordance with § 160-3 of this chapter.
C. 
Interruptible rate (342) and (343).
(1) 
Availability. The interruptible rate shall be available to commercial and industrial users when, in the judgment of the Gas Department, sufficient supplies of gas are available for any usual purpose on an interruptible basis upon execution of a service agreement with the Borough. The user shall agree to provide and maintain, in usable condition, standby facilities for the use of an alternate fuel during periods of service curtailment. The Borough shall not be liable for any loss or inconvenience incurred by any person as a result of interruption or curtailment of gas service directed or accomplished by the Borough under the terms of this chapter. The user will be responsible for any extraordinary costs incurred by the Borough as a result of failure to discontinue gas use when directed by the Borough.
(2) 
Rates. The following rates shall be charged for gas furnished under the interruptible rate:
(a) 
Customer charge: $64.58 gross and $63 net per meter, per billing period.
(b) 
Energy charge.
[1] 
For billing periods predominantly falling during the months of November through April (342). All units per billing period, per unit:
[a] 
Gross: $1.1501.
[b] 
Net: $1.1220.
[2] 
For billing periods predominantly falling during the months of May through October (343). All units per billing period, per unit:
[a] 
Gross: $0.9635.
[b] 
Net: $0.9400.
(c) 
Purchased gas adjustment charge: in accordance with § 160-3 of this chapter.
D. 
Firm industrial rate (361).
(1) 
Availability. The firm industrial service rate shall be available to industrial and commercial users on a firm basis upon the execution of a service agreement with the Borough. The Borough reserves the right to refuse to offer gas for sale under this rate if, in its judgment, the quantity of gas requested by the user exceeds that which could be furnished on a firm basis without detriment to the service of other firm users.
(2) 
Rates. The following rates shall be charged for gas furnished under the firm industrial rate:
(a) 
Customer charge: $64.58 gross and $63 net per meter, per billing period.
(b) 
Energy charge. All units per billing period, per unit:
[1] 
Gross: $1.0968.
[2] 
Net: $1.0700.
(c) 
Purchased gas adjustment charge: in accordance with § 160-3 of this chapter.
E. 
Interruptible transportation (IT) gas service rate (391).
(1) 
Availability. The interruptible transportation gas service rate shall be available to any commercial or industrial customer whose rolling three-year average consumption is at least 500,000 units per year and which has an operational, full requirements standby facility in place. The customer must execute an interruptible transportation service contract prior to commencement of service. Classification into this rate is at the discretion of the utility. Gas supplied under this schedule is for the exclusive use of the customer and shall not be resold or shared with others.
(2) 
Monthly rate:
(a) 
Gross: $0.1638 per unit.
(b) 
Net: $0.1598 per unit.
(3) 
Minimum bill. A customer under this rate schedule shall either purchase an amount of transportation service equivalent to at least $1,000 per month or pay in lieu of utilizing such transportation service a monthly minimum bill of $1,025 gross or $1,000 net.
(4) 
Customer service charge. A customer service charge of $131.20 gross or $128 net per billing period shall be payable regardless of the quantity of gas billed during the month.
(5) 
Measurement and billing. For the purpose of billing and measurements, the volume of natural gas shall be measured in cubic feet and billed in Ccf units.
F. 
Compressed natural gas rates.
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
(1) 
Compressed natural gas consumer rate availability. The compressed natural gas consumer rate shall be available to any compressed natural gas consumer.
(2) 
Fleet fueling rate availability. Any compressed natural gas consumer who desires to purchase in excess of 2,000 GGE of compressed natural gas per calendar month, unless a lower amount is otherwise approved by the Gas Department Superintendent to be in the best interest of the Borough, may request a fleet fueling agreement in accordance with the fleet fueling rates established in accordance with Subsection F(3) below. The Borough reserves the right to refuse to enter into a fleet fueling agreement if, in its sole discretion and judgment, the quantity of compressed natural gas requested by the compressed natural gas consumer exceeds that which could be furnished on a fleet basis without detriment to the other consumers of the system.
(3) 
Rate and service charges. The initial compressed natural gas consumer rate per GGE of compressed natural gas shall be established by resolution of Town Council, which compressed natural gas consumer rate may be adjusted pursuant to the Compressed Natural Gas Adjustment Formula established by resolution. The Town Council may adopt various other rates per GGE for different classes of users, and may establish various service charges and adjustment formulas related to the provision of compressed natural gas.
(4) 
Billing. Notwithstanding § 160-5, the terms for billing and payment for the sale of compressed natural gas sold in accordance with an authorized fleet fueling agreement shall be in accordance with the terms for billing and payment set forth in the fleet fueling agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Town Council may establish by resolution, from time to time, terms for billing and payment for the sale of compressed natural gas to compressed natural gas consumers, including, but not limited to provisions for payment at the point of sale.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 2009-07 provided that the rates established by this chapter would take effect with all gas service bills rendered on or after 4-28-2009.

§ 160-3 Purchased gas adjustment charge.

A. 
Every gas sales rate contained in this chapter (except for the interruptible transportation rate) shall be subject to the purchased gas adjustment.
B. 
The total bill, both gross and net each billing period, shall be increased or decreased by an amount equal to the purchased gas adjustment charge times the number of units of 100 cubic feet (Ccf) of gas billed to the Borough customer during the current billing period.
C. 
The purchased gas adjustment charge will be computed using the Borough's monthly updated forecasted gas costs for the billing period.
D. 
The gas sales rates include a base purchase gas cost of $0.9600 per 100 cubic feet (Ccf). The purchased gas adjustment charge will be computed from the monthly forecast of gas costs, adjusted for any prior period over or under collection, less the amount of purchased gas cost of $0.9600 per Ccf included in the base rates.
E. 
The purchased gas adjustment charge shall be calculated monthly based on the following formula:
PGA =
(FGC + R) - Base
FGS
Where:
PGA
=
Purchased gas adjustment applied to the number of billing units (Ccf).
FGC
=
Monthly forecasted gas costs for the billing period.
R
=
Reconciliation factor. The reconciliation factor shall be a monthly add-on or credit, as determined by the Borough's Gas Superintendent or his designee, to recover in the current calendar year any over/under collection of all purchased gas costs for the prior calendar year.
FGS
=
The forecasted gas sales for the billing period.
Base
=
Base purchased gas cost per Ccf of $0.9600 included in sales rates.

§ 160-4 Terms of payment for residential services.

Bills will be rendered for gas service to residential premises in accordance with the Residential Utility Services Manual, as may be revised from time to time by the Mayor and Town Council, which shall be available to the public at the Utility Offices at Borough Hall and at the Utilities Service Center, 80 South Franklin Street.

§ 160-5 Terms of payment for nonresidential services.

A. 
Bills for gas service will be issued at intervals of approximately 30 days, and charges shall be payable at the Borough offices on a net basis to and including the due date shown on the bill rendered. Thereafter the gross bill shall become due and payable. Failure to receive a bill shall not entitle a user to an extension of time for payment. Any user whose account for utility service is in arrears shall pay the gross amount of each bill until all outstanding indebtedness is paid.
B. 
Failure to pay all charges within 14 days after the gross bill becomes due shall be cause for termination of gas service until payment is made of all outstanding charges for utility service. If service is terminated under these conditions, a reconnection charge to be established by resolution of Town Council shall be paid before service is restored. If an employee of the Borough visits the user's premises to deliver a notice, collect the amount due and/or terminate the service, a service charge to be established by resolution of Town Council shall be assessed for each visit.
C. 
Each user shall pay for gas service furnished to his premises until proper notice has been given to the Borough to discontinue service and for a reasonable time thereafter to enable the Borough to read its meter at the premises. When service is discontinued at any user's premises, a bill for service will be rendered promptly and shall be payable on a net basis to and including the due date shown on the bill rendered and on a gross basis thereafter.

§ 160-6 Regulations under which service will be rendered.

Rules and regulations under which gas service shall be rendered to customers shall be approved by resolution from time to time by the Mayor and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg and shall be available to the public at the Utility Offices at Borough Hall and at the Utilities Service Center, 80 South Franklin Street.

§ 160-7 Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the "Borough Gas Rate Ordinance of 2009."