Village of Bellevue, WI
Brown County
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§ 368-12 General provisions.

The following rules and regulations for the government of licensed plumbers, sewer users, property owners and others are hereby adopted and established.
A. 
Agreement to rules and regulations. All persons now receiving sewerage service from the Village or who may hereafter make application for such service or who otherwise receive such service shall be considered as having agreed to be bound by all of the terms and provisions of this chapter, as amended from time to time, and all administrative policies adopted by the Village Board, as amended from time to time; and such agreement is a condition precedent to the provision of such sewerage service.
B. 
Application for service.
(1) 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with, or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any sewer main or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Village.
(2) 
Every person desiring to connect to the sewer system shall file an application, in writing, to the Village Clerk-Treasurer on such forms as are prescribed for that purpose. Blanks for such applications will be furnished at the Village office. The application must state fully and truthfully all the wastes which will be discharged. If the applicant is not the owner of the premises, the written consent of the owner must accompany the application. Persons connected to the sewer system of the Village sewer utility are referred to herein as users.
(3) 
If it appears that the service applied for will not provide adequate service for the contemplated use, the Village may reject the application. If the Village approves the application, it shall issue a permit for services as shown on the application. Prior to installation of any service, the applicant shall obtain inspection permits from the Village Building/Plumbing Inspector through the Village office.
C. 
Application fee. Where the application for service is for a connection to the Village public sewers, the application shall be accompanied by an application fee in an amount to be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board on file with the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Such fee shall cover the cost of processing the application and inspection of the connection. Application fees may vary in amount between residential users and commercial/industrial users. The payment of this fee shall be in addition to any connection fees that may be charged to or on account of new users by the Village or by GBMSD.
D. 
Inspections. Any connection to the public sewers within the Village shall be subject to the prior inspection and approval of the work by any authorized representative of the Village. No trench or other excavation shall be filled, or any connection completed, without such prior inspection. The applicant requesting the connection shall reimburse the Village for all inspection costs incurred, if not previously paid as part of the application fee.
E. 
Disconnection and refusal of service. Sewer service may be disconnected or refused for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Violation of this chapter, as amended from time to time;
(2) 
Violation of the GBMSD Ordinance, as amended from time to time;
(3) 
Failure to pay the application fee, any connection fee or delinquent account of the user.
F. 
Disconnection for delinquent accounts. A bill for service is delinquent if unpaid after the due date shown on the bill. The Village may disconnect service for a delinquent bill by giving the user, at least eight calendar days prior to disconnection, a written disconnect notice which may be included in the bill for service. For purposes of this rule, the due date shall not be less than 20 days after issuance of the bill. The Village may disconnect without notice where a dangerous condition exists for as long as the condition exists. Service may be denied to any user for failure to comply with the applicable requirements of these rules and regulations or if a dangerous or unsafe condition exists on the user's property.
G. 
Subsequent amendments. The Village reserves the right to subsequently amend, modify, repeal and modify, any or all provisions of this chapter.

§ 368-13 Plumbers.

No plumber, pipe fitter, or other person will be permitted to do any plumbing or pipe fitting work in connection with the sewer system without first receiving a license from the State of Wisconsin and obtaining a permit from the Village. All service connections to the sewer main shall comply with the State Plumbing Code, as amended.

§ 368-14 Mandatory connections.

A. 
Within the Village, the owner of each parcel of land adjacent to a public sewer main on which there exists a building used or usable for human habitation, or in a block through which such system is extended, shall connect to the sewer system within 120 days of notice, in writing, from the Village. Upon failure to do so, the Village may cause such connection to be made and bill the property owner for all such costs. If such costs are not paid within 30 days, such cost shall constitute a special tax lien against the property in the manner provided for by law. However, the owner may, within 30 days after the completion of the work, file a written election with the Village stating that the owner cannot pay such amount in one sum and ask that the sum be levied in five or less equal annual installments. The amount shall be so collected with interest at a rate not to exceed 15% per annum from the date of completion of the work, all as determined by the Commission. The unpaid balance shall constitute a special tax lien, all pursuant to § 281.45, Wis. Stats., as amended.
B. 
In lieu of the above, the Village, at its option, may impose a penalty for the period that the violation continues after 10 days' written notice to any owner failing to make a connection to the sewer system. The penalty shall be in the amount of a minimum of $10 per day. Upon failure to make such payment, said penalty shall be assessed as a special tax lien against the property, all pursuant to § 281.45, Wis. Stats., as amended.
C. 
This chapter ordains that any such failure to connect to the sewer system is contrary to the minimum health standards of the Village and fails to assure preservation of public health, welfare, comfort, and safety; and that such failure constitutes a public nuisance under § 823.02, Wis. Stats., as amended, subject to abatement as provided for here.

§ 368-15 Building sewer connection expense.

Persons connecting to a public sewer shall have the building sewer, or lateral, installed at their own cost and expense.

§ 368-16 Tap permits.

After sewer connections have been introduced into any building or upon any premises, no plumber shall make any alterations, extensions, or attachments, unless the party ordering such tapping or other work exhibits the proper permit for the same from the Village.

§ 368-17 Obstruction of building sewers in public rights-of-way.

In the event of any blockage, drainage or break in any building sewer, which occurs within a public street, alley, highway, or other public right-of-way, the Village shall have the exclusive right and option to repair the building sewer within said street, alley, highway, or right-of-way. In such event, the owner of the building sewer shall promptly reimburse the Village for all costs so incurred. If not so reimbursed, the same shall be added to the owner's sewer service charges and collected in the same manner as such charges are so collected.

§ 368-18 Backflow preventer.

All existing floor drains and all sewer service laterals for new connections shall have a backflow prevention valve prescribed by the Village installed at the owner's expense.

§ 368-19 User use only.

No user shall allow other persons or other services to connect to the sewer system through their lateral or building sewer.

§ 368-20 Discontinuance of service.

Whenever any person desires to discontinue sewer service from the system, the Village must be notified, in writing, prior to such disconnection. Disconnection shall only be allowed where a structure is demolished. The fact that a structure is vacant shall not entitle the property owner to discontinue sewer service or to an abatement of sewer service charges. Whenever a premises served by the sewer system is to be demolished, the lateral located on the owner's property shall be removed and suitably capped at the property line or at the main, as determined by the Village, at the owner's expense.

§ 368-21 User to permit inspection.

Every user shall permit the Village or its duly authorized agent at all reasonable times to enter their premises or building to examine the pipes and fixtures, and the manner in which the drains, and sewer connections operate; and the user must at all times, frankly and without concealment, answer all questions put to them relative to its use, all in accordance with this chapter and applicable state statutes and codes.

§ 368-22 Village responsibility.

It is expressly stipulated that no claim shall be made against the Village or agents, employees and representatives by reason of the breaking, clogging, stoppage, or freezing of any pipes, nor from any damage arising from repairing mains, making corrections or extensions or any other work that may be deemed necessary. The right is hereby reserved to cut off sewer service at any time for the purpose of repairs or any other necessary purpose, any permit granted or regulations to the contrary notwithstanding. Whenever it shall become necessary to shut off the sewer within any portion of the Village, the Village shall, if practicable, give notice to each and every user within the affected area of the time when such service will be shut off.

§ 368-23 Excavations within public right-of-way.

A. 
In making excavations in public streets or other public highways for laying pipe or making repairs, the paving and the earth removed must be deposited in a manner that will result in the least inconvenience to the public. Prior to commencing any such excavations, an excavation permit shall be obtained from the Village. In connection therewith, the person making application for such permit shall comply with such terms and conditions as the Village may impose with respect to such excavation. Further, the person obtaining the permit shall guarantee that all excavation and repair of streets and the construction of facilities shall be free from defect in material and installation for a period of one year following completion of construction. No person shall have any such excavation made in any street or highway open at any time without barricades; and during the night, warning lights must be maintained at such excavations. In refilling the opening, after the pipes are laid, the earth must be laid in layers of not more than nine feet in depth, and each layer thoroughly compacted to prevent settling. This work, together with the replacing of sidewalks, gravel and paving, must be done so as to make the street as good, at least, as before it was disturbed, and satisfactory to the Village. No opening of the streets for tapping the pipes will be permitted when the ground is frozen, except in emergency situations or except as the Village may otherwise expressly allow in writing. It is the intent of this chapter that this provision be interpreted consistent with the requirements of § 404-8, Excavations in streets, of the Code and the Village of Bellevue and Administrative Policy Code No. 24, Right-of-Way Excavation Policy and Permitting. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and said section and administrative policy, the provisions of § 404-8 and Administrative Policy No. 24 shall control.
B. 
Any excavation performed under this § 368-23 shall be subject to the inspection by the Village, and no work shall be deemed completed unless and until accepted by the Village as the case may be. All work performed under this section and the inspection thereof shall be at the cost of the person obtaining the excavation permit described herein.

§ 368-24 Tapping the mains.

Connections to the sewer system, other than building sewer connections, shall be done only in accordance with the GBMSD Sewer Use Ordinance, as amended.

§ 368-25 Installment of building sewers.

All building sewers on private property shall be installed in accordance with Ch. SPS 382, Wis. Adm. Code, "Design, Construction, Installation, Supervision, and Inspections of Plumbing." All laterals shall be considered a part of a building plumbing system and subject to inspection. The building sewer and/or private interceptor main sewer shall be inspected upon completion of placement of the pipe and before backfilling and tested before or after backfilling.

§ 368-26 Application of GBMSD Ordinance.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any connection to the public sewers shall be subject to the provisions of the GBMSD Ordinance, as amended from time to time, to the extent applicable. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and said GBMSD Ordinance, the GBMSD Ordinance shall control.

§ 368-27 New connections.

New connections to the Village sewer system will be allowed only if there is available capacity in all of the downstream wastewater collection and treatment facilities of the Village and GBMSD. See also § 368-33 herein.