City of Caruthersville, MO
Pemiscot County
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Section 700.010 Combined Water and Sewerage System.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
The City hereby declares that its waterworks and its sewerage systems shall hereafter be operated and maintained as a combined waterworks and sewerage system. The combined system shall include all future improvements or extensions, whether to the waterworks or to the sewerage system or to both. The combined water and sewerage system shall be operated under the Water and Wastewater Department.

Section 700.011 Water and Wastewater Department Manager.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
A. 
Position Created. There is hereby created the position of Water and Wastewater Department Manager.
B. 
Appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant with the advice and consent of the City Council.
C. 
Qualifications. The person appointed department manager of the Water and Wastewater Department shall have such qualifications as set by the City Council from time to time.
D. 
Duties. The Water and Wastewater Department Manager shall have the following principal duties:
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Office management. The manager shall ensure the efficient operation of the water and wastewater business office. The manager shall have direct supervisory authority over the bookkeeper of the City Water and Sewer Department, including oversight of the bookkeeper's work.
2. 
Management of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems. The department manager shall have direct supervisory authority over the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief. The manager shall be responsible for the efficient operation of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
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Assignment of personnel. The department manager shall be responsible for the assignment of all service personnel within the department. Requests for the assignment of personnel by the Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant, the Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief shall be made to the department manager who shall prioritize the requests and assign the personnel accordingly.
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Reports. The department manager shall be responsible for the preparation and filing of all reports of the Water and Wastewater Department, excepting those of a technical nature to be filed by either the superintendent of the water treatment plant or wastewater treatment plant.
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Budget preparation and administration. The department manager shall be responsible for the preparation of a budget within the parameters established by the City Council, Finance Committee and Mayor. Once the budget is adopted, the department manager shall be responsible for operation of the department within the confines of the budget.
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Purchasing/procurement. The department manager shall be responsible for the procurement and purchasing of all equipment, supplies, tools and services utilized by the department.
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Inventory control. The department manager shall be responsible for control of all assets within the department.
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Public relations. The department manager shall insure that efficient and courteous service is provided to the citizens of the City. He or she shall be responsible for all public relations operations of the department, including the receipt of complaints and the department's response to the complaints.
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Miscellaneous. Such other duties as set forth in this Code or as may be assigned by the Mayor and City Council from time to time.

Section 700.012 Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
A. 
Position Created. There is hereby created the position of Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant.
B. 
Appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant with the advice and consent of the City Council.
C. 
Qualifications. The person appointed as Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant shall have such qualifications as set by the City Council from time to time. Such person shall, within six (6) months of appointment to such position, hold all licenses and certifications necessary to operate the water treatment plant.
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Duties. The Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant shall have the principal duty of operating, maintaining, protecting and keeping in repair and good working order the water pumps and water treatment plant. The Superintendent shall perform all necessary sampling and testing as is required to insure a safe and wholesome water supply for the City. The Superintendent shall prepare and submit all required technical reports to the Department of Natural Resources relative to the operation of the water system. The Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant shall have supervisory authority over all personnel as may be assigned from time to time to the Water Treatment Plant by the Water and Wastewater Department Manager.

Section 700.013 Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
A. 
Position Created. There is hereby created the position of Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
B. 
Appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant with the advice and consent of the City Council.
C. 
Qualifications. The person appointed as the Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant shall have such qualifications as set by the City Council from time to time. Such person shall, within six (6) months of appointment to such position, hold all licenses and certifications necessary to operate the wastewater treatment plant.
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Duties. The Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant shall have the principal duty of operating, maintaining, protecting and keeping in repair and good working order the wastewater treatment plant. The Superintendent shall perform all necessary sampling and testing as is required to insure a safe and effective treatment of wastewater collected and discharged by the City. The Superintendent shall prepare and submit all required technical reports to the Department of Natural Resources relative to the operation of the Wastewater Treatment System. The Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant shall have supervisory authority over all personnel assigned from time to time to the Wastewater Treatment Plant by the Water and Wastewater Department Manager.

Section 700.014 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
A. 
Position Created. There is hereby created the position of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief.
B. 
Appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief with the advice and consent of the City Council.
C. 
Qualifications. The person appointed as Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief shall have such qualifications as set by the City Council from time to time.
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Duties. The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Chief shall have the principal duty of operating, maintaining and keeping in repair and good working order all water lines, water meters, wastewater collection and transport lines and wastewater lift stations. These duties include the establishment of new water and wastewater taps. The Water Distribution Chief shall supervise and assist in the reading of the City water meters on a monthly basis. The Chief shall also supervise the termination of water service as directed by the water and wastewater office staff. As needed, the Chief may be assigned to work under the supervision and at the direction of either the Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant or the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Section 700.020 Bookkeeper.

[Ord. No. 2007-3 §1, 3-5-2007]
A. 
Position Created. There is hereby created the position of bookkeeper of the City Water and Wastewater Department.
B. 
Appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the bookkeeper of the City Water and Wastewater Department with the advice and consent of the City Council.
C. 
Qualifications. The person appointed as bookkeeper of the City Water and Wastewater Department shall have such qualifications as set by the City Council from time to time.
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Bond. Before entering upon the discharge of his/her duties, the bookkeeper shall execute to the City a good and sufficient bond in the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00), with good and sufficient security, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of his/her office and that he/she will account for and promptly pay over all the monies coming to his/her possession that belong to the City at the time and in the manner provided by law and the ordinances of the City. The bond shall be approved by the Mayor and filed in the office of the City Clerk.
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Duties. The bookkeeper shall carefully and accurately keep all books and accounts of the City Water and Wastewater Department and shall also be charged with the duty of collecting all rents and other revenues due to the City for water or other service rendered by the City by and through the combined City water and wastewater system. It shall be his/her duty to punctually and honestly account for all such funds so collected. The bookkeeper shall immediately, and as collected, turn over and deliver to the City Treasurer the money so collected and shall, before the second (2nd) regular meeting of the Council in each calendar month, take a receipt from the City Treasurer of all monies so collected and turned over during the previous calendar month, a duplicate copy of which receipt, together with a full and complete statement and report of collections made, shall be presented to the Council at the second (2nd) regular meeting in each calendar month, showing the amounts so collected and turned over to the City Treasurer during the previous calendar month. He/she shall also report to the Water and Wastewater Department Manager delinquencies in payment of such rents immediately after they occur.

Section 700.030 Water and Wastewater Charges.

[Ord. No. 730 §§2 — 11, 3-2-1992; Ord. No. 745 §§1 — 2, 8-2-1993; Ord. No. 826 §1, 6-15-1998; Ord. No. 861 §1, 7-17-2000; Ord. No. 882 §§1 — 2, 6-25-2001; Ord. No. 889 §1, 8-20-2001; Ord. No. 900 §1, 5-15-2002; Ord. No. 911 §§1 — 2, 6-16-2003; Ord. No. 2005-2 §§1 — 2, 2-22-2005; Ord. No. 2009-12 §1, 6-5-2009; Ord. No. 2010-9 §§1 — 2, 11-15-2010; Ord. No. 2011-3 §1, 6-6-2011]
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Each person or business requesting water and sewer service shall pay a deposit of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for connection to a water meter, which deposit shall be held by the City to secure payment of all City fees and use charges for the customer's account, including the fees and use charges and fees for water, sewer and solid waste service. Upon discontinuation of service, said deposit shall first (1st) be applied against any unpaid balance due on the customer's account, with the balance of said deposit to be refunded to the customer without interest.
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All users of water shall be assessed and charged a meter service charge of thirty-five cents ($0.35) per month.
C. 
Meter Rates.
1. 
The meter rates and charges for the City water shall be as follows:
For the first 2,000 gallons or less per month: $8.75.
For each additional 1,000 gallons over 2,000 gallons per month: $5.00.
2. 
Meter transfers. When a water meter is moved from one location to another for the same user there shall be a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) due and payable prior to the transfer.
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If a meter fails at any time to register, the quantity of water shall be determined by the readings of the meter during the three (3) months preceding the time for which each failure to register occurs and a bill rendered for the average thus found.
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Any user of City water who has not paid his/her bill in full by the tenth (10th) day of the month such bill is due shall be assessed a penalty of twenty dollars ($20.00).
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Any user of City water who has not paid his/her bill together with penalty by the fifteenth (15th) day of any month shall have his/her water service disconnected. Service shall be reconnected upon the payment of the water bill together with penalties and a fifty dollar ($50.00) charge for reconnection.
G. 
Sewage Rates. The following rates and charges for the use and services of the sewage system of the City of Caruthersville shall be based on the amount of water received each month by each premises for the City waterworks system, as determined by water meter readings. The following user charges are hereby established for the sewage system, to wit:
[Ord. No. 2016-09 § 2, 11-21-2016]
Gallons of Water Consumed
User Use Charge
First 2,000 gallons, or less, per month
$9.00
For each additional 1,000 gallons over 2,000 gallons per month
$1.65
H. 
Charges for sewage service shall be made and collected against each water user by said charge being calculated based on the above water consumption and at the above rates and shall be billed on each user's water bill. No free service shall be rendered to any user of the sewage system, nor shall any user pay less than the charge or charges provided by this Section. In addition to the above charges, a surcharge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be made and collected against any user of the City sewer system who reports a problem with the City sewer system at any time other than during the City's regular business hours if the problem is in the private sewer lines and there is in fact no problem with the City's sewer system.
I. 
Bills for the rates and charges herein established shall be made out by the Water Department of said City of Caruthersville and shall be sent out monthly. The sewage use charge shall become a part of the water bill and shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of the ordinances establishing the water bills, penalties and other charges. The bills shall be payable on the first (1st) day of each month following the reading of the water meters and all bills shall be payable at the office of the Water Collector of the City of Caruthersville.
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The City Council shall review annually the rates charged for water, sewer and garbage services in the City of Caruthersville, Missouri.
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The rates and charges for water and sewer taps and street breaks shall be such amounts as set by the Council from time to time.

Section 700.035 State Sewer Service Connection Fee.

[Ord. No. 882 §3, 6-25-2001]
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Pursuant to Section 644.052, RSMo., persons with a direct or indirect sewer service connection to the City public sewer system shall pay an annual fee per water service connection as provided in this Section. Customers served by multiple water service connections shall pay such fee for each water service connection, except that no single facility served by multiple connections shall pay more than a total of seven hundred dollars ($700.00) per year. The sewer service connection fee shall be collected annually. The fee shall be billed and collected in August of each year commencing in August of the year 2001 and shall be collected in the same manner as provided in Section 700.030 for the collection of all other water and sewer charges. All late penalties, disconnection provisions and reconnection charges shall apply to the sewer service connection fee imposed by Section 644.052, RSMo.
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The annual sewer service connection fee shall be as follows:
1. 
Seventy cents ($.70) per residential customer.
2. 
Three dollars ($3.00) per water service connection for all other customers with water service connections of less than or equal to one (1) inch excluding taps used solely for fire suppression and irrigation systems.
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Ten dollars ($10.00) per water service connection for all other customers with water service connections of more than one (1) inch but less than or equal to four (4) inches, excluding taps used solely for fire suppression and irrigation systems.
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Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) dollars per water service connection for all other customers with water service connections of more than four (4) inches, excluding taps used solely for fire suppression and irrigation systems.
C. 
The fees imposed by Section 644.052, RSMo., the collection of which is provided for hereby, shall expire on December 31, 2007, or upon such later date as the General Assembly of the State of Missouri may from time to time extend such fees imposed by Chapter 644.052, RSMo.
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The fees collected hereby are State of Missouri fees and shall be remitted to the State of Missouri as provided by law. Five percent (5%) (or such other percentage or amount as the General Assembly of the State of Missouri may from time to time establish) of the fee revenue collected shall be retained by the City as reimbursement of billing and collection expenses.

Section 700.040 Water and Sewer Bill Adjustments. [1]

[Ord. No. 2011-6 §2, 9-19-2011]
That all authority to make adjustments to water bills due to large leaks involving extenuating circumstances shall be vested in the Water and Sewer Committee of the City Council.
[1]
Editor's Note — Ord. no. 2011-6 §1, adopted September 19, 2011, repealed section 700.040 "water and sewer bill adjustments" and enacted new provisions set out herein. Former section 700.040 derived from ord. no. 804 §1, 1-21-97.