City of Grand Ledge, MI
Eaton County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Grand Ledge 1-14-1990 by Ord. No. 399. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 182.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.

§ 175-1 Definitions.

The following terms shall be defined as herein set forth for purposes of this chapter:
BASE RATE
A rate established by the City Council and used in the computation of the quarterly rate to be charged to each parcel under this chapter.
CITY
The City of Grand Ledge, Michigan.
CITY COUNCIL
The Council for the City of Grand Ledge, Michigan.
DEVELOPMENT STATUS
A classification assigned by the City Assessor to reflect the existence of impervious or semi-pervious improvements existing on any parcel.
DEVELOPMENT STATUS FACTOR
A factor assigned by the City Council to each development status and used in the computation of the stormwater service charge.
IMPERVIOUS AREA
Any improvement which substantially impedes the passage of water through the improvement to the soil beneath, such improvements including, by way of illustration and not as a limitation thereon, buildings, hard-surfaced parking areas, driveways, patios, hard-surfaced tennis courts, roadways, sidewalks or other similar improvements.
NATURAL WATERWAY
The Grand River, Sandstone Creek and drains as defined by the Drain Code of 1956, being Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 435]
QUARTERLY RATE
The amount of the stormwater service charge to be  billed on a quarterly basis.
SEMI-PERVIOUS AREAS
Any improvement which permits a partial passage of water through the improvement to the soil beneath; such improvement shall include, by way of illustration and not as a limitation thereon, gravel driveways, gravel roadways, gravel parking lots, and gravel storage areas.
STORMWATER
Atmospheric precipitation, surface water or cooling water.
STORMWATER SYSTEM
Public sewers, drains, ditches, retention ponds, dams, river impoundments, treatment facilities and flood-control facilities used for collecting and transporting stormwater.
SURFACE AREA NUMBER
A factor assigned by the City Council to any parcel based on the number of square feet contained within the parcel.
USAGE CLASS
The class of usage assigned to a parcel according to the records of the Grand Ledge City Assessor.
USAGE CLASS FACTOR
A factor assigned by the City Council to each usage class and used in the computation of the storm sewer service charge.
WATERWAY PROXIMITY
A classification assigned by the City Assessor to reflect drainage from a parcel into a natural waterway without passing through the stormwater system.
WATERWAY PROXIMITY FACTOR
A factor assigned by the City Council to each waterway proximity classification and used in the computation of the storm sewer service charge.

§ 175-2 Fund designation and expenditures.

[Amended 4-8-1991 by Ord. No. 406]
All stormwater service charges and stormwater improvement permit fees shall be deposited into the Water and Sewer Fund, Storm Sewer Department. All expenditure of funds so deposited shall be used for the construction, maintenance, improvement and operating expenses associated with the stormwater system serving the City.

§ 175-3 Permit required.

No person, group, partnership, corporation or other entity shall improve any site or lot within the City so as to create any impervious area or semi-pervious area without securing a permit from the Grand Ledge City Clerk. Such permits shall be entitled "Stormwater Improvement Permit." The fee to be charged for Stormwater Improvement Permits shall be as established by resolution of the City Council.

§ 175-4 Charge established.

[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 435]
All owners of real property in the City shall be charged for the use to the stormwater system based on the impact of the stormwater entering the stormwater system from the property. The impact of the stormwater from the property on the system shall be determined on the basis of the method of computation set forth in this chapter. For purposes of determining the stormwater service charge, the City Assessor, in consultation with the City Utility Director, may determine that property may be apportioned and assigned more than one use class factor and/or more than one development status factor. The amount to be charged to each parcel shall be known as the "stormwater service charge."

§ 175-5 Method of computation.

[Amended 7-22-1991 by Ord. No. 413; 2-24-1992 by Ord. No. 425]
The quarterly rate to be charged to each parcel within the City shall be determined by multiplying the base rate by the service area number assigned to the parcel. The resulting sum shall be multiplied by the usage class factor assigned to the parcel. The resulting sum shall be multiplied by the developmental status factor assigned to the parcel. The resulting sum shall be multiplied by the water proximity factor assigned to the parcel. The resulting sum represents the quarterly stormwater service charge applicable to the parcel.

§ 175-6 Determination of factors.

Base rates, usage class factors, surface area numbers, development status factors and waterway proximity factors shall be determined by resolution of the City Council.

§ 175-7 Exempt parcels.

[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 435]
Exempt parcels shall be public land open to the general public for recreation and public streets.

§ 175-8 Collection.

[Amended 4-8-1991 by Ord. No. 406]
Stormwater service charge billings may be combined with the billing for other utility services provided by the City. Disputes, regarding storm sewer service charges shall be heard by the Committee established by Grand Ledge Ordinance No. 277. Appeals from the Committee shall be heard by the Committee established by Grand Ledge Ordinance No. 404[1] if a written appeal from such determination is filed with the City Clerk within 10 days after the Committee's determination.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 8, Boards, Committees and Commissions, Art. IX, Water Disputes Committee and Water Appeals Board.

§ 175-9 Enforcement.

Unpaid stormwater service charges shall constitute a lien against the property affected. Charges which have remained unpaid for a period of six months prior to March 31 of any year may, after notice to the owner, by resolution of the City Council, be certified to the City Assessor, who shall place the charges on the next tax roll. In the alternative, the City Council may direct the City Attorney to file suit and to collect unpaid charges.