Township of Moorestown, NJ
Burlington County
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[Adopted 11-6-1986 by Ord. No. 1325; amended in its entirety 10-26-1987 by Ord. No. 1383]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
A building or structure occupied by a single business, industrial enterprise, commercial enterprise, profession, trade or calling.
[Amended 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1450]
DWELLING
A place of residence for one family only, and includes every type of house, whether separate, semidetached or located in a row, and every type of apartment.
[Amended 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1450]
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
A building or structure occupied by a single industrial enterprise.
LARGE COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
A commercial or industrial establishment receiving sewerage service and consuming 1,800,000 gallons or more of water during a three-month period (based on the average per diem use between readings) ending upon the date of the water meter reading between February 1 and March 31.
MULTIPLE-USE BUILDING
A building used for more than one of the hereinbefore classified purposes.
[Last amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
The following classified rates or charges for sanitary service furnished by Township of Moorestown are hereby established and shall apply to sewerage service furnished by Township on and after July 1, 2017.
[Last amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
For each and every dwelling receiving sewerage service, there shall be a quarterly rate or charge consisting of a base rate or charge of $25 and an additional sum calculated at the following rates: $5.50 per 1,000 gallons of water furnished by said Township to the premises for the most recent three-month period (based on the average per diem use between readings) ending upon the date of the water meter reading between February 1 and April 30. Dwellings receiving sewerage service that are not furnished water by said Township shall be charged for 20,000 gallons per quarter.
[Last amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
For each and every commercial or industrial establishment receiving sewerage service, there shall be a quarterly rate or charge consisting of a base rate or charge of $50 and an additional sum calculated at the following rates: $5.50 per 1,000 gallons of water furnished by said Township to the premises for the most recent three-month period (based on the average per diem use between readings) ending upon the date of the water meter reading between February 1 and April 30.
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Editor's Note: Former § 175-39, Industrial establishments generally, was deleted 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1450.
[Last amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
For buildings utilized by the Township of Moorestown, the Moorestown Board of Education, Moorestown Fire District Nos. 1 and 2, Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (owned or leased for low- and moderate-income housing), churches, nonprofit nursing homes or homes for the aged, nonprofit schools, the Historical Society of Moorestown, Perkins Center for the Arts and the Moorestown Community House receiving sewerage service, there shall be a quarterly minimum rate or charge of $50 and an additional sum calculated at the following rates: $5.50 per 1,000 gallons of water furnished by said Township to the premises for the most recent three-month period (based on the average per diem use between readings) ending upon the date of the water meter reading between February 1 and April 30.
[Last amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
For each and every multiple-use building receiving sewerage service, there shall be a quarterly rate or charge consisting of a base rate or charge of $25 for each dwelling unit and $50 for each commercial, industrial or other unit located in the building and an additional sum calculated at the following rates: $5.50 per 1,000 gallons furnished by said Township to the premises for the most recent three-month period (based on the average per diem use between readings) ending upon the date of the water meter reading between February 1 and April 30.
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Editor's Note: Former § 175-42, Large commercial and industrial establishments, as amended, was repealed 11-27-1989 by Ord. No. 1503-89.
The following regulations pertaining to rates or charges and billings for sanitary sewerage services are hereby established:
A. 
A combined bill for sanitary sewerage services and water shall be issued. Bills for sanitary sewerage service shall be rendered for each calendar quarter as follows:
Calendar Quarter
Bills Rendered Approximately Between
January 1 to March 31
February 15 to April 30
April 1 to June 30
May 15 to July 31
July 1 to September 30
August 15 to October 31
October 1 to December 31
November 15 to January 31
B. 
The above dates are directory only and not mandatory. According to conditions and circumstances, meter reading and billings may occur before or after the stated periods, as appropriate. All bills shall be issued in the name of and rendered to the owners of the respective premises, and the respective owners of the respective premises shall be liable therefor. In determining the amount of the initial bill for sanitary sewerage service to be supplied to premises not previously receiving such service from the Township, the base charge shall be a sum equal to the prorated portion of the base charge for a three-month period and an additional sum equal to the prorated portion of the minimum water charge for a three-month period. All bills shall be due and payable upon presentation, and if the same are not paid within 30 days next thereafter, they shall bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum and 18% per annum of any amount in excess of $1,500 running from the due date. All unpaid charges, together with the accrued interest thereon, shall be a lien upon the premises, and no deduction or credit on any bill shall be allowed by reason of the fact that the property shall be or shall have been unoccupied.
[Amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 11-2017]
C. 
One bill for sewerage service shall be rendered for each water account (exclusive of commercial and industrial establishments using in excess of 1,800,000 gallons of water each billing period), disregarding the number of units served by such account in a multiple-use building.
[Amended 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1450]
D. 
Where sewerage service charges are based on an estimated (averaged) meter reading or readings and the resulting sewerage service charge is not consistent with the average water consumption of the premises, the Director of Finance, subject to the approval of the Township Manager, may adjust the charge to the basis of the average quarterly consumption for the preceding four quarters.
[Amended 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1450]
E. 
As to premises which shall have qualified for a senior citizen deduction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40, or other law of substantially the same effect, all sewerage service charges imposed hereby shall, during the year of such qualification and from year to year thereafter until said premises are disqualified, be reduced 20%.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1449-89; 11-27-1989 by Ord. No. 1506-89; 12-10-1990 by Ord. No. 1557-90; 12-9-1991 by Ord. No. 1597-91; 6-14-1993 by Ord. No. 1665-93; 12-13-1993 by Ord. No. 1681-93; 9-28-2006 by Ord. No. 21-2006; 6-8-2009 by Ord. No. 10-2009; 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 19-2010]
A. 
A connection fee in accordance with the terms of this section shall be imposed for the connection of any property to the sewerage system. The connection fee shall be uniform within each class of users and shall be calculated in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-11. The Mayor and Council of the Township of Moorestown shall, by separate resolution, determine the sewer connection fee on an annual basis at the end of each budget year, or as soon thereafter as an audit may be completed to properly determine the capital base of the Township of Moorestown in its sewerage system. The proposed revisions to the sewer connection fee shall be the subject of a public hearing.
B. 
Connection fees shall be paid at the time that a sewer permit application is made for either service to a new building, facility or structure or as otherwise required by this section. The issuance of a valid sewer permit shall be a condition precedent to the issuance of a building permit for any new building, facility or structure or existing nonresidential building, facility or structure for which an additional connection fee is required.
C. 
Connection fees for nonresidential users shall be based upon the projected usage multiplied by the rate per gallon per day of the sewer connection fee. A minimum sewer connection charge per unit for nonresidential users shall be imposed, in an amount equal to the residential connection fee.
D. 
Projected flows for nonresidential users shall be determined by the Township Engineer pursuant to the current version of N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23, Technical Requirements for Treatment Works Applications, whenever practicable. In the event that a type of use is not listed in N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23, the Township Engineer shall use his or her best judgment in determining projected sewer usage. The Township may adopt additions or exceptions to the flow projections contained in N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23.3 by resolution. For the purpose of calculations, any reference to "seat" or "person" in N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23 or in any projected flow criteria adopted by the Township shall be deemed to mean the maximum permitted occupancy established pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code and/or the Uniform Fire Code.
E. 
In the event that an application is made for sewer service to a nonresidential building or unit for which the types or sizes of the uses therein have not been determined by the applicant, or are subject to change in the future, a connection fee shall be assessed based upon the maximum potential projected sewer usage in the building or unit. The Township, in its discretion, may enter into a deferred connection fee agreement under which an initial connection fee would be imposed only for those uses that are initially contemplated, and which would defer the payment of the balance of the connection fee until such time as a use for which the initial connection fee was paid is changed to a use that will generate additional sewer usage. Any connection fee paid under a deferred connection fee agreement shall be paid at the connection fee rate then prevailing at that time that payment is made.
F. 
An application for additional capacity shall be made by any existing nonresidential user whenever there is an increase in the projected sewer usage for any existing building or unit resulting from an increase in size in the building or unit. A connection fee shall be charged to the nonresidential user based upon the increase in projected sewer usage associated with the aforesaid increase in size.
G. 
Connection fees to public housing authorities and nonprofit organizations building affordable housing projects that consist of new connections to the system are to be computed by providing a fifty-percent reduction in the connection fee established in this rate schedule. Connection fees to public housing authorities and nonprofit organizations building affordable housing projects that consist of replacement units for demolished or refurbished units, and for which a connection fee was previously paid, are to be computed by charging the lesser of a) the reduced rate of 50% of the connection fee established in this rate schedule, or b) the connection fee established in this rate schedule, minus a credit in the amount of a connection fee previously paid for the housing units being replaced, provided the public housing authority and nonprofit organization can establish the connection fee previously paid. If the amount of the previous connection fee cannot be established, the reduced rate of 50% of the connection fee established in this rate schedule shall apply.
H. 
In the event that an application is made to reinstate sewer service to a residential structure that was previously abandoned or terminated when the prior structure was demolished or substantially totally destroyed because of catastrophe, no additional connection fee shall be due provided that the application for service is made within three years of the date of the prior termination of service.
I. 
In the event that an application is made to reinstate water service to a nonresidential structure that was previously abandoned or terminated when the prior structure was demolished or substantially totally destroyed because of catastrophe, no additional connection fee shall be due, provided that 1) the application for service is made within two years of the date of the prior termination of service; and 2) there is no change in the projected sewer usage of the building. In the event that Condition 1) herein has been satisfied, but there will be an increase in the projected sewer usage of the building, then the applicant shall pay a connection fee only on the amount of the increase in the projected sewer usage.