[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Central Square 3-7-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983 as Ch. 45 of the 1983 Code; amended in its entirety 8-3-1998 by L.L. No. 1-1998. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Water Service Law of the Village of Central Square, New York."
The purpose of this chapter is the protection, control and management of the Central Square Water System and to establish water service rates (hereinafter referred to as "water charges") to be paid for the use of the water system.
The supply of water in the Village shall be provided by the Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) in accordance with the Onondaga County Water Authority Customer Rules dated April 1, 1989, as may be hereinafter amended. A copy of said Customer Rules shall be kept on file and available for inspection at the office of the Village Clerk.
Required. All property fronting on existing water mains shall be connected to municipal water within 90 days after notice in writing by the Village. All wells shall be disconnected from the premises. Upon extension of water mains into areas not presently served by the municipal water service, all properties shall be connected to municipal water within 90 days after notice in writing by the Village and the wells disconnected.
Properties not on water mains. Properties not on existing water mains must have their water supply approved by the Village Board. There shall be no wells drilled within the Village limits without the express written approval of the Village Board.
Interference with prohibited. No person shall open or interfere with the fire hydrants of the Village without permission of OCWA, except authorized members of the Central Square Fire Department in case of fire or official fire practice.
Hydrants required in annexations and subdivisions. In all new annexations and subdivisions there shall be a hydrant installed on the line every 600 feet, of the same type as used elsewhere in the Village.
There are hereby established water charges for the use and service of the water system of the Village of Central Square.
The amounts received from the collection of water charges shall be kept as a separate and distinct fund to be known as the "water fund."
This fund may be used for all Village expenses associated with:
The payment of the costs of operation, maintenance and repairs of the water system, or such part or parts thereof for which water service rates have been established and imposed;
The payment of the interest on and amortization of, or payment of, indebtedness which has been or shall be incurred for the construction of the water system or such part or parts thereof for which water rates have been established and imposed;
The construction of the water system with necessary appurtenances, including pumping stations and water tanks, or for the extension, enlargement or replacement of, or additions to, such water systems or part or parts thereof;
The payment to OCWA for the hydrant service fee; and
The payment to the Metropolitan Water Board for outside user fees.
In addition to any and all other fees and charges provided by law, the owner of any parcel of real property connected with the water system of the Village of Central Square shall pay a water charge for the use of such water system.
The water charge shall be assigned to owners of properties located within or outside the corporate limits of the Village of Central Square who are currently provided water through the municipal water system.
The basis for the water service charge shall be determined upon the unit charge assigned to each type of user. Unit charges shall be determined upon a benefit-based fee plus a use-based fee.
The Board of Trustees reserves the right, from time to time, to change the water charge originally or previously assigned to any property owner.
The Village reserves the right to change the basis for determining water charges. The property owner's classification as industrial or residential shall be determined by the Village.
Water used outside the corporate limits of the Village, except such as is required by contract to be furnished without charge, may be charged for on the same basis as similar Village users, or such higher charges as in the opinion of the Village Board may be deemed advisable. The Village Board reserves the right to vary its rules and regulations or to make special rules or regulations applicable to any consumer or class of consumers whose property lies outside the corporate limits of the Village. The Village Board reserves the right to change the water charges or alter the rules or regulations as the interests of the Village may demand.
Water charges shall be billed quarterly.
Each property owner of the Village of Central Square who shall owe to the Village a water charge for more than 30 days following the bill's date shall have added to such bill and shall pay in addition to the amount thereof a penalty of 10% for the first month following such period and an additional penalty of 1% for each month thereafter that the same remains unpaid.
Water charges shall constitute a lien upon the real property served by water, and such lien is prior to every other lien or claim, except the lien of an existing tax, sewer rent or local assessment.