Village of Cobleskill, NY
Schoharie County
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[Adopted 3-18-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996]
A. 
For new construction, the contractor must apply for a permit to dig and tap a water main. For first-time connections on existing buildings, the contractor must apply for a permit to dig and extend service lines into an existing building. A fee must be paid at time of application. Permits are available from the Water Department. All taps or connections to Village water mains must be done by a licensed plumber. The contractor or homeowner shall be responsible for any expenses incurred, including labor and tapping costs. The tapping charges shall be as follows:
Residential Tap on Main
(inches)
Charge
3/4
$500.00
1
$600.00
1 1/2
$700.00
2
$800.00
3
$1,000.00
4 and above
$2,000.00
B. 
Charges for taps on water mains outside of the incorporated Village. For new construction or first-time connections on existing buildings, the contractor must apply for a permit from the Water Department and pay a fee at the time of application. Fees for taps or connections outside of the Village are assessed 50% greater. The contractor or homeowner is responsible for any expenses incurred, including labor and tapping costs. All taps or connections to Village water mains must be done by a licensed plumber. The tapping charges shall be as follows:
Residential Tap on Main
(inches)
Charge
3/4
$750.00
1
$900.00
1 1/2
$1,050.00
2
$1,200.00
3
$1,500.00
4 and above
$3,000.00
A. 
Water rates outside of the Village are assessed 50% greater.
B. 
New water service accounts outside of the Village must leave with the Village on deposit the average of two quarterly water bills. The average quarterly water bill will be determined by the Water Department.
C. 
New customers must purchase water meters from the Water Department. Prices for meters are the current prices as purchased by the Water Department and are subject to change.
D. 
Customers must protect water meters from freezing or extreme heat. All meters damaged will be replaced at the customer's expense. There will be a service charge of $15, plus the additional charge for the damaged meter. No credit will be given for returned damaged meters.
E. 
There will be a service charge of $15 if the Water Department personnel are called upon to remove or install a water meter to or from storage.
F. 
Users requesting service after normal working hours to connect or reconnect service shall be charged $50 for each request. This fee is in addition to any other charges currently due and payable.
[Added 4-19-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
A. 
Water Department personnel shall be permitted upon the premises at reasonable hours to read water meters or for the inspection of waterlines affecting the well-being of the public water supply.
B. 
Water meters shall be accessible to the meter reader. Meters shall not be installed behind permanent walls or partitions. Where such conditions exist, a door or cut out of sufficient size shall be provided so as to enable the Water Department personnel to read or replace water meters.
C. 
No taps or connections on service lines prior to the installation of the water meter is permitted. All such taps or connections shall be removed. Failure to do so shall result in termination of water to the customer until such time as the illegal tap or connection is corrected to the satisfaction of the Water Department.
D. 
Tampering, disconnecting or otherwise affecting the proper operation of water meters so as to reduce the reading of or charges of is a crime and subject to arrest.
[Amended 1-21-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003; 5-6-2003 by L.L. No. 5-2003; 10-20-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2015]
A. 
All residential curb stops or valves shall be maintained and repaired by the Village.
B. 
The Water Department will maintain residential service lines from the main to the residential side of the residential curb stop or valve, including the residential curb stop or valve.
C. 
The Water Department will maintain commercial service lines from the main to the curb stop; provided, however, that the line between the main and the curb stop does not cross private property. Property owners shall be responsible for maintaining any sections of water lines that are laid under or across privately owned property.
D. 
Frozen water lines.
(1) 
Maintenance required as a result of water lines being frozen shall follow the same criteria as established in Subsections A through C. However, before any Village of Cobleskill employee shall undertake the repair of a frozen water line, the property owner shall have the burden of proving, to the Water Department's satisfaction, that the portion of the line frozen is a portion maintained by the Village. If the Village of Cobleskill Water Department deems, based upon proof supplied by the property owner or their own investigation, that a section of line normally maintained by the Village has become frozen, then the Water Department may undertake to thaw and/or repair the line, or they may hire a contractor to perform the repair work at the Village of Cobleskill's expense.
(2) 
It is understood that the initial determination as to which section of water line is frozen cannot be determined with exact precision until repairs have begun. With that being the case, if a property owner contracts with a licensed contractor to have a water line thawed and it is later determined that the frozen section of pipe fell within a section maintained by the Village, the property owner may seek reimbursement for the costs incurred as a result of the repair. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the Village Board of Trustees must determine, by majority vote, that the costs are reasonable under the circumstances and that the frozen section of water line was a section that the Village is responsible to maintain pursuant to the preceding sections of this Code. Reimbursement may be sought by submitting the invoice to the Clerk of the Village of Cobleskill, who shall present the invoice to the Board of Trustees for discussion at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
Where the Water Department is required to maintain the service line, it is understood to apply only to the repair of leaks. Service lines that are undersized, restricted as to flow or of undesirable material are to be maintained by the property owner at his or her expense.
No wells may be used as a water source in the Village of Cobleskill that are not in existence at the date of the adoption of this regulation except upon the approval of the Village Board after a showing of hardship in the case of commercial installations and a showing of extreme hardship in the case of the residential uses.
[Added 4-19-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
It is unlawful for an unauthorized person to use any curb cock key, valve key or hydrant wrench to the Village domestic water supply system. No person shall, without authority from the Village, make, construct, buy, sell or in any way dispose of any curb cock key or hydrant wrench for use on the Village domestic water supply system.
[Added 4-19-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
Where it exists that a commercial establishment has a fire protection bypass system installed to an available well supply, the Village discourages unauthorized use of such bypass and sets the following regulations:
A. 
That seals be applied to each installation by Water Department personnel.
B. 
That the seals be examined by Water Department personnel at least twice a year.
C. 
That the property owner or tenant in charge of operating the property be charged with a duty to notify the Water Department within 12 hours if such seals are broken, no matter what the reason.
D. 
That if the Water Department discovers such seals to be broken and notice not given, the water bill shall be increased to 100% of the highest reading on such property historically available.
E. 
That the Water Department maintain records of all such sealed installations.