[Amended 2-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1305-77; 9-4-1979 by Ord. No. 1348-79; 9-2-1980 by Ord. No. 1361-80; 5-31-1988 by Ord. No. 1555-88; 6-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1822-97; 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 1978-04; 12-28-2004 by Ord. No. 1981-04; 4-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2024-06]
All persons whose houses, buildings or properties are connected with or which may be connected to the sanitary sewer system of the City shall pay the rents and fees prescribed as follows:
Minimum annual charge:
The following charges shall be made for sewer service for each unit connected with the sewer and receiving water service, payable quarterly on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year.
For other types of users, the following schedule of charges is to be used, payable quarterly on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15, except that services having a water meter larger than one inch shall be billed per billing period.
The charge for hotels, motels, boardinghouses, private dwellings with rented rooms, public buildings, self-service laundries, car washes, restaurants, public and private schools, diners, taverns, bars, hospitals, nursing homes, bowling alleys, theaters, shopping centers, large business establishments or plants and other commercial and industrial establishments not herein specifically mentioned shall be based upon metered water consumption. Such billing shall be based upon the unit charge of $139.50 for each 25,000 gallons of water or fraction thereof used per quarter.
The rate for industrial users shall be established by resolution of the City Council, which rate shall be based on quantity and concentration of sewage other than that of domestic sewage and cost to the City of Woodbury for particular treatment process as well as the nature of the industry.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this section, the minimum service charge to be paid with respect to any type of property or business shall be $558 per annum.
Special rates. In any special case not contemplated in the schedule of rates set out in this section or not clearly defined herein, the City Council is hereby authorized to establish special rates or rentals under such schedules or formulas as the City Council may deem necessary and to make, execute and deliver such contracts or agreements with such special consumers as the circumstances may require.
Drainage water permits. No person, firm or corporation, either owner, user or tenant of any land and premises, shall cause to be drained or allow to flow or to be deposited into any part of the sewer system storm, roof or surface water or drainage of groundwater; provided, however, that upon proper application, a special permit, entitled "drainage water permit," shall be issued for an annual fee of $135.
The collection of rentals shall be made by the City Clerk/Administrator, or such other person as the City Council shall designate, who shall have power to make such regulations and establish such systems of billing and collection as may be in the best interests of the proper management of the sewage disposal and treatment plant.
All rates, rentals and charges established in this article shall be payable to the City Clerk/Administrator or such other person as the City Council shall designate and shall be and remain, until paid, a lien upon the premises served by such connection, the same as all other taxes and municipal charges upon real estate, and the City shall have the same remedy for the collection of such rates, rentals and other charges, with interest, costs and penalties as fixed by the City, as the City has under the laws of this state for the collection of taxes and other municipal liens upon real estate.
[Amended 1-18-1983 by Ord. No. 1432-83; 4-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2024-06; 9-11-2006 by Ord. No. 2036-06; 2-12-2013 by Ord. No. 2173-13; 7-8-2014 by Ord. No. 2207-14]
Billings for sewer rentals, fees or installation thereof, hereinafter "sewer bills," will be rendered quarterly on or before the 15th day of January, April, July and October. Sewer bills remaining unpaid for the period of 30 days after they are rendered shall be charged interest at the rate of 8% per annum until such payment is made, and when such sewer bill, or the accumulation of sewer bills, is in excess of $1,500, then interest shall be charged at the rate of 18% per annum until such sewer bill(s) are paid. In computing the total outstanding sewer bills, such computation shall include any outstanding and unpaid water bill or bills which shall be added to the unpaid sewer bills to determine the limit of $1,500.
No adjustment of sewer bills due to the failure of the department to discontinue or restore sewer service as requested by an owner shall be made unless the request for discontinuance or restoration is in writing and duly filed with the City Administrator.
Following the issuance of a sewer bill, the City Administrator, after consultation with the billing department and the public works department, may make appropriate adjustments to sewer bills which shall not become effective until completion of the referral process set forth herein.
Referral process. The City Administrator shall notify the finance committee of all recommended adjustments under Subsection C above and the reason therefor. The finance committee may disapprove any adjustment or refer any adjustment to City Council for review within 30 days. If the finance committee does not disapprove the adjustment or refer it to City Council within 30 days, the adjustment shall take effect.
The owner of the property shall be responsible for the payment of all sewer bills for the owner's property irrespective of any contractual allocation of responsibility between owner and tenant for payment of such sewer bills.
The owner or tenant of any land abutting or bordering upon any of the public avenues or highways of the City shall remove or cause to be removed any exterior drain which causes the discharge of stormwater or surface water into the sanitary sewer system of the City.
Such methods of discharge shall include all exterior drainage systems, such as but not limited to roof drains, downspouts, surface drains or yard drains, used for the purpose of causing surface water or stormwater runoff to enter the sanitary system.
In the event any owner or tenant shall neglect or refuse to remove such drain as herein set out, the City may remove such drains or award one or more contracts for the purpose of effecting such removal.
Before proceeding with any such removal and incidental improvements and awarding any contract for making such improvements, it shall be the duty of the City Council to cause notice of such contemplated removal and incidental improvements to be given to the owner of any land affected; such notice shall contain a description of the property affected, sufficiently definite in terms to identify such property, as well as a description of the required removal and improvement, and a notice that unless such removal and improvement shall be completed within 30 days after the service of such notice, it is the intention of the City to effect such removal and improvement or cause the same to be done pursuant to the authority of this article. Such notice may be served upon the owner or owners, if residents of the City, in person or by leaving the same at their usual place of residence with a member of their family above the age of 14 years. In case any such owner shall not reside in the City, such notice may be served upon him or her personally or mailed to his or her last known post office address, or it may be served upon the occupant of the property or upon the agent or the owner in charge. In case the owner of any such property is unknown or service cannot for any reason be made as above directed, notice shall be published at least once, not less than 30 days before such removal and improvement by the City, in a newspaper circulating in the City. There may be inserted in the advertisement notice to the owner of several different parcels of land. Notice to infant owners or owners of unsound mind shall be served upon their guardians. When lands are held in trust, service shall be made upon the trustee. When lands are held by two or more joint tenants, tenants in common or tenants by the entirety, service upon one of such owners shall be sufficient and shall be deemed and taken as notice to all. Proof of service of such notices shall be filed within 10 days thereafter with the Collector of Taxes of the City, but failure to file the same shall not invalidate the proceedings if service has actually been made as provided in this section.
Whenever any such removal and improvement shall be made by the City, a true and accurate account of the cost and expense of such removal and improvement shall be kept and a true statement of such cost, under oath or affirmation, shall be filed with the City Clerk/Administrator by the officer of the City under whose supervision such removal or improvement was made. The City Council shall examine such account and, if it is properly made, shall confirm it and file a confirmation report with the Collector of Taxes, who in turn shall record such cost as a lien on the lands affected, and such lien shall be added to and form a part of the taxes to be assessed and levied upon such land. Such charge shall bear interest at the same rate as all other taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as other taxes.
In the event that such removal is made by the City after due notice as provided herein, the City shall not be liable for any damages arising out of the resulting surface water runoff.
It is the intention of §§ 156-5 and 156-6 to prohibit the entry of any surface water to the sanitary sewer system, and in no way is it intended to preclude the use of interior drainage systems within buildings, such as the use of sump pumps or other devices which are connected by drain to the sanitary sewer system.
The rules and regulations as herein set forth shall equally apply to any user connected to or being serviced by the City of Woodbury sewer system although such property, house or other building shall be located outside the City limits, and the acceptance of sewer service and the use of the sewer system of the City of Woodbury shall, by such use, subject the tenant or owner to all of the rules and regulations as contained herein or as from time to time promulgated by the City of Woodbury.