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Village of Cassopolis, MI
Cass County
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[Adopted 2-9-1998 by Ord. No. 216 (Ch. 54, Art. II, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances)]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Shall be understood to have the meanings as defined in Section 3 of Public Act No. 94 of 1933 (MCLA § 141.103).
The complete water supply and sewage disposal system of the Village, including all wells, storage tanks, mains, lines, pumps, treatment facilities and all other facilities used or useful in the storage, supply and distribution of potable water, and the collection and treatment of sanitary sewage, including all appurtenances thereto, and including all extensions and improvements thereto, which may be acquired.
It is determined to be desirable and necessary for the public health, safety and welfare of the Village, that the water supply and sewage disposal system of the Village be operated by the Village on a public utility rate basis in accordance with the provisions of Public Act No. 94 of 1933 (MCLA § 141.101 et seq.).
The operation, maintenance, alteration, repair and management of the system shall be under the supervision and control of the Village Council. The Village Council may employ such persons in such capacities as it deems advisable to carry on the efficient management and operation of the system, and may make such rules, orders and regulations as it deems advisable and necessary to assure the efficient management and operation of the system.
The rates fixed are estimated to be sufficient to provide for the payment of the expenses of administration and operation of the system, for maintenance of the system, as are necessary to preserve it in good repair and working order, and to provide for such other expenditures and funds for the system as this article may require. Such rates shall be fixed and revised from time to time as may be necessary to produce these amounts.
No free service shall be furnished by the system to any person, firm or corporation, public or private, or to any public agency or instrumentality.
Rates to be charged for service furnished by the system shall be as established by resolution.
If water is turned off for nonpayment of utility charges, a disconnection charge in the amount established by resolution shall be assessed which shall be paid prior to water service being reestablished to the premises.
For the use of water through fire hydrants and for the availability of such water, the Village shall pay from the general funds of the Village, annual hydrant rental in the amount established by resolution, which shall be paid in four quarterly installments with such installments coming due on the last day of the month of each quarter of the fiscal year established for the Village.
For special services or in special circumstances, or where no water service is provided or no water meter installed, the Village Council shall establish by contract, resolution or ordinance, a special rate for water and/or sewer services.
Bills for service from the system shall be due and payable on the tenth of each month. All bills not paid when due shall be charged a penalty of 10%. In addition to other remedies for collection available, the Village shall have the right to shut off water to any premises when utility charges are not paid by the 20th of each month. Each premises shall pay for water and sewer service in accordance with rates established in this article.
Charges for services provided by the system shall constitute a lien on the property served, and if not paid within six months after they become due, the official in charge of the collection thereof shall, prior to April 1 of each year, certify to the Village assessing officer, the facts of such delinquency, whereupon the Village assessing officer shall enter such delinquent charges upon the next general Village tax roll as a charge against such premises. The charges shall be collected and the lien enforced in the same manner as general Village taxes against such premises are collected. The Village shall have such other and further remedies as have been established by Public Act No. 178 of 1939 (MCLA § 123.161 et seq.). All remedies are cumulative along with other actions, proceedings and remedies permitted by law.