The following rules and regulations for the government of licensed plumbers, sewer users, property owners and others, are hereby adopted and established:
Agreement to rules and regulations. All persons now receiving sewerage service from the Village or who may hereafter make application for such service or who otherwise receive such service, shall be considered as having agreed to be bound by all of the terms and provisions of this chapter, as amended from time to time; and such agreement is a condition precedent to the provision of such sewerage service.
Application for service. Every person desiring to connect property, buildings or structures to public sewers shall make application in writing to the Village on such forms as are prescribed for that purpose prior to commencing use of such service. The application must describe fully and truthfully all the wastes which are anticipated to be discharged. If the applicant is not the fee simple owner of the property, the written consent of the owner must accompany the application. Persons connected to the public sewers of the Village are referred to herein as "users." By submitting such an application, all users are deemed to have agreed to be bound by this chapter, as amended from time to time. If it appears that the service applied for will not provide adequate service for the contemplated use, the Village Board may reject the application. If the Village Board approves the application, it shall issue a connection permit as shown on the application. No service shall be provided or application approved without prior payment of all applicable fees.
Application fee waiver. Where the application for service is for a connection to the Village's public sewers, the application shall be accompanied by an application fee in an amount to be determined from time to time by the Village Board. Such fee shall cover the cost of processing the application and inspection of the Village Board. Application fees may vary in amount between residential users and commercial/industrial users. The payment of this fee shall be in addition to any connection fees that may be charged to or on account of new users by the Village Board or by GBMSD.
Inspections. Any connection to the public sewers within the Village shall be subject to the prior inspection and approval of the work by any authorized representative of the Village. No trench or other excavation shall be filled, or any connection completed, without such prior inspection. The applicant requesting the connection shall reimburse the Village for all inspection costs incurred, if not previously paid as part of the application fee.
Disconnection and refusal of service. Sewer service may be disconnected or refused for any of the following reasons:
Disconnection for delinquent accounts. A bill for service is delinquent if unpaid after the due date shown on the bill. The Village may disconnect service for a delinquent bill by giving the user at least eight calendar days prior to disconnection, a written disconnect notice which may be included in the bill for service. For purposes of this rule, the due date shall not be less than 20 days after issuance of the bill. The Village may disconnect without notice where a dangerous condition exists for as long as the condition exists. Service may be denied to any user for failure to comply with the applicable requirements of these rules and regulations or if a dangerous or unsafe condition exists on the user's property.
Subsequent amendments. The Village Board reserves the right to subsequently amend, modify, repeal and modify, any or all provisions of this chapter.
No plumber, pipe fitter, or other person will be permitted to do any plumbing or pipe-fitting work in connection with the sewer system without first receiving a license from the State of Wisconsin and obtaining permission from the Village in which the work is to be performed. All service connections to the sewer main shall comply with the state plumbing code, as amended.
In order to assure preservation of public health, comfort and safety, the owner of each parcel of land adjacent to a sewer main on which there exists a building usable for human habitation, or in a block through which such system is extended, shall connect all existing interior sewer plumbing to such sewer on or before 90 days from the date the Village gives written notice to the property owner requiring connection. The Village shall give the notice requiring connection within 14 days of completion of final construction. If any person fails to connect within the ninety-day period specified above, the Village may provide written notice of noncompliance, and if the owner fails to bring the system into compliance within 10 days, the Village of Hobart may issue a separate citation for each day of noncompliance or may cause connection to be made, and the expense thereof shall be assessed as a special tax against the property. Notwithstanding the requirements set forth above, a property owner shall not be required to connect if the property is located along a major sewer transmission main route and the Village does not provide local sewer collection mains for service to properties along the transmission main. Further, the requirement to connect to public sewer may be delayed during the frost season if the Village Board, in its sole discretion, decides to delay the effective date of the notice until after the frost season has passed. Finally, the requirement to connect to public sewer will be voluntary as long as a residence is more than 400 feet from the property line where a sewer main is installed and running past such residence.
If the Village of Hobart causes a connection to be made as provided above, the affected property owner may, within 30 days after the receipt of written notice from the Village that work has been completed, file a written notice with the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village requesting a hardship exception based upon an inability to pay the assessment in one lump sum, and further requesting that the assessment be levied in two, three, four or five annual installments. If the Village Board grants this hardship exception, interest shall accrue on the deferred balance of the assessment in the amount not to exceed 15% per annum, as determined by the Village Board and, in addition, the deferred balance of the assessment shall be a special tax lien on the subject property.
Persons attaching to a public sewer shall have the building sewer, or lateral, installed at their own cost and expense.
After sewer connections have been introduced into any building or upon any premises, no plumber shall make any alterations, extensions, or attachments, unless the party ordering such tapping or other work exhibits the proper permit for the same from the Village.
In the event of any blockage, drainage or break in any building sewer, which occurs within a public street, alley, highway or other public right-of-way, the Village shall have the exclusive right and option to repair the building sewer within said street, alley, highway, or right-of-way. In such event, the owner of the building sewer shall promptly reimburse the Village for all costs so incurred. If not so reimbursed, the same shall be added to the owner's sewer service charges and collected in the same manner as such changes are so collected.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11.416, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 3-19-2013.
No user shall allow other persons or other services to connect to the sewer system through their lateral or building sewer.
Whenever any person desires to discontinue sewer service from the system, the Village must be notified in writing prior to such disconnection. Disconnection shall only be allowed where a structure is demolished. The fact that a structure is vacant shall not entitle the proper owner to discontinue sewer service or to an abatement of sewer service charges.
Every user shall permit the Village or its duly authorized agent, at all reasonable times to enter their premises or building to examine the pipes and fixtures, and the manner in which the drains, and sewer connections operate; and the user must at all times, frankly and without concealment, answer all questions put to them relative to its use, all in accordance with this chapter and § 196.171, Wis. Stats., to the extent applicable.
It is expressly stipulated that no claim shall be made against the Village, its Trustees, agents, employees and representatives by reason of the breaking, clogging, stoppage, or freezing of any pipes; or from any damage arising from repairing mains, making corrections or extensions or any other work that may be deemed necessary. The right is hereby reserved to cut off sewer service at any time for the purpose of repairs or any other necessary purpose, any permit granted or regulations to the contrary notwithstanding. Whenever it shall become necessary to shut off the sewer, the Village shall, if practicable, give notice to each and every user within the affected area of the time when such service will be shut off.
In making excavations in public streets or other public highways for laying pipe or making repairs, the paving and the earth removed must be deposited in a manner that will result in the least inconvenience to the public. Prior to commencing any such excavations, an excavation permit shall be obtained from the Village. In connection therewith, the person making application for such permit shall comply with such terms and conditions as the Village may impose with respect to such excavation. Further, the person obtaining the permit shall guarantee that all excavation and repair of streets and the construction of facilities shall be free from defect in material and installation for a period of one year following completion of construction. No person shall have any such excavation made in any street or highway open at any time without barricades; and during the night, warning lights must be maintained at such excavations. In refilling the opening, after the pipes are laid, the earth must be laid in layers of not more than nine inches in depth, and each layer thoroughly compacted to prevent settling. This work, together with the replacing of sidewalks, ballast and paving, must be done so as to make the street as good, at least, as before it was disturbed, and satisfactory to the Village. No opening of the streets for tapping the pipes will be permitted when the ground is frozen, except in emergency situations or except as the Village may otherwise expressly allow in writing.
Any excavation performed under this section shall be subject to the inspection of the Village, and no work shall be deemed completed unless and until accepted by the Village. All work performed under this section and the inspection thereof shall be at the cost of the person obtaining the excavation permit described herein.
Connections to the sewer system other than building sewer connections shall be done only in accordance with the GBMSD Sewer Use Ordinance, as amended.
All building sewers on private property shall be installed in accordance with Ch. SPS 382, Wis. Adm. Code, "Design, Construction, Installation, Supervision, and Inspections of Plumbing," as amended. All laterals shall be inspected. The building sewer and/or private interceptor main sewer shall be inspected upon completion of placement of the pipe and before backfilling and tested before or after backfilling.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any connection to the public sewers shall be subject to the provisions of the GBMSD Sewer Use Ordinance, as amended from time to time, to the extent applicable. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and the GBMSD ordinance, the GBMSD ordinance shall control.
New connections to the Sanitary District's sewer system will be allowed only if there is available capacity in all of the downstream wastewater collection and treatment facilities of the Village and GBMSD.
Initial users of the public sanitary sewer system shall pay a one-time connection charge to be determined by resolution of the Hobart board of Trustees. This connection charge must be paid in full prior to connecting to the sewer system. This charge is in addition to the permit fee.