[R.O. 1996 § 715.010; Ord. No. 289 Art. I, 5-12-1988]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and convenience of the City to collect charges from all users who contribute wastewater to the City's treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining and retiring the debt for such public wastewater treatment works.
[R.O. 1996 § 715.020; Ord. No. 289 Art. II §§ 1 — 11, 5-12-1988]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
- BOD (DENOTING BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees Centigrade (20° C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than three hundred (300) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than three hundred fifty (350) mg/l.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- Wastewater expenditures during the useful life of the treatment works for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the sewage works to achieve the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed.
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the treatment works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
- RESIDENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR
- Any contributor to the City's treatment works whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- Is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
- SS (DENOTING SUSPENDED SOLIDS)
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- TREATMENT WORKS
- Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage, or liquid industrial wastes. These include intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions improvement, remodeling, additions and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works, including site acquisition of the land that will be an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment, including land for composting sludge, temporary storage of such compost, and land used for the storage of treated wastewater in land treatment systems before land application; or any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating, or disposing of municipal waste or industrial waste, including waste in combined storm water and sanitary sewer systems.
- USEFUL LIFE
- The estimated period during which a treatment works will be operated.
- USER CHARGE
- That portion of the total wastewater service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the wastewater treatment works.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City of Gerald or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City of Gerald.
[R.O. 1996 § 715.030; Ord. No. 289 Art. III §§ 1 — 3, 5-12-1988]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation and maintenance, including replacement and costs associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the treatment works which the City may, by ordinance, designate to be paid by the user charge system. That portion of the total user charge which is designated for operation and maintenance, including replacement of the treatment works, shall be established by this Chapter.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation and maintenance, including replacement purposes shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the "Operation Maintenance and Replacement Fund" and will be kept in one (1) account as follows:
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance, excluding replacement, of the treatment works (Operation and Maintenance Account).
Editor's Note: Subsection (B)(2), regarding provisions for a replacement account, was removed by the City during the 2020 recodification project.
Fiscal year-end balances in the Operation and Maintenance Account shall be carried over to the same account in the subsequent fiscal year, and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for the account. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the operation, maintenance and replacement fund shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation, maintenance and replacement. The user charge rate shall be adjusted such that the transferred money will be returned to the respective account within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the money was borrowed.
[R.O. 1996 § 715.040; Ord. No. 289 Art. VI §§ 1 — 2, 5-12-1988]
The City will review the user charge system every year and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of operation and maintenance, including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users and user classes.
The City will notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation and maintenance, including replacement of the treatment works.