[Ord. No. 563 §1, 1-12-1999; Ord. No. 576 §§1 — 3, 8-25-1999]
There is hereby levied and imposed on all residential property having six (6) or less dwelling units an annual fee of twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) to provide funds to pay the cost of certain repairs of defective lateral sewer service lines of those dwelling units.
The funds collected pursuant to this Section shall be deposited in a special account to be used solely for the purpose of paying for all or a portion of the costs reasonably associated with and necessary to administer and carry out the defective lateral sewer service line repairs. All interest generated on deposited funds shall be accrued to the special account established for the repair of lateral sewer service lines.
The Collector of Revenue of the City may add such fee to the general tax levy bills of property owners within the City. All revenues received on such combined bill which are for the purpose of providing for, ensuring or guaranteeing the repair of lateral sewer lines shall be separated from all other revenues so collected and credited to the appropriate fund or account of the City as specified above.
[Ord. No. 668 §1, 4-3-2003; Ord. No. 860 §§1 — 2, 2-9-2009]
The City of Pasadena Hills has levied and imposed on all residential property having six (6) or less dwelling units an annual fee of twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) to provide for funds to pay the cost of certain repairs of defective lateral sewer service lines of those dwelling units. The funds collected are deposited in a special account to be used solely for the purpose of paying for all or a portion of the costs reasonably associated with and necessary to administer and carry out the defective lateral sewer service line repairs. These guidelines are for the purpose of specifying the circumstances (including specific costs and repairs) under which the City will disburse funds from the account to pay for lateral line repairs within the City.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SEWER LATERAL LINE
- The sewage system line which extends from the building foundation or exterior wall to the private or Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) main sewer line. A sewer lateral line may be located in the front, side, or rear year. A sewer lateral line does not include any line located under any part of a building or within the exterior walls of a building.
Eligible and non-eligible properties.
Non-eligible. The following properties are not eligible for participation in this program:
Included and excluded work.
Included. The following work is eligible for reimbursement under the program:
Excavation and replacement of the failed section of the lateral.
Backfill and restoration of the backfill consisting of grading into a mound to allow for settlement, and seeding and straw.
Removal and hauling away of construction and pavement materials that were in the way of excavation.
Patching, including saw cutting and patching only, and not including whole slab replacement, of private driveways or sidewalks that had to be cut and removed in order to repair the lateral.
Repair or replacement of any public sidewalks or street pavement damaged or removed as a result of the sewer lateral failure or replacement.
Excluded. The following work is not eligible for reimbursement under the program:
Dye and camera tests.
Cabling to clear a blockage or to document lateral failure.
Replacement or loss of trees or shrubs.
Repair due to subsequent settlement of the backfilled lateral trench.
Damage to adjoining private property or utilities.
Repair of damage to lateral lines from acts of God such as, but not limited to, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods or other natural disasters.
Procedure for reimbursement.
The property owner must arrange for MSD to perform a dye or camera test to determine that it is the lateral, not the main, which is in need of repair.
The property owner must also arrange for a plumbing company or a sewer cleaning company, licensed by St. Louis County, to cable the lateral to clear any blockage.
The property owner must arrange for a contractor to perform the necessary work to the lateral line.
Pursuant to the City ordinance and regulations, the property owner and the contractor shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, including excavation or right-of-way permits if a public street or sidewalk is involved in the repair, prior to the commencement of any work.
The property owner must provide the City with proof of ownership of the property, proof of payment for the lateral line repair work, including an itemized receipt and/or bid, the results of the camera and/or dye test(s), and the results of the cabling.
The City will reimburse the property owner a maximum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) at the time of the request after the City has determined that the defect is in the lateral and that cabling will not correct the blockage. The City will reimburse up to a maximum of an additional two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) upon completion of all work associated with the sewer lateral repair (including backfilling, grading, repair of any improved surface or other facilities which were damaged or disrupted during the work, etc.), submission of all required documents and submission of proof of payment in full to all contractors.
Limitation on reimbursement.
The reimbursements allowed under these guidelines are limited to payment from funds derived from the annual fee of twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) imposed upon certain residential property within the City.
No reimbursements shall be made in the event that there are not sufficient funds in the City's sewer lateral fee account.
Editor’s Note: Section 1 of this ordinance provided that it would be effective 3-1-2009 and apply to all sewer lateral line repairs commencing after that date and that the previous policy and guidelines would apply to all repairs commenced prior to 3-1-2009. Section 2 of this ordinance provided that all other sewer lateral line repair program policies and guidelines would be repealed effective 3-1-2009, except as applying to those repairs commenced prior to 3-1-2009.