[Ord. No. 2328 Art. I, 6-1-1993]
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 sewer system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and retiring the debt for such public sewer system.
[Ord. No. 2328 Art. II, 6-1-1993]
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 Celsius (20°C), expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
- NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
- Wastewater that has a BOD concentration of not more than two hundred (200) mg/l, a suspended solids concentration of not more than two hundred twenty (220) mg/l, and any other pollutant in concentrations defined in Chapter 710, or established by the City.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- All expenditures during the useful life of the sewer system for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the sewer system to achieve the capacity and performance for which such system was designed and constructed.
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the sewer system 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 sewer system whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- 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.
- SEWER SYSTEM
- Any devices and systems for the storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage, or liquid industrial wastes. These include interceptor 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 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, 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 (twenty (20) years) during which a sewer system or equipment 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 sewer system or any portion thereof.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device, furnished and/or installed by the City or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City.
[Ord. No. 2328 Art. III, 6-1-1993]
The purpose of this Chapter is to assure that the user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation, maintenance, and replacement and the costs associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the sewer system which the City may, by ordinance, designate to be paid by the user charge rate. Funds (accounts) to accomplish this have been set by Bond Issue Ordinance No. 2328 adopted June 1, 1993. This Sewer User Charge System Ordinance further details the sewer user charge rates and gives illustrations of how those rates were determined.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for operation, maintenance, and replacement purposes as established in Section 715.040, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the Operating, Maintenance, and Replacement Fund and will be kept in two (2) primary accounts as follows:
An account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs, excluding replacement, of the sewer system (Operation and Maintenance Account).
An account designated for the specific purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the sewer system equipment (Depreciation and Replacement Account). Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made at least annually from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in the amount of twenty-six thousand dollars ($26,000.00) annually. (Reference is made to Appendix "B", which is on file in the City offices.)
Fiscal year-end balances in the Operation and Maintenance Account and the Replacement Account shall be carried over to the same accounts in the subsequent fiscal year, and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Funds shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation, maintenance and replacement. The user charge rate(s) shall be adjusted such that the transferred monies will be returned to their respective accounts within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.
[Ord. No. 2328 Art. IV, 6-1-1993; Ord. No. 2494 §1, 12-3-1996]
For residential contributors, monthly sewer user charges will be based on water used during the current month as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
For industrial and commercial contributors, sewer user charges shall be based on water used during the current month as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City. If a commercial or industrial contributor has a consumptive use of water, or in some other manner uses water which is not returned to the wastewater collection system, the user charge for that contributor may be based on a wastewater meter(s) or separate water meter(s) installed and maintained at the contributor's expense and in a manner acceptable to the City; however, separate meters for lawn sprinkling are not allowable.
(Reference is made to Appendix "A", which is on file in the City offices). For users residing within the City limits of Kennett, Missouri, the minimum sewer charge per month for the first (1st) one thousand (1,000) gallons of water used shall be one dollar sixty-six cents ($1.66) for a five-eighths (⅝) inch meter and two dollars forty-one cents ($2.41) for a one (1) inch water meter. In addition, each contributor shall pay a user charge rate of eighty-six cents ($0.86) per each one thousand (1,000) gallons of water (or wastewater) used (or contributed) over one thousand (1,000) gallons for operation, maintenance, replacement, debt retirement, and other miscellaneous expenses as determined in the preceding Section. The maximum monthly sewer charge assessed to any single-family residential contributor shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00).
For sewer users who obtain water partially or wholly from a source other than the City water system, then said user shall pay the same rates as set forth in Section 715.040 (D). In the absence of a water meter, the amount of water used shall be estimated by the Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works. The water use estimate shall be reviewed at least annually, or more often if the City so decides, by the Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works, or his/her representative, and modified as necessary.
For sewer users residing outside the City limits of Kennett, Missouri, a flat rate may be charged in addition to the rates set forth in Section 715.040(C). The amount of the additional flat charge shall be determined and recommended by the Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works. The flat rate shall be reviewed at least annually, or more often if the City so decides, by the Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works, or his/her representative, and modified as necessary.
(Reference is made to Appendix "A", which is on file in the City offices). For those contributors who contribute wastewater, the strength of which is greater than normal domestic sewage, a surcharge in addition to the normal user charge will be collected. The surcharges for operation, maintenance, and replacement are:
$0.12 per pound BOD
$0.05 per pound SS
$0.00 per pound other pollutant(s) (to be determined as necessary)
Any user discharging, or proposing to discharge, any toxic pollutant(s) that will, or could, increase the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the City's sewer system, or any user discharging any substance which singly or by interaction with other substances causes identifiable increases in the cost of operation, maintenance, or replacement of the sewer system, shall pay for such increased costs. The charge to each such user shall be determined by the Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works, or his/her representative, and modified as necessary.
The quantity of water used on premises furnished with sewer services by the City shall be measured by the water meter or water meters serving the premises. The Utilities Superintendent of the Kennett Board of Public Works, or his/her representative, shall have access to the premises of the user at all reasonable times for the purpose of reading, inspecting, or testing said water meter or meters.
Each user reading at or who occupies a residence, industry, or commercial establishment where City sewer is furnished during any part of a month shall be liable for the monthly minimum charge as established in this Section and as it may be revised from time to time.
[Ord. No. 2328 Art. V, 6-1-1993]
All users shall be billed monthly.
A late payment penalty will be added to each delinquent bill in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Kennett Board of Public Works. Service may be discontinued until such bill is paid. A reconnect fee may be charged by the City to reinstall the water and/or sewer service.
The person to whom water and/or sewer service is supplied shall be liable for the payment of the water and/or sewer bill.
[Ord. No. 2328 Art. VI, 6-1-1993]
The City will review this User Charge System at least every two (2) years and revise the user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of operation, maintenance, and replacement of any component of the sewer system. During that review, the City will also ensure that the user charge rates continue to provide for the proportional distribution of operation, maintenance, and replacement costs among users and user classes.
The City will notify each user at least annually, along with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation, maintenance, and replacement of the sewer system.