[Ord. No. 148 Art. I, 10-6-1986]
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 wastewater treatment works. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating and maintaining the public wastewater treatment works.
[Ord. No. 148 Art. II, 10-6-1986]
Unless the content 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 seventy-two and four-tenths (72.4) mg/l and a suspended solids concentration of not more than eighty-two and eight-tenths (82.8) mg/l.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- All 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, improvements, 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 or 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 stormwater 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 Cannon Water District or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the Cannon Water District.
[Ord. No. 148 Art. III, 10-6-1986]
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 as established in Section 710.040, shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the "Operation, 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 treatment works ("Operation and Maintenance Account").
An account designated for the specific purpose of insuring replacement needs over the useful life of the treatment works ("Replacement Account"). Deposits in the Replacement Account shall be made annually from the operation, maintenance and replacement revenue in such amounts as are determined necessary by the Board of Alderman, from time to time.
[Ord. No. 183, 6-2-2004]
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 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(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. 148 Art. IV, 10-6-1986; Ord. No. 178, 11-5-2003; Ord. No. 216, 10-9-2013]
The following classes of sewer users and charges to those users are hereby established:
[Ord. No. 227, 9-1-2016]
Class I: Residential Users. Effective calendar year 2016, four hundred eighty dollars ($480.00) annual charge for operation and maintenance.
Class II: Light Commercial Users. Effective calendar year 2016, four hundred eighty dollars ($480.00) annual charge for operation and maintenance.
Class III: Medium Commercial Users. Effective calendar year 2016, one thousand one hundred dollars ($1,100.00) annual charge for operation and maintenance.
Class IV: Heavy Commercial Users. Effective calendar year 2016, one thousand four hundred dollars ($1,400.00) annual charge for operation and maintenance.
Class V: Multifamily Users. Multifamily units shall be based on the number of units contained in the structure (not the number of units occupied). These shall include nursing homes, trailer parks and apartment complexes.
Class VI: Exceptions. Class VI includes exceptions to Classes I, II, III, IV and V due to prior agreements entered into between the City of Center and specific customers. The Class VI exceptions are as follows:
Any user which discharges any toxic pollutants which cause an increase in the cost of managing the effluent or the sludge from the City's treatment works or any user which discharges any substance which, singly or by interaction with other substances, causes identifiable increase in the cost of operation, maintenance, or replacement of the treatment works shall pay for such increased cost. The charge to each user will be as determined by the responsible plant operating personnel and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
The user charge rates established in this Chapter apply to all users, regardless of their location to the City's treatment works.
The user charge rates shall apply to any structure which contains a sewer connection, regardless of whether or not the structure is vacant or occupied. Each connection shall require a separate user charge.
Editor's Note: Appendix "A," which presents the methodology for calculating user charge rates, is on file in the City offices.
[Ord. No. 148 Art. V, 10-6-1986]
All users shall be billed annually at the same time that real property tax assessments are billed, and, if not paid, shall become delinquent at the same time as unpaid real property tax bills become delinquent. Any delinquent user charges provided for herein shall bear interest at the rate of ten percent (10%) per annum from the date of delinquency and a special tax bill shall issue therefor and shall have the same force and effect and shall be collectible in the manner as provided by law for the collection of special tax bills by the City. When any bill is delinquent as herein provided, rendition of water and/or sewer service to such premises shall be discontinued until such bill is paid following due notice and opportunity for hearing. Class V users who average ten thousand (10,000) gallons per month shall have their water consumption totaled quarterly or monthly at their option and billed for their actual consumption, rather than pay class average.
[Ord. No. 148 Art. VI, 10-6-1986]
The City will review the user charge system annually 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. Any excess revenues collected from a class of users shall be credited to that class for the next year and its rates will be adjusted accordingly.
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.