City of Ellsinore, MO
Carter County
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[Ord. No. 76 § I, 5-10-1988]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
BOD (BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND)
The amount of oxygen used in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter in five (5) days as determined in accordance with standard BOD analysis techniques. BOD is a standard test performed on wastewater and is an indication of the amount of organic matter in the wastewater. BOD test results are expressed in milligram per liter (mg/l).
BOND RESERVE FUND
A non-lapsing fund into which only funds to be used to pay principal and interest of the bonded indebtedness against the sewer system if funds in the Sinking Fund are insufficient to pay the same shall be deposited.
CITY
The City of Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri, acting through its Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
CLASS I USER
Any user that obtains all of his/her water from the City water system and discharges only normal domestic wastewater to the sewer system.
CLASS II USER
Any user that obtains all of his/her water from the City water system and discharges something other than normal domestic wastewater to the sewer system.
CLASS III USER
Any user that obtains part or all of his/her water from a source other than the City water system.
NORMAL DOMESTIC WASTEWATER
Wastewater that does not violate any provision of this Chapter. Normal domestic wastewater shall have a BOD concentration of not more than two hundred fifty-five (255) mg/l and a SS concentration of not more than three hundred thirty (330) mg/l.
REPLACEMENT FUND
A non-lapsing fund into which only funds to be used for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the service life of the sewer system to maintain the capacity and performance for which such system was designed and constructed shall be deposited.
SEWER REVENUE FUND
A non-lapsing fund into which all revenue that is collected as a result of this Chapter shall be deposited.
SEWER SYSTEM
All of the facilities owned by the City that are used for the collection, treatment, and disposal of sanitary wastewater, including all lines, manholes, lampholes, pump stations, and treatment facilities.
SINKING FUND
A non-lapsing fund into which only funds to be used to pay off the bonded indebtedness against the sewer system shall be deposited.
SS (SUSPENDED SOLIDS)
The amount of solids suspended in wastewater that can be removed by filtering the wastewater in accordance with standard SS analysis techniques. SS is a standard test performed on wastewater and test results are expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l).
USER
Any individual, establishment, company, institution, business, group, or entity that regularly discharges wastewater into the sewer system.
USER CHANGE
The monthly fee that users must pay.
WASTEWATER
Everything that flows into the sewer system.
[Ord. No. 76 § II, 5-10-1988]
A. 
User charges for Class I users shall be determined as follows:
1. 
The water meter for each user shall be read once every month to determine the quantity of water used by the user.
2. 
Determine the sewer user's charge by multiplying the water usage, in thousands of gallons, by the flow unit cost that has been determined in Appendix B,[1] which is fifty cents ($0.50) until such time that is revised. This number is to be rounded off to the nearest one cent ($0.01).
[1]
Editor's Note: Said appendix is on file in the City offices.
3. 
Add the base cost of eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($18.75) to the calculated unit cost to determine the total monthly user's charge.
[Ord. No. 76-02, 6-12-2007; Ord. No. 76-07, 2-13-2014; Ord. No. 76-08, 7-21-2016; Ord. No. 2017-4, 6-19-2017]
B. 
User charges for Class II users shall be determined as follows:
1. 
The City currently does not have any Class II users. If a Class II user does develop, the user's charge shall be determined as follows:
2. 
Require the user to determine, to the satisfaction of the City, the volume and nature of the wastewater discharged. Require this of any user that is suspected of discharging something other than normal domestic wastewater.
3. 
If it is determined that the user discharges only domestic wastewater, reclassify him/her as a Class I user and bill him/her accordingly.
4. 
If the user discharges a toxic wastewater, assess him/her a surcharge equal to any increased costs that the City incurs as a result of the toxic wastewater. Assistance from a professional engineer may be required in assessing this surcharge.
5. 
If the user discharges a high strength wastewater, calculate a surcharge based on the amount of BOD and SS discharged. Normal domestic wastewater has a BOD concentration of not more than two hundred fifty-five (255) mg/l and a SS concentration of not more than three hundred thirty (330) mg/l; therefore, a surcharge would be required on any amount of BOD or SS in excess of the concentrations.
6. 
Due to the type of facilities the City is operating, each designated Class II user shall be analyzed as to the overall effect upon the pumping and treatment systems. The surcharge for each Class II user shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. Assistance from a professional engineer may be required in assessing the surcharge.
C. 
User charges for Class III users shall be determined as follows:
1. 
The volume of wastewater discharged shall be determined at the user's expense to the satisfaction of the City.
2. 
The nature of the wastewater discharged shall be determined at the user's expense to the satisfaction of the City.
3. 
The City shall then reclassify the user as either Class I or Class II user, depending on the nature of the wastewater discharged, and establish user charges in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (C)(1) or (2) above.
D. 
Sample calculations of user charges for each class of users are shown in Appendix A.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Said appendix is on file in the City offices.
[Ord. No. 76 § III, 5-10-1988]
A. 
The charges described in Section 715.020 are intended to provide enough revenue to pay all expenses associated with the sewer system. Appendix B[1] illustrates the methods used to establish the unit costs.
[1]
Editor's Note: Said appendix is on file in the City offices.
B. 
The charges described in Section 715.020 are intended to distribute the expenses associated with the sewer system proportionately among the users. The City shall review, at least annually, the user charges and revise them, if necessary, to accomplish the following:
1. 
Maintain the proportional distribution of expenses among the user.
2. 
Generate adequate revenue to pay all expenses.
3. 
Prevent repeated borrowing from other sources.
4. 
Apply excess revenue collected from a class of users to the expenses attributable to that class for the next year and reduce the charge accordingly.
C. 
The City will review and adjust the user charges any time there is a substantial change in expenses or any time there is a substantial change in the characteristics of the wastewater from a user or class of users.
[Ord. No. 76 § IV, 5-10-1988]
A. 
Four (4) separate accounts shall be established by the City. The accounts shall be referred to as: Sewer Revenue Fund; Sinking Fund; Bond Reserve Fund; and Replacement Fund. All accounts shall be kept in a bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
B. 
All revenue collected as a result of this Chapter shall be deposited in the Sewer Revenue Fund. The current expenses of the sewer system shall be paid from month to month as a first charge against the Sewer Revenue Fund as the expenses become due. Current expenses shall include all reasonable and necessary costs of operating, repairing, maintaining, and insuring the sewer system, but shall exclude depreciation and payments into the Sinking Fund, Bond Reserve Fund, and Replacement Fund. If a shortage occurs in the Sewer Revenue Fund, the user charges shall be increased to provide the revenue needed. An estimate of the annual expenses associated with the sewer system is included in Appendix B.[1] These expenses are estimates and may change in the future.
[1]
Editor's Note: Said appendix is on file in the City offices.
C. 
The remaining money, derived from the operation of the sewer system, after payment of the current expenses of the sewer system pursuant to Subsection (B) of this Section shall be deposited in the Sinking Fund until such time as the funds accumulated therein are sufficient to pay the next installment of interest and principal becoming due.
D. 
As long as any of the principal or interest of the sewer revenue bonds remains unpaid, the remaining moneys derived from operation of the sewer system shall be deposited in the Bond Reserve Fund until the amount specified by the revenue bond ordinance is accumulated.
E. 
All remaining monies derived from the operation of the sewer system, after payment of the items covered in Subsections (B) through (D), should be deposited in the Replacement Fund until the maximum requirement is met. All revenue deposited in the Replacement Fund shall be used only for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the service life of the sewer system to maintain the capacity and performance for which such system was designed and constructed. If a shortage occurs in the replacement fund, money shall be withdrawn from the sewer revenue fund to provide the revenue needed. An estimate of the replacement expenses is included in Appendix C.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Said appendix is on file in the City offices.
F. 
Funds shall not be taken from any account at the end of the fiscal year, unless the funds are to be used for the purposes already stated. Fiscal year-end balances in any account shall be left in the account and used in the following fiscal year for the purposes already stated. If the amount of funds in any account becomes excessive, the excess revenue shall be used to reduce the user charges in accordance with Section 715.030.
G. 
The purpose of this Chapter is to generate adequate annual revenues to pay costs of annual operation and maintenance, including replacement and costs associated with debt retirement of sewer revenue bonds which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system. The accounts described in this Section may be modified and maintained in accordance with the bond ordinance as long as the intent of this user charge system is met. In the event of any conflict between the user charge ordinance and the bond ordinance, the terms of the bond ordinance shall govern.
[Ord. No. 76 § V, 5-10-1988]
A. 
All Users Shall Be Billed Monthly. Billings for any particular month shall be made within thirty (30) days after the end of that month. Payments are due when the billings are made. Any payment not received within thirty (30) days after the billings are made shall be delinquent.
B. 
The City shall take whatever legal action it deems necessary to collect delinquent payment. A penalty shall be added to the user charge if the payment becomes delinquent. The penalty shall be ten percent (10%) of the user charge for each thirty (30) days of delinquency.
C. 
All users shall be notified, at least annually, or when the user charge changes, of the charge and that portion of the charge that is attributable to wastewater treatment. Such notification shall be made with a regular bill.
[Ord. No. 76 § VI, 5-10-1988]
A. 
This Chapter shall apply to all users whether they are located inside or outside the City limits.
B. 
This Chapter shall be in full force and effect from and after the time the wastewater system is put into operation and this Chapter is passed and approved.