The Sewer Commission shall have the power to set the rates subject to approval of the City Council in accordance with Chapter 230 to provide the revenue necessary to operate and maintain sewage treatment and sewage works, to pay its debt service thereon, to manage and enforce the federally mandated Industrial Pretreatment Program and to maintain a reasonable reserve as determined by the City Council, but which will not exceed 25% of its annual budget. The Commission shall set its rates prior to July 1 of each year in order to conform to its budget.
[Amended 6-30-1992 by Ord. No. 92-33; 9-1-2009]
The Superintendent of Public Works shall determine the annual cost of operations of the City's sewage treatment and sewage works program and prepare and submit an annual budget and report of operations to the Sewer Commission for approval and submission to the Mayor as part of the regular budgetary process.
The Sewer Commission shall serve as the hearing board with the powers and duties as enumerated in § 230-50 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Chicopee, § 230-50.
The Sewer Commission shall consist of a five-member board, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a majority of the City Council, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Chicopee.
All members shall serve five-year terms, except for the initial five years from the date of the article: one member shall be up for determined by the Mayor at the time of appointment.
The Commission shall elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman and shall have a minimum of one meeting per month, to be held at a time which does not conflict with regularly scheduled City Council meetings.
Not fewer than three members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.
The Commission shall be advised at all meetings by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works or his designee and shall have the help of the City Auditor.
The Mayor may remove a member of the Sewer Commission for cause at any time. "Cause" shall include but not be limited to conviction for any crime.
No member of the Sewer Commission shall be an employee of the City of Chicopee or have been employed within the past three years by the Sewage Treatment Facility or by any agency providing services directly to the Sewage Treatment Facility of the City of Chicopee or be an employee of any industry included in the Industrial Pretreatment Program.
All meetings and business of the Commission shall be conducted in compliance with all applicable laws, including but not limited to the Open Meeting Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.