The sewage service charge of each sewer district shall be set by the Town Board on a benefit basis as fairly as possible, in proportion to wastewater generation and capacity needs among all properties within the district.
The annual cost of sewer service for properties within the service area of the Town sewer district will consist of two components: the debt service on the capital costs, and the annual cost to operate and maintain the sewer collection system and the treatment plant as follows:
Operation and maintenance charge. All properties within the service area boundary discharging or depositing sewage into the public sewers shall pay a sewer service charge, which charge shall be collected as a sewer rent.
Capital project debt service charge. All properties within the legal boundaries of the sewer district shall pay a capital project debt service charge.
The Town Board shall prepare a sewer budget in accordance with Town Law that will specify the operation and maintenance costs and debt service charges proposed for the succeeding budget year. In accordance with Town Law, sewer rolls for each sewer district will be prepared and adopted by the Town Board annually.
All persons discharging or depositing wastes with concentrations in excess of the pollutant concentrations in normal sewage shall pay a surcharge according to the following formula:
A permit will be required from the DR prior to the commencement of any new work or modification to any component of the POTW under the ownership or jurisdiction of the Town of Clifton Park.
The following permit(s) and fee(s) are hereby established:
Permit fee. The fee set by the Town Board to cover the cost of lateral permit review, administration, and field inspection of the building lateral installation to insure conformance with this Sewer Use Law. The Town Board hereby sets the permit fee at $50 per lateral.
Connection fee. The Town Board hereby establishes a hook-up fee in the amount of $1,000 per lateral, which will be charged to all new users of the sewer system to recover funds invested by the sewer district to provide the original infrastructure and capacity.
The Town Board reserves the right to deny new connection(s) to the sewer district if such connections would be detrimental to the proper operation of the POTW.
The additional charges and fees associated with the operation of the pretreatment program shall be assessed the user, and include:
Reimbursement of costs of setting up and operating the pretreatment program;
Monitoring, inspections, and surveillance procedures;
Costs of equipment and supplies;
Reviewing accidental discharge procedures;
Application for consistent removal status as outlined in 40 CFR 403;
Other reasonable expenses to carry out the program to satisfy the requirements of this chapter, the NYSDEC, and the federal government.
The Town may institute an equitable procedure for recovering the costs of any capital improvements of those parts of the POTW which collect, pump, treat, and dispose of industrial wastewaters from those persons discharging such wastewaters into the POTW.
Provisions of Article X of this chapter relating to the collection of penalties shall apply to the collection of sewer service charges and abnormal sewage service surcharges, unless where otherwise provided by application of the Sewer Rent Law by the Town.
The POTW shall be operated on the basis of a fiscal year commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December.
The Town Board shall have the authority to impose impact fees on new development, which development may:
Revenues derived from user charges and associated penalties, and impact fees, shall be credited to the sewer fund. These funds shall be used exclusively for the following functions:
For the payment of the operation and maintenance, including repair and replacement, costs of the Town POTW;
For the discovery and correction of inflow and infiltration;
For the payment of interest on and the amortization of or payment of indebtedness which has been or shall be incurred for the construction or extension of the Town POTW; and
For the extension, enlargement, replacement of, and/or additions to the Town POTW, including any necessary appurtenances.
[Added 12-12-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005]
The scale of sewer user charges shall use the following criteria:
A "user" is defined as any piece of land upon which a building or buildings stand and that is connected to an interceptor, trunk or collector sewer served by the district.
The annual cost of debt service, administration, operation and maintenance for the district's treatment facilities will be generally allocated to all users.
The annual cost of debt service and operation and maintenance associated with the interceptor sewer will be generally allocated to all users connected to and/or discharging into the system.
A "connection unit" is defined as a single-family dwelling unit. Units include, but are not limited to, a single-family house, each apartment unit (e.g., an apartment building with six apartments is six units), each half of a duplex, a cottage, a camp, a mobile home, and each unit of a condominium or townhouse. A "unit" as used for billing purposes will be 200 gallons per day of sewer discharge, or any portion thereof. No user will be rated at less than one unit. Users will be rated in terms of whole connection units. Each tenant with sanitary facilities within a commercial complex will be defined as an "individual user."
Schedule; rate table for high annual sewer flows.
For all users, including single-family dwelling units, equivalent connection units (ecu) will be determined based on the following schedule, which accommodates peak demand and potential flow needs:
User and collector charges:
Vacant: no charge unless a lateral was requested and installed; if a lateral is installed, a collector fee shall be charged for each lateral.
Trailer parks: one user for each trailer.
Commercial: one collector for each user.
"Restroom" is defined as one toilet, sink and/or urinal, to be adjusted proportionately for additional facilities.
Other commercial, food/gas, etc. (e.g., convenience store), user: two per restroom, or 0.1 GPD/square foot, whichever is greater.
For all commercial users: Where actual sewer flow is measured, that flow (one year's record data) shall be used for determining an ecu count with adjustments for discharge strength and content.
For users generating higher annual sewer flows than in the above schedule, the following rate table applies:
Wastewater from wet processing and other operations is subject to the restrictions, prohibitions and surcharges outlined in the district's rules and regulations covering the discharge of sewage, industrial waste and other waste into the sewer system.
All costs of the district's pretreatment and spill response program including, but not limited to, laboratory testing, labor, equipment, materials, consultants and subconsultants, contractors and subcontractors, and fines, shall be reimbursed by the individual or user.
Users of collection sewers turned over to the district will be charged at the same rate as the parent district, except that users of the turned over system shall be responsible for its own existing debt, if any, until it is retired.