Article I Permit and Sewer Service Fees
No person, firm, association, church, school or corporation shall lay any sewer to property located outside the City of Oswego to a sewer connected to the City sewage system without first obtaining a permit therefor as provided by this Part 1.
Application for permits shall be made, in writing, to the Common Council. Such application shall contain such information as the Common Council may require and shall be verified by the applicant.
Upon receipt of such application, the Common Council shall refer the same to the Commissioner of Works and the City Engineer for their report as to whether the proposed connection to the City sewer system should be made and as to whether the City sewer system is adequate to handle such additional sewage as may be required to be handled as a result of such proposed connection.
The Common Council, upon receipt of a certificate of approval from the Commissioner of Works and the City Engineer, shall issue a permit to the applicant for the benefit of the owner of the property to be served by the proposed connection which shall inure to the benefit of the owner and his successors in title.
The permit shall state the address of the property to be served and the date of issuance and shall provide that such permit shall be revocable by the Common Council upon six months' written notice addressed to the owner of the property described in the permit, as he shall appear on the last assessment roll of the County of Oswego, and mailed to him by registered mail at the address set forth in the permit; the annual sewer service fee to be charged; and the date upon which the sewer service fee shall be payable to the City Chamberlain.
Said permit shall also contain notice to the effect that if the sewer service fee stated in the permit to any common user thereto is not paid within six months after the same shall become due in any year, the sewer connection therein provided for may be disconnected, and the opening thereto into the City sewer at the point of connection may be closed without further notice. Any unauthorized connections to the City sewer may be disconnected after giving three months' notice to the user in the same manner as set forth in § 199-6. Cost of maintenance to the point of connection with the City sewer is upon the persons seeking such permits.
An annual sewer service fee of $312 per year for a sewer connection shall be charged by the City of Oswego to all homeowners for their individual dwellings and shall be payable quarterly, in advance, to the City Chamberlain. The first year's service charge shall be paid at the time the permit is issued and shall be prorated on the basis of the number of months left in the calendar year at the time the permit is issued. The annual sewer service fee may be amended from time to time by the Common Council.
Annual sewer service fees for all apartment houses, multiple dwellings, business establishments, schools, churches, nursing homes and other similar uses shall be based on in-City water consumption metered rates, with a yearly minimum sewer service fee of $216 per meter, per annum. The sewer service fee shall be payable in quarterly installments based on water consumption. The annual sewer service fee may be amended from time to time by the Common Council.
Annual sewer service fees for sewer districts adjoining the City of Oswego shall be based upon negotiated sewer use agreements between the City and the district, as amended from time to time and approved by the Common Council.
Annual sewer service fees for manufacturing plants (industries) discharging to the City sewer system, via sewer districts, shall be based upon negotiated sewer use agreements between the City and the industry, as amended from time to time and approved by the Common Council.
In the event that the sewer service fee herein provided for by any common user thereto shall remain unpaid on the first day of July in any calendar year, the Commissioner of Works shall cause the connection to the City sewer system to be discontinued and the opening provided therefor into the City sewer to be closed at the point of connection. Such service shall not be restored until the arrears in sewer service fees have been paid, together with the cost incurred in disconnecting and reconnecting such service.
Such permit may be revoked by the Common Council, which revocation shall be effective six months after written notice thereof shall have been given by sending the same by registered mail to the owner of the property described in the permit as his name shall appear from the last preceding assessment roll of the County of Oswego.
A violation of this Part 1 shall be punishable for the first offense by a fine not exceeding $100, and for the second and each subsequent offense by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $200. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.