[HISTORY: Adopted Wilton Town Meeting 9-13-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: The ordinance adopted 9-13-1977 superseded former Ch. 26, Sewer Authority, adopted 10-16-1973.
A board of six members to be known as the "Wilton Sewer Authority" is hereby established pursuant to Section 7-246 of the Connecticut General Statutes. The First Selectman of the Town of Wilton will be one of the six members and will serve as Chairman. The members will elect a Vice Chairman from their membership, who shall act as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman (First Selectman).
The members of the Sewer Authority shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Members of the Board of Selectmen may be appointed to the Sewer Authority.
All members shall serve without compensation, except that their actual expenses and disbursements, where incurred with the approval of the First Selectman and in the performance of their duties, shall be paid from the Wilton Sewer Fund.
Members shall be sworn to the faithful performance of their duties and shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. One member shall be appointed for a term to expire on July 1, 1978; one member shall be appointed for a term to expire on July 1, 1979; one member shall be appointed for a term to expire on July 1, 1980; one member shall be appointed for a term to expire on July 1, 1981; and one member shall be appointed for a term to expire on July 1, 1982. At the expiration of each member's term, a successor shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve a term of five years; however, this shall not preclude a member from succeeding himself.
In the event of any vacancy upon the Authority, the Board of Selectmen shall promptly appoint a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term.
The Authority shall elect one of its number to act as Secretary and shall hold regular meetings, at least once each month, and keep records of the same. Meetings shall be held upon the call of the Chairman or at the call of the majority of the members of the Authority or at the call of the Board of Selectmen. Four members of the Authority shall constitute a quorum.
The Sewer Authority shall have all of the powers and duties conferred upon sewer authorities in Chapter 103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as the same may be amended.
The Tax Collector of the Town of Wilton is hereby designated as the collector of sewerage system connection and use charges pursuant to Section 7-258 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Sewer Authority shall levy benefit assessment upon the lands and buildings in the Town of Wilton which in its judgment are especially benefited thereby, whether they abut on such sewerage system or not, and upon the owners of such land and buildings according to such rule as the Sewer Authority adopts as provided in Section 7-249 of the Connecticut General Statutes. In assessing benefits and apportioning the amount to be raised thereby among the properties benefited, the Sewer Authority shall give consideration to the area, frontage, grand list valuation, present or permitted use of classification of benefited properties and any other relevant factors, provided that no assessment shall be made against any property in excess of the special benefit to accrue to such property.
All charges for the use of sewers constructed in Wilton by the Sewer Authority, incurred by it on behalf of the Town of Wilton, shall be paid for and apportioned among the users of the sewerage system in the manner determined by the Sewer Authority, so that each recipient of waste treatment services will pay its proportionate share of the costs of operation and maintenance. Sewer use charges shall include charges made to the Town of Wilton pursuant to any agreement with the City of Norwalk for the use of the Norwalk sewage treatment plant, except for that portion of any annual use charge which is based upon a minimum guaranteed flow of sewage from Wilton in excess of the actual amount of flow.
The Sewer Authority may adopt rules implementing an industrial cost recovery policy to enable the Town of Wilton to recover from all industrial users that portion of any state or federal grant of funds for construction of any sewer in Wilton allocable to the treatment of industrial wastes from such users.
This ordinance was adopted by the Wilton Town Meeting on September 13, 1977, and will become effective on January 1, 1978.