The town council of the Town of Coventry may authorize the issue from time to time of interest bearing or discounted notes in anticipation of the authorization or issue of bonds under section 5 of this act or in anticipation of the receipt of federal aid for the purposes of this act. The amount of original notes issued in anticipation of bonds may not exceed the amount of bonds which may be issued under this act and the amount of original notes issued in anticipation of federal aid may not exceed the amount of available federal aid as estimated by the town treasurer. Temporary notes issued hereunder shall be signed by the town treasurer and by the president of the town council and shall be payable within three years from their respective dates, but the principal of and interest on notes issued for a shorter period may be renewed or paid from time to time by the issue of other notes hereunder, provided the period from the date of an original note to the maturity of any note issued to renew or pay the same debt or the interest thereon shall not exceed three years.
The proceeds arising from the sale of any bonds or notes issued under authority of this act shall be delivered to the town treasurer and shall be kept by him in separate accounts and shall be expended only for the purposes and in the manner prescribed by this act, provided that the proceeds of the sale of any issue of serial bonds or notes shall first be applied to the payment of such temporary notes as may have been issued in anticipation of such issue, and provided further that any premium received over the par value of the serial bonds or notes of any issue, less the cost of preparing, issuing and marketing such serial bonds or notes shall be applied to the payment of the principal of the first bonds or notes of such issue first to mature.
The receipts from the annual charges and sewer assessments provided for in section 9 of this act shall be kept by the town treasurer in separate funds and at the close of each fiscal year the town treasurer shall transfer from such funds to the treasury a sum sufficient to repay the sums appropriated and paid from the treasury during the fiscal year then closed on account of the principal of any borrowing for the purpose of this act and for the payment of charges and expenses incident to the operation, maintenance and repair of said sewage works or to the extension thereof. If the receipts from said charges and assessments amount in any year to more than will be required for the aforesaid purposes, the surplus shall be added to the receipts of the next succeeding year.
Whenever a tenant by the entirety, or a joint tenant, or a tenant in common of any land subject to a sewer charge or assessment under this act shall pay the whole amount of such assessment, he may recover from the other joint tenant or tenant in common, as the case may be, such proportional part of such charge or assessment as the value of the latter's interest in the land bears to the aggregate value of such land, by proceedings in the superior court for the County of Kent. The same shall apply as between a tenant for life or years and the owner of the fee with respect to construction assessments. Whenever the owner of the fee shall pay an annual charge, he may recover the amount so paid from the tenant in a similar action to the extent (that it) is attributable to the period of the tenancy. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to impair any other right of action which the party paying such charge or assessment may have at law or in equity to secure contribution from the other parties having an interest in the land subject to such charge or assessment.
All lands in said town held by religious corporations, and on which are located buildings used solely for the purposes of holding religious services therein, and all lands in said town held by cemetery corporations and used solely for cemetery purposes, shall be exempt from the payment of any and all sewer assessments for the construction of sewage works made in pursuance of the provisions of this act, so long as such lands shall be held and used solely for such purposes; provided, that all such assessments made on such lands for the construction of sewage works under the provisions of this act shall be and remain for 30 years a lien on said lands and the improvements thereon without interest, and the said town may enforce for collection of said assessments whenever said lands or any portion thereof shall be abandoned for said purposes, in the same manner as other sewer assessments under this act are collected or enforced; and provided, further, that any such assessment may be adjusted in the manner and for any of the reasons prescribed in section 8 of this act.
The town, acting by its sewer authority, is further authorized to contract with any other city or town in this state or with the State of Rhode Island, and any other city or town in this state and the State of Rhode Island is authorized to contract with the Town of Coventry, on such terms as may be mutually agreed upon between them with reference to the construction, maintenance, operation and the utilization of sewage works belonging to the town or any other city or town in this state and the State of Rhode Island; and the town may likewise contract with any other city or town or the State of Rhode Island with regard to the disposition of sewage from sewage works belonging to any of said cities or towns or the State of Rhode Island.
The sewer authority, after notice and a public hearing, is authorized from time to time to prescribe rules and regulations relative to the regulation of, construction of, use of, discharge of substances into and connections to the sewage works. These rules and regulations shall cover the restriction of storm waters, wastes which may or may not be discharged into the sewer system, the requirement for the property owner or sewer user to provide protective devices prior to discharge, sampling wells to determine strength of wastes, flow measuring devices, pretreatment facilities and any other requirement to provide proper protection and control of the use of the sewage system and sewage treatment facilities. Such rules or regulations adopted after a public hearing shall be filed with the town clerk. Any person violating any rule or regulation prescribed by the authority under the authority of this act shall be fined not exceeding $25 for each violation, and not exceeding $50 for each additional day that any such violation shall continue, as may be prescribed by the authority, and shall also be liable in an action of the case for all damages caused to the town or to any person by any such violation.
Whenever a common sewer is constructed under the provisions of this act, the authority shall cause a plat of the layout of the same and of the estates abutting upon that portion of the highway in which the sewer is laid to be filed in the office of the town clerk, which said plats are hereby declared to be public records for the determination of the description of the estate assessed for construction of sewage works.
The sewer authority of said town by the vote of a majority of its members may vote to accept and use in connection with the construction of the sewage works authorized by this act any funds from the United States of America or aid in any form under any and all acts and joint resolutions of Congress already enacted or which may be enacted, and upon such terms and conditions as may be required by the proper federal authorities.
If any part, clause, division or section of this act shall be declared unconstitutional, the validity of its remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby.
This act shall not affect any other power which the town may have under any other provisions of law to incur indebtedness.