Township of Grosse Ile, MI
Wayne County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Grosse Ile 8-11-1980 by Ord. No. 137 as Ch. 38, Division 1, of the Grosse Ile Township Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 40.
Sewer use — See Ch. 210.
Subdivision control — See Ch. 238.
Water district — See Ch. 271.
A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
ASSESSMENTS
The payment required to be made by the Township of Grosse Ile to Wayne County for the retirement of the bonds issued pursuant to Act 40 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1956, as amended.
AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE CONNECTION CHARGE
The basic connection charge of $390 for the sewer connection from the bond sewer project or a lateral Township sewer in the public right-of-way to the building sewer paid by each premises, user or users of the sewage disposal system plus the additional charges established by this chapter where special conditions exist.
BOND SEWER PROJECT
The bond sewer project constructed at a cost of $4,650,000 by the County of Wayne, State of Michigan, Grosse Ile Sanitary Interceptor Drain and Treatment Plant Drainage District Board.
BUILDING PERMIT
That permit required by the Basic Building Code of the Township for the construction of a complete building or structure and shall not mean permits for the mechanical, electrical or plumbing trades or so-called "footing permits."
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the building drain on private property to the public sewer connection better known as the availability of service connection or other place of disposal.
CLUB MEMBER
Any individual, person, firm, or corporation who form and are part of an association of persons for the promotion of some common object.
CONTRACT
The contractual arrangement heretofore made, and agreed to between the Grosse Ile Sanitary Interceptor Drain and Treatment Plant Drainage Board and the Township of Grosse Ile.
DIRECT BENEFIT CONNECTION CHARGE
A connection charge of $700 paid by each premises, user or users connected directly to the bond sewer project.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
PREMISES
Any property from which emanates that quantity of sewage ordinarily arising from an occupancy of a residential building by a single family of ordinary size.
PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
Any septic tank, cesspool or other facilities intended or used for the disposal of sanitary sewage, not under Township jurisdiction.
READINESS-TO-SERVE CHARGE
A charge as set in § 209-5 paid by each premises connecting directly to a bond sewer project or each premises connecting directly to any lateral sewer system of the Township.
[Amended 7-22-2002]
SANITARY SEWAGE
The liquid or water-carried waste discharged from the sanitary conveniences of dwellings (including houses and hotels), office buildings, factories and any other institution.
SANITARY SEWERS
Those sewers of the sewage disposal system designed for the purpose of carrying sanitary flow only.
SEWAGE
Any combination of sanitary sewage, stormwater, industrial wastes and uncontaminated industrial wastes.
SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
Includes all sanitary sewers, combined sanitary and storm sewers, plants, works, instrumentalities and properties used or useful in connection with the collection, treatment and/or disposal of sewage and/or industrial wastes, now in existence and owned by the Township of Grosse Ile or hereafter acquired or constructed within the corporate limits of the Township of Grosse Ile by the Township of Grosse Ile.
SHOPPING CENTER
Includes any lot or parcel of land or contiguous lots or parcels of land comprising a total of three or more acres upon which there is located one or more buildings serviced by a central parking area or areas and where there is more than one building arranged so that customers can travel from one retail business or building to another without use of public sidewalks or streets. Gasoline service stations shall not, in any case, be considered a part of or within a shopping center but shall be considered as a separate business for which a separate connection charge shall be required.
STORM SEWERS
Shall be construed and limited to mean only those sewers carrying only stormwaters.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Grosse Ile.
TOWNSHIP BOARD
The Township Board of the Township of Grosse Ile.
UNIT
Any property which uses that quantity of water ordinarily arising from the occupancy of a residence building by a single family of ordinary size as set forth in the following Schedule of Factors.
USER or USERS
Any premise or premises, building or buildings, connected either directly or indirectly with and using any of the sewage disposal system for the disposition and removal of sewage or wastes. For the purpose of determining sewer connection charges, in the case of shopping centers and in other instances where more than one building is located on one parcel of land, each separate building shall be construed as a separate user notwithstanding the manner of connection to the sewage disposal system, whether directly to a bond sewer project or by connection to a private lateral sewer or Township lateral sewer.
B. 
"Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
A. 
The sewage disposal system as defined in this chapter shall be and remain under the general management, supervision and control of the Township Board of the Township of Grosse Ile, and be administered by the Township's Department of Public Works, subject to the contractual arrangements made with the Grosse Ile Sanitary Interceptor Drain and Treatment Plant Drainage District Board and the Township of Grosse Ile.
B. 
The sewage disposal system shall have an operating or fiscal year commencing on December 1 and ending on the last day of November of each year.
[Amended 5-26-1981 by Ord. No. 139]
A. 
The connection rates and charges for the services and benefits provided by the sewage disposal system shall be as prescribed from time to time by the Township Board. Before any connection shall be made to any bond sewer project or a lateral Township sewer, application for same shall be made in writing to the Township by the owner of the premises to be served, or by his or her authorized agent. Such application shall be made on forms provided by the Township. The owner, user and/or applicant for a sewer connection permit by such application impliedly agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the Township in all due respects, but more especially with those respecting the responsibility for the payment for sewer charges. The following shall be the connection rates and charges for connecting to the sewer disposal system. In addition to the consumption charge, or any other lawful charge or fee, and notwithstanding any ordinance or resolution of the Township, each premises connecting directly to the bond sewer project and all types of commercial and industrial buildings or parcels of property used for other than a single-family purpose, and each user or users benefit connection charge of $1,400. In addition to the direct benefit connection charge of $1,400 each premises connecting directly to the bond sewer project shall pay a readiness-to-serve charge of $600. This total amount of $2,000 shall be paid in full prior to a connection being made to the sewage disposal system, provided, that the owner of the premises may elect to pay said charges over a period not exceeding 10 years. In the event that the owner of such premises elects to make payment over a period of 10 years he shall give the Township a lien on such premises for the amount of said charge and pay 1/10 of said charge plus the fee required for recording the lien to the Treasurer of the Township. On the next successive December 1 and annually thereafter, the Treasurer shall bill the owner 1/10 of the said charge plus interest of 8% on the unpaid balance.
[Amended 11-26-1990 by Ord. No. 180]
B. 
If such annual billings are unpaid by the following January 20 of any year, the yearly charge shall be subject to a penalty as provided by law for unpaid taxes and if said charges remain unpaid as of the following February 28, they shall be returned delinquent, with interest and penalty added to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner in which the Township, county and school taxes are returned delinquent. Any owner of premises may elect to prepay said amount with interest of 8% per annum on the unpaid balance at any time so long as he is not delinquent hereunder. The total amount of $700 direct benefit connection charge to be paid by the user or users of property used for other than a single-family purpose connecting directly to the bond sewer project may be paid by the owner of the properties in full prior to a connection being made to the sewage disposal system or over a period not exceeding seven years, he shall give the Township a lien on such premises for the amount of said charge and pay 1/7 of said charge plus the fee required for recording the lien to the Treasurer of the Township. On the next successive December 1 and annually thereafter, the Treasurer shall bill the owner 1/7 of the said charge plus interest at 8% on the unpaid balance. If such annual billings are unpaid by the following January 20 of any year, the yearly charge shall be subject to a penalty as provided by law for unpaid taxes, and if said charge remains unpaid as of the following February 28, they shall be returned delinquent, with interest and penalty added to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner in which the Township, county and school taxes are returned delinquent. Any owner of said building or buildings may elect to prepay said $700 direct benefit connection charge with interest at 8% per annum on the unpaid balance at any time so long as he is not delinquent hereunder.
[Amended 5-26-1981 by Ord. No. 139; 11-26-1990 by Ord. No. 180]
Each premises connecting directly to any lateral sewer system of the Township shall pay a readiness-to-serve charge of $600. The total amount of $600 readiness-to-serve charge may be paid over a period not exceeding 10 years. In the event that the owner of such premises elects to make payment over a period of 10 years, he shall give the Township a lien to such premises for the amount of said charges and pay 1/10 of said charge plus the fee required for recording the lien to the Treasurer of the Township. On the next successive December 1 and annually thereafter, the Treasurer shall bill the owner 1/10 of the said charge plus interest at 8% on the unpaid balance. If such annual billings are unpaid by the following January 20 of any year, the yearly charge shall be subject to a penalty as provided by law for unpaid taxes, and if said charges remain unpaid as of the following February 28, they shall be returned delinquent, with interest and penalty added to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner in which the Township, county and school taxes are returned delinquent. Any owner of premises may elect to prepay said amount with interest at 8% per annum on the unpaid balance at any time so long as he is not delinquent hereunder.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 38.3, Subsection 3, regarding Potawatomie Woods premises, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 11-26-1990 by Ord. No. 180.
[Amended 5-26-1981 by Ord. No. 139]
A. 
Readiness to serve.
[Added 11-26-1990 by Ord. No. 180]
(1) 
Users of multifamily residential buildings connecting directly to lateral sewers of the Township system or the bond sewer project shall pay a readiness-to-serve charge of $600 per residential unit. Commercial and industrial buildings or parcels of property connecting directly to lateral sewers of the Township system or the bond sewer project shall pay a readiness-to-serve charge of $600 per 1,000 square feet of building (or any lesser portion of 1,000 square feet); $600 for each 1,000 additional square feet (or any lesser portion of 1,000 additional square feet).
(2) 
In cases of expansion of existing buildings, additional readiness-to-serve charge shall be levied in the amounts set forth in this paragraph based upon the additional square footage.
B. 
The unit factor shall be applicable only to the readiness-to-serve charge of $300 to all types of users of commercial and industrial buildings used for other than a single-family purpose. All users of types of commercial and industrial buildings or parcels of property used for other than a single-family purpose connecting directly to lateral sewers of the Township system or the bond sewer project shall pay a unit readiness-to-serve charge of $300 at the time of application for the sewer permit according to the following schedule:
Usage
Schedule of Factors
Auto dealers
0.304 per stall
Barbershops
0.14 per chair
Bars
0.044 per seat
Beauty salons
0.223 per booth
Board houses
0.16 per person
Boarding schools
0.27 per person
Bowling alleys
0.16 per alley
Car wash
10.00 single production line
Churches
0.008 per seat
Cleaners (pickup only)
0.048 per employee
Cleaners (pressing facilities)
1.25 per press
Clinics
0.50 per doctor
Convalescent homes
0.22 per bed
Convents
0.20 per person
Country clubs, yacht clubs and boat clubs
0.08 per member
Drug stores (with fountain services)
0.08 per seat
Factories (exclusive of industrial waste)
0.08 per person, per shift
Fraternal organization (member only)
1.0 per hall
Fraternal organizations (members and rentals)
2.10 per hall
Grocery stores and supermarkets
0.48 per employee
Hotels (private baths, 2 persons per room)
0.25 per bed
Laundry (self-service)
0.54 per washer
Multiple-family residence
0.56 per unit
Office building
0.048 per employee
Restaurants (dinner and/or drinks)
0.13 per seat
Rooming house (no seals)
0.13 per person
Schools (without showers and/or pool)
0.010 per student
Schools (showers and/or pool)
0.052 per student
Service station (automobile)
0.24 per pump
Single-family residence
2.0 per dwelling
Snack bars, drive-ins, etc.
0.08 per seat and/or stall
Store (other than specifically listed)
0.16 per employee
Swimming pool
2.85 per 1,000 square feet
Theaters (drive-ins)
0.008 per car space
Theaters (inside with air conditioning)
0.000093 x weekly hours of operations x seats
Tourist courts (individual bath units)
0.27 per cubicle
Trailer parks (central bath houses)
0.35 per trailer
C. 
In no case shall the readiness-to-serve unit charge be less than for one unit. In addition thereto, the cost of such connection, as determined by the Township Board, shall be paid by the person, firm or corporation to whom the permit is issued in such manner and upon such terms as the Township Board may from time to time provide by duly adopted rules and regulations, the total amount of the unit connection readiness-to-serve charge may be paid by the owner on June 27, 1966, or over a period not exceeding 10 years. In the event that the owner of such premises elects to make payment over a period of 10 years he shall give the Township a lien on such premises for the amount of said charges and pay 1/10 of said charge plus the fee required for recording the lien to the Treasurer of the Township. On the next successive December 1 and annually thereafter, the Treasurer shall bill the owner 1/10 of the said charge plus interest of 8% on the unpaid balance. If such annual billings are unpaid by the following January 20 of any year, the yearly charge shall be subject to penalty as provided by law for unpaid taxes, and if said charges remain unpaid as of the following February 28, they shall be returned delinquent, with interest and penalty added to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner in which the Township, county and school taxes are returned delinquent. Any owner of premises may elect to prepay said amount with interest at 8% per annum on the unpaid balance at any time so long as he is not delinquent hereunder. For any connections to schools and churches, public buildings and public nonprofit organizations and yacht, boat and country clubs, such connection charge and the method of payment thereof, shall be fixed and not covered by the unit factor and readiness-to-serve charge of $300 shall be fixed and determined by resolution of the Township Board at the time of application for any such sewer connection.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 38.3, Subsections 5 and 6, regarding commercial and industrial properties, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 11-26-1990 by Ord. No. 180.
A. 
On any premises and all types of commercial and industrial buildings now connected or hereafter connected to any of the sewers of the system, there shall be a service charge of $44.09 per quarter.
[Amended 7-22-2002]
B. 
Any existing lateral sewer system or installation may be accepted and merged into the present Township sewer system if accepted by the Township. Such acceptance of the existing lateral system shall be evidenced by a certificate of acceptance to the system issued under a resolution of acceptance by the Township Board. Any new lateral system or trunk system to be added to the present system shall also require a certificate of acceptance to the system issued under a resolution of acceptance by the Township Board.
[Amended 7-22-2002]
The minimum sewage disposal bill per quarter shall be as determined by resolution of the Township Board, plus applicable service charge; provided that on any premises connected to the sewer system of the Township but not connected to available mains of the water system of the Township the minimum sewage disposal bill per quarter shall also be as determined by resolution of the Township Board, plus applicable service charge.
For miscellaneous services for which a special rate should be established, such rates shall be fixed by resolution of the Township Board. Where a user uses a large amount of water which is not discharged into the sewers of the system, a special rate for sewage disposal service to such user may be established.
[Amended 7-22-2002]
A. 
The sewage and water rates to be established are to be sufficient to provide at least for the payment of the annual assessment required to be made to Wayne County in connection with the Grosse Ile Sanitary Interceptor Drain and Treatment Plant Drainage District Board, and for the payment of operation and maintenance costs of the sewage disposal system. The Township Board may classify the users of water according to the quantity of water used, and other special conditions, and charge such rates to users in each class as it may deem reasonable. Payment of such charges may be enforced by shutting off water, by action of assumpsit against the owners or occupants, and by any other remedy that may be provided by statute, charter or ordinance. The rates are to be as determined by resolution of the Township Board.
B. 
If a meter larger than three inches is desired, or if any premises shall be served without a meter, the Township Board may by resolution fix a reasonable special rate.
C. 
Bills shall be rendered quarterly by the Township, and shall be due and payable to the Township Treasurer on the 15th day of each month following the end of each quarter. If not paid within 15 days after they become due, 10% will be added to the bill; and if not paid within 30 days, water will be turned off, and an additional charge as determined by resolution of the Township Board shall be made for turning the water on again. Bills shall also be a personal liability of the owner or occupant of the premises.
D. 
Rates to be established for water and sewage service shall be sufficient to provide for the full and prompt payment of interest on and the principal of all bonded indebtedness with respect to the Township's water supply and sewage disposal systems; to create and fund a bond and interest redemption fund therefor; to provide for the payment of the expenses of administration, operation and maintenance of such systems in good repair and working order; to build up a capital expansion fund for the systems or a reserve for depreciation of such systems; and to build up a reserve for improvements, betterments and extensions thereto other than those necessary to maintain the same in good repair and working order.
E. 
Such rates shall be revised and fixed from time to time, as may be necessary to produce these required amounts; and the Township and its Township Board hereby convenient and agree to maintain such rates as shall be sufficient to provide therefor. The Township shall pay out of the appropriate general funds the reasonable value of water furnished to the Township by said system, and the charges for public hydrants, on the basis of the foregoing schedule of rates.
The Township shall cause to be maintained and kept proper books of record and account, in which shall be made full and correct entries of all transactions relating to the sewer system, in conformity with the uniform system of accounts as prescribed by the Michigan Public Service Commission or the Auditor General of Michigan. Not later than two months after the close of each fiscal year, the Township shall cause to be prepared a statement in reasonable detail, showing the cash income and disbursements of the sewer system at the beginning and close of the fiscal year, and such other information as may be necessary to enable any taxpayer of the Township, user or beneficiary of the services furnished, to be fully informed as to all matters pertaining to the fiscal operation of the system during such year. Such annual statement shall be filed in the office of the Township Clerk where it will be open to public inspection. Such books of record and account shall be audited annually by a Certified Public Accountant to be designated by the Township Board and a certified copy of such audit shall be filed with the Township Clerk.
No connection shall be made or permitted to be made to any of the sewer system or sewer of the sewer system without obtaining the permit specified in this chapter, nor shall any connection be made or permitted to be made to any of the sanitary sewers of the sewer system which will in any way cause stormwater or surface drainage to be carried into said sanitary sewers, except those combined systems presently connected. Application for permit to connect to any of the sewer mains of the sewer system shall be made simultaneously with application for building permit. Any person, firm or corporation making an unauthorized connection to the sewer system, or violating any of the rules and regulations lawfully established pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each day which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provisions of this chapter shall be served written notice stating the nature of such violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, comply with the requirement thereof.
B. 
Penalties for violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-3. The provisions of Chapter 1, Article II, Municipal Civil Infractions, also apply to violations of this chapter.
[Added 7-22-2002]