ORDINANCE NO. 10-2011
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTIONS 921.07 AND 925.18 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES AND ENACTING SECTION 925.08 (h) and (i) TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF AUXILIARY WATER METERS
WHEREAS, the Village Council wishes to provide for the use of auxiliary water meters in order to allow utility customers to identify water usage that does not enter the sanitary sewer system; and
WHEREAS, the Village Council wishes to provide standards and establish administrative charges to recover the cost associated with the use of said auxiliary water meters.
NOW, THERFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Granville, State of Ohio that:
Section 1. Section 921.07 is hereby amended to read as follows:
For the purpose of providing for the cost of the management, maintenance, operation and repair of the sewerage system and sewage pumping, treatment and disposal works, and for the enlargement or replacement of the system and works, and for the construction and reconstruction of main and interceptor sewers and the payment of interest on any debt incurred for the construction thereof, there is hereby levied and assessed upon each lot or parcel of land in the Village on which a building, commercial, industrial, institutional or residential is located, which is connected to the Village sewer system, a sewer service charge as hereinafter provided. All classes of users shall be levied charges on the same basis as described hereinafter.
The sewer service charge shall be calculated on the volume of wastewater discharged directly or indirectly into the sewer system and shall be measured by the water used by each sewer user as shown by water meter readings, or if applicable, total water meter reading minus the reading of an auxiliary meter approved by the Division of Water in accordance with Section 925.08 of the Codified Ordinances. The sewer service charge for the Village shall consist of a user charge for operation, maintenance and replacement (OM&R) of five dollars and thirty cents ($5.30) per thousand gallons. If the total sewage (as measured by water meter readings) discharged in any one month period is less than 1,000 gallons, there shall be a minimum charge of five dollars and thirty cents ($5.30). Such minimum charge shall be for OM&R in the amount of five dollars and thirty cents ($5.30).
The sewer service system charge will be audited annually by the Village with the charges being adjusted upwards or downwards in order to assure that the system is and will continue to be self sufficient and that sufficient revenue is being generated from each user class in the proper proportions. No free service shall be provided in this service charge system. Each user will be notified by the Village, at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rates for that year and that portion of the service charges which are attributable to the user charge for operation, maintenance and replacement of the system. In addition, rates will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly to compensate users of each class for any overages and underages accumulated during the previous rate period. The sewer service charge herein assessed shall be in addition to the charge made for water used.
Where a private supply is used, the sewer service charge may be calculated by requiring the property owner to meter the private water supply, such metering to be at the property owner’s expense and such measurement to be used in the same manner as a public water meter in determining the charge. The Village may, at its option, in lieu of such metering, apply a sewer service charge of fifty dollars ($50.00) per month to such premises. Each resident, institution, commercial or industrial establishment shall be subject to a separate sewer service charge even though such establishment may be served by a sewer connection common to other premises. If it be found by the citizen that the water or waste measured or metered for any customer is greater than that actually being discharged directly or indirectly into the sewage system, the Village may modify and adjust such volume in accordance with the facts and with justice and equity, but no charge less than the minimum shall be made for any customer subject to the sewer service charge.
Where a private water supply is used and/or the user desires to meter his water use or sewage flow, the owner shall incur all expenses related to the installation of said meter. Prior to installation of the meter, the type of equipment installed and its location must be approved by the Village. Prior to placing said meter into use after installation, the Village shall inspect and approve or disapprove the meter installation. Any modifications required by the Village shall be made at the user’s expense and prior to the meter’s use. The meter shall be located in a suitable location that will accommodate readings by Village personnel. Tampering with the meter by the user to cause inaccurate readings shall make the user subject to the penalty provisions of Section 921.99(Ord. 12-05. Passed 4-6-05.)
Section 2. Section 925.08(h) and (i) is hereby enacted to read as follows:
(h) The Division of Water may permit the installation of auxiliary water meters that are installed in accordance with the rules, regulations and direction of the Division of Water to determine the quantity of water not entering the sanitary sewer. Such auxiliary water meters shall be purchased from the Village of Granville and shall be installed at the owner’s expense by a licensed plumber. An auxiliary water meter fee of two dollars ($2.00) shall be charged for each billing period to recover administrative and operational costs associated with such meter.
(i) The Division of Water shall conduct an annual inspection of all auxiliary water meters installed in accordance with Section 925.08(h). An annual inspection fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be charged to each customer with an auxiliary water meter. Such inspection fee shall be assessed with the July billing each year.
Section 3. Section 925.18 is hereby amended to read as follows:
925.18 RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS CONSUMERS
The prices to be charged for water furnished by the Water Division to residential and business consumers situated in the Municipality are hereby fixed as follows:
(a) If the total water used in any one month period is 1,000 gallons or less as measured on each water meter or auxiliary water meter, there shall be a charge of three dollars and fifty-five cents ($3.55).
(b) If the total water used in any one month period is more than 1,000 gallons, the charge for all water used shall be at the rate of three dollars and fifty-five cents ($3.55) per 1,000 gallons or for any fractional part thereof.
(c) All utility accounts will be charged at least a minimum monthly utility bill unless the water service has a final reading or is shut off at the curb stop by the Granville Utilities Department. (Ord. 13-05. Passed 4-6-05.)
Section 3: This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect on the earliest date allowed by law.
Failed this 4th day of May, 2011.