WHEREAS, Hudson sewer rates have not been amended since 2003;
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare to establish rates for the Sewer Utility that provide sufficient revenue to cover present and estimated future cost of operations;
NOW THEREFORE, the Common Council ordains that Sections 198-10 A and 198-10 B (2) of the Hudson City Code shall be amended to read as follows:
§198-10. A. A monthly sewer service charge and meter charge are hereby imposed and shall be paid by the owner or occupants of each lot, parcel of land, building or premises served by the wastewater treatment works or otherwise discharging wastewater (including industrial waste) into the wastewater treatment works. The sewer service charge and meter charge shall be paid as herein provided in an amount determined as follows:
(1) The sewer service charge for any parcel of land, building or premises within the city shall be based upon the quantity of water used as measured by the water meter in use. The service rate shall be as follows:
(a) Commencing with the first quarter reading for 2009, the rate shall be $2.40 per 100 cubic feet, with $2.28 per 100 cubic feet being allocated to annual operation, maintenance and replacement expense, and $0.12 per 100 cubic feet as a surcharge for trunk line and lift station replacement expense.
The Sewer service rate shall be determined by the following formula:
Sr = Cm /Vt.
Sr = Sewer service rate expressed in dollars per 100 cubic feet
Cm = Annual cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the wastewater treatment works less the amount expended for meter maintenance which is funded with a meter service charge as stated in paragraph (2).
Vt = Total wastewater volume received at the wastewater treatment plant per year as measured by each water meter. The minimum sewer service charge shall be $12.00 per Quarter.
(2) A quarterly meter charge will be imposed to cover the maintenance costs of the meters. This charge will be calculated as follows:
Annual Fee to be billed on a quarterly basis
0.625 inch meter - $21.00 ..... $5.25/qtr
0.750 inch meter - $24.00 ...... $6.00/qtr
1.000 inch meter - $27.00 ...... $6.75/qtr
1.250 inch meter - $30.00 ...... $7.50/qtr
1.500 inch meter - $33.00 ...... $8.25/qtr
2.000 inch meter - $36.00 ...... $9.00/qtr
3.000 inch meter - $40.00 ...... $10.00/qtr
The minimum sewer meter charge will be based on the quarterly meter charge (prorated for new and closed accounts or for those with meter removals).
(3) When a lot, parcel of land, building or premises discharging wastewater (including industrial waste) into the wastewater treatment works is a user of water not supplied by the city, the amount of water used shall be measured by a meter.
When it is impossible or impracticable to measure the amount of water being used, the Wastewater Director shall determine, in such manner as he finds practicable, the sewer service charge under Subsection A(1). Such determination may be appealed to the Council. In such cases, the Wastewater Director may, after approval by the Council, establish a flat rate for sewage services or authorize the installation, at the owner’s expense, of a sewage meter.
(4) Whenever the Wastewater Director determines that any lot, parcel of land, building or premises is discharging wastes of un-usual volume, concentration or character or of greatly variable volume, a special rate shall be adopted for such user. The special rate is to ensure that all users pay their proportionate share of wastewater treatment cost.
(a) The rate for operation, maintenance and replacement (OMR) shall be determined by the formula:
Cu = Vc Vu + Bc Bu + Sc Su + Pc Pu
Cu = User charge in dollars per year for operation, maintenance and replacement costs of the wastewater treatment works.
Vc = Cost of OMR of the wastewater treatment works attributed to 100 cubic feet of wastewater volume.
Vu = Volume of wastewater from the user per year measured in hundreds of cubic feet.
Bc = Cost of OMR of the wastewater treatment works attributed to 100 pounds of BOD.
Bu = Amount of BOD from the user per year measured in hundreds of pounds.
Sc = Cost of OMR of the wastewater treatment works attributed to 10 pounds of suspended solids.
Su = Amount of suspended solids from the user per year measured in hundreds of pounds.
Pc = Cost of OMR of the wastewater treatment works attributed to any unit of any pollutant.
Pu = Amount of any pollutant from the user per year.
(b) The minimum rate for OMR shall be equal to the rate set for OMR under Subsection A (1).
(c) Domestic waste shall be defined as follows: “normal domestic strength wastewater” shall mean wastewater with concentrations of BOD and suspended solids no greater than 250 milligrams per liter respectively. Discharges in excess of either of these concentrations shall be surcharged at the rate per pound determined by the formula contained in Subsection A (3)(a) through (c).
(5) Wastewater contributions from users shall be reviewed at least semiannually, and the sewer services charges shall be adjusted as required to recover actual costs.
(6) Proportionate distribution of operation, maintenance and replacement costs shall be maintained among wastewater treatment work users.
(7) Sufficient revenues to pay for total operation, maintenance and replacement costs shall be generated by the sewer service charge system.
(8) Any excess revenues collected from a user class shall be applied to the operation, maintenance and replacement costs attributable to that class for the next year.
§198-10 B.(2) shall be amended to read:
(2) A late payment charge of 1% shall be added to all sewer bills not paid within 20 days from the billing date. Thereafter, a late penalty charge of 1% per month shall be added each month upon the unpaid balance. If any bill is not paid within 60 days from the billing date, the customer may be notified, in writing, that unless payment or satisfactory arrangement for payment is made within the next five days, the water services to the premises may be turned off. After such period, service may be discontinued and may not be restored until full payment of all sewer service charges and penalties due thereon.
Dated this 2nd day of March, 2009.
By: Randy L. Morrissette II, Council President
ATTEST: Nancy J. Korson, City Clerk
(Pub. March 12)