ORDINANCE 588

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 18, WATER & SEWER, CHAPTER 1, SECTION 110; AND CHAPTER 1, SECTION 113

 

 

WHEREAS, the City of Norris has an established Watershed Department, and      

 

WHEREAS, the City of Norris City Council wishes to amend certain aspects of the Watershed Department Code, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Norris City Council is empowered to make changes to City Code per Article IV and Article V of the City Charter, and

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NORRIS AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1:  That Section 18-101 be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:

 

 18-101.  Reading of meters and billing date. All water meters shall be read monthly to the nearest 100 gallons and bills rendered on or as nearly as practicable to the 10th of each month, based on such reading. In the event of extreme weather conditions or other calamity, meter readings may be estimated based on the customer's average usage for the previous twelve (12) months.   Any decision to issue a billing based on average usage will be made jointly by the Water Commission Superintendent and Secretary/Treasurer, and billings will be noted "This billing is estimated based on customer average use."  All bills shall be due and payable from and after the date such bills are rendered, at the office of the system, during the regular hours of business. 

 

SECTION 2:  That Section 18-113 be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:

 

18-113.  Discontinuance of service to delinquent customers. If any bill for water or sewer service remains past due and unpaid 30 days after the initial billing, the city will send a delinquent customer notice. The water commission will disconnect delinquent customers after 43 days from the initial billing, and not be reconnected until all past due bills have been paid in full, together with a reconnection charge as defined in the fee schedule ordinance adopted by city council. It shall be the duty of the superintendent of the system to notify the operator of the system of such delinquency. The operator shall proceed to the premises of the user so in arrears and disconnect service. The arrival of the operator at the premises constitutes a charge to the delinquent customer.  If the customer desires to pay the bill at that time, a collection fee as defined in the fee schedule ordinance adopted by city council must be paid along with all other past due bills or the water service must be disconnected. The superintendent of the system shall have discretion in instances where strict compliance is not enforced based upon knowledge of unique problems or circumstances of the residents involved; for instance, a death in the family or other hardship; in the absence of the superintendent, the secretary/treasurer shall have the same discretion.  

 

SECTION 3:  This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its approval as required by law.

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted First reading: November 9, 2015

 

Public Hearing:  December 14, 2015

 

                      Adopted Second reading: December 14, 2015