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(A) The city and other duly authorized employees of the city, the Illinois environmental protection agency, and the U.S. environmental protection agency, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The city or its representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil refining, ceramic, paper, or other industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterway or facilities for waste treatment.
(B) While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in subsection (A) of this section, the city or duly authorized employees of the city, the Illinois environmental protection agency, and the U.S. environmental protection agency shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the person and the person shall be held harmless for injury or death to the city employees and the city shall indemnify the person against loss or damage to its property by city employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the person and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the person to maintain safe conditions as required in subsection 7-1-14(L) of this chapter.
(C) The city and other duly authorized employees of the city bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the city holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair, and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement, shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.
(D) Employees of the sewerage system shall have the right of access to any premises served by the sewerage system for the purpose of reading any meters at the regular prescribed intervals or for the purpose of making inspections in order to maintain in good condition and provide for the protection of said sewerage system and the efficient management thereof. Where such inspections are not of an immediate or urgent nature, employees of the sewerage system shall arrange for appointments mutually convenient to the persons of the premises served and said employees. Any person refusing to permit the said employees of the sewerage system to the above described right of access to his premises shall be subject to cessation of sewage services until the required opportunity to inspect is accorded the officers and employees of the city. (Ord. 14/88, 3-20-1989)