(A)   Water and sewer deposits. Deposits heretofore made by customers and which are present held by the city as partial security for the payment of water bills according to previous ordinances shall continue to be held by the city subject to the provisions of this chapter. Each new customer or each customer that does not have a deposit placed with the city that is required to pay a reconnect fee for non- payment of a previous balance owed to the city shall deposit with the city the sum of $150 at the time of installation of any water meter for a single-family residence, $150 per meter for a duplex or apartment house, and the actual costs of the meter for and meter installation of one-inch or more in diameter, such deposits to be held for assurance of the payment if the bills for water and sewer services supplied by said system, and shall be subject to application upon such bills in the event of delinquency, and any amount so applied to delinquent bills shall be restored by the depositor within ten days after notice by the city to do so, upon penalty of disconnection of water service to the premises. Upon proper notice to terminate service to a business or residence by a customer, and payment of the final bill for said customer, the deposit shall be refunded. Such refund shall be forwarded the customer on or before the 15th day following payment of the final bill.
   (B)   Sewer deposits.
      (1)   All persons or entities who receive city sewer service that do not purchase their water from the city are hereby required to post deposits as set forth herein below.
      (2)   This requirement applies to customers currently receiving sewer service from the city as well as those who apply for service in the future.
      (3)   Deposits will not bear interest, except as required by law.
      (4)   Deposits will only be refunded upon the termination of sewer service by the customer and the full payment of all sewer charges due by the customer.
Single-family dwelling or individual apartment
Deposit $100
Multi-family dwelling or apartments
Deposit $250
Deposit $600
      (5)   In addition to the foregoing, in the event that sewer service is terminated to any customer as a result of non-payment, sewer service will only be reconnected upon the payment of a reconnect charge in the amount of $100, or the actual cost, whichever is greater.
   (C)   Additional requirements. In the event that a customer desires to establish a water or sewer connection in a residence or for property which he or she does not own and when the service is not placed in the name of the landlord/owner of the property, the customer shall provide a copy of the lease to the city prior to the city providing service. In addition, the city’s representatives shall only establish service in the name(s) of the person(s) that signed the lease as the tenant/lessee. If the customers) has/have prior amounts owed, service shall not be established unless or until the prior indebtedness has been paid in full.
(Ord. 610.7-2-96, passed 2-26-1996; Ord. 610.6-8A-2006, passed 8-28-2006; Ord. 610.6-9-2013, passed 9-9-2013; Ord. 2015-001, passed 1-26-2015)