214.05 FEES IN THE STREETS, UTILITIES AND PUBLIC SERVICES CODE.
   (a)   Street Permits. The fee for a permit issued pursuant to Chapter 1020 (Streets Generally), as provided for in Section 1020.03 of the Streets, Utilities and Public Services Code, is twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
   (b)   Sidewalk Permits. The fee for a permit to construct, rebuild or repair a sidewalk, as provided for in Section 1022.02, is twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
   (c)   Water and Sewer Rates and Charges.
      (1)   Water Supply System Rates and Charges. Rates and charges for services and use of the water supply system shall be as set forth below, provided that such rates and charges may be revised from time to time by ordinance of the City Council:
         A.   Facilities maintenance charges:
            000 to 100,000 gallons   - 1 REU      -$30.00/qtr
            100,000 to 300,000 gallons   - 5 REU   -$150.00/qtr
            300,000 to 1 million gallons   -13 REU   -$390.00/qtr
            1 million to 2 million gallons   -45 REU   -$1,350.00/qtr
            2 million to 10 million gallons   -90 REU   -$2,700.00/qtr
            10 million gallons +    -usage divided by 22,000 gallons x $30.00/qtr/REU charge.
         B.   Commodity rate: All water service shall be charged on the basis of water consumed as determined by the meter installed by the Department in the premises of water users. The commodity rate shall be four dollars ($4.00) per thousand metered gallons.
         C.    Fire sprinkler standby fee: An annual fee of two thousand dollars ($2,000) which can be applied in one payment or divided into quarterly payments as determined by the City.
         D.   Water tap fees.
            1.   City of Ionia, Easton Township, Ionia Township - one thousand dollars ($1,000) minimum. All costs shall be recovered, such as road cuts, taps, meter and yoke, etc. with five hundred dollars ($500.00) remaining to the City Water Fund for future improvements.
            2.   In addition to the regular tap fee, a fee of two dollars and thirty-seven cents ($2.37) per square foot shall be charged as an Urban-Rural Development Recovery Fee with one dollar and seventy-six cents ($1.76) of the resulting sum going to the City for Community Development/past investment and the remaining sixty-one cents ($0.61) to the Township. The Urban-Rural Development Recovery Fee is the cost associated with providing service to new developments that have not paid for the developed water supply system. The Urban-Rural Development Recovery Fee is designed to reimburse the System for past investment that has been paid for by existing users and is based on Current Project Value.
         E.   Cross Connection Inspection Fee:
            1.   A quarterly fee shall be charged by the City to cover its cost for conducting cross connection inspections at locations requiring back flow preventers or prevention, or having chemical application, food processing or non-domestic usage according to the following schedule:
               a.   Locations requiring annual inspections:      $15.50/quarter
               b.   Locations requiring bi-annual inspections:   $7.75/quarter
               c.   Locations requiring tri-annual inspections:   $4.00/quarter
            2.   Those locations which are currently charged the fire sprinkler standby fee referenced in (c)(1)C. of this section shall be exempt from the cross connection inspection fee.
      (2)   Sanitary Sewer System Rates and Charges. Rates and charges for service and use of the Sanitary Sewer System shall be as set forth below, provided that such rates and charges may be revised from time to time by ordinance of the City Council:
         A.   Facilities maintenance charges:
            000 to 100,000 gallons      - 1 REU   -$46.00/qtr
            100,000 gal. to 1 million gallons   - 5 REU   -$230.00/qtr
            1 million gal. to 2 million gallons   - 45 REU   -$2,070.00/qtr
            2 million gal. to 4 million gallons   - 90 REU   -$4,140.00/qtr
            4 million gal. to 8 million gallons   -180 REU   -$8,280.00/qtr
            8 million gal. to 10 million gallons   -360 REU   - $16,560.00/qtr
            10 million gallons +   -usage divided by 22,000 gallons x $46.00/qtr/REU.
         B.   Commodity rate: All sewage disposal service shall be charged on the basis of water consumed. The commodity rate shall be four dollars and thirty cents ($4.30) per thousand metered gallons.
         C.   Sewer tap fees: City of Ionia - $1,500 minimum; Easton Township - $1,500 minimum; Ionia Township - $1,500 minimum; Berlin Township - $40.00 (inspection fee only - Township sets tap fee). All costs shall be recovered, such as road cuts, tap costs, labor, etc.
         D.   Discharge permit application fees. All discharge permit applicants shall be assessed an application fee for reimbursement of the City’s costs of reviewing and processing the application and for administration of the permit. For Non- Categorical permits, the application fee shall be two hundred dollars ($200) per year multiplied by the number of years of the permit. For categorical permits, the application fee shall be $500 per year multiplied by the number of years of the permit.
         E.   Pretreatment charges and fees. All permitted users shall be assessed a surcharge for reimbursement of actual costs to operate the City’s pretreatment program at a rate of two hundred and twenty dollars ($220) per quarter.
         F.   Extra strength surcharges.
            1.   Any discharge of BOD between 300 mg/L and 490 mg/L may be charged at a rate of up to $0.10 per pound.
            2.   Any discharge of suspended solid between 300 mg/L and 570 mg/L may be charged at a rate of up to $0.20 per pound.
            3.   Any discharge of total phosphorus between 5.0 mg/L and 10.0 mg/L may be charged at a rate of up to $4.40 per pound.
            4.   Any discharge of ammonia nitrogen between 20 mg/L and 52 mg/L may be charged at a rate of up to $0.20 per pound.
         G.   Other charges. The City may adopt other reasonable charges and fees for reimbursement of costs for setting up administering and operating the City’s pretreatment program, which may include:
            1.   Fees for monitoring, inspection and surveillance procedures, including the cost of collection and analyzing an industrial user’s discharge, and reviewing monitoring reports submitted by industrial users.
            2.   Fees for reviewing and responding to accidental discharge procedures and construction.
            3.   Fees for filing appeals and related legal expenses.
            4.   Other fees as the City may deem necessary to carry out the requirements contained herein. These fees relate solely to the matters covered by this chapter and are separate from all other fees, fines and penalties chargeable by the City.
      (3)   Deposits.
         A.    Property owners. Property owners shall be exempt from paying a utility deposit fee. In the case of delinquencies resulting in shut-off, the delinquent amount shall be applied to the tax bill of the property. Unpaid balances shall follow the property regardless of whether the owner has changed at tax payment time. In addition, a property owner must show his or her Homestead Affidavit Certificate issued on the property to verify that he or she is indeed the property owner. No exception shall be made to the affidavit.
         B.   Renters/business renters. Renters shall be assessed a fee of one hundred twenty-four dollars ($124.00), a four dollar ($4.00) processing cost and one hundred twenty dollars ($120.00) for a deposit on utility service. Such one hundred twenty dollar ($120.00) fee shall be retained by the City until the renter leaves the property. Such deposits, when service is discontinued, shall be applied against any unpaid balance. Any remaining amount shall be returned to the person making the deposit.
         C.    Nonresidents. Nonresident property owners shall not be assessed a deposit fee, provided the township for which they pay property taxes has signed agreement on file with the City to bill any delinquency against the taxes levied on the property. If such agreement is not on file, a charge of one hundred twenty-four dollars ($124.00), (one hundred twenty dollars ($120.00) for deposit, and four dollars ($4.00) for administration) shall be paid prior to issuance of any service. The four dollar ($4.00) fee is not returnable. The one hundred twenty dollar ($120.00) deposit shall be applied against the final bill on a property and any remaining amount returned to the property owner. No deposit shall be returned until a final reading/disconnect is issued on a property.
         D.    Nonresident renters. Nonresident renters shall be charged a fee of one hundred twenty-four dollars ($124.00), (one hundred twenty dollars ($120.00) for deposit, and four dollars ($4.00) for administration). Such deposit shall be retained by the City until service is discontinued, at which time the deposit shall be placed against any outstanding charges with the balance returned to the renter.
      (4)   Project Value.
         A.   Based on the advice and determinations of the City's engineers, the City Council finds that the City has made an investment of one million two hundred ninety-two thousand and twenty-eight dollars and sixty-four cents ($1,292,028.64) in the system, which includes accumulated depreciation. The City Council further finds that the current value of the system shall, at any time, be equal to the then present value of one million two hundred ninety-two thousand and twenty-eight dollars and sixty-four cents ($1,292,028.64) based on the annualized rate of inflation determined by the United States Consumer Price Index.
         B.   As used in this chapter, “Current Project Value” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the Project Value (defined herein) increased to its then-present value. The City’s engineer shall calculate and determine Current Project Value by increasing each component of Project Value to its value as of such date of determination, using the annualized rate of inflation as determined by the United States Consumer Price Index.
         C.   As used in this chapter, “Project Value” shall mean the dollar amount of past investment in the System, taking into account accumulated depreciation. Project Value, as determined by the City's engineer, is equal to one million two hundred ninety-two thousand and twenty-eight dollars and sixty-four cents ($1,292,028.64).
   (d)   Storm Water Management Fees and Development Fees. The following fee structure for implementation and enforcement of Sections 1043.06 et seq., are as follows:
      (1)   General storm water/drainage permit   $ 50.00
      (2)   Taps into the City storm water system   $500.00 for 11,000 square foot lot; larger lots subject to storm water ordinance and applicable fees
      (3)   Large parcel storm water review fees (greater than 5 acres)
         A.   Storm water permit   $500.00
         B.   Initial deposit (for review by engineer, calculations, etc.)   $1,000.00
            Note: When this amount is expired, no further action will take place until another deposit is made. Funds pay for engineering, attorney fees, public hearings, etc. incurred for the specific permit.
      (4)   Development reviews (Townships).
         A.   Utility site plan review permit fee: $500.00
         B.   Initial deposit: $2,000.00
         This fee and deposit does not include applicable tap fee. Chargeable items:
         C.   Staff time;
         D.   Engineering reviews by the City Engineer on water, sewer, storm;
         E.   Any attorney fees associated with developments.
Note: The purpose of this fee is to cover the City’s costs in reviewing development that will utilize the City’s water system as well as the collective sanitary sewer collection system. Attorney fees, staff time, and engineering studies shall be reimbursed to the City. At such point as the deposit amount is used, no further work will progress until another deposit is made to the City. In no case shall the City or Townships subsidize such reviews or conduct such reviews without a signed Utility Site Plan Review Permit. In addition, all development shall be recorded in a data base format that can be utilized by the City’s Geographic Information System. Failure to provide data and as-builts in this format shall result in the City performing the work and billing the developer/account. If sufficient funds do not exist, final connections, taps and occupancy permits shall not be granted. No oral order, objection, claim, or notice by any party shall affect or modify any of the requirements of the Municipal Standards or other related ordinances and regulations.
(Res. 07-2002-01R. Passed 7-2-02; Res. 07-2003-03. Passed 8-5-03; Res. 04-27-04. Passed 5-4-04; Res. 12-2004-03. Passed 12-7-04; Res. Unno. Passed 4-19-05; Ord. 433. Passed 3-8-06; Ord. 438. Passed 6-7-06; Ord. 451. Passed 6-5-07; Ord. 458. Passed 6-3-08; Ord. 466. Passed 6-2-09; Ord. 477. Passed 6-1-10; Ord. 488. Passed 6-7-11; Ord. 493. Passed 6-5-12; Ord. 501. Passed 6-4-13; Ord. 520. Passed 6-2-15; Ord. 527. Passed 6-7-16; Ord. 533. Passed 6-6-17; Ord. 537. Passed 6-5-18; Ord. 541. Passed 6-4-19; Ord. 548. Passed 6-2-20; Ord. 551. Passed 6-1-21; Ord. 564. Passed 6-7-22.)