§ 55.15  SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES
   (A)   For the use of and the service rendered by the sewage disposal works, rates on charges shall be collected from the owners of each and every lot, parcel of real estate, or building that is connected with the city's sanitary sewerage system or otherwise discharges sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, water or other liquids, either directly or indirectly, into the sanitary sewerage system of the city, which rates and charges shall be payable as hereinafter provided and shall be in the amount determinable as follows:
      (1)   Metered Consumption.
 
Metered Consumption
Rate Per 1,000 Gallons
Metered Water Usage Per Month
$5.20
 
      (2)   Basic Charge Per Month.
 
Meter Size
Monthly Charge
5/8 to %-inch meter
$14.25
1-inch meter
$27.91
1 %-inch meter
$41.55
1 % -inch meter
$50.65
2-inch meter
$77.95
3-inch meter
$141.65
4-inch meter
$232.65
 
 
Flat Rate Users Per Month
Monthly Charge*
Superior Ice Company
$119.55
 
* Flat rate user rates are subject to Common Council approval.
      (3)   User not metered. When the user is not a metered consumer, the minimum charge shall be determined by means and methods satisfactory to the City.
      (4)   Effective date. ? This division (A) shall be in full force and effect beginning with the March 2013 bill due and payable by March 16, 2013.
   (B)   For the service rendered to the city, the city shall be subject to the same rates and charges herein above provided, or to rates and charges established in harmony therewith.
   (C)   In order that the rates and charges may be justly and equitable related to the services rendered to industrial users, the City of Linton shall base its charges not only on the volume, but also on strength and character of the stronger-than-normal industrial sewage and waste which it is required to treat and dispose of. The City of Linton shall require the owner or other industrial user to determine the strength and content of all wastes and sewage discharged, either directly or indirectly, into the sanitary sewerage system, in the manner and by the method as the city may deem practicable in the light of the conditions and attending circumstances of the case, in order to determine the proper charge. The owner or other industrial user shall furnish a control sampling point available to the city at all times.
   (D)   Normal domestic waste shall not exceed a bio-chemical oxygen demand of 200 milligrams per liter of fluid or suspended solids in excess of 250 milligrams per liter of fluid. Additional charges for treating stronger-than-normal industrial waste shall be made on the following basis:
      (1)   Excessive Strength Surcharges.
 
Excessive Strength. Surcharges
Rate Per 1,000 Gallons
Suspended Solids - in excess of 250 milligrams per liter
$0.202
BOD Surcharge - in excess of 200 milligrams per liter
$0.374
 
      (2)   The determination of suspended solids and five-day bio-chemical oxygen demand contained in the wastes shall be in accordance with the latest copy of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water, Sewage, and Industrial Wastes, as written by the American Public Health Association, the American Waterworks Association, and the Water Pollution Control Federation.
      (3)   Non-recurring charges.
         (a)   Late payment charge shall be 10% of delinquency.
         (b)   Tap connection charge shall be $15.
         (c)   Permit and inspection fees:
            1.   Residential and commercial: $25; and
            2.   Industrial: $25.
   (E)   Except for billings to multiple users such as apartment houses, mobile home courts, and housekeeping rooms, the rates and charges may be billed to the tenant or tenants occupying the properties served unless otherwise requested in writing by the owners, but the billings shall in no way relieve the owner from liability in the event payment is not made as herein requested. The owners of the properties served, which are occupied by tenants, shall have the right to examine the collection records of the Ciiy for the purpose of determining whether the rates and charges have been paid by the tenants, provided that the examinations shall be made at the onice at which the records are kept, and during the hours that the office is open for business.
   (F)   fn order that the rates and charges for sewage services may remain fair and equitable and be in proportion to the cost of providing services to the various users or user classes, the City of Linton shall cause a study to be made within a reasonable period of time following the first 12 months of operation, subsequent to the completion of the improvement project. The study shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the costs associated with the treatment of excessive strength effluents from industrial users, volume and delivery flow rate characteristics attributed to the various users or user classes, the financial position of the sewage and the adequacy of its revenue to provide reasonable funds for operation and maintenance, replacements, debt service requirements, and capital improvements to the waste treatment system.
   (G)   Thereafter, on an annual basis, within a reasonable period of time following the normal accounting period, the City of Linton shall cause a similar study to be made for the purpose of reviewing the fairness and equity of the rates and charges for sewage services on a continuing basis. The studies shall be conducted by officers and/or employees of the City of Linton, or by a firm of certified public accountants and/or a firm of consulting engineers which firms shall have experience in the studies.
   (H)   The City shall make and enforce the by-laws and regulations as may be deemed necessary for the same, economical and efficient management of the city's sewage system, regulator chambers, pumping stations, and sewage treatment works, for the construction and use of the house sewers and connections to the sewerage system, and for the regulations, collections, rebating, and refunding of the rates and charges.
   (I)      The dumping of wastes into the city's sewage system which, in its discretion, is deemed hannful to the operation of the sewage treatment works of the city, is prohibited, and the city shall require methods affecting pre-treatment of the wastes to reduce the characteristics of the wastes satisfactory to conform with the limits set in division (C) above.
   (J) This section shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and signing by the Mayor.
(Ord. 95-6, passed 6-12-1995; Am. Ord. 2011-09, passed 12-12-2011; Am. Ord. 2012-08, passed 06-11-2012; Ord. 2012-16, passed 12-10-2012.)