§ 159.402  OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT.
   (A)   In general. 
      (1)   Prior to the conveyance or transfer of any lot or building site to be served by a structural BMP pursuant to this Ordinance, and prior to issuance of any permit for development or redevelopment requiring a structural BMP pursuant to this Ordinance, the applicant or owner of the site must execute an operation and maintenance agreement that shall be binding on all subsequent owners of the site, portions of the site, and lots or parcels served by the structural BMP. Until the transference of all property, sites, or lots served by the structural BMP, the original owner or applicant shall have primary responsibility for carrying out the provisions of the maintenance agreement.
      (2)   The operation and maintenance agreement shall require the owner or owners to maintain, repair and, if necessary, reconstruct the structural BMP, and shall state the terms, conditions, and schedule of maintenance for the structural BMP. In addition, it shall grant to the City of Monroe a right of entry in the event that the Stormwater Administrator has reason to believe it has become necessary to inspect, monitor, maintain, repair, or reconstruct the structural BMP; however, in no case shall the right of entry, of itself, confer an obligation on the City of Monroe to assume responsibility for the structural BMP.
      (3)   The operation and maintenance agreement must be approved by the Stormwater Administrator prior to plan approval, and it shall be referenced on the final plat and shall be recorded with the county Register of Deeds upon final plat approval by the City of Monroe.
   (B)   Special requirement for homeowners' and other associations.  For all structural BMPs required pursuant to this Ordinance and that are to be or are owned and maintained by a homeowners association, property owners association, or similar entity, the required operation and maintenance agreement shall include all of the following provisions:
      (1)   Acknowledgment that the association shall continuously operate and maintain the stormwater control and management facilities.
      (2)   Establishment of an escrow account, which can be spent solely for sediment removal, structural, biological or vegetative replacement, major repair, or reconstruction of the structural BMPs. If structural BMPs are not performing adequately or as intended or are not properly maintained, the City of Monroe, in its sole discretion, may remedy the situation, and in such instances the City of Monroe shall be fully reimbursed from the escrow account. Escrowed funds may be spent by the association for sediment removal, structural, biological or vegetative replacement, major repair, and reconstruction of the structural BMPs, upon written notification to the City of Monroe.
      (3)   Both developer contribution and annual sinking funds shall fund the escrow account. Prior to plat recordation or issuance of construction permits, whichever shall first occur, the developer shall pay into the escrow account an amount equal to fifteen (15) percent of the initial construction cost of the structural BMPs. Two-thirds (2/3) of the total amount of sinking fund budget shall be deposited into the escrow account within the first five (5) years and the full amount shall be deposited within ten (10) years following initial construction of the structural BMPs. Funds shall be deposited each year into the escrow account. A portion of the annual assessments of the association shall include an allocation into the escrow account. Any funds drawn down from the escrow account shall be replaced in accordance with the schedule of anticipated work used to create the sinking fund budget.
      (4)   The percent of developer contribution and lengths of time to fund the escrow account may be varied upon approval by the Monroe City Council based upon good cause shown.
      (5)   Granting to the City of Monroe a right of entry to inspect, monitor, maintain, repair, and reconstruct structural BMPs.
      (6)   Allowing the City of Monroe to recover from the association and its members any and all costs the City of Monroe expends to maintain or repair the structural BMPs or to correct any operational deficiencies. Failure to pay the City of Monroe all of its expended costs, after forty-five days written notice, shall constitute a breach of the agreement. In case of a deficiency, the City of Monroe shall thereafter be entitled to bring an action against the association and its members to pay, or foreclose upon the lien hereby authorized by the agreement against the property, or both. Interest, collection costs, and attorney fees shall be added to the recovery.
      (7)   A statement that this agreement shall not obligate the City of Monroe to maintain or repair any structural BMPs, and the City of Monroe shall not be liable to any person for the condition or operation of structural BMPs.
      (8)   A statement that this agreement shall not in any way diminish, limit, or restrict the right of the City of Monroe to enforce any of its Ordinances as authorized by law.
      (9)   A provision indemnifying and holding harmless the City of Monroe for any costs and injuries arising from or related to the structural BMP, unless the City of Monroe has agreed in writing to assume the maintenance responsibility for the BMP and has accepted dedication of any and all rights necessary to carry out that maintenance.
      (10)   A provision that a financial statement shall be provided and included as part of the annual inspection report documenting the available funding established in the escrow account for operation and maintenance of the stormwater control and management facilities.
(Ord. O-2007-24, passed 9-18-07)