244.04  CHARGES FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES.
   (a)   It shall be the duty of the Director of Public Service to establish schedules of fees for plans, specifications, printing, construction inspection, design engineering and other engineering services performed by the Division of Engineering which shall be as close as is practical to the actual payroll and overhead costs thereof. Such schedules may be changed or amended from time to time as the Director may find necessary to make the schedule conform to such costs.
   (b)   The City Engineer, or his representative, is hereby authorized and directed to collect such fees and deposit them with the City Treasurer to the credit of the General Fund.
   (c)   For inspections of private projects outside the City government, a sum equal to 110 percent of the total inspection charges for the project, as estimated by the City Engineer, shall be calculated, charged and received with credit to the General Fund prior to the private contractors receiving approval to start the project. However, the City Engineer is hereby given the option and prerogative to authorize the commencement of a project by a private contractor with charges determined and charged after the completion of such project or at an earlier period of time.
   (d)   As the actual inspection charges are being paid and accrued, the City Engineer shall, from time to time, re-estimate the inspection charges for the project, so that a deposit of money in the amount of ten percent over and above the actual estimated costs shall be on deposit in the General Fund for the inspection charges as they accrue. However, at the discretion of the City Engineer, such charges may be made instead during and/or at the completion of the project.
   (e)   Upon termination of the project, any unused balance of deposits paid by a private contractor shall be returned to the depositor by City warrant.
(Ord. 73-39. Passed 5-7-73. )