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(A) The charges for water and sewer services which are under the provisions of Public Act 94 of 1933, § 21, being M.C.L.A. § 141.121, as amended, made a lien on all premises served thereby, unless notice is given that a tenant is responsible, are recognized to constitute such lien; and whenever any such charge against any piece of property shall be delinquent for six months, the city official or officials in charge of the collection thereof shall certify annually, on April 1 of each year, to the tax assessing officer of the city the fact of such delinquency, whereupon such charge shall be by him entered upon the next tax roll as a charge against such premises and shall be collected and the lien thereof enforced in the same manner as general city taxes against such premises are collected, and the lien thereof enforced; provided, however, where notice is given that a tenant is responsible for such charges and service as provided by M.C.L.A. § 141.121, no further service shall be rendered such premises until a cash deposit, as established by the St. Johns City Commission and published in the rate schedule, shall have been made as security for payment of such charges and service. In the event a single public water connection services two or more separate residential or rental units (two or more water/sewer users occupying separate units) the water meters and the accounts associated with said water meters can only be in the name of the landlord/property owner.
(B) In addition to other remedies provided in § 51.10(A) above, the city, at the discretion of the City Manager, or his or her designee, shall have the right to shut off and discontinue the supply of water to any premises – residential or commercial – for the nonpayment of water and/or sewer rates when the payment becomes delinquent. If such delinquent billing is not paid within 15 days after the due date thereof, then water services to such premises shall be discontinued. Water services so discontinued shall not be restored until all sums then due and owing are paid, such sum to include the turn-off and turn-on charges.
(1990 Code, § 2.130) (Am. Ord. 540, passed 5-13-1996; Am. Ord. 629, passed 6-26-2017; Am. Ord. 637, passed 2-26-2018; Am. Ord. 648, passed 10-22-2018)