§ 153.054  REVIEWS, INSPECTIONS AND FEES.
   (A)   Reviews.
      (1)   At the time such plans, profiles and specifications are submitted for engineering review, the Director of Public Service should prepare an estimate of cost for office checking of all improvements based on the schedule in § 153.054(C), and § 153.054(D)(2). The hourly rate for engineering will be determined by the Director of Public Service by January 31 of each year. The applicant should thereupon deposit an amount of money equal to such estimated cost, and all work done by the Engineer in connection with checking, computing and correcting such plans of improvements should be charged against such deposit. If, during the progress of the work, it should appear that the cost thereof will exceed any amount so deposited, the Director of Public Service should notify the applicant of this fact and should do no further work in connection with such review until the applicant has deposited such additional sum of money necessary to cover the cost of the work. The Director of Public Service shall refund all fees paid subsequent to February 17, 2005 to the extent that the estimated cost and deposit exceeds actual work completed for engineering review and inspection of public or private improvements.
      (2)   The approving agency should within 30 days of receipt of a plan indicate its approval or disapproval to the applicant. Indication of disapproval should include the plan deficiencies and the procedure for filing a revised plan. Earth disturbing activities may be allowed to proceed in accordance with conditions outlined by the approving agency pending the preparation and approval of the revised plan. A plan, once approved, may be amended by the approving agency at the request of the applicant, if such amendment satisfies the requirements of this chapter.
   (B)   Inspections. The City Engineer or his designee should make inspections during the installation of improvements to ensure conformity with the approved plans and specifications as contained in the applicant's contract. Prior to construction, the Director of Public Service should prepare an estimate of cost for inspection of all improvements based on the schedule in § 153.054(C), and § 153.054(D)(2). The hourly rate for inspection will be determined by the Director of Public Service by January 31 of each year. The applicant should thereupon deposit an amount of money equal to such estimated cost, and all work done by the Engineer in connection with inspection of improvements should be charged against such deposit. If, during the progress of the work, it should appear that the cost thereof will exceed any amount so deposited, the Director of Public Service should notify the applicant of this fact and construction of all improvements requiring inspection will be ordered to cease until the applicant has deposited such additional sum of money necessary to cover the cost of the work. The applicant should notify the proper administrative officials when each phase of the improvement is ready for inspection.
   (C)   Engineering and Inspection Hourly Schedule. The following schedule should be used to determine the hours for each phase of a subdivision submitted for review and inspection, as required in § 153.054(A)(1) and § 153.054(B)(1):
      (1)   Engineering   5 hours + 4 hours per lot.
      (2)   Inspections   50 hours + 8 hours per lot.
   (D)   (1)   The Director of Public Service may reduce from the above schedule due to the installation of required public improvements constructed in prior phases upon recommendation of the City Engineer.
      (2)   For developments that require offsite improvements, a fee estimated by the City Engineer will be charged for engineering and inspection of such off site improvements. The City Engineer shall also reduce deposit fees associated with projects which include public improvements which are the responsibility of other jurisdictions, or projects that are determined by the City Engineer to require minimal plan reviews or inspections. The following schedule should be used to determine the hours for any offsite utility improvement submitted for review and inspection:
      (1)   Engineering   10 hours + 0.5 hours per 100 linear feet (l.f.)
      (2)   Inspections   50 + 1.5 hours per 100 linear feet (l.f.)
      (3)   For subdivisions that are located out of the city that require sanitary sewer improvements, a fee estimated by the City Engineer will be charged for engineering and inspection.
      (4)   The Director of Public Service may reduce from the schedule in § 153.054(C) and § 153.054(D)(2)(a) due to the complexity and scope of the project. To determine this reduction, the schedules in § 153.054(C) and § 153.054(D)(2)(a) will be used as the baseline calculation for the deposit.
      (5)   The City Engineer will then determine if any of the ten possible baseline deductions as defined in the Engineering Rules and Regulations apply to the project. Nine of these baseline deductions have a 5% value each, and the last baseline deduction-stormwater management will have a 40%  reduction value. A maximum 85% deduction to the baseline deposit could be obtained if the City Engineer determines that all ten baseline deductions apply.
   (E)   Non-payment of fees.  If the applicant, subject to any of the fees imposed by § 153.054, fails to pay said fees as required, the City Auditor may pursue a civil action to collect said fees.  In addition, the use of such plans, profiles and specifications subject to the fees and for which the fees have not been paid, shall be deemed disapproved until all fees are paid in full and the plans, profiles and specifications are approved by the appropriate agency.
(‘65 Code, § 1383.06)  (Ord. 3-80, passed 3-18-80; Am. Ord. 04-126, passed 1-18-05; Am. Ord. 06-018, passed 3-21-06 Am. Ord. 06-110, passed 11-21-06; Am. Ord. 12-052, passed 10-16-12)