(a)   No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sanitary or storm sewer or appurtenance thereof except under the provisions of this section.
   (b)   Every person desiring a permit to make a connection with, open, or tap any public sanitary or storm sewer or drain shall first make application to the Municipal Administrator who shall consult his records with regard to the sewer or drain desired to be connected with, opened, or tapped. If such connection, opening, or tap can be made, the Administrator shall give such applicant the approximate location at which the connection, opening, or tap is to be made. On receipt of all fees, the Administrator shall give to the applicant a permit stating that permission is granted to connect with, open, or tap such sewer or drain, and also state in such permit the name of the street and the abutting lot number. All permits shall be issued by the Administrator. No permit to connect to the system shall be issued until the Administrator has determined that there is capacity available for the wastewater to be discharged in all downstream sewers, lift stations, force mains, and the wastewater treatment plant, including capacity for compatible wastes. A separate permit shall be issued for sanitary and storm sewer connections.
   (c)   (1)   A connection charge shall be made for all new buildings, major additions, or alterations to buildings causing increased storm drainage or wastewater discharge, any land use causing the discharge of wastewater into the wastewater system, and any change in wastewater flow or change in storm drainage into the storm drainage system. The said connection charge shall be computed as hereinafter provided.
      (2)   The connection charge shall also be made where any dwelling or building is connected to the wastewater or storm drainage systems. Before the permit can be used, evidence that the connection charge has been paid shall be filed with the Municipal Administrator.
      (3)   Charges for connection to either the wastewater or the storm drainage systems of the Municipality shall be as in accordance with the fee schedule as determined from time to time by Council.
         (Ord. 53-05.  Passed 10-24-05.)
   (d)   The Administrator shall devise and procure the permit forms, such permits to be consecutively numbered. The Administrator shall turn over to the Municipal Treasurer, in the manner prescribed by law, all funds received as a result of the connection charges which will be credited to the Sewage Utility Fund.
   (e)   All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner(s). The owner(s) shall indemnify the Municipality from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer. The owner(s) shall hold the Municipality harmless from any loss or damage that may in any way result from or be occasioned by such installation or connection.
   (f)   A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building; except where one nonresidential building stands at the rear of another nonresidential building on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court, yard, or driveway, the front building sewer may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one building sewer. However, the Municipality does not and will not assume any obligation or responsibility for damage caused by or resulting from any such single connection aforementioned. A single connection to the public system may be provided for several nonresidential building sewers collected by a privately owned interceptor. All provisions of this chapter shall apply to the privately owned interceptor.
   (g)   Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Municipal Administrator, to meet all requirements of this chapter and current rules and regulations of the Administrator as set forth in Section 935.09(d). Abandoned sewers or openings shall be plugged to prevent dirt or fill material from entering the sewer system.
   (h)   Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
   (i)   No connection or lateral extending to private property from a public sewer or drain shall be constructed except in accordance with specifications issued by the Municipal Administrator.
   (j)   All connections, tappings, or openings shall be made under the supervision of the Municipal Administrator. The applicant for the permit shall notify the Administrator when the connection is ready for inspection.
   (k)   All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways, and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the Municipality. All refilling of the excavation made for such connection shall be under the supervision of the municipal officials responsible for streets.
   (l)   Whenever a building is demolished, thus terminating sewage flow from such location, all building connections to the sewer system shall be plugged at the tapping or opening into the sewer, unless the building sewer is found to meet requirements of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the Municipal Administrator as provided under Section 935.09(d), in which case the plug shall be at the property line. Such plugging shall be made under the supervision of the Administrator. The owner(s) of the building shall notify the Administrator as to when the plugging shall occur.
(1980 Code 51.04; Ord. 24-97.)