§ 53.58  ADMINISTRATION; BILLING, LIENS, RECORDS AND THE LIKE.
   (A)   Bills.
      (1)   Said rates or charges for service shall be payable monthly or quarterly depending on the classification of service for which bills are rendered. The owner of the premises, the occupant thereof and the user of the service shall be jointly and severally liable to pay for the service to such premises and the service is furnished to the premises by the village only upon the condition that the owner of the premises, occupant and user of the services are jointly and severally liable therefor to the village. Bills for sewer service shall be sent out by the Village Treasurer or his or her designee on the first day of the month or quarter succeeding the period for which the service is billed.
      (2)   All sewer bills are due and payable 15 days after being sent out. A penalty of 10% shall be added to all bills not paid by the thirtieth day after they have been rendered.
   (B)   Delinquent bills. If the charges for such services are not paid within 60 days, or 60 days herein above mentioned after the rendition of the bill for such services, such services shall be discontinued without further notice and shall not be reinstated until all claims are settled.
   (C)   Lien notice of delinquency.
      (1)   Whenever a bill for sewer service remains unpaid for 60 days for monthly service after it has been rendered, the Village Treasurer shall file with the County Recorder of Deeds a statement of lien claim. This statement shall contain the legal description of the premises served, the amount of the unpaid bill and a notice that claims a lien for this amount as well as for all charges subsequent to the period covered by the bill.
      (2)   If the user whose bill is unpaid is not the owner of the premises and the Village Treasurer has notice of this, notice shall be mailed to the owner of the premises if his or her address be known to the Treasurer, whenever such bill remains unpaid for the period 45 days for a monthly bill or 105 days for a quarterly bill after it has been rendered.
      (3)   The failure of the Village Treasurer to record such lien or to mail such notice or the failure of the owner to receive such notice shall not affect the right to foreclose the lien for unpaid bills as mentioned in division (C)(2) above.
   (D)   Foreclosure of lien. Property subject to a lien for unpaid charges shall be sold for non-payment of the same, and the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to pay the charges, after deducting costs, as is the case in the foreclosure of statutory liens. Such foreclosure shall be by bill-in equity in the name of the village. The Village Attorney is hereby authorized and directed to institute such proceedings in the name of the village in any court having jurisdiction over such matters against any property for which the bill has remained unpaid 45 days in the case of a monthly bill or 105 days in the case of a quarterly bill after it has been rendered.
   (E)   Revenues.
      (1)   All revenues and moneys derived from the operation of the sewerage system shall be deposited in the sewerage account of the Sewerage Fund. All such revenues and moneys shall be held by the Village Treasurer separate and apart from his or her private funds and separate and apart from all other funds of the village and all of said sum, without any deductions whatever, shall be delivered to the Village Treasurer not more than ten days after receipt of the same, or at such more frequent intervals as may from time to time be directed by the President and Board of Trustees. The Village Treasurer shall receive all such revenues from the sewerage system and all other funds and moneys incident to the operation of such system as the same may be delivered to him or her and deposit the same in the account of the fund designated as the “Sewerage Fund of the Village”.
      (2)   Said Treasurer shall administer such fund in every respect in the manner provided by stature of the Revised Cities and Villages Act, 65 ILCS 20.
   (F)   Accounts.
      (1)   The Village Treasurer shall establish a proper system of accounts and shall keep proper books, records and accounts in which complete and correct entries shall be made of all transactions relative to the sewerage system and, at regular annual intervals, he or she shall cause to be made an audit by an independent auditing concern of the books to show the receipts and disbursements of the sewerage system.
      (2)   In addition to the customary operating statements, the annual audit report shall also reflect the revenues and operating expenses of the wastewater facilities, including a replacement cost, to indicate that sewer service charges under the waste cost recovery system do in fact meet these regulations. In this regard, the financial information to be shown in the audit report shall include the following:
         (a)   Flow data showing total gallons received at the wastewater plant for the current fiscal year;
         (b)   Billing data to show total number of gallons billed per fiscal year;
         (c)   Debt service for the next succeeding fiscal year;
         (d)   Number of users connected to the system;
         (e)   Number of non-metered users; and
         (f)   A list of users discharging non-domestic and industrial wastes and volume of waste discharged.
   (G)   Access to records. The USEPA or its authorized representative shall have access to any books, documents, papers and records of the village which are applicable to the village system of user charges for the purpose of making audit, examination, excerpts and transcriptions thereof to ensure compliance with the terms of the (special and general conditions to any state grant) (federal regulations and conditions of the federal grant) (loan agreement and rules of any state loan).
(Ord. 216, passed 9-7-2005)