Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17834 on 09/15/2003, Section 27-52 read as follows.


    (a) Water service lines, including the water main tap, the pipe, fittings, and valves between the main and the customer's installation, the water meter, its appurtenances and the meter box shall be and remain the property of the department, which shall be responsible for their perpetual maintenance.

    (b) Application for a water service line shall be simultaneous with application for water service to previously unserved properties and shall be accompanied with the normal service deposit as well as a connection fee. It shall be understood that the service will be placed into immediate use, and billing shall be started at the completion of the first full month after the connection.

    (c) Water service lines to previously unserved properties or to properties previously served by an inadequate or noncity owned service line within the city limits shall be installed by the department upon application and only after all requirements for water main extension and payment have been met. The required fees for connection and meter installation, where applicable, shall be paid at the time of application or may be billed during the normal billing cycle in the month subsequent to the date of application, at the city's option. The city may demand payment in cash.

    (1)     Connection fee (applies to all customer connections):



Size of Pipe
Charge
1-inch or less....
$   365.00 500.00  

        For pipe sizes larger than one inch, the fee shall be the actual cost of labor, equipment and material, including the meter box and the meter, plus a markup to cover the actual cost of overhead as determined from cost computed at the end of each fiscal year.

        The customer may provide and install, to department specifications, the meter box for meters having inlet and outlet openings larger than two (2) inches in diameter.

        An additional charge equal to the actual cost of such work shall be made for cutting and repairing concrete sidewalk and streets.

    (2)     Meter box and appurtenances fee. On properties (generally industrial, commercial, or multiple-family residential in use) served by private water mains and/or private water service lines, where one or more water meter is required and the meter box(es) and appurtenances are to be installed by a plumbing, mechanical, or general contractor, the meter box(es) and appurtenances shall be furnished by the department and the customer shall be assessed per meter as follows:

Size of Meter
Charge
5/8-inch....
$ 82.00
1-inch....
$ 88.00


        This fee shall be in addition to the connection fee (which shall be assessed if the department taps either a public or private water main and whether or not a valve/stop and valve box are installed), and to the meter fee. The department may, at its option, provide single or double meter settings per meter box, with no adjustment to the meter box and appurtenance fee.

    (3)     Meter fee. In addition to the connection fee, each customer who requests service to previously unserved properties, or to properties where a meter of greater size than the previous meter is required, shall be assessed a meter fee as follows:


Size of Meter
Charge
5/8-inch....
$31.00
1-inch....
85.00


    (d) Water service lines to previously unserved properties outside the city limits shall be installed by the department upon application and payment of one hundred fifty (150) per cent of the charge for similar services within the city, and only after all requirements for water main extension and payment have been met.

    (e) The department may, at the option of the director, install water service lines to vacant and previously unserved properties prior to receiving application for such service line; provided, however, that service lines so installed shall not be used for the purpose of providing service to a customer until after such customer has made formal application and paid the connection fee for such service.

    (f) In addition to the herein-stated fees, each new customer who requests and receives a water service connection to a water main which was installed by the department, or at the expense of the department, shall pay a proportional share of the cost of the water main. (See section 27-72.)

For commercial customers, when a remote-read meter is required, the meter fee shall be the actual cost of the meter, plus a markup to cover the actual cost of overhead as determined from cost computed at the end of each fiscal year.

(Code 1964, § 15.310; Ord. No. 9992, § 1, 11-7-83; Ord. No. 12834, § 1, 1-7-91; Ord. No. 13554, § 1, 12-21-92; Ord. No. 14214, § 1, 9-19-94; Ord. No. 14618, § 1, 9-18-95; Ord. No. 14978, § 1, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 16186, § 1, 9-20-99; Ord. No. 16589, § 1, 9-18-00; Ord. No. 17021, § 1, 9-17-01; Ord. No. 17435, § 1, 9-16-02)