Section 105-459; Ord. 18218; Amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to water and electric fee changes


Ordinance No.           018218                       Council Bill No. B 277-04           


AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to water and electric fee changes; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 27-18. Service fees.

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    (d)     Minimum monthly charges. Minimum monthly charges established in this Code for utility services shall be assessed for each location where the utility service is provided. Minimum monthly charges for water services and fixed monthly customer charges for electric services and fixed monthly service charges for sewage service shall be prorated based on the number of days of service received when a customer receives service at a location for less than a complete billing period.

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Sec. 27-52. Water service lines--Ownership; application; fees.

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    (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 water utility service area 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....
$ 500.00 560.00
 

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....
$ 82.00 142.00
1-inch....
88.00 148.00
 
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.  All meters installed after October 1, 2004 shall be remote-read meters and fees will be as follows:
    
Size of Meter
Charge
5/8-inch....
$ 31.00 188.00
1-inch....
85.00 242.00
 
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.

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Sec. 27-125. Same--Fire protection.

    No monthly charge for water shall be made for fire protection facilities, sprinkler systems, hose closets, etc.; provided, that any water used by such system is used for the sole purpose of preventing or extinguishing fires.   Metered water use from fire hydrants shall be billed at the residential rate in effect for the jurisdiction and the season when used.


    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after October 1, 2004.

    PASSED this 20th day of September, 2004.