Section 110-031; Ord. 20171; Amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to water connection fees

Ordinance No. 20171                            Council Bill No. B 10-09


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


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

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

    (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.

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    (c)     Water service lines to previously unserved properties or to properties previously served by an inadequate or non-city-owned service line within the water utility service area shall be installed upon application and only after all requirements for water main extension and payment have been met. The required fees for connection, tap 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.

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    (2)     Tap fee. This fee shall be in addition to the connection fee and meter fee and shall be assessed for each tap made by the department on public water mains. The tap fee will be waived when the only purpose of the tap is for installing a sprinkler system in a structure built before the requirement of fire sprinklers. On each tap, the customer shall be assessed as follows:

    Size of Tap                                       Charge

    1-inch    $160.00

    1½ --2-inch    250.00

    4-inch and larger    500.00

For all commercial services or connections larger than one (1) inch, the customer shall be responsible for all necessary permits, preparation of the water main so that the tap may be made (including saw cutting of pavement, if required), site excavation, installation of the service line across the street (if required), and all applicable site restoration costs. All excavations under pavement must be restored per city public works department, Boone County Public Works, or Missouri Department of Transportation specifications.

     (3)     Meter box and appurtenances fee. Meter boxes and appurtenances shall be installed by the customer based on department specifications. No fees shall be assessed for meter box and appurtenances. For services on a public main, a one-year warranty, after initiation of water service, is required. At the end of the warranty period, the department shall be responsible for maintenance of the service. For services on a private water main, maintenance will remain the responsibility of the customer.  On properties (generally industrial, commercial or multiple-family residential in use) served by private water mains 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 customer, based on department specifications, and no fees shall be assessed.  On properties served by public mains, the customer shall be assessed per meter as follows:

    Size of Meter                                       Charge

     5/8-inch    $400.00

     1-inch    410.00

This fee shall be in addition to the connection fee, tap fee (which shall be assessed if the department taps a public water main and whether or not a valve/stop and valve box are installed) and 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.

The customer shall provide and install to department specifications the meter box for meters having inlet and outlet openings larger than one (1) inch in diameter and no fees shall be assessed.

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    SECTION 2.    This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 20th day of January, 2009.