Chapter 99—Sewer Service Charges

99.01 Sewer Service Charges Required
99.02 Rate
99.03 Special Rates
99.04 Private Water Systems
99.05 Payment of Bills
99.06 Lien for Nonpayment
99.07 Special Agreements Permitted
99.08 Property Owner’s Responsibility

99.01 SEWER SERVICE CHARGES REQUIRED.

Every customer shall pay to the City sewer service fees as hereinafter provided.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

99.02 RATE.

Sewer service shall be furnished at the following monthly rate within the City:

1. Metered Service

    A. First 100 cubic feet used per month @ $15.07 (minimum bill)

   B. All over 100 cubic feet used per month @ $3.52 per 100 cubic feet.

2. Unmetered Service.  $18.51 per month plus $3.52 per month per person residing on the premises.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

99.03 SPECIAL RATES.

Where, in the judgment of the Superintendent and the Council, special conditions exist to the extent that the application of the sewer charges provided in Section 99.02 would be inequitable or unfair to either the City or the customer, a special rate shall be proposed by the Superintendent and submitted to the Council for approval by resolution.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

99.04 PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS.

Customers whose premises are served by a private water system shall pay sewer charges based upon the water used as determined by the City either by an estimate agreed to by the customer or by metering the water system at the customer’s expense. Any negotiated, or agreed upon sales or charges shall be subject to approval of the Council.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

99.05 PAYMENT OF BILLS.

All sewer service charges are due and payable under the same terms and conditions provided for payment of a combined service account as contained in Section 92.04 of this Code of Ordinances. Sewer service may be discontinued in accordance with the provisions contained in Section 92.05 if the combined service account becomes delinquent, and the provisions contained in Section 92.08 relating to lien notices shall also apply in the event of a delinquent account.

99.06 LIEN FOR NONPAYMENT.

The owner of the premises served and any lessee or tenant thereof shall be jointly and severally liable for sewer service charges to the premises. Sewer service charges remaining unpaid and delinquent shall constitute a lien upon the premises served and shall be certified by the Clerk to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner as property taxes.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

99.07 SPECIAL AGREEMENTS PERMITTED.

No statement in these chapters shall be construed as preventing a special agreement, arrangement or contract between the Council, and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted subject to special conditions, rate and cost as established by the Council.

99.08 PROPERTY OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Property owners are required to notify City Hall of all “Change in Use” of their rental units. This must be done to ensure the rates are properly computed, especially in rental units where there is not a separate water meter for the rental unit. In the event the property owner fails to notify City Hall of the “Change in Use” of the rental unit and the change is discovered by the City, all charges will be retroactively enforced and billed to the property owner.