Chapter 14.20


14.20.010    Construction costs.

14.20.020    Supervision required.

14.20.030    Expense reimbursement.

14.20.040    Reimbursement procedure.

14.20.050    Reimbursement procedure – Term “sanitary sewer” to include other systems.

14.20.010 Construction costs.

The construction costs of all sanitary sewer and water mains shall be paid by the property benefitted and in the following manner: water mains and sanitary sewers of a size sufficient to service the proposed development as determined by the city engineering department, and lines of the required size together with all incidentals such as fire hydrants, manholes, valves, etc., will be paid for by the property directly served. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit the city from requiring oversized lines, above and beyond a size sufficient to service the proposed development, and in the event said lines are required, the city may share in the cost of any oversized lines. (Ord. 2384 § 1, 1993).

14.20.020 Supervision required.

All persons or local improvement districts desiring to extend water or sanitary sewer mains must do so under the supervision of, and as directed by the city engineer. All such extensions must be carried across the full width of the property being served except in those cases where, in the opinion of the city engineer, the utility involved can never, under any circumstances, be extended beyond the property being served. (Ord. 2384 § 1, 1993).

14.20.030 Expense reimbursement.

Where a water or sanitary sewer main is extended along a street at the expense of the property owner or owners on one portion of the street only, or where such a line is extended through property not currently served and not contributing to the cost of the line, or when the city extends a water or sanitary sewer main, the person or persons paying the costs of extension of the water or sanitary sewer main shall be reimbursed by the noncontributing property owners at the time these owners connect to the water or sewer main, and in the manner provided in PMC 14.20.040; unless exempted by PMC 14.20.040. (Ord. 2384 § 1, 1993).

14.20.040 Reimbursement procedure.

(1) Itemized Breakdown of Costs. After the time that the extension referred to in PMC 14.20.030 is complete, the person or persons responsible for said anticipated construction or completed construction, shall submit to the city engineer a notarized statement containing an itemized breakdown of the total costs of the completed construction and an application fee as established by resolution by the city council. Upon receipt of the statements showing total costs of the completed construction, the city engineer’s office shall prepare an assessment roll containing the following information:

(a) The total area and front footage of property currently paying or sharing the costs of the construction;

(b) The total area and front footage of the property physically capable of being served by the proposed utility line (including subdivision (a) above);

(c) The names and permanent mailing addresses of all property owners covered by subdivisions (a) and (b) of this section.

(2) Public Hearing. The above information shall be reported to the city council and a copy thereof shall be forwarded, by regular mail, to all property owners listed in subsections (1)(a) and (b), together with the city engineer’s estimate of the actual costs of said improvement to each of the said property owners to be potentially benefitted. The city council shall set a date for a public hearing on the improvement and the equitable proration of the cost of said improvement to the properties potentially benefitted or directly benefitted. Following the closing of the public hearing, the city council may enter into a contract between the city and the property owners paying the cost of the extension or the contract to provide that thereafter, when any property not having contributed to the original cost of the line or extension is connected thereto, the prorated construction cost chargeable to that property will be collected by the city, in addition to all other necessary connection charges, and the amount representing the construction costs will be prorated and distributed among the property owners who paid the original cost or their legal heirs or assigns, unless exempted as set forth below, or unless provision is made in the contract for the proceeds to be used by the city for future system improvements.

(3) Exemption for Existing Single-family Residence. The city council may, in the exercise of discretion, exempt the owners of any pre-existing single-family residence from the reimbursement contract set forth in subsection (2) of this section at the time the city enters into said reimbursement contract. In the event that an exemption is granted to a preexisting single-family residence the developer or the property owners initially paying the costs of the extension or construction shall absorb any amounts so exempted.

(4) Repayment Provisions. The city council may, in the exercise of discretion, require the owner of the property chargeable with prorated construction costs to pay said costs in one lump sum or may allow installment payments.

(a) If the owner is required by the city council to make a lump sum payment, such payment must be made prior to connection.

(b) If the installment payment plan is elected, $25.00 cash shall be paid on or before the date the connection is made, the payment to constitute a service charge for bookkeeping and accounting expense to the city in processing the installment payment plan.

(c) The first annual installment shall become due and payable 30 days from the date of the issuance of the sewer or water permit, with a like annual payment total of all installment payments plus interest is fully paid. If these charges, or any of them, are not so paid they shall become delinquent and shall bear interest from and after the date of delinquency at the rate of 18 percent per year until paid. All charges shall be paid to and collected by the city treasurer. (Ord. 2384 § 1, 1993).

14.20.050 Reimbursement procedure – Term “sanitary sewer” to include other systems.

For the purpose of providing a method to obtain reimbursement for the installation of enclosed storm drainage systems, the term “sanitary sewer,” as contained in this chapter, shall include storm or sanitary systems. (Ord. 3130 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016; Ord. 2384 § 1, 1993).