Chapter 13.60


13.60.010    Definitions.

13.60.020    System of charges.

13.60.030    Billing and collection.

13.60.040    Connection fees.

13.60.050    Developer contributions.

13.60.010 Definitions.

A. “Developed parcel” means any parcel which has been altered by grading or filling of the ground surface, or by construction of any improvement or other impervious surface area which affects the hydraulic properties of the parcel.

B. “Impervious surface” means that hard surface area which causes water to run off the surface in greater quantities or at an increased rate of flow from that present under natural conditions preexistent to development. Common impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, rooftops, concrete or asphalt paving, walkways, patios, driveways, parking lots or storage areas, and oiled, macadam or other surfaces which similarly impede the natural infiltration of surface water.

C. “Parcel” means a separately segregated unit or plot of land having an identified owner and specified boundaries.

D. “Undeveloped parcel” means any parcel which has not been altered by grading or filling of the ground surface, or by construction of any improvements or other impervious surface areas which affect the hydraulic properties of the parcel. (Ord. 91-1 § 1, 1991).

13.60.020 System of charges.

There is imposed a system of charges on each parcel of real property within the area of the city as shown on the map thereof on file in the office of the city clerk-treasurer, hereinafter called “the defined area,” to operate a storm water drainage utility. The charges are deemed reasonable and necessary to fund administration, planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair, improvement and replacement of all existing and future storm and surface water facilities, including the accumulation of reserves and the retirement of any associated debt.

The following charges are hereby established for all parcels of real property located within the defined area:

A. Undeveloped Parcels. Undeveloped parcels shall not be charged.

B. Other Parcels.

1. The charge for all other parcels except residential parcels and undeveloped parcels shall be based upon the total amount of impervious surface as measured by the public works department.

2. The charge for all such parcels shall be $1.00 per month for each 2,000 square feet of impervious surface.

3. The charge for all such parcels, the owners of which contributed to the cost of acquisition and construction of the existing stormdrain and lift station facilities, shall be 50 percent of the rate set forth in subsection (B)(2) of this section. (Ord. 91-1 § 2, 1991).

13.60.030 Billing and collection.

Storm and surface water charges for each parcel of real property within the defined area shall be computed on a monthly basis. The amount billed shall be included on the utility bill. (Ord. 91-1 § 3, 1991).

13.60.040 Connection fees.

Connection fees shall be assessed against an owner of real property when any on-site storm or surface water drainage structure or facilities are attached to the city’s system of drainage facilities, or when any additional surface or storm water runoff is generated and delivered or transported through either natural or manmade watercourses to the city’s system of storm and surface water facilities. Connection fees shall represent a fair and equitable share of the historic cost of the city’s storm and surface water system of drainage structures and facilities. Such fees and amendments thereto shall be established by resolution of the city council, as amended from time to time. (Ord. 2017-01 § 1, 2017; Ord. 91-1 § 4, 1991).

13.60.050 Developer contributions.

The city public works department is hereby authorized to assess developers of real property within the defined area a fair and equitable pro rata portion of specific off-site storm and surface water drainage improvements necessitated by new developments on parcels owned by said developers. These assessments shall be made in addition to any other requirements of the city for on-site improvements. All developer contributions shall be placed in a separate revenue account and earmarked for specific projects or improvements, and utilized solely for such purposes. (Ord. 91-1 § 5, 1991).