Chapter 13.04


13.04.010    Definitions.

13.04.020    Operation and management of municipal utilities.

13.04.010 Definitions.

As used in this title:

“BOD” means the quantity of oxygen expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l), utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory conditions for five days at a temperature of twenty (20) degrees C. The laboratory determinations shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in “Standard Methods.”

“Combined sewers” means a combined sewer which receives both sewage and stormwater and surface water.

“Industrial waste” means any water-borne solids, liquids or gaseous wastes other than domestic wastewater discharging from, flowing from or escaping from any commercial, industrial, manufacturing or food processing operation or process or from the development of any natural resources, or any mixture of these with water or domestic wastewater.

“Normal strength domestic wastes” means a sewage not containing any toxic substances beyond established level and having concentrations less than or equal to 250 mg/l BOD, 300 mg/l SS, 5 mg/l phosphorus and 25 mg/l ammonia nitrogen.

“Operation and maintenance costs” means the actual sums spent by the utility in the operation and maintenance of its wastewater works consisting of, but not limited to, each and all of the following purposes:

1.    Wages and salaries and employees’ related expenses of operating, maintenance, clerical, laboratory and supervisory personnel, together with fringe benefits and premiums paid on such wages and salaries for the State Workmen’s Compensation coverage;

2.    Electrical power;

3.    Chemicals, fuel and other operating supplies;

4.    Repairs to and maintenance of the equipment associated therewith;

5.    Premiums for hazard insurance;

6.    Premiums for insurance providing coverage against liability for the injury to persons and/or property;

7.    Rents and leasing costs;

8.    Operation, licensing and maintenance costs for trucks and heavy equipment;

9.    Consultant and legal fees;

10.    Replacement.

“Replacement costs” means expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories and appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the treatment works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed.

“Sanitary sewers” means a sewer that conveys domestic wastewater or industrial waste or a combination of both and into which storm, surface and ground waters or unpolluted industrial wastewater are not intentionally passed.

“Storm sewer” means a sewer which carries storm and surface drainage, but excludes domestic waste water and industrial wastes.

“Suspended solids” means the quantity of solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in, water, sewage or other liquids and which are removable by a laboratory filtration device. Quantitative determination of suspended solids shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in “Standard Methods.”

“User charge” means a charge levied on users of a collection system for the user’s proportional share of the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement.

“WPDES permit” means a permit to discharge pollutants obtained under the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES), pursuant to Ch. 147, Wisconsin Statutes. (Prior code § 13.01)

13.04.020 Operation and management of municipal utilities.

A.    Director of Public Works to Operate Utilities. Pursuant to Section 66.0805, Wisconsin Statutes, the operation and management of all public utilities in the city shall be entrusted to the director of public works.

B.    Utility Commissioner. In discharging the function entrusted to him by subsection A of this section, the director of public works shall be designated the utility commissioner and shall have the following general powers:

1.    To keep all records in the manner prescribed by the public service commission, the Department of Natural Resources and the council;

2.    To maintain and operate any such utility;

3.    To prepare plans, designs and specifications for the construction of utility facilities necessary to the operation and improvement of any such utility;

4.    To file all reports with reference to the operation of such utilities as the council, the department of natural resources or the public service commission may, from time to time, require. (Ord. 1819 § 3 (part), 2001; Prior code § 13.02)