(A) No connection to the sewer collection system of the city shall be allowed until a sewer tap permit is obtained and the appropriate availability fee has been paid. Such fee shall be paid in full at the time application is made for a sewer tap permit.
(B) There is hereby established as of the effective date of this section an availability and connection fee for each new connection to the Peru Utilities sewer collection system. The wastewater availability fee shall be based upon the size of the water line tap connected to the water distribution system, as detailed below:
Availability fees are based on a ratio of a 3/4” tap, the normal size for residential installations, and the size tap used in any particular connection. For connection sizes not shown above, the cost shall be calculated using that ratio of the diameter of a ¾ ” tap to the diameter of the tap in any particular installation.
(C) Any new connection to the wastewater system must also install a meter to measure water entering the facility, even in instances in which the facility is not connected to the Peru Utilities water distribution system, and the Availability Fee assessed under this Chapter shall be determined by the size of the tap to which the meter is connected. Such meters must meet the specifications of Peru Utilities, and shall be installed at the expense of the owner or developer.
(D) The following funds and the uses of same are hereby established:
(1) Sewer Collection System Improvement Fund - This fund shall be used by the Peru Utilities Service Board to pay the costs of improvement, replacements, extensions of the sewer collection system and the separation of storm and sanitary sewers of the city. Such costs shall include engineering fees, professional fees, construction costs, costs of maintenance of records and documents and such other costs as are ordinary and necessary in the repair, replacement or extension of the sewer collection system.
(2) Treatment Plant Expansion Fund - This fund shall be used by the Peru Utilities Service Board to pay the costs of wastewater treatment plant capital improvements related to increasing plant capacity. Such costs shall include engineering fees, professional fees, construction expenses and debt service.
(E) All sewer availability fees collected shall be placed in the Sewer Collection System Improvement Fund.
(F) All interest earned on monies held in the Sewer Collection System Improvement Fund and the Treatment Plant Expansion Fund shall increase and remain in each fund. If payment is not made, the fee constitutes a lien on the property for which the connection is made. The lien may be enforced as prescribed by I.C. 36-9-23-34.
(G) The availability and connection costs shall be due and payable to the Peru utilities upon issuance of sewer tap permit for any new user and shall be non-refundable.
(H) Easements required by the Peru utilities, for the extension of sewers and for services across the lands of the user or developer shall be surveyed and dedicated without cost to the utilities by the owner(s) of the real estate. All extensions to the Peru Wastewater Utilities System shall be dedicated to the Utility Service Board and accepted by them prior to connection.
An Ordinance to amend the Peru Code of Ordinances to change the sewer availability fees of Peru Utilities, is hereby passed and enacted this 7th day of December, 2009, by a vote of 7 Ayes and 0 Nays.