ORDINANCE 14-03  (THE SEWER-WATER ORDINANCE OF REQUIREMENTS)

ORDINANCE 14-03  (THE SEWER-WATER ORDINANCE OF REQUIREMENTS)

 

Connections with water works systemWhere available, the owner of every lot or parcel of land within the Town of White Springs Florida shall connect or cause the plumbing of any building(s) to be connected, with the municipal waste works system.   THE WATER LINE GOES BY MANY LOTS. WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, WHY WERE THERE NOT CONNECTIONS AS IT SO STATES AND WHY ARE THE LOTS FREE OF BEING CHARGED THE MINIMUM WATER CHARGE?

 

Connections with Sewer required – The owner of each lot or parcel of land upon which any building, trailer used as a dwelling is now or shall be situated for either  residential, commercial or industrial use, shall be connected with the public sewer facility within thirty (30) days following notification by the clerk of the Town…….If an owner has a privately owned sewage facility in actual use at the time of the adoption of this ordinance, no connection shall be required if said owner pays the town the sum of $32.76 per month….now $34.00.   No connecton(s) required where sewer line is more than 200 feet from such lot or parcel of land. UNLIKE THE WATER WORKS SYSTEM CONNECTIONS, THIS CLAUSE GIVES MORE THAN ONE EXCEMPTION…IN THE SENSE THAT IT STATES CONNECTIONS ARE TO BE MADE TO BUILDINGS (not just lots). 

IT ALSO EXEMPTS ALL THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR OWN PRIVATE SEWAGE FACILITY WHICH THEY ARE USING AS WELL AS PARCELS OF LAND 200 FEET FROM THE LINE.   CERTAIN PEOPLE WERE REQUIRED; CERTAIN PEOPLE WERE NOT.

THERE ARE SEWER LINES IN PLACE AND IF THERE IS A SEWER LINE IN FRONT OF ONE’S HOUSE THEY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONNECT.  NOW ANY REDUCTION IS GIVEN TO THE FIRST TIER…MEANING THOSE EXEMPT FROM THE SEWER CONNECTION.  WILLY AND TANJA ARE NOT CONNECTED AND THEY GOT THE “$5.00 REDUCTION YEAR AND THE $2.85 REDUCTION”.  AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THOSE THAT DID NOT ELECT SEWER CONNECTIONS SHOULD PAY THE FULL MINIMUM AND LET ANY REDUCTION GO TO THOSE THAT ARE CONNECTED.  RIGHT NOW THOSE WITH SEWER AND WATER CONNECTIONS ARE THE ONES REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE REST WHO CAN SLIP BY AND OUR TOWN OFFICIALS ALLOW THAT INSTEAD OF BEING FAIR AND USING THE LAW OF LARGE NUMBERS.

 

 

ORDINANCE 14-03  (THE SEWER-WATER ORDINANCE OF REQUIREMENTS)

WATER RATES:

Residential Users and Churches:

$ 17.00 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 2,000 gallons

PLUS $2.00 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water.

 

Laundromats:

$55.12 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 2,000 gallons

PLUS $2.50 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water

 

All Other Commercial Users:

$31.10 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 2,000 gallons

PLUS $2.50 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water

IS THE STATE PARK A COMMERCIAL USER?  IF SO, SINCE THEY DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR YEARS AND INSTEAD THE CITIZENS OF WHITE SPRINGS PAID THEIR FEES, WHY IS THE PARK’S RATES NOT HIGHER?

 

Schools:

$60.08 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 2,000 gallons

PLUS $2.50 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water

 

 

Outside Town Limits: (at Rates 25% greater than Town Residents)

$21.25 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 2,000 gallons

PLUS $2.50 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water

 

 

SEWER RATES:

Residential Users and Churches: 

$19.85 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 1,000 gallons

PLUS $8.41 per 1000 gallons or fractional part thereof of metered water

 

Laundromats:

$19.85 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 1,000 gallons

PLUS $8.41 per 1000 gallons or fractional part thereof of metered water

 

All Other Commercial Users:

$19.85 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 1,000 gallons

PLUS $8.41 per 1000 gallons or fractional part thereof of metered water

 

Schools:

$19.85 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 1,000 gallons

PLUS $8.41 per 1000 gallons or fractional part thereof of metered water

Outside Town Limits: (at Rates 25% greater than Town Residents)

$25.94 per month MINIMUM CHARGE for the initial 1,000 gallons

PLUS $10.51 per 1000 gallon or fractional part of metered water

 

Rates for Sewer and Water shall be adjusted annually on October 1st, at a minimum, based on the June cost of living index as determined by www.bls.gov/ro3/cpiso.htmClass D size

 

CONNECTION CHARGES:

$750.00   Inside Town Limits – Water

$937.00   Outside Town Limits – Water

 

$1,250.00  Inside Town Limits – Sewer

$ 1,562.00 minimum or the actual costs to the Town which ever is greater-Sewer

 

 

DEPOSIT:

After the effective date of this ordinance  OCTOBER 14, 2014 NO NEW WATER ACCOUNT SHALL BE OPENED OR Municipal water be made available until said person or entity shall first deposit against future billings the sum of $300 if water is to be turned on inside the territorial boundaries of the Town of White Springs/turned on outside the territorial boundaries.

If delinquent by 2 months, the Town shall apply the customer’s deposit to the delinquent bill.  If the customer’s water is turned off for failure to timely pay an outstanding water bill, or for any other lawful reason, the customer shall pay any applicable reconnect fees and A NEW $300.00 DEPOSIT

SINCE THERE IS NO PROVISION OF RETURNING THE $300.00 DEPOSIT, IT SHOULD BE LISTED AS A FEE ESPECIALLY IF WATER IS CUT OFF AND A NEW DEPOSIT MUST BE USED.  ALTHOUGH IT MAY BE USED BY THE TOWN TO PAY THE WATER BILL, THEREAFTER, THE $300.00 WOULD HAVE TO BE REPLENISHED.

 

$20.00 Transfer fee together with any other applicable fees or charges for reason of transfer to a different location.

 

No one shall be allowed to connect to any water line or sewer line WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE TOWN, and the CONNECTION shall be made under the DIRECTION AND SUPERVISION OF THE TOWN.

Connecting Old Plumbing with Town Sewer main and/or water line, the owner or plumber contemplating doing such work shall notify the Town Plumbing Inspector who will inspect said old plumbing and notify the owner  or plumber what alterations will be necessary….anyone making a connection without the approval of the plumbing inspector shall be subject to penalties.  WHO IS THE TOWN PLUMBING INSPECTOR?  IS THERE A DEFINITION?  I THINK NOT!

 

 

PAYMENT OF LATE FEES AND BILLS REQUIRED:

Bills for the monthly charges and fees SHALL BE SUBMITTED AND PAYABLE ON THE 1st day of each month.

If remain unpaid after the 15th day of each month, a late charge of $15.00 shall be imposed and added to said bill

And, the water service to the consumer shall be subject to discontinuance and shall not be reconnected after discontinuance until all past due water bills and sewage disposal fees and late charges are fully paid together with a reconnection fee of $30.00

 

Where Sewage disposal fees are not paid, the Town has the right to cut off the water supply and the owner will have no right to reconnect his own private water supply until the sewage disposal fees have been paid in full.  Connecting without paying subjects one to penalties.

 

Failure to maintain plumbing system – We must keep the pipe leading from the plumbing system to the Town main, clean and maintained otherwise the Town will cut off the water connection until the sewer pipe is cleaned.  I AM NOT CERTAIN WE CAN SEE THE PIPES WHICH ARE UNDER GROUND SO I AM NOT CERTAIN IF THEY ARE REQUIRING ROTO ROOTER SERVICE OR WHAT Okay, take your brooms and sweep the grass or pavement above the sewer pipes.

 

APARTMENTS, MULTI UNIT COMPLEXES – There will be separate connections for each separate unit

 

PRIVATE WELLS – No owner, citizen or entity owning, occupying any lot or parcel of land shall install a private well for potable water use. EXCEPT FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES.

It’s funny, we know of a prior councilman who has dug up a hole seeking water, whether or not he will be using it for irrigation.  What is ridiculous is the fact that the Town worries about a new well being put in but is not worried about the old abandoned wells around town wherein someone, especially a child could fall in.   With all these unoccupied buildings which are not maintained, the owners should also pay the minimum sewer and water bill per month and perhaps they would do something about the wells and the buildings which are ready to fall down but which the council does not wish to follow ordinances which would most likely condemn most of these buildings and properties.  Why follow ordinances if you are in White Springs?  You might hurt a friend?

SERVICE CALLS & TESTING:

$ 20.00 per water repair service call made between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

$ 75.00 per water repair serviced for after hour service calls.

$50.00 per test Meter testing

$75.00  per test Water testing

If the problem was caused b the Town, no fee will be charged for testing.

COMMERCIAL TANKERS:

$50.00 FLAT fee PLUS $10.00 per 1000 gallons of water to fill COMMERCIAL TANKERS.

 

PENALTIES:

Violators will be subject to a fine not to exceed $500.00 or imprisonment for not to exceed 60 days or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the appropriate Court.

Any failure or refusal by an owner to connect to the Town sewer system after notification to do so, or failure or refusal to pay the charge or rates, shall be construed to be a violation of this ordinance.  WHAT A HOOT!  IT IS SAID ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY BUT THE MINIMUM SEWER RATES if you have a sewer system of your own….but who checks that sewer system?  AND CERTAIN PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH NOT HAVING TO CONNECT WHILE SOME HAVE BEEN ORDERED BY THE TOWN CLERK/MANAGER TO CONNECT.   I GUESS IT IS WHO YOU KNOW THAT ASSISTS ONE IN WHITE SPRINGS.

 

 

 

 

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