CITY OF WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA
PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE RELATING TO SEWER RATES, FEES AND CHARGES
Notice is hereby given, that, on the 1st day of May, 2009, the City Council of the City of Wheeling caused to be read an Ordinance proposing increased rates, fees and charges in lieu of those rates and charges contained in its tariff P.S.C. W.Va. No. 14, currently on file with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, for furnishing sewer service to customers in Ohio County, West Virginia and is proposing the adoption of the same.The City Council will have its final reading and vote on the ordinance on May 19, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.The meeting for the vote on said adoption will be open to the public and will be held in the City Council Chambers City-County Building, 1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, West Virginia.Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed rates, fees or charges.
A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s Office, Room 301, 1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. The proposed ordinance reads as follows:
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AND FIXING RATES, FEES, AND CHARGES THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION OF THE CITY WILL CHARGEITS CITIZENS AND ITS CUSTOMERS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF ITSCORPORATE LIMITS, FOR THE COLLECTION AND TREATMENT OF SANITARY SEWAGE.
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Wheeling deems it advisable and necessary that its present sewer rates and charges for service provided to customers of its sewer system be increased in order that the City may meet its going-level expenses; and to provide for necessary upgrades to its system in order to meet state and federal regulatory requirements, and
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Wheeling finds that the following rates are just and equitable for the service provided to its sewer customers through the use of its sewerage collection and treatment system and that such rates will be sufficient to meet its going-level expenses and for the upgrading, maintenance and operation of its sewerage collection and treatment system.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF Wheeling as follows:
The following schedule of rates, fees and charges are hereby fixed and determined as the rates, fees and charges to be charged to customers of the sewerage system of the City of Wheeling throughout the entire territory served:
SECTION 1.SCHEDULE OF RATES
RATE SCHEDULE I
Applicable within the entire territory served
AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE
Available for general domestic, commercial, industrial and sale for resale sewer service
RATE (Based on the metered amount of water supplied)
First10,000gallons used per month$5.68per 1,000 gallons
Next90,000gallons used per month$5.47per 1,000 gallons
Next100,000gallons used per month$5.28per 1,000 gallons
Over200,000gallons used per month$3.46per 1,000 gallons
UNMETERED (FLAT) RATE
Equivalent of 4,500 gallons of water usage$25.58per month
No bill will be rendered for less than $9.03 per month, which is equivalent of 1,589 gallons of usage with a 5/8? meter.
TAP INSPECTION FEE
The tap inspection fee shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
Whenever water service has been disconnected for non-payment of sewer bills in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the City of Wheeling, a disconnection fee of $25.00 shall be charged; or, in the event the delinquent sewer bill is collected by the water company, an administrative fee of $25.00 shall be charged.
Whenever water service, which has been previously disconnected or otherwise withheld for non-payment of a sewer bill in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the City of Wheeling, is reconnected, a reconnection fee of $25.00 shall be charged.
DELAYED PAYMENT PENALTY
The above schedule is net.On all accounts not paid in full when due, ten percent (10%) will be added to the net current amount unpaid.This delayed payment penalty is not interest and is to be collected only once for each bill where it is appropriate.
$0.447 per 1,000 gallons of water is to be used when the bill reflects unusual water consumption which can be attributed to eligible leakage on customer’s side of the meter.This rate shall be applied to all such consumption above the customer’s historic average usage.
RETURNED CHECK CHARGE
A service charge equal to the actual bank fee assessed to the sewer utility up to a maximum of $25.00, will be imposed upon any customer whose check for payment of charges is returned by the bank for any reason.
INDUSTRIAL SURCHARGE RATES
Rate applicable to Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
concentration in excess of 300 mg/1$0.073 per pound
Rate applicable to Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
concentration in excess of 350 mg/1$0.479 per pound
PRETREATMENT MONITORING CUSTOMER CHARGE
Customer charge for industrial customers that require monitoring
of excess strength wastewater$150.00 per month
RATE SCHEDULE 2
Applicable to other systems served by the Water Pollution Control Division of the City of Wheeling, West Virginia, located outside the city limits.
SERVICE TO OTHER SYSTEMS
Service to other systems to be charged monthly on the basis of the allocated cost of service in the form of a Service Charge and a Volume Rate.
Service Charge $100.00per month
Volume Rate$2.62 per 1,000 gallons
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
The rates, fees and charges provided herein shall be effective 45 days after the enactment hereof.
SECTION 3.STATUTORY NOTICE AND PUBLIC HEARING
Upon introduction hereof, the City Clerk shall publish a copy of this Ordinance in a newspaper published and of general circulation in Ohio County, West Virginia, as a Class II publication.The first publication shall be made at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for the public hearing on the ordinance and the second publication at least five (5) days before the meeting of the City Council at which a final reading and vote on the ordinance will be held.Said notice shall state that this Ordinance has been introduced, and that any person interested may appear before Council on the 19th day of May 2009, at 7:00 p.m., and present protests, if any.At such hearing all objections and suggestions shall be heard and the Council shall take such action as it shall deem proper on the premises.
Further, said Notice shall advise the public that a copy of this ordinance is available for public inspection.
The above Ordinance has been introduced at a meeting of Council held on May 1, 2009.