City Code: 276:0

Section 276:00. Purpose.

WHEREAS, the City of Owatonna has provided facilities for the collection and treatment of waste water to promote the health, safety and convenience of its people and for the safeguarding of water resources common to all, and

WHEREAS, provision must be made in the design, construction and operation of such facilities to accommodate certain types and quantities of industrial wastes in excess of, and in addition to, normal domestic waste water, and

WHEREAS, it is the obligation of the producers of industrial wastes to pay the costs of extra services rendered by the City of Owatonna in an equitable manner, and

WHEREAS, proper protection and operation of the collection and treatment facilities may require either the exclusion, pretreatment or controlled discharge at the point of origin, of certain types or quantities of industrial wastes, and

WHEREAS, the infiltration or discharge of storm water into the sanitary sewer system of the City of Owatonna is detrimental to the health, safety, welfare and convenience of the public.

Section 276:03. Definitions.

Subd. 1. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words, combinations of words, terms and phrases, as used in Section 276:00 et seq. and used in Section 540:00 et seq., Sewer Rates and Charges, shall have the meanings set forth in the subdivision of this section which follow.

Subd. 2. "Approving Authority" shall mean the Council of the City of Owatonna, or its duly authorized board, agent or representative.

Subd. 3. "BOD" shall mean the quantity of oxygen expressed in parts per million by weight, utilized in the bio-chemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory conditions in five (5) days at a temperature of 20 degrees Centigrade. The laboratory determination shall be made in accordance with procedures set forth in "Standard Methods."

Subd. 4. "Building Drain" shall mean that part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning three (3) feet outside the inner face of the building wall.

Subd. 5. "Building Sewer" shall mean the extension from the building drain to the sewer or other place of deposit.

Subd. 6. "Capital Cost" shall mean the total cost incurred in the construction of wastewater treatment facilities, consisting of but not limited to the sums spent for the following purposes:

a. Actual sums paid for construction of wastewater treatment facilities.

b. Actual engineering fees paid for preliminary engineering studies, plans and specifications, supervision during construction, construction staking, operation and maintenance manuals, and initial operator training.

c. Actual sums paid for soils investigations, waste water sampling and materials testing required for such construction.

d. Actual fees and wages paid for legal, administrative and fiscal services required by construction of waste water treatment facilities.

e. Actual interest paid on the total amount financed by debt obligation for construction of waste water treatment facilities.

Subd. 7 "City" shall mean the City of Owatonna, Minnesota, or any authorized person acting in its behalf.

Subd. 8. "Collection System" shall mean the system of sewers and appurtenances for the collection, transportation and pumping of domestic waste water and industrial wastes.

Subd. 9. "Domestic Waste Water" shall mean water-borne wastes normally discharged into the sanitary conveniences of dwellings (including apartment houses and hotels), office building, factories and institutions, free of storm and surface water and industrial wastes.

Subd. 10. "Garbage" shall mean solid wastes and residue from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food; and from the handling, storage and sale of food products and produce.

Subd. 11. "Industrial Service Charge" shall mean the charge made to users of the public sewer system whose wastes exceed in strength the concentration values established as representative of normal sewage, or exceed 10,000 gallons in average daily flow.

Subd. 12. "Industrial Waste" shall mean water-borne solids, liquids or gaseous wastes resulting from and discharged, permitted to flow or escaping from any industrial, manufacturing or food processing operation or process or from the development of any natural resource, or any mixture of these with water or domestic waste water as distinct from normal domestic waste water.

Subd. 13. "Natural Outlet" shall mean any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.

Subd. 14. "Normal Domestic Waste Water" shall mean normal waste water for the City of Owatonna in which the average concentration of suspended materials and five (5) day BOD is established at 240 parts per million each, by weight.

Subd. 15. "Operation and Maintenance Cost" shall mean annual expenditures made by the City in the operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment facilities, consisting of but not limited to the sums spent for each and all of the following purposes for the twelve (12) month period of record prior to computing the industrial service charge:

a. Wages and salaries of all operating, maintenance, administrative and supervisory personnel, together with all premiums paid on such wages and salaries (State of Minnesota workmen's compensation coverage, for example).

b. Actual sums paid for electricity for light and power used for waste water collection and treatment facilities.

c. Actual sums paid for chemicals, fuel and other operating supplies.

d. Actual sums paid for repairs to and maintenance of waste water treatment facilities and the equipment associated therewith.

e. Actual sums paid as premiums for hazard insurance carried on sewerage works.

f. Actual sums paid as premiums for insurance providing coverage against liability imposed by law for the injury to persons and/or property (including death) of any person or persons resulting from the use and maintenance of said sewerage works.

g. Actual sums paid for replacement of equipment within the useful life of the waste water treatment facilities, for example the cost to replace an electric motor or pump that fails, or a broken part in a pump.

Subd. 16. "Parts per Million" shall mean a weight-to-weight ratio; the parts per million value multiplied by the factor 8.345 shall be equivalent to pounds per million gallons of water. Parts per millions and milligrams per liter (mg/l) shall be synonymous terms.

Subd. 17. "Person" shall mean any and all persons, natural or artificial, including any individual, firm, company, association, governmental unit or group.

Subd. 18. "pH" shall mean the logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration expressed in moles per liter. It shall be determined by one of the procedures outlined in "Standard Methods."

Subd. 19. "Properly Shredded Garbage" shall mean the wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles shall be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half inch in any dimension.

Subd. 20. "Public Sewer" shall mean a sewer in which all owners of abutting properties shall have equal rights and interest controlled by public authority.

Subd. 21. "Sanitary Sewer" shall mean a sewer that conveys waste water or industrial wastes or a combination of both, and into which storm, surface and ground waters or unpolluted industrial wastes are not intentionally passed.

Subd. 22. "Sewer" shall mean a pipe or conduit for carrying waste water.

Subd. 23. "Sewerage Works" shall mean all facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of waste water and industrial wastes.

Subd. 24. "Standard Methods" shall mean the examination and analytical procedures set forth in the latest edition at the time of the analysis of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Waste Water" as prepared, approved and published jointly by the American Public Health Association, the Water Pollution Control Federation and the American Water Works Association.

Subd. 25. "Storm Sewer or Storm Drain" shall mean a sewer that carries storm and surface water and drainage but excludes waste water and polluted industrial wastes.

Subd. 26. "Storm Water and Storm Water Runoff" shall mean that portion of the rainfall that is drained into the storm sewers or storm drains.

Subd. 27. "Suspended Solids" shall mean solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in water, waste water 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."

Subd. 28. "Unpolluted Water or Waste" shall mean water or waste containing none of the following: Emulsified grease or oil; acids or alkalis; phenols or other substances imparting taste and odor in receiving water; toxic or poisonous substances in suspension, colloidal state or solution; and noxious or otherwise obnoxious odorous gases. It shall contain not more than five (5) parts per million each of suspended solids and BOD. The color shall not exceed fifty (50) units under procedures set forth in "Standard Methods."

Subd. 29. "Waste Water" shall mean a combination of the water-borne waste from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface and storm water as may be present.

Subd. 30. "Waste Water Treatment Facilities" shall mean any City-owned facilities, devices and structures used for receiving and treating waste water from the City sanitary sewer system.

Subd. 31. "Watercourse" shall mean a channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

Section 276:06. Admission of Industrial Wastes Into the Public Sewers, Approval Required. Review and acceptance of the Approving Authority shall be obtained prior to the discharge into the public sewers of any wastes and waters having one (1) or more of the following characteristics:

a. A 5-day, 20 degrees Centigrade, biochemical oxygen-demand (BOD) greater than 240 ppm.

b. A suspended solids concentration greater than 240 ppm.

c. A volume greater than 10,000 gallons per day.

A special agreement or contract for service may be executed when such an agreement is deemed appropriate by either the City or industry requesting service. Such agreements shall be in accordance with all sewer use ordinances and rate structures.

Section 276:09. Pre-Treatment of Industrial Wastes. Where required, in the opinion of the Approving Authority, to modify or eliminate wastes that are harmful to the structures, processes or operation of the waste water treatment facilities, the person shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment or processing facilities as may be determined necessary to render his wastes acceptable for admission to the public sewers.

Where discharge of such wastes to the sanitary sewer are not properly pretreated or otherwise modified, the Approving Authority may (a) reject the wastes or terminate the service of water and/or sanitary sewer, (b) require control of the quantities and rates of discharge of such wastes, or (c) require payment of surcharges for excessive cost for treatment, provided such wastes are amenable to treatment by the normal waste water treatment facilities operated by the City. The amount of surcharge shall be computed as twice the actual incremental costs (above normal costs for labor, power, chemicals, equipment rental, mileage, etc.) experienced by the City for handling the improperly pretreated waste water. See Section 276:51 through 276:60 and Sections 540:00 et seq. for method of computing normal industrial waste charges.

Section 276:12. Grease, Oil and Sand Interceptors. Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amount or any flammable wastes, sand and other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwellings. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Approving Authority and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for easy cleaning and inspection. Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature. They shall be of substantial construction, watertight and equipped with easily removable covers which, when bolted in place, shall be gas tight and watertight. All grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his expense, in continuously efficient operation at all times.

Section 276:15. Submission of Information Relating to Pretreatment. Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment or processing facilities shall be submitted for approval by the Approving Authority prior to the start of their construction, if the effluent from such facilities is to be discharged into the public sewers.

Section 276:18.

Subd. 1. Prohibited Discharges, Storm Water Drainage. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any "storm water drainage" defined as any storm water, ground water, or flow from roof runoff, subsurface drainage, down spouts, yard drains, sump pumps, yard fountains, drains, swimming pools, ponds, cistern overflows or lawn sprays into any sanitary sewers. Eff. 4/4/00

Subd. 2. Unlawful Acts. It is unlawful for any person to make or maintain a connection between eaves troughs, rainspouts, footing drains, or any other conductor used to carry natural precipitation or ground water, and the sanitary sewer system or any part thereof. Eff. 4/4/00

Any property owner in violation of this section and upon receiving notice of said violation, shall disconnect the conductor from the sanitary sewer system within the designated time as determined by the Citys Prohibited Discharges, Storm Water Drainage Policy. Any property owner in violation of this section shall be assessed a monthly surcharge, the amount of which will be established by Section 540:10 of the Ordinance Code, for each month that the conductor is not permanently disconnected. Failure to permanently disconnect the conductor, or reconnection of a disconnected conductor, may result in the suspension of water and sanitary sewer service. Eff. 4/4/00

It is unlawful to discharge storm water or any other prohibited drainage anywhere other than a specifically designed storm sewer or any other specifically designed point approved by the City and/or other regulatory agencies. Eff. 4/4/00

Any property found where a reconnection of a disconnected prohibited discharge storm water drainage conductor has occurred shall be assessed a surcharge of $100.00 per month. The surcharge shall be calculated from the date of the Certificate of Compliance and remain in effect until disconnection has been re-established. Failure to permanently disconnect the conductor shall result in the suspension of water and sanitary service. Eff. 4/4/00

Section 276:21. Regulations Relative to Prohibited Discharges.

Subd. 1. Except as hereinafter provided, all storm water drainage hereinabove prohibited in Section 276:18 shall be disconnected by the owner, tenant or occupant, at their expense, no later than September 1, 1975.

Subd. 2. To ensure compliance, the City Council may, by resolution, designate a person or persons who shall be authorized and given authority at any reasonable hour to enter any building or premises for the purpose of inspecting the same to determine whether or not the premises comply with the terms of this ordinance.

Subd. 3. Such inspection may be made at any reasonable hour and such inspector may do such acts as may reasonably be necessary to determine the facts with reference to any suspected violation.

Subd. 4. The designated inspector shall give written notice to the owner, and the tenant or occupant if rental property, directing him to disconnect such prohibited storm water drainage from the sanitary sewer system within such time as may be prescribed in the notice.

Subd. 5. If any person fails or refuses to make the disconnection from the sanitary sewer system required by this Ordinance, the City may make the necessary corrections and charge the cost thereof to the property owner. Such charges are hereby made a lien upon such premises and shall be certified to the County Auditor as a Special Assessment and collected with other taxes.

Subd. 6. In cases where, and in the opinion of the Approving Authority, the character of the waste water from any manufacturer or industrial plant building or other premises is such that it will damage the system or cannot be treated satisfactorily in the system, the Approving Authority shall have the right to require such user to dispose of such waste otherwise and prevent it from entering the City system.

Subd. 7. Any person aggrieved by action of the designated inspector or Approving Authority under this section, may appeal to the Board of Review and Appeals under Section 276:69 of this Code in accordance with the procedure set forth therein.

Subd. 8. All subsurface drainage, footing drains and sump pump discharge shall discharge underground into storm water drainage systems in all newly platted areas that have been accepted after February 19, 1974.

Section 276:24. Prohibited Discharges, Specific Requirements.

Subd. 1. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged either directly or indirectly any of the substances, materials, waters or waste described in the subdivisions which follow.

Subd. 2. Any liquid having a temperature higher than 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Centigrade). (Exceptions may be granted for short duration flows where it has been shown that the high temperature waste water would not cause any significant sewerage works problems.)

Subd. 3. Any water or wastes which contain wax, grease or oil, plastic or other substances that will solidify or become discernible viscous at temperatures between 32 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Subd. 4. Any solids, liquids or gases which, by themselves or by interaction with other substances, may cause fire or explosion hazards, or in any other way may be injurious to persons, property or the operator of the waste water treatment facilities.

Subd. 5. Any solids, slurries or viscous substances of such character as to be capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the waste water treatment facilities, such as ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails, lime slurry, lime residues, chemical residues or bulk solids.

Subd. 6. Any garbage that has not been properly comminuted or shredded. If properly comminuted or shredded, then it may be accepted under provisions established in Sections 276:06 through 276:15.

Subd. 7. Any noxious or malodorous substance, which either singly or by interaction with other substances is capable of causing objectionable odors, or hazard to life; or forms solids in concentrations exceeding limits established in Section 276:06 through 276:15 or creates any other conditions deleterious to structures or treatment processes; or requires unusual provisions, alteration or expense to handle such materials.

Subd. 8. Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0 or having any corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazards to structures, equipment or personnel (exceptions may be granted for short duration flows where it has been shown that the high or low pH would not cause any significant sewerage works problems).

Subd. 9. Any wastes or waters containing suspended or dissolved solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials in the waste water collection and treatment facilities.

Subd. 10. Any waters or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance such as plating or heat treating wastes in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any waste water treatment process, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals, or to create any hazard in the receiving waters of the waste water treatment facilities.

Subd. 11. Any cyanide greater than 1.0 part per million, as CN.

Subd. 12. Any hexavalent chromium greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 13. Any trivalent chromium greater than 10 parts per million.

Subd. 14. Any copper greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 15. Any nickel greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 16. Any cadmium greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 17. Any zinc greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 18. Any phenols greater than 12 parts per million.

Subd. 19. Any iron greater than 12 parts per million.

Subd. 20. Any tin greater than 1.0 part per million.

Subd. 21. Any radioactive wastes greater than allowable releases as specified by current United States Bureau of Standards Handbooks dealing with the handling and release of radioactive materials.

Section 276:27. Prohibited Discharges, Quantity and Concentrations. Except in quantities, or concentrations, or with provisions as set forth herein, it shall be unlawful for any person, corporation or individual to discharge waters or wastes to the sanitary sewer containing:

(1) Free or emulsified oil and grease exceeding on analysis an average of 100 parts per million (834 pounds per million gallons) of either or both, or combinations of free or emulsified oil and grease, if, in the opinion of the Approving Authority it appears probable that such wastes:

a. Can deposit grease or oil in the sewer lines in such manner as to clog the sewers.

b. Are not amenable to bacterial action and will therefore pass to the receiving waters without being affected by normal waste water treatment processes.

c. Can have deleterious effects on the treatment process.

(2) Materials which exert or cause:

a. Unusual concentrations of solids or composition; as for example, in total suspended solids of inert nature (such as Fuller's Earth) and/or in total dissolved solids (such as sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).

b. Excessive discoloration.

c. Unusual biochemical oxygen demand or an unusual immediate oxygen demand.

d. High hydrogen sulfide content.

Section 276:30. Control of Admissible Wastes. Any person desiring to deposit or discharge any industrial waste mixture into the sewers of the City or any sewer connected therewith shall make written application to the Approving Authority.

Section 276:33. Control Chambers. Any person discharging or desiring to discharge an industrial waste mixture into the sewerage works of the City, or any sewer connected therewith, shall provide and maintain in a suitable accessible position on his premises, or such premises occupied by him, an inspection chamber or manhole near the outlet of each sewer, drain, pipe, channel or connection which communicates with any sewer or sewerage works of the City or any sewer connected therewith. Each such manhole or inspection chamber shall be of such design and construction as to prevent infiltration by ground and/or surface waters and to prevent the entrance of objectionable slugs or solids (greater than 1/2 inch in size) into the sanitary waste water system. The inspection chamber shall be maintained by persons discharging waste so that any authorized representative or employee of the City may readily and safely measure the rate of flow and obtain samples of the flow at all times. Plans for the construction of control manholes or inspection chambers, including such flow measuring devices as may be required, shall be approved by the Approving Authority prior to the beginning of construction. Such structures and equipment (including a valve on the effluent line) shall be installed by the person at his expense.

Section 276:36. Measurement of Flow. The water consumption during the previous year, as determined from the meter records of the Water Department, shall be the valid basis for computing the waste water flow, unless actual waste water flow measurement by a recording meter of an approved type is required by either the Approving Authority or industry. The owner shall install and maintain such device in proper condition to accurately measure such flow. Upon failure to do so, the water consumption shall be the basis for determining the applicability of this ordinance and computing the industrial service charge.

When water is contained in a product or is evaporated or is discharged in an uncontaminated condition to surface drainage, an application may be made for a reduction in the volume of waste discharge to the public sewer, provided supporting data satisfactory to the Approving Authority is furnished. This data shall include a flow diagram, destination of water supply and/or waste, supported by sub-metering data obtained on the process piping at the expense of the private owner.

Section 276:39. Sampling of Wastes. Sampling of the effluent of waste discharges may be accomplished manually or by the use of mechanical equipment to obtain a twenty-four (24) hour composite sample which would be representative of the total effluent. Samples shall be taken at such intervals as determined by the Approving Authority as necessary to maintain a control over the discharges from the establishment. The methods used in the examination of all waste water to determine suspended solids, BOD and concentrations of prohibited wastes shall be as set forth in Section 276:03. All costs for sampling and testing of industrial discharges, as ordered by the Approving Authority, shall be paid by the person making such discharges. All tests shall be conducted by qualified personnel and in accordance with "Standard Methods." Test results shall be reported within a reasonable time.

Section 276:42. Powers and Authority of Enforcing Agents. The Approving Authority shall be permitted to gain access to such properties as may be necessary for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurements sampling and testing, in accordance with provision of these regulations. Any person found to be violating any provisions of this ordinance shall be served by the City with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit shall be summarily disconnected from the sanitary sewer and/or water service. Such disconnection and reconnection shall be at the total expense of the customer.

Where acids and chemicals damaging to sewer lines or treatment processes are released to the sewer causing rapid deterioration of these structures or interfering with proper treatment of waste water, the Approving Authority is authorized to immediately terminate services by such measures as are necessary to protect the facilities.

Section 276:45. Penalty. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a penal offense. Each day of each such violation shall be deemed a separate offense. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage sustained by the City by reason of such violation.

Section 276:48. Protection from Damage. No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenances or equipment which is part of the municipal sewerage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.

Section 276:51. Industrial Waste Charges. Persons or owners discharging industrial wastes shall be charged the amount duly established by the Council from time to time.

Section 276:54. Domestic Waste Charges. Rates and charges for domestic waste water disposal service shall be in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time.

Section 276:55. Commercial Waste Charges. Rates and charges for commercial waste water disposal service shall be in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time.

Section 276:57. Participation in Future Construction Costs. The annual rate of capital cost amortization for all improvements necessary to increase the degree of treatment of the waste water at the City waste water treatment facilities, where such improvements are required to meet standards of effluent quality and purity established by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will be apportioned in accordance with the principles of Section 276:54 et seq. and extend for a period not to exceed the amortization period of such improvements.

Section 276:63. Billing Practice. Waste water service charges provided for in this ordinance shall be included as a separate item on the regular bill for utilities. Charges shall be paid at the same time that the monthly utility charges of the person become due and payment for services shall not be accepted without payment also of the sewer service charge.

Section 276:66. Penalty for Failure to Pay Bills. Failure to pay monthly bills for the established sewer service charge when due or repeated discharge of prohibited waste to the sanitary sewer shall be sufficient cause to disconnect any and all services to the water and/or sanitary sewer mains of the City of Owatonna and the same penalties and charges now or hereafter provided for by the ordinances of the City of Owatonna for failure to pay the bill for water service when due shall be applicable in like manner in case of failure to pay the established charge for industrial waste discharge to the sanitary sewer mains as established in Section 540:00 et seq.

Section 276:70. Disposal of Septic Tank Waste in Sanitary Sewer or Storm Sewer.

Subd. 1. Definitions. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words used in this Section 276:70 shall have the meanings set forth in the sub-paragraphs which follow.

a. Sewage tank: "Sewage tank" means a watertight tank used in the treatment of sewage and includes, but is not limited to, septic tanks and aerobic tanks.

b. Septic tank: "Septic tank" means any watertight, covered receptacle designed and constructed to receive the discharge of sewage from a building sewer, separate solids from liquid, digest organic matter and store liquids through a period of detention, and allow the clarified liquids to discharge to a soil treatment system.

c. Septage: "Septage" means those solids and liquids removed during periodic maintenance of a septic or aerobic tank, or those solids and liquids which are removed from a holding tank.

Subd. 2. Discharge Prohibited. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged, either directly or indirectly, septage except in the manner, and upon the conditions set forth as follows.

Subd. 3. License; Permits. No person shall discharge septage into either the sanitary sewer system or storm sewer system without first obtaining all licenses and permits as are required by the State of Minnesota and by the County of Steele.

Subd. 4. City Permit; Declaration; Fee. No person shall discharge septage without first:

a. Requesting the City's permission to discharge septage at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.

b. Paying the septage discharge fee as shall be established by the Council from time to time.

c. Disclosing in writing in a declaration form proscribed by the City the following:

(1) The name and address of the person making delivery of the septage;

(2) The type of septage;

(3) The source of the septage;

(4) The weight of the septage load;

(5) Any other information about the septage requested by the City.

Subd. 5. Exclusive Discharge Site. Septage shall be delivered and accepted at the Waste Water Treatment Facility only and at no other place.

Subd. 6. Domestic Septage. Only septage from a domestic septic tank or holding tank shall be accepted. City may refuse any delivery which, in the judgment of the Waste Water Treatment Facility operator, is not suitable or otherwise detrimental to the Waste Water Treatment Facility or the health and welfare of the City.

Subd. 7. Penalties. Any person found to have violated any of the provisions of this Section 276:70 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to such criminal penalty, any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be liable to the City for any loss sustained by the City by reason of such violation.

Section 276:80. Sewer Access Charge. Eff. 3/1/06

Subd. 1. Charge Established. For the purpose of providing funds for the city's waste water treatment, force mains, lift stations and sewage collection systems, and the plant and facilities connected therewith, and the payment of capital charges represented by bonds, certificates of indebtedness or otherwise, which may be used to finance the costs of additions or expansions to the facilities, and the payment of reasonable requirements for reserves for replacement in obsolescence thereof, there is hereby imposed upon each lot, parcel of land, building or premises to be connected hereafter to the City's public sewer system a sewer access charge (SAC) as hereinafter provided. Said charge shall be in addition to any other previous or future charge or assessment levied against the property and in addition to any connection fee or user charge for sewer service. The sewer access charge provided herein is authorized and shall be determined and imposed in accordance with Minnesota Statute Section 444.075. Eff. 3/1/06

Subd. 2. Administration of Charge. Eff. 3/1/06

a. Payment Required Prior to Connection. Prior to issuance of any building permit and before connection to the City's sewer system, the sewer access charge shall be paid. Eff. 3/1/06

b. Additional Building Permit. If, after the initial sewer access charge is paid, an additional building permit is issued, the use of the property changes, or new sewer connection is made, the sewer access charge shall be recalculated and any additional charges shall be paid. Eff. 3/1/06

Subd. 3. Determination of Charge. The sewer access charge (SAC) shall be in an amount as established by the City Council by ordinance and may be amended from time to time. Eff. 3/1/06

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