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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 23.40 DIVISION II Lateral Sewer Line Repair Fee

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DIVISION II. TAXATION

Chapter 23.40
Lateral Sewer Line Repair Fee

Sections:

23.40.010 Cost of repair--Payment from special account.
23.40.020 Charge to be levied.
23.40.030 Charge--Effective date.
23.40.040 Special account--Established.
23.40.050 Charge--Collection.
23.40.060 Comptroller authority--Report.
23.40.070 Report review.
23.40.080 Contracting for repairs.
23.40.090 Bidder and subcontractor wage payment.
23.40.100 Repair program requirements.
23.40.110 Minority participation.
23.40.120 Unpaid bills--Enforcement and collection.

23.40.010 Cost of repair--Payment from special account.

Whenever any underground lateral sewer service pipe or its attachment that leads from any sewer main that is maintained by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, (hereafter known as MSD) which line provides service to any residential property having six (6) or less dwelling units, exceeds one (1) year in age service and is current in the payment of the charges provided by this chapter, is found to be broken or leaking; and if the break or leak is located within any public or private street, alley, right-of-way or easement; the cost of said repairs shall be paid out of the special account established by this chapter.
(Ord. 61364 1, 1989.)

23.40.020 Charge to be levied.

A. There is hereby levied a charge of Twenty-eight Dollars ($28.00) to be collected annually on all residential property having six (6) or less dwelling units, to provide the funds needed to pay the cost of the repairs to broken leaking lateral sewer service lines as provided in this chapter.

B. The annual charge of Twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) shall be collected by the Collector of Revenue by adding such fee to the general tax levy bills on property owners. All revenue received from the annual charge of Twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) from such combined bill is for the purpose of providing for, insuring or guaranteeing the repair of lateral sewer lines and shall be separated from all other revenues and credited to the Special Account established for this purpose.
(Ord. 62680 2, 1992: prior Ord. 61364 2, 1989.)

23.40.030 Charge--Effective date.

Provided that approval is first received from the voters of the City of St. Louis as provided herein; the eligibility for leaking lateral sewer service pipe repair shall become effective ninety (90) days immediately following the first quarterly payment of the charge. Any residential accounts of six (6) or less dwelling units, which have been issued leak notices prior to that date, shall not be eligible, to have the leak repaired under this program.
(Ord. 61364 3, 1989.)

Editor's Note:

The proposed levy of a charge for sewer line repair was approved by voters on August 8, 1989.

23.40.040 Special account--Established.

The Comptroller of the City is hereby authorized and directed to establish a special account for the deposit of said charge. Special account funds generated by the charge shall be deposited in said special account and shall be kept separate and apart from all other funds. The funds so collected and deposited in said special account shall be used solely for the purpose of paying for the costs reasonably associated with and necessary to administer and carry out the leaking lateral sewer service line repairs. All interest generated on deposited funds shall be accrued to the special account so established.
(Ord. 61364 4, 1989.)

23.40.050 Charge--Collection.

The Collector of Revenue for the City of St. Louis shall be responsible, except as otherwise herein provided, for the collection of the annual bill and be compensated as provided by Section 82.650 R.S.Mo. Expenses above the fees collected under said Statutes shall be compensated by annual appropriations.
(Ord. 62680 5, 1992: prior Ord. 62147 2, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 5, 1989.)

23.40.060 Comptroller authority--Report.

The Comptroller of the City is the overview authority on the operation and administration of the lateral sewer fund, he shall assume responsibility for requesting billing of the sewer line fee, he shall coordinate collection efforts with the Collector of Revenue and insure the billing file maintenance corrections are updated. The Comptroller of the City of St. Louis shall review the receipts and the expenditures of funds involved in said Special Account and shall make a written report setting forth in sufficient detail the receipts and expenditures for the last year and the anticipated receipts and expenditures for the next year. Said report shall be delivered to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment and the Board of Aldermen before the last day of the month immediately following the end of each Fiscal year of the City of St. Louis after the effective date set by Section 23.40.030. Provided however, that the Comptroller may report at any time to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment if conditions warrant.
(Ord. 62680 6, 1992: prior Ord. 62147 3, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 6, 1989.)

23.40.070 Report review.

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment shall, upon receipt of the written report from the Comptroller, thoroughly review said report. The Board of Estimate and Apportionment shall recommend to the Board of Aldermen an increase or decrease in the charge if it determines that the existing level is higher or lower than necessary to cover the anticipated costs of the project. Only the Board of Aldermen shall have authority by ordinance to decrease the charge herein established.
(Ord. 61364 7, 1989.)

23.40.080 Contracting for repairs.

A. The City, through the Street Department, is hereby authorized and directed to enter into contracts with City-licensed master plumbers and/or City-licensed master drainlayers to repair lateral sewer line breaks. Said contracts shall only be entered into after verification by the Street Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (hereinafter MSD) that the repairs are necessary and it involves an underground lateral sewer service pipe or its attachment that leads from any sewer main that is maintained by MSD, which line provides services to any residential property having six (6) or less dwelling units and meets the other conditions of Section 23.40.010.

B. Upon said verification by the Street Department and MSD, the Street Department shall within two (2) working days notify the property owner and issue bids for the repairs. Said bids, in order to be considered, shall be returned within two (2) working days from issuance. The lowest and best bidder shall be awarded the contract. Upon being notified of the bid award, the successful bidder shall complete the repair work within five (5) days for each location awarded in each specific bid. Prior to completion of the repair work, the contractor shall notify the Plumbing Division of the Building Division which shall inspect and approve the work. Upon notice of completion of all work, the Street Department and Plumbing Division shall have three (3) working days to verify the repairs and ancillary work has been successfully completed.

C. The Street Department has the authority to administer said contracts and to promulgate rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this chapter, to effectuate the purpose of this chapter. Upon submission of the verification the Street Department shall within three (3) working days prepare a voucher for said repair work and forward it to the Comptroller's Office for payment, which shall be made within reasonable period of time after submission to the Comptroller's Office.

D. If the Street Department and Plumbing Division cannot approve or verify that the repairs have been completed after being notified by the contractor, said contractor shall be notified and the Board of Public Service shall hear and determine any disputes.

E. The Comptroller is hereby authorized and directed to contract with MSD to reimburse MSD its actual costs for the work performed by MSD under this chapter.
(Ord. 61878 2, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 8, 1989.)

23.40.090 Bidder and subcontractor wage payment.

All successful bidders and their subcontractors, if said subcontracting is permitted by contract, shall pay no less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages for each craft or type of workmanship required to repair any sewer lines as determined by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations of Missouri pursuant to Sections 290.210 to 290.340 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
(Ord. 61878 3, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 9, 1989.)

23.40.100 Repair program requirements.

The lateral sewer line repair program is to include but be not limited to: excavation, sewer line repair, backfill and surface repair within the public or private street, alley, right-of-way or easement. When the sewer lateral is repaired, and through testing, the lateral is found to be broken or leaking beyond the easement, it becomes the property owner's responsibility to make the repairs on his or her property within thirty (30) days of notification by the Plumbing Section except in the event that the City determines that new technologies make it more cost effective to administer repairs from the sewer trap (located on private property) such repairs will be completed at no cost to the property owner.
(Ord. 61878 4, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 10, 1989.)

23.40.110 Minority participation.

In order to insure that there is adequate minority participation in the awarding of repair subcontracts, there shall be established a twenty-five percent (25%) minority participation goal. The City shall be required to work with the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CRNA) and Missouri-Kansas Contractor Association (MoKan) to insure the implementation of this goal.
(Ord. 61878 5, 1990: prior Ord. 61364 11, 1989.)

23.40.120 Unpaid bills--Enforcement collection.

If said lateral sewer line bill remains unpaid, all delinquent lateral sewer line charges shall be enforced, processed and collected in the same manner as delinquent real estate taxes.
(Ord. 62680 3, 1992: prior Ord. 61364 17, 1989.)

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