As the Village of Bear Lake has now committed to a $1.43m loan toward construction of 2 new drinking water wells plus extensive construction on the water distribution system (which includes for the first time water meters) – it has been considering changes to the existing Water Ordinances.
This DRAFT was discussed and tabled for the second time at the February 27, 2018 Special Meeting. [A copy has been provided to Bear Lake News by an attendee. A standing FOIA requests copies of such meeting documents prior to all Village of Bear Lake meetings.]
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for an owner, occupant, or tenant of property to drill or maintain a private water well within the Village.
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person or owner to uncover, excavate, tap into, make connections with or openings into, use, alter, or disturb any water main or service pipe or appurtenance thereof in any street,
All connections with any water main or service pipe in the
All costs and expenses incurred as the result of the connection to
The Water Supply Cross-Connection Rules of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, being R 325.11401 to R
All new buildings connected to the waterworks system shall be equipped with meters installed inside the building, but capable of being read by employees of the Village Water Department from outside the building. However, where employees of the Village Water Department have been unable to make a meter reading for two consecutive billing periods, the Village shall have the right to access the property under Article IX, Section 3 of this Ordinance to read the meter, or to install a meter capable of being read by employees of the Village Water Department from outside the building and to charge the owner of the property the actual cost incurred in installing the meter. All meters installed shall be purchased from the Village at a cost to be established by resolution of the Village Council.
The owner or occupant of any manufacturing establishment, lumberyard, warehouse, elevator, store, hotel, school, or any public building desiring to install large pipes with hydrant and hose couplings to be used only in case of fire may connect to a water main under the terms and conditions of this Article and after obtaining a permit from the Village Clerk.
When an authorized contractor installs the service pipe under
Existing service pipes may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, by the Water Supervisor to
The owner of property connected to the waterworks system is responsible for the maintenance of the building pipe. The cost of all repairs, maintenance and replacements of existing building pipes and their connection to the service pipes shall be borne by the property owner. Before making any repairs or replacements or conducting any maintenance on the building pipe, the owner shall contact the Water Supervisor. All work performed, including the qualifications of the person performing the work, shall fully comply with the requirements of this Ordinance.
(a). Whenever a person desires to do any excavating in any of the streets, lanes or alleys of the service area for the purpose of connecting to the waterworks system, a permit for such excavation shall be obtained from the Village Clerk.
When connections to the waterworks system are made in any street or alley, the earth and other debris excavated for this purpose shall be removed from the street or alley and the trench backfilled with sand or gravel in layers not to exceed eight inches in thickness. Each layer shall be thoroughly and solidly packed in place. The backfill shall be finished to the same grade as the original surface. Where the existing roadway is cindered or graveled, the final eight inches of
The person, or owner causing any excavation or trench to be made in any public street or alley in the service area shall be required to backfill and replace the trench as herein provided within a period of three (3) days, after the work of excavating has been started, unless written permission is granted by the Water Supervisor to allow the trench to be open for a longer period of time. In case of the failure to promptly refill any trenches within a period of three (3) days, the Village shall have the right to cause the same to be refilled, and the expense shall be charged against the person, or owner responsible for backfilling.
Every person digging or causing to be dug any trench in any public street or alley, for the purpose of connecting to the waterworks system shall place or cause to be placed and maintained at and along such trench, proper signals, colored lights and barricades to give warning and prevent accidents, but
Excavation and backfill for service pipes on private property may be made by the owner. Connections to and installation of service
The Village Clerk and the Water Supervisor shall keep records of all permits granted under authority of this Ordinance which shall include the names of the applicant and contractor, the location of the work, the place in the street where the excavation is to be made, and the purpose for which the permit is issued.
The owner of property located outside the Village limits may connect to the Village waterworks system only if authorized by the Village Council and if permission is granted by the township in which the property is located. No property outside the Village limits has the right to connect to the Village waterworks system even if other nearby property is being serviced by the waterworks system. The Village may, but is not obligated to require property outside the Village limits to either annex to the Village or be subject to an agreement under Act 425 of 1984, as amended, or a similar statute, before connecting to the Village waterworks system.
The owner, occupant, or tenant of any building or premises entitled to the use of water from the waterworks system shall not supply water to any other person except upon written permission of the Village Clerk, nor shall he or she permit unnecessary waste of water.
The owner of any property in the Village may connect to the
When extending water service to an individual property owner or group of property owners, the Water Supervisor may extend such water service through use of a service pipe connection to an existing water main or through an extension of a water main. In exercising the discretion granted in this section, the Water Supervisor shall consider the following factors:
The owner of property located outside the Village limits may connect to the waterworks system only pursuant to the
The route of any water service extension shall be within the rights-of-way of public streets and alleys or within public utility easements granted to and approved by the Village across private property. All excavation and other work performed within the rights-of-way of these public streets and alleys shall comply with the requirements of Article III of this Ordinance.
In certain instances the Village, by a majority vote of the entire Village Council, may elect to extend water mains and finance the project by use of a special assessment district. The charge to be assessed each property owner benefitted and served shall be calculated based on a formula as determined by the Village Council. The charge to each benefitted property owner shall be assessed at the time of project completion and shall be paid as specified by the Village. The charge shall bear interest at the rate of seven percent (7%) per annum, compounded annually, accruing from the date of project completion to the date of payment.
Upon receipt of any payment under Section 7(a) above, the Village Clerk shall pay that amount forthwith to the property owner who paid the initial actual costs of the water main extension pursuant to Section 5(c) above. If the property owner who paid the initial costs of the water main extension is deceased, the payments received shall be paid to his or her personal representative or to other persons who by law would be entitled to inherit his or her estate as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. If the property owner who paid the initial costs of the water main extension cannot be found, or if no claim is made for reimbursement for a period of one (1) year from the date that payments under Section 7(a) have been received by the Village Clerk, the reimbursement under this
In addition to user charges, the Village Council shall by separate resolution establish charges for the privilege of connecting to the
The Village Council shall by separate resolution establish the fees to be charged for water meters and other services performed under this Ordinance.
No free water service shall be furnished to the Village, to any person, or to any public or private agency.
The adequacy of the user charges shall be reviewed annually by certified public accountants for the Village in their annual audit report. The user charges shall be revised periodically to reflect a change in debt service or a change in operation, maintenance and replacement costs in accordance with applicable federal regulations.
Bills for user charges shall be rendered quarterly and shall be payable without penalty within ten (10) days after the date thereon. Payments received after such period shall bear a late fee as established by resolution of the Village Council.
All funds of the waterworks system shall be kept separate from other funds of the Village, and an accurate, separate record shall be kept of all receipts to and disbursements from the waterworks fund.
No person shall maliciously, willfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface, or tamper with any structure, appurtenance, or equipment which is a part of the waterworks system. Any person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by ninety (90) days in the county jail and/or a fine of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars.
Any damage to a water meter resulting from the failure of the owner, occupant, or tenant to properly protect that meter shall be assessed against such owner, occupant, or tenant. In addition, any person violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be liable to the Village for any expense, loss, or damage incurred by the Village by reason of such violation.
No person shall introduce any chemical, biological, or other substance into the waterworks system with the intent to cause physical harm to any person or animal or with the intent to cause the water supply to be unfit for human or animal consumption under applicable state and/or federal safe drinking water standards. Any person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by ninety (90) days in the county jail and/or a fine of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars.
The Village Water Department shall regularly monitor and test the water within the waterworks system for the purpose of detecting water contamination and to ensure that the water continues to meet all applicable state and federal safe drinking water standards. If water contamination is detected, the Water Supervisor shall take whatever action is necessary and proper to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public, including but not limited to, issuing public warnings and directives concerning the safety of the drinking water, flushing the waterworks system to rid the system of the contamination,
The Village shall not be liable for any failure or deficiency in the water supply to consumers whether occasioned by shutting off the water to make necessary repairs or connections or for any other cause.
Authorized employees of the Village Water Department
Except as provided in Article VII , Section 1 and Article VIII, Section 1, any person who violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction as defined in Public Act 12 of 1994, amending Public Act 236 of 1961, being Sections 600.101-600.9939 of Michigan Compiled Laws, and shall be subject to a fine of not more than Five Hundred and 00/100 ($500.00) Dollars. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense. The Village President and other persons designated by the Village Council are hereby designated as an authorized Village officials to issue municipal civil infraction citations directing alleged violators of this Ordinance to appear in court. In addition, the Village shall have the right to bring a civil lawsuit to enforce the provisions of this Ordinance, including an action for injunctive relief to enjoin continued violations of the Ordinance.
All prior water ordinances enacted by the Village and all amendments or those prior ordinances are hereby repealed in their entirety.
If any section, provision or clause of this Ordinance or the
This Ordinance shall become effective twenty (20) days after