Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
MEEKER COUNTY, MINNESOTA
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 51 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF WATKINS PERTAINING TO WATER AND SEWER
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WATKINS, MEEKER COUNTY, MINNESOTA,
Section 1. Section 51.79 (Delinquent Accounts) and Section 51.80 (Procedure for Shutoff of Service) of the Municipal code of the City of Watkins, Minnesota hereby amended to read as follows:
§ 51.79 DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS.
All charges for water and sewer shall be due on the due date specified by the City for the respective account and shall be delinquent the first business day following the due date. The City shall endeavor to collect delinquent accounts promptly and shall assess a late penalty of $5.00 or 1.5% of the past due balance per month, whichever is greater. In any case where satisfactory arrangements for payments have not been made, the Clerk may, after the procedural requirements in §51.80 have been complied with, cause a discontinuance of service to the delinquent customer by shutting off the water at the stop box if the respective account is delinquent. When water service to any premises has been discontinued, service shall not be restored except upon the payment of all delinquent bills and a re-connect fee of $150.00. Delinquent accounts shall be certified to the Clerk who shall prepare an assessment roll each year providing for assessment of the delinquent amounts against the respective properties serviced. The assessment roll shall be delivered to the City Council for adoption on or before the October City Council meeting of each year for certification to the County Auditor for collection along with taxes. Such action is optional and may be subsequent to taking legal action to collect delinquent accounts.
§51.80 PROCEDURE FOR SHUTOFF OF SERVICE.
Water shall not be shut off under §51.79 or for violation of rules and regulations affecting utility service until notice and an opportunity for a hearing have first been given the occupant of the premises involved. The notice shall be served by first class mail and shall state that if the bill is not paid before the close of business by the 20th of the following month in which the bill is due, the City Council will order a disconnection of the customer's utility services and a reconnection charge equal to $150.00 shall be added to the charges. The notice shall also state that the occupant may, before such date, demand a hearing on the matter, in which case the supply will not be cut off until after the hearing. If the customer requests a hearing before the date specified, a hearing shall be held on the matter by the Clerk at least one week after the date of request. If as a result of the hearing the Clerk finds the amount claimed to owe is actually due and unpaid and that there is no legal reason why the water supply of the delinquent customer may not be shut off in accordance with the chapter, the city may shut off the supply. The water service shall not be turned back on until the delinquent amount is paid in full along with the $150.00 reconnection fee provided for in § 51.79.
Section 2. This ordinance becomes effective from and after its passage and publication.
Ordained by the Watkins City Council on this 9th day of August, 2012.
Those Council Members voting for: Tschumperlin, J. Loch, D. Loch, Piccerillo.
Those Council Members voting against: None
James C. Loch, Mayor
Debra S. Kramer, Clerk
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.