Ordinance Number 157

An ordinance providing for the amendment of Ordinance No. 148 and for repeal of Ordinance 155, regarding sewer and water service charges and rates. 

Whereas, the Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, enacted Ordinance No. 148 on October 3, 1978, to provide for the administration of its water and sewer service, and enacted Ordinance No. 155 amending Ordinance No. 148.

Now, therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, that:

  1. Ordinance No: 155 be and hereby is repealed.
  2. Ordinance No. 148 is amended as follows:
    Section 14 is repealed.
    Section 28 is amended to read:
    Section 28. Categories of Users
  • Residential User: Any one family or multi-family dwelling unit. A dwelling unit is defined as one or more rooms constituting a separate independent housekeeping unit for permanent residential occupancy by humans, with facilities for cooking, eating and sleeping, and shall include rooming or boarding houses which have not more than four (4) roomers. (Includes mobile homes)
  • Commercial or Industrial User: Any user other than residential.
  • Combined User: Any user combining residential use with another use shall be deemed a commercial or industrial user.
    Section 29 is amended to read:
    Section 29. Water Service Charges and Fees.

Rate Schedule:

  1. Residential User: For each dwelling unit served by a meter:
    monthly minimum service charge: $5.00. 
    plus, the following charges for water used: 
    0-5,000 gallons: $.40 per 1,000 gallons (1,000 gallon minimum) 
    5,000-10,000 gallons: $.50 per 1,000 gallons 
    over 10,000 gallons: $.60 per 1,000 gallons.
  2. Commercial or Industrial User:
    monthly minimum service charge $6.00 plus the following charges for water used: 
    0-5,000 gallons: $.60 per 1,000 gallons (1,000 gallon minimum) 
    5,000-10,000 gallons: $.70 per 1,000 gallons 
    over 10,000 gallons: $.80 per 1,000 gallons.
  3. Any user with a swimming pool shall be charged an additional monthly minimum of $15.00.

Tapping Fees:

for each 5/8" or 3/4" tap: $300.00
for each 1" tap: $350.00
for each 1-1/4" tap: $400.00
for each 1-1/2" tap: $500.00
for each 2" tap: $800.00
larger than 2" tap: negotiated

The Town at its expense will furnish all labor and materials to make the connection to the main and install the service line to the curb stop.

Miscellaneous Rate and Service Provisiona:

  1. Vacant property will not be subject to monthly water and sewer charges during periods when water is turned off at the meter; provided, however, that the person in whose name the service last was provided must notify the Town in writing as to date when termination of service is desired. A customer who fails to provide that notification on a timely basis may continue to accrue monthly service charges until the Town receives the request to terminate service.
  2. Where water service for a temporarily vacant property is turned off at the meter at the request of a customer who will be gone for a given period of time, a turn-on charge of $10.00 will be assessed when the customer returns and requests that service be resumed.
  3. In those instances where one meter of whatever size is serving more than one unit or household, each household shall constitute one unit, and the person or persons responsible for payment for water service shall be billed on a per-unit basis. (If, for example, one-meter supplies 10 households, the monthly bill will be for 10 water minimums plus applicable charges for gallonage of water, if any, used in excess of that allowed by the 10 minimums.) If billing is to each of several individuals or households served by the master meter, any delinquencies at the various properties served are the responsibility of the owner of the property for which the master meter initially was installed, or his successor in title.

Security Deposit Requirements:

  1. New customers will be required to pay a one-time, returnable security deposit, based on number of units to be served, as follows:
    first unit: $20.00
    each additional unit: $20.00
  2. If the billing history of any user shows the above deposit requirements are in the Town's judgment inadequate to protect the Town against possible default, an additional deposit may be required.
  3. Security deposits for motels, trailer parks, apartment houses and the like will in general be based on the number of units or households served and may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Penalties for Late Payment or Non-payment:

A penalty of fifteen (15) percent of amount due shall be assessed on bills not paid by the due date, which shall be the 15th of the month following month or portion of a month for which the customer is billed. This penalty, however, may be waived if a customer makes prior arrangements for payment during vacation or during other periods when the customer is temporarily absent from the premises served.

Returned Checks:

If a check is returned for insufficient funds or for other similar reason, a charge of $10.00 may be assessed against the account for which that check was issued.

Charges for Extra or Additional Service:

  1. If through one meter water is supplied to more than one dwelling unit, a minimum billing shall apply to each dwelling unit so served, plus additional charges for water used in excess of the gallonage covered by the number of minimums billed. Billing may be divided among two or more households so served upon the request of the customer in the residence for which the meter was installed initially or may be to that customer only. However, regardless of the billing method agreed upon, that customer shall be responsible for payment of any delinquent amounts owed by him or others supplied with water through this meter. (see Section 32)
  2. The additional charges cited in Paragraph "1" directly above also apply to any customer who whether for remuneration or not permits a mobile home, motor coach, or similar vehicle used to house transient workers to be sited temporarily on property that customer owns or controls. In such cases, and specifically with regard to custom harvesters and the like, the Town shall bill the permanent customer for the additional unit or household minimums such siting's of temporary residences entail, pro-rated according to length of time the transient households and their vehicles are so sited. However, a minimum charge of one-half the monthly rate shall apply for two weeks or less, and the full minimum charge for one month shall apply if the extra service period is two weeks to one month in duration. The Town shall be the sole determiner of what constitutes an additional transient household. The person supplying such additional service through his meter shall be responsible for notifying the Town in advance as to the number of temporary households he will provide service for, and the date or dates on which such service will begin and end. Failure of the regular customer to so notify the Town may result in additional charges being assessed against that customer.

    All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict or inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Emergency Clause: 

Because of the potential conflicting and inconsistent provisions of ordinances now in effect, it is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety to enact this amending ordinance forthwith.

This ordinance shall take effect April 1, 1982.

Introduced, read, passed, and ordered published this 23rd Day of March 1982.

Mayor Robert Rector 

Attest: Jam M Intermill, Town Clerk