A customer may request voluntary disconnection of utility services during periods where the premises are vacant. Three (3) days’ advance written notice of such discontinuance shall be given to the City and the customer shall pay the City all charges to the date of the turnoff, and a minimum monthly maintenance charge as set forth by resolution of City Council for turned off services. Any customer who elects not to disconnect utility services shall also be charged a minimum monthly maintenance fee for billing periods where no water is used. Should a commercial or industrial utility customer whose premises is vacant be required by the City to maintain connection to meet fire flow requirements, or a vacant property with an abandoned water meter and sewer connection be within an area that does not allow utility connections, as defined by an ordinance, the monthly base fee and charges not incurred by customer use shall be waived.
Such waiver of fees and charges shall only apply where there is no water use or “de minimis use,” which for purposes of this section shall mean less than one (1) percent of the average use over the prior twelve (12) month period. A minimum monthly maintenance charge as set forth by resolution of City Council for turned off services will be charged. (Ord. 1500, 1982; Ord. 1602, 1987; Ord. 2001, 2002; Ord. 2396, 2020; Ord. 2415, 2021)