By resolution of the City Council the City may adopt reasonable fees for reimbursement of costs of setting up and operating the City’s pretreatment program. The City reserves the right to change existing and/or implement new fees and charges.
All charges will be collected by direct billing. Unless the City has been made aware of extenuating circumstances that would prevent prompt payment, all fees are payable within thirty (30) days of the billing. Charges past due will be considered a violation of this ordinance. Users not paying within sixty (60) days of the billing period will be subject to termination of service.
These fees relate solely to the matters covered by this ordinance and are separate from all other rates or charges for sewer service; provided, that the City shall collect said charges in the same manner as other sewer utility rates are collected, including but not limited to the sewer lien procedures provided under Chapter 35.67 RCW.
Fees and charges that may be assessed include but are not limited to the following:
A. All fines, charges and fees associated with executing enforcement actions that may be incurred will be assessed including cost of collection and analyzing a user’s discharge, and fees for monitoring, inspection, surveillance and enforcement procedures;
B. Costs of preparing administrative enforcement actions, such as notices and orders, including the cost of additional inspections, sampling, analysis and monitoring;
C. Reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs, and other expenses including the cost of any actual damages;
D. Fees for special agreements, the cost of processing the forms, public notice, issuing and administering the agreement and reviewing monitoring reports submitted by the user, and renewing, modifying or transferring agreements;
E. Any expenses incurred due to noncompliance by a user, including but not limited to costs of opening a plugged sewer, costs of repairing a damaged sewer, costs of determining the cause of an SSO or CSO, and costs of cleaning up and mitigating an SSO or CSO.
F. Any user found liable of a violation of this ordinance will be responsible for all expenses including loss, damage, and any other liability which may be incurred to the City as a result of fish kills, damage to person or property or damage to the POTW. This is in addition to any fines, civil penalties, or other liability which may be imposed by this ordinance or other applicable law. (Ord. 2351, 2018)