(A resolution providing for water service initiation and termination charges, and water and wastewater service base rate charge for temporary shut-offs of water service)
WHEREAS, Title 12 of the Hood River Municipal Code (HRMC) provides for the establishment of water service charges;
WHEREAS, Resolution 2005-19 contains the current water service charges charged to users of the City’s water system;
WHEREAS, HRMC Section 12.01.030(A) authorizes initiation, termination, and such other charges and fees approved by the Council;
WHEREAS, HRMC Section 12.01.030(B) requires the Council to consider the operation and administration costs of the water system when setting service charges;
WHEREAS, upon review and consideration of the reasons for and against charging (1) water service initiation and termination charges for turn-on and turn-off requests that are not associated with a new or terminating service; and (2) water and wastewater base rate charges for temporary terminations of water service for convenience that are not associated with closing an account, the Council determines that the charges should be adopted;
WHEREAS, the Council finds that the reasons set forth in the City Manager’s memorandum dated February 11, 2008, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit A, provide ample and reasonable justification for providing for the charges referenced above;
WHEREAS, the Council adopts the City Manager’s memorandum as its own findings and incorporates the same by this reference;;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Hood River City Council that:
Resolution 2005-19 is amended to include the following additional charges for users of the City’s water system:
1. Service initiation/service termination: $50.00. The service initiation fee applies when the service initiation or turn-on request is not accompanied by the initiation of a new service or new account and did follow on a termination that did not terminate an existing service or account (such as upon change of occupant or owner). The service termination fee applies when the termination or shut-ff request is not made as part of the termination of an existing service or account, such as upon change of occupant or owner).
2. Temporary termination monthly base rate charges:
a. Water service customers will be charged and required to pay the monthly water service base rate when water service is terminated for 30 days or longer without a termination of the existing water service or account, such as due to an extended absence.
b. Wastewater service customers also connected to City water service will be charged and required to pay a monthly sewer base rate when water service is terminated for 30 days or longer without a termination of the existing water service or account, such as due to an extended absence. The monthly sewer base rate charged for purposes of this provision will be equal to the monthly water service base rate.
Approved by the Hood River City Council the 11th day of February, 2008, to take effect immediately.
Linda Streich, Mayor
Jennifer McKenzie, City Recorder