ORDINANCE NO. 15-02
AMENDING CHAPTER 10.03 USE OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SEWER
The City Council of the City of Howard Lake does ordain that Chapter 10.03 of the Howard Lake City Code is amended to read as follows:
ARTICLE X
INSPECTION
Section 1. Every person owning improved real estate that discharges or drains into the City’s sanitary sewer system shall, from time to time and within thirty (30) days of receiving notice from the City, either: i) Allow the City’s employees or agents to enter upon and inspect the buildings and pipes on the property to confirm that no sump pump or other prohibited source on the property discharges or drains into the sanitary sewer system; or ii) At the property owner’s sole cost, have the property inspected by a plumber licensed in the State of Minnesota, which plumber shall attest on a form available from the City Clerk that no sump pump or other prohibited source on the property discharges or drains into the sanitary sewer system.
Section 2. The owner of any property found to be in violation of this article shall take actions required to correct the violation within thirty (30) days of the date of the City’s inspection or the plumber’s report, except as provided in Section 3 of this article, as applicable, and such corrections shall be verified by employees or agents of the City or, at the option and sole cost of the property owner, by a plumber licensed in the State of Minnesota. It shall be the property owner’s responsibility to request a compliance inspection from the City.
Section 3. The owner of any property found to be in violation by reason of having a footing tile or drain connected to the sanitary sewer system, or by reason of poor service line condition, shall take all actions required to correct the violation within one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of the City’s inspection or the plumber’s report, and such correction shall be verified by employees or agents of the City or, at the option and sole cost of the property owner, by a plumber licensed in the state of Minnesota. It shall be the property owner’s responsibility to request a compliance inspection from the City.
ARTICLE XI
PENALTIES
Section 3. A surcharge of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per month is hereby imposed and shall be added to every sewer billing to property owners who are found not in compliance with Article X of this ordinance and who fail to correct the violation within the applicable time period provided in Article X. The surcharge shall be added every month until the property is in compliance.
Section 4. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss, or damage occasioned by the City by reason of such violation.
This ordinance shall be effective upon its passage and publication as provided by law.
Passed and approved by the Howard Lake City Council: March 3, 2015
/s/ Peter Zimmerman, Mayor
Attest
/s/ Gene Gilbert, City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal March 9, 2015.

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