The Knoxville City Council held its regular meeting on Monday night to discuss the first reading of an ordinance regarding a Sanitary User Charge System.
According to the proposed ordinance, which is similar to changes recently adopted by the Water Board for Knoxville Water Works, new residential customers would be required to pay a deposit of $100. Commercial customers would also be required to also pay a deposit, which would be determined as follows:
-New Customers At Existing Accounts: The deposit shall be the same as the account’s highest bill for any billing period within the last two (2) years. No deposit shall be less than $100.
-New Commercial Accounts: The deposit shall be an amount determined by the public works director based on bills of existing similar type businesses.
-Commercial Deposits: Commercial deposits of two hundred dollars ($200.00) or less shall be paid in cash.
-Payment of Deposits: Commercial deposits or more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) may be paid by either cash or by posting a utility payment bond approved by the City for the amount of the deposit, or by a letter of credit from the consumer’s financial institution. Such letter of credit must be provided in a form dictated by the City.
-Deposits By Bond: Deposits paid by securing a utility payment bond must be renewed annually and the amount for which the bond must be held will be reviewed and adjusted every two (2) years.
-Also, any customer who has an excellent pay history (no more than one (1) late payment and no disconnects) for their initial one (1) year on service, shall have their deposit refunded.
-If a customer does not meet the criteria listed above to have their deposit refunded, the deposit shall stay on file indefinitely to guarantee payment toward a final bill. Any customer who has a deposit on file at the time of approval hereof, and meets the requirements, shall have their deposit(s) refunded as expeditiously as possible.
The deposit may be waived if:
-Anyone who has had a deposit refunded under the provisions of subsection E of this section and has not been off of service with the City of Knoxville for more than one (1) year shall have their deposit fee waived. Commercial accounts shall not be eligible for deposit waivers.
-Anyone starting service with the City of Knoxville for the first time or after being off of service for more than one (1) year and can provide a letter of reference showing an excellent pay history with another utility within the previous twelve (12) months shall have their deposit fee waived. Commercial accounts shall not be eligible for deposit waivers.
-Anyone returning to service with the City of Knoxville, who has arrears of any type with the City of Knoxville, shall not be eligible to have their deposit fee waived, regardless of meeting the criteria above. All arrears and the deposit must be paid in full prior to service being started.
In addition to the above requirements, any person or business requesting to start a new sewer service must complete an application form.
The ordinance was approved by council and second and third readings were waived.
Council also approved a (City of Knoxville) Vehicle & Equipment Replacement Fund Policy. The City of Knoxville currently uses an internal accounting fund for the purchase and replacement of vehicles, equipment and technology. Since summer 2013, staff has been working on a uniform policy to establish a decision making process and criteria for purchase, replacement, elimination and disposition of vehicles and equipment.
The purpose of establishing a Vehicle & Equipment Replacement Fund, or VERF, policy is to establish a decision making process and criteria for purchase, replacement, elimination and disposition of vehicles and equipment (the “fleet”). The Policy also establishes procedures to ensure that adequate funds will be available to purchase fleet assets and to fund that part of the City of Knoxville’s capital budget related to the purchases, thereby stabilizing the budgeting for major fleet purchases. The VERF is to:
-Ensure adequate funds are available to fund the replacement of vehicles, technology and equipment.
-Stabilize budgeting for major purchases.
-Ensure Knoxville is using fuel efficient equipment and to implement vehicles powered by alternative fuels when feasible.
-Provide sufficient cash flows for annual purchases of equipment greater than or equal to $5,000.
Before adjournment newly-elected Mayor Brian Hatch, re-elected Council Member David Roozeboom, and newly-elected Council Member Dawn Allspach-Kline, took the oath of office.
In council other action
-Approved a resolution proposing the disposal of interest in real property by sale at 1510 W. Pleasant St., Knoxville, to Tom Rameaker.
-Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinances of the City of Knoxville, Iowa 2009 by rezoning a parcel on S. Roche (Everly) as indicated from R-1 Single Family Residential To C-1 Residential-Commercial District.
-Approved the purchase of a 2014 Police Car from from Motor Inn of Knoxville for $20,820.
-Approved 8 hours of additional vacation (floating holiday) for full time city employees and 4 hours for part-time employees during the Fiscal Year 2014.
-Set the first Knoxville City Council meeting of 2014 for Jan. 2, at 6:15 p.m. The next meeting after Jan. 2, will be held on the third Monday of the month.