C-3 DEPARTMENT AUTHORITY

C-3-1 PURPOSE

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the authority granted to the office of public works, electrical department, water department, and sewer department of the City of Fort Pierre, regarding its usage and maintenance of municipal utilities.

Authority: SDCL 9-14-27

C-3-2 OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS AUTHORITY

The Director of Public Works or his designee, the City Superintendent or his designee, the chief law enforcement officer, or any other department supervisor is hereby authorized to negotiate with property owners for the purpose of ensuring compliance with codes or specifications within a given time from notice of violation. All agreements must be ratified by the City Council. Said municipal employees are not authorized to suspend ordinances, specifications or codes, but may delay enforcement or extend the period permitted for compliance for a reasonable time pursuant to a written promise by the affected party to comply.

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Authority: SDCL 9-1-5, 9-14-27

C-3-3 ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT AUTHORITY

In order to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the City of Fort Pierre, any officer or employee of the City of Fort Pierre is hereby authorized to investigate unexplained loss of electrical energy, abnormal electrical meter readings, and any other phenomenon indicating that electrical energy is being used but not paid for according to these ordinances, or is being mishandled or misused in a manner that may create a hazardous condition, or resold to tenants or households other than that of the person in whose name the electrical energy is supplied. Any municipal employee may, during the course of official business, enter upon private property to investigate and service or transmission facilities of the municipal electric system located thereon and, if necessary for the protection of the public, discontinue service.

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Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-39-23, 9-40-1

C-3-4 WATER DEPARTMENT AUTHORITY

In order to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the City of Fort Pierre, any officer or employee of the City of Fort Pierre is hereby authorized to investigate unexplained loss of water quantity or pressure, abnormal water meter readings, and any other phenomenon indicating that municipal water service is being used but not paid for according to these ordinances or is being mishandled or misused in a manner that may create a hazardous condition, or resold to tenants or households other than as allowed by agreement with the City and in the name of the person to whom the water utility is supplied. Any municipal employee, during the course of official business, may enter upon private property to investigate and service or transmission facilities of the municipal water system located thereon and, if necessary for the protection of the public, discontinue service.

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Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-40-1

C-3-5 SEWER DEPARTMENT AUTHORITY

In order to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the City of Fort Pierre, any officer or employee of the City of Fort Pierre is hereby authorized to investigate the unexplained use of the municipal sewer system and any other phenomenon indicating that the municipal sewer service is being used but not paid for according to these ordinances or is being mishandled or misused in a manner that may create a hazardous condition, or resold to tenants or households other than as allowed by agreement with the City and in the name of the person to whom the municipal sewer service is supplied. Any municipal employee may, during the course of official business, enter upon private property to investigate service or transmission facilities of the municipal sewer system located thereon and, if necessary for the protection of the public, discontinue service.

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Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-40-1

C-3-6 MUNICIPAL UTILITY SERVICE AGREEMENT

To ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the City of Fort Pierre, when a citizen of the City of Fort Pierre agrees to purchase utility services from the City of Fort Pierre, that citizen is deemed by the request of such service to grant the City and its officers and employees the reasonable and necessary access to such person’s private land for the purposes of maintaining, repairing, inspecting, and operating the municipal utility service. Such access is granted only to City employees and officers, while in performance of their official duties, in furtherance of the operation, repair, inspection, or maintenance of municipal utility transmission facilities that are owned or operated and maintained by the City of Fort Pierre. This section shall not be construed to impose any duty or responsibility on the City to maintain, repair, or inspect the service owned by the other contracting party to a municipality utility service. Any person who refuses shall be guilty of violating this ordinance and penalized according to the provisions of chapter T.