H-4 UTILITY CONNECTION

H-4-1 PURPOSE

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the rules and regulations regarding utility connections to municipal utilities provided by the City of Fort Pierre. These rules and regulations shall include the application process, connections, maintenance, and repair procedures.

Authority: SDCL 9-39-23

H-4-2 APPLICATION FOR UTILITY CONNECTION

Any person wishing to have structures, facilities, or property connected to City utility systems must make application for such connection at the City Finance Office. If the application is for new construction, such application may be consolidated with the application for building permit.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23

H-4-3 PROCESS OF APPLICATION

Upon receiving application for connection of utilities, the Finance Officer or his designee shall collect all fees and deposits required under chapter H-5, shall require that the proper agreement for utilities service is executed by the appropriate party, and shall forward the application to the Director of Public Works or his designee.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23

H-4-3.3  RESERVED

Source:  Ord 1008

H-4-3.6  RESERVED

Source:  Ord 1008

H-4-4 DECISION ON APPLICATION

Upon receipt of the application with information indicating compliance with fee, deposit, and agreement requirements, the Director of Public Works or his designee shall determine if the proposed installation or connection complies with applicable City ordinance, and upon being satisfied that it does, may authorize the service to be connected. If the Director of Public Works or his designee rejects the application, a reason shall be given and corrective action explained at the time of the rejection. The applicant shall have the option to obtain a refund of fees and deposits paid at that time, or may agree to rectify the problem. In the latter instance, the Director of Public Works or his designee must be satisfied that the problem is, in fact, rectified, and may then authorize the service to be connected.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23

H-4-5 CONNECTION

City employees of the electrical department will connect the required electrical utilities at the earliest opportunity available.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23

H-4-6 MAINTENANCE OF SERVICE

The City is obligated to maintain utility lines only to the point of connection with the individual service. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of water and sewer lines from the tap on the City main to and inside the property. The property owner is responsible and liable for the maintenance of secondary electrical lines from the tap on the final distribution transformer or from the tap on the final distribution system to and inside the property line. All taps shall be made by the City and shall remain the responsibility of the City.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23, 9-47-1

H-4-6.1 NEW ELECTRICAL SERVICES UNDERGROUND

All new, repaired, or replaced electrical service lines connecting with City main lines shall be placed underground from and after the effective date of this ordinance.

Source:  Ord 1009

Authority:  SDCL 9-39-1

H-4-7 METERS

The meter placed in the electrical and water lines shall remain the property of the City and may not be altered, replaced, or removed except by City personnel or duly authorized contractors as defined in S-1-2.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-23, 9-47-1

Cross Reference: H-1, H-2

H-4-8 NOTICE TO OWNERS TO KEEP SERVICE LINES AND FIXTURES REPAIRED

Whenever it is necessary due to deterioration, accident, or natural event to repair or replace an electric service line, water service line, or sewer service line, or a fixture of any service line to the current City standards, the City shall notify all owners of record on which the fixture or service line lies to repair or replace the fixture to the current City Standard at their own expense within a designated time. Such notice shall be served by certified mail or hand delivered with proof of service.

Source:  Ord 1009

Authority: SDCL 9-39-1, 9-39-23, 9-47-1, 9-48-2

H-4-9 REPAIR AND ASSESSMENT OF COSTS

If the service line or fixture is not repaired or replaced in the manner and within the prescribed time pursuant to notice served upon owners of record under the authority of this chapter, the governing body shall cause the work to be done and the cost of all material, installation, and necessary easements that may be required shall be charged to the lot or parcel. The City Finance Officer or his designee shall certify the costs to be charged to each lot or parcel to the County Auditor, which shall be collected as other taxes in and for the City of Fort Pierre. The City Finance Officer or his designee shall also file a tax lien with the County Register of Deeds.

Source:  Ord 1009

Authority: SDCL 9-39-23, 9-43-49.1, 9-47-1, 9-47-19

Cross Reference: C-3-2, C-3-3, C-3-4

H-4-10 NOTICE TO OWNERS TO REPAIR OR REPLACE SERVICES IN PREPARATION OF OVERLYING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

From time to time the City of Fort Pierre may make repairs or replace the streets and utility system that will require the underlying or attached service fixtures and lines to be repaired or replaced to the current City standard from the point of connection to the City fixture and line to meter or structure served.  When the City has scheduled repair or replacement for the connecting main lines or scheduled improvements of the overlying infrastructure that may be damaged by an anticipated or projected service fixture and line repair or replacement, the City may require the service fixtures and lines to be repaired or replaced to the current City standard from the City main to the meter or structure served. The City Public Works Director or his designee shall provide notice, by certified mail or hand delivered with proof of service, to all property owners of record on which the affected service fixture or service lines lie of the determination that the service fixtures and lines are required to be repaired or replaced to the current City standard. Such notice must specify the upgrade to be made and the date by which it must be completed, which may not be less than sixty (60) days from receipt by the property owner of the notice. If the service line or fixture is not repaired or replaced in the manner and within the time prescribed in the notice, the City or its designee may cause the work to be done to the meter or to the structure served.  If the City causes the work to be done, the cost of such upgrades shall be charged to the lot or parcel owner.  The City Finance Officer or his designee shall certify the costs to be charged to each lot or parcel to the County Auditor, which shall be collected as other taxes in and for the City of Fort Pierre.  The City Finance Officer or his designee shall also file a tax lien with the County Register of Deeds.

Service fixture and line upgrades for purposes of H-4-10 shall include, but not be limited to, the replacement of overhead electrical service lines with underground electrical service lines, the repair or replacement of water services, and the repair or replacement of sewer services to the current City standard.

Source:  Ord 918, 1009

Authority: SDCL 9-39-1, 9-39-23, 9-48-2