About Us

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OUR GOAL

 Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District goals are to help lower the nutrient loading to the area's lakes, improve the environmental health of Mille Lacs Lake and the surrounding lakes, and help minimize the potential contamination of the area's groundwater drinking-water supply. To help clean up the public sanitation, to have better public health and a cleaner environment in the area. 

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CHLORIDES

 

High chlorides is becoming a great concern!!

Would you like to save yourself some time, money and work, while helping the environment at the same time? Here is how to do that in fifteen minutes or less, and no,
this is not a GEICO ad.

Most homes in the Mille Lacs Lake area have water softeners. That is simply a fact of life in this region of ‘liquid rock’ hard water, but it is critical that water softeners be adjusted properly.

Please make sure that your water softener is adjusted properly.

• If you have monthly service for your softener, request that the hardness of your water be checked, and that the softener be correctly adjusted.
• If you own your own softener please check to see that it is properly adjusted.

If you don’t know how to adjust your softener, one call to the manufacturer will help you get it done very quickly. Most modern softeners can be adjusted to recharge only when needed. They use a meter to measure the amount of flow. Sometimes this is called ‘on demand’ softening. Please be sure that your softener is set to the meter or /on demand option. Most manufacturers will quickly and easily walk you through the steps to properly set up the softener. Look for a label on your softener with a toll-free number, or look up the number on the internet.

Just because your softener has an option to regenerate on demand does not mean that it is set to this option. If you hear your softener regenerating every night or every few days at the same time, it is not set to the meter option.

Some older models can only be set to regenerate after a specific length of time. If you are seasonal, or only use your place occasionally, make sure that the softener is disabled while you are gone for long periods of time.

SO HOW DOES THIS SAVE MONEY?
A properly adjusted water softener saves money because it will use much less salt, and you will be buying far less salt.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE WORK?
This not only saves you money when you buy salt, it also saves a lot of work. Those bags of salt are heavy.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE THE ENVIROMENT?
A properly adjusted softener reduces the amount of chloride (from the salt) that is released into the wastewater. Chloride in the wastewater is nearly impossible to remove once it gets into the water. Over time it can accumulate and do damage to the environment.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE TIME?
Calling the company to have them walk you through the steps of adjusting your softener will be quick and efficient. A properly adjusted softener will save you time by reducing the need for trips to the store to buy salt.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF SALT IN THE WASTEWATER.

“Keep Wipes out of Pipes” 1
Although wet wipes are often labeled as flushable, biodegradable,
and sewer and septic safe, they are proving not to be.
‘Flushable' pre-moistened wipes are causing millions of dollars' worth of
problems in city sewer systems; they DO NOT disintegrate.
Homeowners are winding up with plumbing bills, too’.
One day, Del Cole, PeopleService technician, removed a 3 gallon bucket of wet wipes from
a Lift Station pump. Other states have run tests and confirmed that the wipes do not
break down.
CAPTION on the back of cottonelle Wipes SAYS: Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing
Cloths break up after flushing. Contrary to the belief, this is NOT the case.
"When it says flushable, rule of thumb is to toss it in the trash."
‘Clogging your sewer system
Is a Serious issue, so
PLEASE flush ONLY Toilet
Paper’
(WIPES ARE NOT THE ONLY MAKE SURE YOUR CAP IS
CULPRIT THAT SHOULD NOT ON YOUR CLEAN OUT
BE FLUSHED)
If you have a sump pump, we are asking you to check to make sure it is
not being discharged into the sewer. If you find it is going into the sewer
line, please have it re-routed outside.
1 By Associated Press September 23, 2013 10:41 a.m.

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IMPORTANT FACTS TO PROTECT THE SEWER SYSTEM



 

Wet Wipes are hard on Sewer Systems

“WIPES AND TAMPONS ARE CREATING HAVOC IN OUR SEWER LINE LIFT STATIONS”
Wipes labeled “flushable”, – including baby wipes, cleaning wipes and personal wipes have been the subject of concern among public works departments across the nation. Just because it makes it down, doesn’t mean it’s going to DISSOLVE. This causes additional expense for the Sewer District. They can get caught in private service lines as well and cause problems for YOU, the homeowner.

IF IT MAKES it through the entire system it will cause problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

These items plug pumps and the resulting fibers will wrap around impellers or shafts causing failures. The District HAS experienced the wipes so tightly wound around the impellers on one of our pumps; it bent the impeller and required us to purchase a new pump at a cost of $5378; there are 56 pumps within the District.

EVERYONE SHOULD STICK TO ONLY flushing Toilet Paper’

“When it says flushable, rule of thumb is to toss it in the trash.” NOW, MARKETING IS TAKING OFF “FLUSHABLE” FROM MANY PRODUCTS AND SAYING TO TOSS IN WASTEBASKET AND EVEN A PICTURE OF A WASTEBASKET IS SHOWING UP ON VARIOUS WIPE CONTAINERS.

‘Clogging your sewer System Is a Serious AND
$$ COSTLY $$ issue’


THANK YOU,

GARRISON KATHIO WEST MILLE LACS LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

March, 2017

Would you like to save yourself some time, money and work, while helping the environment at the same time? Here is how to do that in fifteen minutes or less.
Most homes in the Mille Lacs Lake area have water softeners. That is simply a fact of life in this region of ‘liquid rock’ hard water, but it is critical that water softeners be adjusted properly.

Please make sure that your water softener is adjusted properly.
• If you have monthly service for your softener, request that the hardness of your water be checked, and that the softener be correctly adjusted.
• If you own your own softener please check to see that it is properly adjusted.

If you don’t know how to adjust your softener, one call to the manufacturer will help you get it done very quickly. Most modern softeners can be adjusted to recharge only when needed. They use a meter to measure the amount of flow. Sometimes this is called ‘on demand’ softening. Please be sure that your softener is set to the meter or /on demand option. Most manufacturers will quickly and easily walk you through the steps to properly set up the softener. Look for a label on your softener with a toll-free number, or look up the number on the internet.

Just because your softener has an option to regenerate on demand does not mean that it is set to this option. If you hear your softener regenerating every night or every few days at the same time, it is not set to the meter option.

Some older models can only be set to regenerate after a specific length of time. If you are seasonal or only use your places occasionally, make sure the softener is disabled while you are gone for long periods of time.

SO HOW DOES THIS SAVE MONEY? A properly adjusted water softener saves money because it will use much less salt, and you will be buying far less salt.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE WORK? It also saves a lot of work of not having to go back to the store to buy the salt as often. Those bags are heavy.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE THE ENVIROMENT? A properly adjusted softener reduces the amount of chloride (from the salt) that is released into the wastewater. Chloride in the wastewater is nearly impossible to remove once it gets into the water. Over time it can accumulate and do damage to the environment. THE DISTRICT WILL EVENTUALLY BE FINED IF CHLORIDE NUMBERS DO NOT GO UNDER 250mg/l.
HOW DOES THIS SAVE TIME? Calling the company to have them walk you through the steps of adjusting your softener will be quick and efficient. A properly adjusted softener will save you time by reducing the need for trips to the store to buy salt.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF SALT RELEASED INTO THE WASTEWATER.

GARRISON, KATHIO WEST MILLE LACS SANITARY DISTRICT

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BOARD OF MANAGERS

MIKE TIMM - CHAIRMAN

LOREN LARSON - TREASURER

RAY LASHER - BOARD MEMBER

DUANE JEDLICKI - BOARD MEMBER

RICHARD ( DICK) HUFF - BOIARD MEMBER

  

GARRISON, KATHIO, WEST MILLE LACS LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT

2020 TENTATIVESCHEDULED MEETINGS

Work sessionswill be HELD ON THE SECOND OR THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, at 9:00 a.m. 

THE BOARD MEETINGS ARE usually SCHEDULED on the LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH at 1:30 p.m. 

Call the District office at 320-692-5007 or go to website, www.garrisonsewerdist.com  to verify meeting times. If a scheduled meeting date is changed or added, a written notice of the date, time, place and purpose of the meeting shall be posted at the Sewer District Office, Garrison City Hall, and Garrison Post Office and on the website. 

MEETINGS   OFFICE CLOSED:      

 

JANUARY  08 – work session   9:00 a.m.  New Year’s Day – 1 Wednesday

30 - Board meeting 1:30 p.m.   Martin Luther King Jr – 20 Monday  14 – ELECTION MEETING - 5:15 p.m.  

FEBRUARY 12 – work session   9:00 a.m.   Presidents Day – 17 - Monday  

27 – Board meeting   1:30 p.m.

MARCH 11 – work session  9:00 a.m.  

26 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m. 

APRIL  08 – work session  9:00 a.m. 

  30 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m.

MAY 13 – work session  9:00 a.m.    Memorial Day - 25

28 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m.

JUNE 10 – work session  9:00 a.m.

25 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m. 

JULY 08 – work session   9:00 a.m.   4th of July - Thursday (Saturday)

30 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m.

AUGUST 12 – work session  9:00 p.m. 

27 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m

SEPTEMBER  09 – work session  9:00 a.m.  Labor Day - 7

24 – Board meeting  1:30 p.m.

OCTOBER  14 – work session  9:00 a.m.  Columbus Day – 12 Monday     29 - Board meeting 1:30 p.m. 

NOVEMBER 04 – work session  9:00 a.m.   VETERANS DAY – 11 Wednesday

  19 – Board meeting 1:30 pm      Thanksgiving – 26  

DECEMBER  04 work Session  9:00 a.m.  CHRISTMAS EVE DAY - THURSDAY

31 –  Board meeting 1:30 p.m.     Christmas Day – 25    Friday  

2020 BUDGET

 

GARRISON, KATHIO, WEST MILLE LACS LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT
2020 OPERATING BUDGET NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PUBLIC HEARING to consider the proposed 2020 Operating Budget on AUGUST 29, 2019
at the Sanitary District office 27065 Central Street-Garrison. Regular meeting follows.
OPERATING EXPENDITURE 2019 FINAL OPERATING EXPENDITURE 2020 FINAL


TREATMENT $370,000.00                                        TREATMENT $420,000.00
LEGAL $15,000.00                                                     LEGAL $15,000.00
PUBLISHING $2,000.00                                            PUBLISHING $2,000.00
INSURANCE $10,000.00                                           INSURANCE $10,000.00
UTILITIES $10,000.00                                               UTILITIES $10,000.00
WAGES/TAX/PERA $79,000.00                              WAGES/TAX/PERA $83,000.00
POSTAGE $1,500.00                                                 POSTAGE $1,500.00
OFFICE EQUIPMENT $2,000.00                              OFFICE EQUIPMENT $2,000.00
OFFICE SUPPLIES $2,000.00                                   OFFICE SUPPLIES $2,000.00
MAINTENANCE $410,500.00                                    MAINTENANCE $450,000.00
AUDITOR $20,000.00                                               AUDITOR $20,000.00
FINANCIAL PLANNER $2,000.00                            FINANCIAL PLANNER $2,000.00
IT - SERVICE $200.00 IT -                                        SERVICE $200.00
RESERVE $2,800.00                                                 RESERVE $2,800.00
OPERATING BOND PAYMENT $30,000.00 OPERATING BOND PAYMENT $30,000.00


TOTAL $957,000.00                                                 TOTAL $1,050,500.00


CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES


BOND PAYMENTS $350,000.00                          BOND PAYMENTS $350,000.00


TOTAL EXPENDITURES $1,307,000.00      TOTAL EXPENDITURES $1,400,500.00


OPERATING REVENUE OPERATING REVENUE


MONTHLY SERVICE FEE $520,000.00        MONTHLY SERVICE FEE $550,000.00
OPERATING CHECKING $70,000.00           OPERATING CHECKING $75,000.00
SEWER PROXIMITY $87,000.00                   SEWER PROXIMITY $90,500.00
SALES TAX $70,000.00                                SALES TAX $120,000.00
TOTAL OPERATING INCOME $747,000.00 TOTAL OPERATING INCOME $835,500.00


CONSTRUCTION REVENUE CONSTRUCTION REVENUE


SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS $180,000.00          SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS $180,000.00

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION INCOME $180,000.00 TOTAL CONSTRUCTION INCOME $180,000.00

TOTAL REVENUE $927,000.00                          TOTAL REVENUE $1,015,500.00

DISTRICT LEVY $380,000.00                             DISTRICT LEVY $385,000.00
Public Hearing:
Posted
Published: Dispatch Loren Larson, District Secretary
Published: Messenger
Preliminary approval/certified
Final approval/certified GKWMLL is an Equal Opportunity Provider/Employer

BALANCE SHEET

       GKWMLL SANITARY   DISTRICT-Operating 2:46 PM   Balance   Sheet 12/31/2019   As   of December 31, 2019 Accrual Basis        Dec 31, 19   ASSETS      

Current Assets      

Checking/Savings       

100 · Checking   Account-Operating 216,863.11      

103 · Operating Savings   Account 59,937.59     

 104 · Money Market   Checking 2,588,996.06     

Total Checking/Savings 2,865,796.76     

Accounts Receivable       

116 · Accounts Receivable -4,618.99     

Total Accounts Receivable -4,618.99    

 Other Current Assets       

110 · Taxes Receivable   Current 14,366.00     

 115 · Accounts Rec -   Manual Entry 116,047.24      

122 · Undeposited   Funds-System 14,611.90     

Total Other Current   Assets 145,025.14    

Total Current Assets 3,006,202.91    

Fixed Assets      

162 · Infratructure 22,318.00    

Total Fixed Assets 22,318.00    

Other Assets      

111 · Taxes   Receivable-Long Term 33,625.00     

180 · Deferred   Outflow-Sub Contr 2,166.00     

186 · Deferred   Outflow-Chg in Assump 4,239.00     

187 · Deferred Outflow -   Experience 1,175.00     

188 · Def Outflow -   Chnage Prp Share 2,824.00    

Total Other Assets 44,029.00   

TOTAL   ASSETS 3,072,549.91   


LIABILITIES   & EQUITY     Liabilities       

Current Liabilities       

Accounts Payable        

201 · Accounts Payable 640.07      

Total Accounts Payable 640.07      

Other Current Liabilities        

203 · Other Accrued Liabilities 2,037.00       

210 · Payroll Liabilities 2,779.85       

216 · Cur Port of ML Wastewater 123,285.00       

224 · Current Portion of Canon Lease 921.00      

Total Other Current   Liabilities 129,022.85     

Total Current Liabilities 129,662.92    

 Long Term Liabilities       

212 · ML WASTEWATER DEBT   FEES 1,248,939.00      

215 · ML Waste Water   Liability 182,799.00     

 225 · 2001 G.O. Revenue   Note-MN PFA -57,393.35      

240 · Long Term Capital   Lease 940.00      

250 · DEFERRED   INFLOWS-CHANGE PROP 2,477.00      

251 · Def Outflow Chg in   Assumption 4,987.00      

252 · Def Inflow Actual v   Expted Invs 4,535.00      

255 · DEFERRED INFLOW-   EXPER 1,294.00      

260 · NET PENSION   LIABILITY 44,381.00     

Total Long Term   Liabilities 1,432,958.65    

Total Liabilities 1,562,621.57    

Equity        300 · Net Assets   Unrestricted 199,547.84     

320 · Prior Year   Income-Close 910,553.88     

Net Income 399,826.62    

Total Equity 1,509,928.34   

TOTAL   LIABILITIES & EQUITY 3,072,549.91   


       GKWMLL SANITARY   DISTRICT-Operating 2:50 PM   Balance   Sheet 01/31/2020  

 As   of January 31, 2020 

Accrual Basis        Jan 31, 20   ASSETS      

 Current Assets      

Checking/Savings       

100 · Checking   Account-Operating 276,038.53      

103 · Operating Savings   Account 59,942.68      

104 · Money Market   Checking 2,589,393.28     

Total Checking/Savings 2,925,374.49     

Accounts Receivable       

116 · Accounts Receivable 11,620.37     

Total Accounts Receivable 11,620.37     

Other Current Assets       

110 · Taxes Receivable   Current 14,366.00      

115 · Accounts Rec -   Manual Entry 116,047.24      

122 · Undeposited   Funds-System 461.28     

Total Other Current   

Assets 130,874.52    

Total Current Assets 3,067,869.38    

Fixed Assets      

162 · Infratructure 22,318.00  

  Total Fixed Assets 22,318.00    Other Assets      

111 · Taxes   Receivable-Long Term 33,625.00    

 180 · Deferred   Outflow-Sub Contr 2,166.00     

186 · Deferred   Outflow-Chg in Assump 4,239.00    

 187 · Deferred Outflow -   Experience 1,175.00    

 188 · Def Outflow -   Chnage Prp Share 2,824.00    

Total Other Assets 44,029.00   

TOTAL   ASSETS 3,134,216.38  


 LIABILITIES   & EQUITY     Liabilities       

Current Liabilities       Accounts Payable        

201 · Accounts Payable -6.93      Total Accounts Payable -6.93      Other Current Liabilities        

203 · Other Accrued Liabilities 2,037.00       

210 · Payroll Liabilities 3,589.24       

216 · Cur Port of ML Wastewater 123,285.00       

224 · Current Portion of Canon Lease 921.00      

Total Other Current   Liabilities 129,832.24     

Total Current Liabilities 129,825.31     

Long Term Liabilities       

212 · ML WASTEWATER DEBT   FEES 1,248,939.00      

215 · ML Waste Water   Liability 182,799.00      

225 · 2001 G.O. Revenue   Note-MN PFA -57,863.15      

240 · Long Term Capital   Lease 940.00      

250 · DEFERRED   INFLOWS-CHANGE PROP 2,477.00      

251 · Def Outflow Chg in   Assumption 4,987.00      

252 · Def Inflow Actual v   Expted Invs 4,535.00      

255 · DEFERRED INFLOW-   EXPER 1,294.00      

260 · NET PENSION   LIABILITY 44,381.00     

Total Long Term   Liabilities 1,432,488.85    

Total Liabilities 1,562,314.16    Equity        

300 · Net Assets   Unrestricted 199,547.84     

320 · Prior Year   Income-Close 1,310,380.50     

Net Income 61,973.88    Total Equity 1,571,902.22   

TOTAL   LIABILITIES & EQUITY 3,134,216.38         


PROFIT & LOSS

       GKWMLL SANITARY   DISTRICT-Operating 2:55 PM   

Profit   & Loss 12/31/2019   

March   1 - 9, 2020 Accrual Basis      

 Mar 1 - 9, 20    Ordinary Income/Expense Income       


412 · Sewer User Charges - Business 13,742.26      

413 · Sewer User Charges-Residential 885.14     

Total Income 14,627.40     


Expense       

510 · Legal Expense 781.50      

524 · Wastewater Treatment Fees 11,251.50      

526 · Repairs and Maintenance 1,148.50     

 546 · Utilities 239.64      

575 · Other Expense 451.62      

577 · Phone- internet 207.21     

Total Expense 14,079.97    Net Ordinary Income 547.43   

Net   Income 547.43     


       GKWMLL SANITARY   DISTRICT-Operating 2:57 PM   

Profit   & Loss 01/31/2020   January   2020 Accrual Basis       Jan 20    Ordinary Income/Expense      Income       


412 · Sewer User Charges - Business 13,674.21      

413 · Sewer User Charges-Residential 82,099.28      

415 · Interest Income 402.31     

Total Income 96,175.80    


 Expense       

325 · County Tax Settlement -16,498.43      

500 · Wages 6,648.65      

505 · Payroll Tax Expense 508.61      

506 · PERA 460.25      510 · Legal Expense 601.25     

 524 · Wastewater Treatment Fees 28,990.77      

526 · Repairs and Maintenance 12,494.70      

546 · Utilities 568.11      560 · Office Expense 225.07      

577 · Phone- internet 202.94     

Total Expense 34,201.92   

 Net Ordinary Income 61,973.88   

Net   Income 61,973.88 


        GKWMLL SANITARY   DISTRICT-Operating 9:14 AM   Profit   & Loss 01/31/2020   January   2020 Accrual Basis       

Jan 20    Ordinary Income/Expense      

Income       

412 · Sewer User Charges - Business 13,674.21      

413 · Sewer User Charges-Residential 82,099.28      

415 · Interest Income 402.31     

Total Income 96,175.80    


 Expense       

325 · County Tax Settlement -16,498.43      

500 · Wages 6,648.65      

505 · Payroll Tax Expense 508.61      

506 · PERA 460.25      

510 · Legal Expense 601.25      

524 · Wastewater Treatment Fees 28,990.77      

526 · Repairs and Maintenance 12,494.70      

546 · Utilities 568.11      560 · Office Expense 225.07      

577 · Phone- internet 202.94     

Total Expense 34,201.92    

Net Ordinary Income 61,973.88   

Net   Income 61,973.88             

MONTHLY MINUTES

  

The Board of Managers BOARD meeting, at the Garrison Sewer District Office, was held Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:30p.m. Board present:  Mike Timm, Loren Larson, Ray Lasher and Dick Huff.  Absent: Duane Jedlicki.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Timm opened the meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:30 p.m. Others present:   Henry Brucker (Attorney), Tim Houle (Engineer), Robin Cowell (Financial Admin.) and Linda Ryan (Admin Asst.). PeopleService is absent; Mike D is in training.

2. AGENDA: Motion by Larson S/Lasher to approve the agenda. Motion is unanimous.

3.  APPROVE MINUTES: Motion by Larson S/Lasher to approve the February 12, 2020 work session minutes as presented. Motion is unanimous. 

4.  TENTATIVE BOARD SCHEDULE in MARCH - Work session on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and board meeting THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.     Dates ok with the Board.

5.  PEOPLESERVICE – Mike is at training.

 A written report was available. Discussion because the January 2020 flows are extremely high compared to last year.  Sometimes you need to pop manholes in the early morning hours to see if water is flowing at that time.  Another idea is to start at LS 3 and work backwards until you come across a point where it drops off.  Chairman Timm called Paul Christensen to discuss the flows in the District and to ask him what ideas he had in getting this task to the top of the many things to be done. In order to get a better idea visually, Mike did a hand drawn map of mainline lift stations to see which ones feed into one another and to see the area feeding into lift stations. Chairman Timm wants a specific report at March 11 meeting.

6. ENGINEERING – Tim Houle – Tim emailed out the information requested by Dave Larson, Garrison Township Supervisor, regarding the upcoming paving project on Linden Street. Tim has not heard anything more from Dave. 

7. LEGAL – HENRY BRUCKER – Received another letter from W. Kowalski. There was discussion on how many times we have answered and explained the Districts’ position to her. She continues to say she does not require anything from the District; she has a working septic system. The Board decided to send one more letter explaining we have answered all of her concerns and the monthly billing will continue.

8.   A. CONSTRUCTION FUND REPORT: Motion by Lasher Second by Huff to approve the FEBRUARY 2020 construction revenues of $2.80 interest in checking and $522.81 in savings which $253.56 is interest and an assessment payment of $279.25 was received and NO disbursements. Motion is unanimous. 

B. OPERATING FUND REPORT: Robin presented the Board with the most recent financial statements for February 2020.  M/Lasher S/Huff accepting and approving the FEBRUARY 2020 operating fund balance in revenues of $81,715.21 and disbursements of $55,257.33. Motion is unanimous

A/R Aging report – Robin has certified Cindy Starkkas’ $809.41 to her taxes. When Mary Reedy comes in she needs to get her adjusted out. Her payment plan was adjusted and what she owed to SPC was certified to her taxes. The Beanery is two months behind in payments. Gregory’s is being sent bills every month; there was a problem for a couple of month getting into to get monthly meter reads.  Roxy Staples delinquent payment will be certified. Tutt’s has not yet paid for this month. Twin Pines will also need to be adjusted out.

February SPC receipts: $11,251.16  February Sales Taxrevenue: $9,000 from CWC and $2690.14 from MLC.

   C. ACCOUNTING – Web page discussion. Robin found out from Nate that we have not had security on our web page. The cost to renew next year without security, is $395.64; add standard SSL at $67.99, add website deluxe at $295.88, add backup at $35.88 bringing the total to $739.39. OR we can go with a new 3 year contract with the upgrades, beginning now, for $539.64. Therefore, the District agreed to add security and go with a new format using Website Builder Plus.  Motion made by Huff with a second by Larson to approve going with the new 3 year contract and upgrades immediately for $539.64. Unanimous. Robin will need to adjust to the new format but she can do it.

9.    DISTRICT MLWW REPRESENTATIVE – Loren Larson attended February 13th meeting. Loren advised MLWW that we will not pay the $13000 until we get a satisfactory answer. In regard to the roof issue they had, they did receive a settlement on it and he is not sure if we will have to pay any portion of the billing. 

10. WATERSHED DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Ray Lasher – Nothing to report.

11. WRITTEN QUESTIONS – None

12. OTHER BUSINESS:  A collection was taken up to apply towards the meeting expenses of goodies. ($60)

Frontier sent a check in the amount of $1 for a refund; Robin will make a copy for Henry.

Linda’s phone has been acting up; no dial tone and had to reset date/time. SCI is our go to repair company.

Per Loren, the owner of the Beanery in Garrison is looking at possibly doing some twin homes between the Beanery and campgrounds. Sewer line is in the area. Two setbacks come into play: the setback from the lake and a setback from state highway R/W. 

15.  ADJOURN:  M/Lasher S/Huff to adjourn the meeting. Motion is unanimous. (2:20 p.m.)

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Board approved meeting minutes on: March 11, 2020

 /s/ Mike Timm /s/ Linda Ryan

Mike Timm, Chairman  Linda Ryan, Admin Asst.      



The Board of Managers work session meeting convened at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday February 12, 2020 at the Garrison Sewer District Office. Board present:  Mike Timm, Loren Larson and Duane Jedlicki. ABSENT: Ray Lasher and Dick Huff.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Mike Timm opened the meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at 9:20 a.m.  Others present: Henry Brucker (Legal Counsel), Tim Houle (Engineer), Robin Cowell (Financial Administrator), Linda Ryan (Admin Asst.), Mike Dirckx (PeopleService), Dave Larson (Garrison Township) and Paul Christensen (PeopleService Manager).

2. AGENDA: Motion to approve the agenda as presented.  M/S/C Larson/Jedlicki. 

3. APPROVE MINUTES: Motion to approve the January 30, 2020 board and annual meeting minutes as presented.   M/S /C Larson/Jedlicki. 

4.  PEOPLESERVICE:  Mike Dirckx   Goetsch recommended to Mike that he should pull the pump on LS 19 and check out the oil; this will be done next week when Tom can assist. It might have to go in for repair.

  • Mike shared      his report on run times covering the last two years on all 28 lift      stations. The Board did some      reviewing and wants this to continue going forward. The board is looking for any spike in      run times to be documented; looking for possible I&I.  After a short time, Mike will be able to      see spikes one month and then returns to normal range the following      month. Document these due to      possible rain fall, additional users on weekends, etc. Robin mentioned Nelson’s jetting report      of Linden has information indicating what they found last fall.
  • Completed      work orders for the month. Worked      on locates.
  • Plowed      lift stations a few times.

5.  LINDEN STREET PAVING PROJECT - The Board of Managers question -- Is it really up to us or is it part of the paving project? Per Tim H., Sanitary District is in the road R/W by permit.  If the Township says you have to raise the manholes when they pave, technically this is correct. The District has to pay for adjusting the manholes but logistically the paving contractor should have a line item on the bidding form for manholes and adjusting them to road conditions. Over the years, gravel has been added to the road. Per Dave Larson, he is looking at a cost of $300 per manhole. The Township needs to know how many manholes are involved. Per Mike, there are approximately 34 manholes along Linden Street from US Highway 169 to Interlachen Road. Dave wanted to know what the District wanted to do; during discussion, talk about how far below grade the manholes may be at this time. Also, need to have the rubber wrap added to the manholes if more have rings are added. The township will request bids in March timeframe. The Township will be adding 3 more inches of gravel and 2 ½ inches of mix. Tim H and Dave L discussed the needs for maps showing the locations of each manhole. Tim H. will work with Dave Larson. This portion of sewer project was handled by the Corp of Engineers versus WSN.

6. LEGAL – HENRY BRUCKER - Henry mailed out letters to Frontier Communications and to W. Kowalski; he has not received any responses to date. Chairman Timm asked about Class Action Suits due to service issues with Frontier.  Class action suites aren’t always what a person thinks they will be. Robin pointed out she pitched to Frontier regarding poor service as the reason for the District moving over to fiber. What ‘type’ of service do we have? Is it 5G or whatever? Not sure. 

7.  APPROPRIATIONS – Robin has emailed Susie inquiring about the status of the bonding bill.  No answer received before meeting. 

8. MLWW District Representative– Loren Larson – The meeting is on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Robin provided billing packets to both Loren and Chairman Timm to use at the MLWW meeting when they talk about the District’s billing issues. Robin can provide more detail but they said they have enough information for this meeting.

9. OTHER BUSINESS – The only new item for the action list is the history of run times that Mike provided.

· Robin will be out of the office Thursday the 13th. Linda will be working. 

· Discussion about moving more money from checking into the money market account. The checking account does not earn interest but the MM account does. Motion Larson to move $200,000 from checking account (security state bank) to the Money Market account (security state bank) second by Jedlicki. Motion unanimous.  Loren will call Security State Bank to let them know about this transfer. Next loan payment, of $300,000 plus, is due July 2020.

10. ADJOURNMENT - Motion made by Larson with a second from Jedlicki to adjourn the meeting at 10.00 a.m.

MEETING MINUTES APPROVED:  FEBRUARY 27, 2020

/s/ Mike Timm /s/ Linda Ryan

Mike Timm,  Linda Ryan

CHAIRMAN, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT


  

The Board of Managers held the ANNUAL meeting plus the monthly BOARD meeting at the Garrison Sewer District Office THURSDAY, January 30, 2020 at 1:30p.m.   Board present:  Mike Timm, Duane Jedlicki and Ray Lasher.  Absent: Dick Huff and Loren Larson. We have a quorum.

ANNUAL:

1. CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Timm opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:30 p.m. Others present:   Tim Houle (Engineer), Henry Brucker (Attorney), Robin Cowell (Financial Admin.), Linda Ryan (Admin Asst.), Mike Dirckx and David Huppler (People Service). 

2.  Results from the January 14, 2020 GKWMLL election meeting: Duane Jedlicki and Ray Lasher were each re-elected to 3 year terms.

3.  OATH OF OFFICE: Duane Jedlicki and Ray Lasher

4.  2020 District Officers and appointments - 2019 appointments were reviewed to see if any changes needed to be made for 2020. The only change: IRS mileage reimbursement;  the 2020 guideline is 57.5 cents per mile

4A. RESOLUTION #2-2020 - 2020 OFFICER AND ADMINSTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS  - The board members reviewed the appointments.   Motion by Jedlicki S/Lasher to approve Resolution #2-2020. Motion is unanimous.

5. OTHER BUSINESS: NONE

6. Motion by Lasher S/by Jedlicki to adjourn the Annual Meeting. Motion is unanimous. (1:36 p.m.)

BOARD MEETING:

1. AGENDA: Motion by Lasher S/Jedlicki to approve the agenda. Motion is unanimous.

2.  APPROVE MINUTES: Motion by Lasher S/Jedlicki to approve the January 8, 2020 work session minutes as presented. Motion is unanimous. 

3.  TENTATIVE BOARD SCHEDULE – FEBRUARY  Work session on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 at 9:00 a.m. and monthly board meeting THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at 1:30 p.m.   Scheduled with Board’s consent. 

4.  PEOPLESERVICE – Mike Dirckx and David Huppler -- Went through his written report.  David reported on the process of record flows; MLWW did not receive flow data early enough in the month, therefore, last year’s December flow was used plus an additional 10% was added. With this process, the recorded flows were significantly less than recorded flow for 2019.

Total Control moved radio from LS 3 to LS 20 due to communication errors. Radio was returned to LS 3.

LS 18 pump was repaired by Goetsch and returned.

Omnisite dialer system is activated and running properly. We now have an on call system that will dial out and be controlled via Omnisite. 

I&I write up completed and issues with report have been discussed. Further discussion -- There is still concern regarding the area behind St. Albans Bay where the area is basically a swamp area with ground water. Run times should be monitored more often in this area. Each individual pump should be checked to see if there is a significant increase in run times. Mike will look for the run times from a year ago.

OneDrive document sharing system is Active. Documents may now be shared on request. There is a lot of data that is kept within this system.

LS4 float was torn from cable weight. 

LS 17 communication errors are persistent. Working with Total Control looking at antennae issues and voltages and they have not resolved the issue. The location is hindered by trees in close proximity.

LS 1 low alarm float has been continuing problem. Float weights have been ordered to fix the problem.

Bill Eno mentioned standing water in his area by LS #9. Discussion about using the camera in this area. Run times will be checked and have some information by work session on February 12th. 

LS #19 had a pump fail. When cleaning, tons of wet wipes were found. Duane will talk to one of the neighbors. How many ways can we say do not flush anything but toilet paper?

5. LEGAL – HENRY BRUCKER – Henry summarized the latest request from Kowalski’s; she wrote “Involuntarily paid in good faith to avoid certification to taxes as my final payment I reserve my right to pray for all my money back as was collected involuntarily. Please file!” The issue is they believe they do not need to connect. A copy of the District’s response is being sent to the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. 

Henry wrote a letter to Frontier Communications regarding information provided to the District that we are financially obligated to them under a 3-year contract. The District has no knowledge about this contract. Frontier allegedly says we owe them money because of our cancellation of its services with Frontier.

6. WSN ENGINEERING – Tim Houle – He has nothing specific today.

7. ROBIN COWELL  A. CONSTRUCTION FUND REPORT: Received another deposit from Mn State MMB and we do not know what this is. Chairman Timm looked it up and it is Mn Management Budget, 651-201-8000.  Motion by Lasher Second by Jedlicki to approve the JANUARY 2020 construction revenues of $3.08 interest in checking and revenues of $123,483.76 in savings of which $230.71 is interest, $28.19 from State Mn - MMB , 3 assessments were paid off totaling $1806.96 and a tax settlement of $121,417.90. M/ Lasher S/Jedlicki approving the disbursement of $15,739.90 for PFA Loan payment.  Motion is unanimous. 

 B. OPERATING FUND REPORT: Robin presented the Board with the most recent financial statements for January 2020.  M/Lasher S/Jedlicki accepting and approving the JANUARY 2020 operating fund balance in revenues of $128,177.46 and disbursements of $51,007.76. Motion is unanimous. The revenue includes items that came in after our December 19, 2019 board meeting. Some charges that do not show up every month: Radio license renewal of $95, PFA loan payment of $469.80 and $1065 from WSN working on the GIS.   January SPC receipts: $34,187.60. Sales Taxrevenue: CWC $11,000 & MLC $3150.62.

THE TOTAL COLLECTED IN 2019 FROM THE SALES TAX = $189,204.56!! Money Market: $2,589,393.28.

  C. ACCOUNTING – Robin shared the levy and special assessment dollars from the two counties.

Mille Lacs County will be $5437.76; Levy portion is $2,536.56 and Special Assessments is $2,901.20. The Crow Wing County has not sent in the breakdown of what is levy and what are special assessments. The total from CWC is $16,498.43. Wrap up will be next month.

Robin shared the email regarding Excavator DP meetings being held the next couple of months. It will be sent to Paul to see if he receives this information.

Someone stopped in with LED light bulb flyers; a plug for his product.

8. APPROPRIATIONS - Robin talked with Caitlin from Senator Mathew’s office. She is writing our Bond bill; it may be ready for this session. Robin also talked to Tim Korby letting him know this information.

9. Districts MLWW Representative – Loren Larson not present.

10. WATERSHED DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Ray Lasher – Nothing to report.

11. WRITTEN QUESTIONS - None

12. OTHER BUSINESS: NONE

13.  ADJOURN:  M/Lasher S/Jedlicki to adjourn the meeting. Motion is unanimous.(2:15 p.m.)

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Board approved meeting minutes on: 

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 Mike Timm, Chairman  Linda Ryan, Admin Asst. 



ORDINANCE 12

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ORDINANCE NO. 12

GARRISON, KATHIO, WEST MILLE LACS LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SEWER USE REGULATION

An Ordinance regulating the use of public and private sewers and drains, private wastewater disposal, the installation and connection of building sewers, and the discharge of waters and wastes into the public sewer system; and providing penalties for violation thereof.

Be it ordained and enacted by the Board of Managers of the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District, Crow Wing County and Mille Lacs County, Minnesota as follows:

ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this ordinance shall have the meanings hereinafter designated:

Section 1 “ACT” The Federal Water Pollution Control Act also referred to as the Clean Water Act, as amended, 33. U.S.C. 1251, et seq.

Section 1.1 “Adjacent” [1]  To be considered adjacent, the property in question first has to abut the road right-of-way or District easement that the sanitary sewer is being installed within.

Next, for residential properties, the structure or sewer collection point that has plumbing facilities that requires sewer service has to be within 500 feet of the road right-of-way or District easement that the sanitary sewer is being installed within. Next, for non-residential properties, the entire non-residential parcel that abuts the road right-of-way or District easement must connect to the District’s sanitary sewer system unless the non-residential parcel does not require sewer service. The entire non-residential parcel that requires sewer service shall connect to the District’s sanitary sewer system even if a portion of the non-residential parcel or any structures or sewer collection points located thereon are located more than 500 feet of the road right-of-way or District easement.

Section 2 “ASTM” American Society for Testing and Materials.

Section 3 “Authority” The Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District or a designated representative.

Section 4 “Biochemical Oxygen Demand or BOD5” The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at 20 degrees Centigrade in terms of milligrams per liter (mg/l).

Section 5 “Building Drain” That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five (5) feet outside the building wall. 

Section 6 “Building Sewer” The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal also referred to as a house connection or service connection. The private property owner is responsible for maintaining the line in good condition to the public sewer.

Section 7 “Board of Directors” When used in the text, will refer to the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District Board of Managers.

Section 8 “Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)” The quantity of oxygen utilized in the chemical oxidation of organic matter as determined by standard laboratory procedures, and as expressed in terms of milligrams per liter (mg/l).

Section 9 “Compatible Pollutant” Biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, pH, and fecal coliform bacteria, plus additional pollutants to a degree which complies with effluent concentration limits imposed by the permit.

Section 10 “Control Manhole” A structure specially constructed for the purpose of measuring flow and sampling of wastes.

Section 11 “District” The area within the corporate boundaries of the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District, as presently established or as amended by ordinance or other legal actions at a future time. The term “District” when used herein may also be used to refer to the Board of Managers and its authorized representatives.

Section 12 “Easement” An acquired legal right for the specific use of land owned by others.

Section 13 “Fecal Coliform” Any number of organisms common to the intestinal tract of man and animals whose presence in sanitary sewage is an indicator of pollution.

Section 14 “Floatable Oil” Oil, fat, or grease in a physical state, such that it will separate by gravity from wastewater.

Section 15 “Garbage” Animal and Vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and serving of food.

Section 16 “Incompatible Pollutant” Any pollutant that is not defined as a compatible pollutant (Sec. 9) including non-biodegradable dissolved solids.

Section 17 “Individual Sewage Treatment System” A sewage treatment system connecting to a single dwelling or other establishment, consisting of: soil treatment unit, septic tank, and any associated pumping and piping systems.

Section 18 “Industry” Any nongovernmental or nonresidential user of a publicly owned treatment works which is identified in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, latest edition, which is categorized in Divisions A, B, D, E and I.

Section 19 “Industrial Waste” The liquid processing wastes from an industrial manufacturing process, trade, or business including but not limited to all Standard Industrial Classification Manual Divisions A, B, D, E and I, as distinct from residential or domestic wastewater.

Section 20 “Infiltration” Water entering the sewage system (including building drains and pipes) from the ground through such means as defective pipes, pipe joints, connections and manhole walls.

Section 21 “Infiltration/Inflow (I/I)” The total quantity of water from both infiltration and inflow.

Section 22 “Inflow” Water other than wastewater that enters a sewer system (including building drains) from sources such as, but not limited to, roof leaders, cellar drains, yard and area drains, foundation drains, drains from springs and swampy areas, manhole covers, cross-connections from storm drains, catch basins, surface runoff, street wash waters or drainage.

Section 23 “Interference” The inhibition or disruption of the District’s wastewater disposal system processes or operations which causes or significantly contributes to a violation of any requirement of the applicable NPDES, SDS, Sewer Extension permit, or the District’s treatment contract.

Section 24 “MPCA” Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Section 25 “National Categorical Pretreatment Standards” Federal regulations establishing pretreatment standards for introduction of pollutants in publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities which are determined to be not susceptible to treatment by such treatment facilities, pursuant to Section 402 and 405 of the Act.

Section 26 “National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit” A permit issued by the EPA or MPCA, setting limits on pollutants that a permit tee may legally discharge into navigable waters of the United States pursuant to Sections 402 and 405 of the Act.

Section 27 “Natural Outlet” Any outlet, including storm sewers and combined sewers, which overflow into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface water or ground water.

Section 28 “Non-contact Cooling Water” The water discharged from any use such as air conditioning, cooling or refrigeration, or during which the only pollutant added is heat.

Section 29 “Normal Domestic Strength Waste” Wastewater that is primarily introduced by residential users with a BOD5 concentration not greater than 250 mg/l and a total suspended solids (TSS) concentration not greater than 250 mg/l.

Section 30 “Operator” Person certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Council of Certification, to operate and maintain the sewage treatment and collection system. The Operator shall hold a Class D Wastewater Operator’s certificate in accordance with Minn R. ch. 9400.

Section 31 “Person” Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.

Section 32 “pH” The logarithm of the reciprocal of the concentration of hydrogen ions in terms of grams per liter of solution.

Section 33 “Pretreatment” The treatment of wastewater from industrial sources prior to the introduction of the waste effluent into a publicly owned treatment works.

Section 34 “Properly Shredded Garbage” The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such a degree that all of the particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers with no particle greater than ½ inch (1.27 cm) in any dimension.

Section 35 “Sewage” The spent water of a community. The preferred term is wastewater.

Section 36 “Sewer” A pipe or conduit that carries wastewater or drainage or drainage water.

(a) “Collection Sewer” – a sewer whose primary purpose is to collect  wastewaters from individual point source discharges and connections.

(b) “Combined Sewer” – a sewer intended to serve as a sanitary sewer and a storm sewer.

(c) “Force Main” – a pipe in which wastewater is carried under pressure.

(d) “Interceptor Sewer” – a sewer whose primary purpose is to transport wastewater from collection sewers to a treatment facility.

(e) “Private Sewer” – a sewer which is not owned and maintained by a public authority.

(f) “Public Sewer” – a sewer owned, maintained and controlled by a public authority.

(g) “Sanitary Sewer” – a sewer intended to carry only liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions together with minor quantities of ground, storm, and surface waters which are not admitted intentionally.

(h) “Storm Sewer or Storm Drain: - a drain or sewer intended to carry storm waters, surface runoff, and ground water, sub-surface water, street wash water, drainage, and unpolluted water any source.

Section 37 “Sewer Authority” The governmental entity, which has monitoring, inspection, permitting and enforcement authority over sanitary improvements.

Section 38 “Shall” is mandatory; “May” is permissive.

Section 39 “Slug” Any discharge of water or wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent, or in any quantity of flow, exceeds for any period of duration longer that fifteen (15) minutes, more than five (5) times the average 24 hour concentration of flows during normal operation, and shall adversely affect the collection an/or performance or the wastewater treatment works.

Section 40 “State Disposal System (SDS) Permit” Any permit (including any terms, conditions and requirements thereof) issued by the MPCA pursuant to Minnesota Statues 115.07 for a disposal system as defined by Minnesota Statutes 115.01, Subdivision 8.

Section 41 “Suspended Solids (SS or Total Suspended Solids (TSS)” The total suspended matter that either floats on the surface of, or is in suspension in water, wastewater or other liquids and is removable by laboratory filtering as prescribed in “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater”, latest edition, and referred to as non-filterable residue.

Section 42 “Toxic Pollutant” The concentration of any pollutant or combination of pollutants which upon exposure to or assimilation into any organism will cause adverse affects as defined in standards issued pursuant to Section 307 (a) of the Act.

Section 43 “Unpolluted Water” Water of quality equal to or better than the effluent criteria in effect, or water that would not cause violation of receiving water quality standards, and would not be benefited by discharge to the sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment facilities.

(For example, see “Non-contact Cooling Water”, Sec 28)

Section 44 “User” Any person who discharges or causes or permits the discharge of wastewater into the District’s wastewater disposal system.

Section 45 “Wastewater” The spent water of a community and referred to as sewage. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and the water carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions together with any ground water, surface water and storm water that may be present.

Section 46 “Wastewater Treatment Works or Treatment Works” An arrangement of any devices, facilities, structures, equipment, or processes owned or used by the District for the purpose of the transmission, storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or industrial wastewater, or structures necessary to recycle or reuse water including interceptor sewers, outfall sewers, collection sewers, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvement, remodeling, additions, and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled water supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works including land which is an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of resides resulting from such treatment.

Section 47 “Watercourse” A natural or artificial channel for the passage of water, either continuously or intermittently.

Section 48 “WPCF” the Water Pollution Control Federation.

ARTICLE II

CONTROL BY BOARD OF MANAGERS

Section 1. The Board of Managers of the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District, shall have control and general supervision of all public sewers and service connections in the District, and shall along with their employees and contractors be responsible for administering the provisions of this ordinance to the end that a proper and efficient sanitary sewer system is maintained.

ARTICLE III

USE OF PUBLIC SEWERS REQUIRED

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the District any human or animal excrement, garbage or objectionable waste.

Section 2. It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet any wastewater or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this ordinance and the treatment entity’s NPDES/SDS Permit.

Section 3. Except as provided hereafter it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for disposal of wastewater.

Section 4. Mandatory connections. The owners(s) of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes from which wastewater is discharged, which are situated within the District and are adjacent to the sanitary sewer as defined in Article I Section 1.1, shall be required, at the owners’ expenses, to install a suitable service connection to the public sewer in accordance with provisions of this Ordinance, within 90 days of receipt of notice and said sewer is operational.

All future buildings constructed on property adjacent to the public sewer shall be required to connect to the public sewer prior to use. If sewer connections are not made pursuant to this section, an official 60-day notice shall be served instructing the affected property owner to make said connection.

Section 4.1 Cold weather exception to installation deadline. No connection shall be required between November 1 to May 1 of each year. If the normal time to connect falls in that time period, owners shall have until June 30 to connect.

    

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Section 4.2 Other exceptions as determined by Board of Managers. All deadlines may be extended by the Board of Managers for good cause shown, i.e., inclement weather or other conditions not in control of the applicant. Owners of newly constructed buildings are advised to install their sewer connection during the building season. New construction may not be occupied without adequate sewer or septic.

Section 4.3 [1]No well exception to mandatory connection. For properties with access to the sanitary sewer line, but that have no wells, and upon which there is a camper, trailer RV, fish house or other structure used for sleeping, they may, as an alternative to connecting to the sanitary sewer line, obtain a yearly license. Application for a license shall be furnished to the District no later than May 1 each year. A license fee of $250 shall accompany the application. The license fee may be changed by the Board of Managers from time to time. The application for a license shall contain at least the following information in addition to name, location and contact information:

1) An affirmation there is no well on the property.

2) A statement of how water is furnished to the parcel for human use.

3) A description, including a sketch, of the general type, size and location of any structures.

4) A description, including a sketch, of the type, size and location of tanks for holding wastewater.

5) A copy of the land owner’s tank pumping contract.

6) A copy of the pumping records for the previous year. (If this is the first year for a license, a reminder that pumping records will be needed each year in the future). Pumping records shall include property address, amount pumped, date of pumping, name of company and name of service person.

A representative from the District will visit each no well situation to monitor compliance and follow through.

This license option is only available to properties that existed with structures and no wells as of January 1, 2012. No other properties will be allowed this option. For existing licensed properties, replacement, or enlargement of current structures will trigger a requirement to connect to the sanitary sewer line.

Section 5 In the event an owner shall fail to connect to the public sewer in compliance with a notice given under this ordinance, the District may take any action legal in the State of Minnesota including but not limited to any or all of the following:

5.1 Commence to charge a monthly service charge against the property as  though the Owner had complied with a requirement to connect to the system.

5.2 Declare a public nuisance, which is a misdemeanor. The landowner shall be given thirty days to appeal to the Board of Managers or to connect. The appeal must be received by the Board within 30 days. Said misdemeanor shall be punishable upon conviction thereof in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. The District may make the connections as a means abating the nuisance and charge all costs of such an action, including the legal costs back to the offending landowner.

5.3 The District may petition the District Court for a Court Order requiring the owners to connect to the public sewer system and ordering the owner to connect within a reasonable amount of time to be established by the Court, or for an Order authorizing the District to make the connection. In he event the District petitions the Court for an Order directing the connections, either by the owner or the district, the owner shall be liable for all costs of enforcement including court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees related to said action.

Section 6 Supervision and Plan Review. All work performed with the limit of the service area shall be under the direct supervision of the Sewer District System Inspector. Permits shall be required for all connections to the system. Structures existing at the time that the sewer line is constructed will be grandfathered in and will be connected even if all zoning requirements are not met.

Permits must be displayed at the site in a manner prescribed by the Board. Copies of permits issued shall be given to the Inspector and turned over to the Board office when the connection and inspection are completed.

Section 6.1 Connections after the time of initial construction of the system.  For all new connections, after the initial connections, the following procedure must be followed. At the time of application for a permit, the applicant must show that the proposed use complies with the zoning requirements of the entity in which the property is located. As a minimum, site plans must be submitted which are complete enough to allow for the calculation of percent of impervious surface coverage. All applications shall be signed by the landowner and an installer licensed by the District.

Section 6.1.1 No filling of wetlands. Landowners shall affirmatively state on their application that they will not and have not filled wetlands for this construction, and /or that they have complied with all applicable wetland regulations.

Section 6.2 Permit criteria New permits shall be prohibited unless sufficient capacity is available in all downstream facilities including, but not limited to compliance with all treatment contract requirements, capacity for flow, BOD5, Phosphorous, Suspended Solids, and long range needs and goals of the District.

Section 6.2.1 All recommendations for or against issuing a permit shall be in 

writing. The District personnel or consultant shall make all recommendations for or against issuing a permit in writing to the Board and to the applicant. If the recommendation is to deny a permit, specific reasons must be included. The Board shall then determine whether or not to issue a permit.

Section 6.2.2 Appeal process. The applicant may appeal a denial of a connection permit to the Board of Managers, provided such appeal is received within 30 days of the written notification of a denial. The decision of the board after this appeal is considered final.

Section 6.3 Permit and Inspection Fee. The Board may require payment of a permit and/or an inspection fee in a reasonable amount to be determined by the Board to cover the costs of issuing permits and inspecting new connections. In the event such permit or inspection fee is not forthwith paid, the Board may, upon complying with such notice and hearing requirements as are legally required, take action up to and including disconnection of service.

Section 6.4 Waiver of permit requirements. The Board may waive permit requirements, if the Board determines that there is an emergency.

Section 6.5 Review Fees and process for non-residential property, and residential properties with more than one EDU (equivalent dwelling unit). In all instances where the connection to the system is other than single dwelling unit or its equivalent or for a non-residential connection, wastewater quantity and quality information shall be submitted to the Board’s engineer for review.

All information must be submitted at least two (2) weeks before a regularly scheduled board meeting. If the required information is not submitted within said time frame, the Board will not be required to take action until the following regularly scheduled meeting.

A deposit of $200.00 must accompany all information submitted for connections that are expected to be more than one and not more than 5 EDU’s. A deposit of $500.00 must accompany all information submitted for connections that are expected to be more than 5 EDU’s. Said money will be used to pay engineering fees incurred by the Board in reviewing the plans. If a balance remains after review of the information, said balance shall be refunded to the applicant. If the amount deposited is not sufficient to defray said expense, the applicant shall deposit additional sums as determined by the Board to defray said expense. No permit for connection to the system shall be issued if money is owed to the Board for system review expense.

The engineer shall make recommendations to the Board for acceptance, rejection, changes or additions as well as the number of EDU’s represented by the proposed construction.

Section 6.6 Connections made without District Permission. In the event any person or party makes connection with the Sewer District’s system without a permit, the Board shall ensure that the same is properly inspected to determine that such connection does not jeopardize the safe and efficient operation of the system. Upon discovery, the party shall immediately pay a permit fee. In addition, the Board may recover any cost from the landowner for an inspection and/or correction of an improper connection.

Section 7.0 Decommissioning of private septic systems. Within 30 days of connection to the public sewer, any private septic tank, cesspools, and similar wastewater disposal systems shall be cleaned of sludge. The bottom shall be broken to permit drainage, and the tank or pit filled with suitable material, or otherwise decommissioned in accordance with Minnesota rules and statues.

ARTICLE IV

PRIVATE WASTEWATER DISPOSAL

Section 1 Where a public sewer is not available under the provisions of Article III, the building sewer shall be connected to a private wastewater disposal system complying with the provisions of this Article.

Section 2 Prior to the commencement of construction of a private wastewater disposal system, the owner(s) shall first notify the District in writing, with appropriate supplementary information, to obtain District input on the proximity of existing public sewer of the potential plans for any extension of the public sewer adjacent to their property. The actual permit for the construction of the private treatment system will be issued by the City of Garrison, Crow Wing County or Mille Lacs County depending upon where the property is located.

Section 3 Inspections of the private wastewater treatment facility shall be done by the local jurisdiction in the manner prescribed by the local jurisdiction.

Section 4 At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property serviced by a private wastewater disposal system, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer as required in Article III.

Section 5 No statement contained in this article shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the MPCA or the Department of Health of the State of Minnesota.

ARTICLE V

LICENSED CONTRACTOR

Section 1 It is unlawful for any person, whether as a contractor or a subcontractor, to engage in the work or business of installing private sewer lines and appurtenances for others without a license therefore from Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District. Subcontractors will not be required to obtain a license if the contractor is license with the District, and they are covered by the contractor’s liability insurance.

Section 2 Any person desiring to engage in such work shall make application to the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District on the form supplied by the District together with the designated fee. The fee is currently $25.00 annually and may be changed by the District from time to time. All licenses shall be for one (1) year annually. (Except that any license in 2004 shall not expire until January 1, 2006.) A plumber licensed by the State Board of Health shall pay no fee to the District, but shall show evidence of his or her State license before the District will issue a license.

Section 3 Each applicant for license shall sign an agreement on a form to be supplied by the District agreeing to pay the District the actual costs of repair for any damages caused the District sewer system by the applicant or any of applicant’s employees or agents. This agreement shall accompany the license application.

Section 4 A Certificate of Insurance from a company acceptable to the District shall accompany each application for license. The certificate shall show public liability insurance coverage with a limit of at least $1,000,000. Said certificate shall specifically state that such insurance covers underground operations and shall contain a provision that the coverage afforded under the policies will not be canceled or materially changed until at least 15 days prior written notice has been given to the District.

Section 5 It is unlawful for any person to install, construct or repair any private sewer line without being covered by public liability insurance of the type and the limits set out in this Article.

ARTICLE VI

PRIVATE SEWER LINES AND CONNECTIONS

Section 1 Any new connections(s) to the sanitary sewer system shall be prohibited until a permit has been issued by the District.

Section 2 No person shall make a service connection with any public sewer unless regularly licensed under this Ordinance to perform such work, and no permit shall be granted to any person except such regularly licensed person.

Section 3  No authorized person(s) shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the District. 

Section 4 All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the private sewer line shall be borne by the owners(s).

Section 5 Old private sewer lines may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the District or its representative, to meet all requirements of this ordinance.

Section 6 The size, slopes, alignment, materials or construction of a private sewer line, and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of pipe, jointing, testing, and backfilling of the trench, shall all conform to the requirements of the State of Minnesota Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the District. In the absence of code provisions or in the amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the ASTM and WPCF Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply. All such connections shall be made gas tight and watertight, and verified by proper testing to prevent the inclusion of infiltration/inflow. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the District prior to installation.

Section 7 Whenever possible, the private sewer line shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings into which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the private sewer line at the owner’s expense. At the owner’s option and expense, a backflow preventor device/valve may be installed in such situations.

Section 8 No person(s) shall make connection of roof downspouts, foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface water runoff or ground water to a private sewer line or indirectly to the wastewater disposal system.

Section 9 The applicant for the building permit shall notify the District when the building is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection and inspection shall be made under the supervision of the District or its authorized representative thereof.

Section 10 All excavations for private sewer line installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways, and other public property disturbed in the course of the work, shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the District and the local unit of government.

ARTICLE VII

USE OF THE PUBLIC SEWER

Section 1 No person(s) shall discharge or cause to be discharged any unpolluted water such as storm water, ground water, roof runoff, surface drainage, or non-contact cooling water to any sanitary sewer.

Section 2 Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designed as storm sewers or disbursed according to MPCA rules and regulations. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged to a storm sewer or natural outlet upon approval and issuance of a discharge permit by the MPCA.

Section 3 No person(s) shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewer:

(a) Any liquids, solids, or gases which by reason of their nature or quantity are, or may be, sufficient either alone or by interaction with other substances to cause fire or explosion or to be injurious in any other way to the wastewater disposal system or to the operation of the system. Prohibited materials include, but are not limited to, gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, naphtha, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethers, alcohol’s, ketones, aldehydes, peroxides, chlorates, perchlorates, bromates, carbides, hydrides, and sulfides.

Solid or viscous substances which will cause obstruction to the flow in a sewer or other interference with the operation of the wastewater treatment facilities such as, but not limited to, grease, garbage with particles greater than one-half (1/2) inch in dimension, fish guts, animal guts or tissues, paunch manure, bones, hair, hides or fleshings, entrails, whole blood,  
   

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(a) feathers, ashes, cinders, sand, spent lime, stone or marble dust, metal, glass, straw, shavings, grass clippings, rags, spent grains, spent hops, waste paper, wood, plastic, asphalt residues, residues from refining or processing of fuel or lubricating oil, mud or glass grinding or polishing wastes.

(b) Any wastewater having pH of less than 5.0 or greater than 9.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment, and personnel of the wastewater disposal system.

(c) Any wastewater containing toxic pollutants in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other pollutants, to inhibit or disrupt any wastewater treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, or create a toxic effect in the receiving of waters of the wastewater disposal system. A toxic pollutant shall include, but not be limited to, any pollutant identified pursuant to Section 307(a) of the Act.

Section 4 The following described substances, materials, water, or wastes shall be limited in discharge to municipal systems to concentrations or quantities which will not harm either sewers, the wastewater treatment works treatment process or equipment, will not have an adverse effect on the receiving stream and/or soil, vegetation and ground water, will not put the District in non-compliance with its contract, or will not otherwise endanger lives, limb, public property, or constitute a nuisance. The Board of Managers may set limitations lower than limitations established in the regulations below if, in their opinion, such more severe limitations are necessary to meet the above objectives. In forming their opinions as to the acceptability of wastes, the Board will give consideration to such factors as the quantity of subject waste in reaction to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, the Board’s sewer extension permit, the sewer treatment contract, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treat ability of waste in the sewage treatment plant, and other pertinent factors. The limitations or restrictions on materials or characteristics of waste or wastewater discharged to the sanitary sewer, which shall not be violated without approval of the Board are as follows:

(a) Any wastewater having a temperature higher than 150degrees Fahrenheit (65.6 C), or causing, individually or in combination with other wastewater, the influent at the wastewater treatment plant to have a temperature exceeding 104 F (40 C), or having heat in amounts which will inhibit biological activity in the wastewater treatment works resulting in interference therein. 

(b) Any waters or wastes containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit (0 C and 65 C); and any wastewater containing oil grease concentrations of mineral origin of greater than 100 mg/l, whether emulsified or not.

(c) Any quantities of flow, concentrations, or both which constitute a “slug” as defined herein. (See Article I, Section 39).

(d) Any garbage not properly shredded, as defined in Article I, Section 34. Garbage grinders may be connected to sanitary sewers from homes, hotels, institutions, restaurants, hospitals, catering establishments, or similar places where garbage originates from the preparation of food on the premises or when served by caterers.

(e) Any noxious or malodorous liquids, gases, or solids which either singly or by interaction with other wastes are capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life, or are sufficient to prevent entry into the sewer for their maintenance and repair.

(f) Any wastewater with objectionable color not removed in the treatment process, such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.

(g) Non-contact cooling water or unpolluted storm, drainage, or groundwater.

(h) Wastewater containing inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, Fullers earth, lime slurries and lime residues) or of dissolved solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride and sodium sulfate) in such quantities that would cause disruption with the wastewater disposal system.

(i) Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Board in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.

(j) Any waters or wastes containing the following substances: arsenic, cadmium, copper, cyanide, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, total chromium, zinc or phenolic compounds to a degree that the materials received threaten to prevent adequate treatment of the waste.

(k) Any wastewater which creates conditions at or near the wastewater disposal system which violates any statute, rule, regulation, or ordinance of any regulatory agency, or state or federal regulatory body. 

(l) Any waters or wastes containing BOD5 or suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the wastewater treatment works, except as may be permitted by specific written agreement subject to the provisions of Section 16 of this Article.

Section 5 If any waters or wastes are discharged, or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which contain substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Section 4 of this Article, and/or which in the judgment of the Board may have a deleterious effect upon the wastewater treatment facility processes, equipment, or receiving water and/or soil, vegetation and ground water, or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the District may:

(a) reject the wastes;

(b) require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers; pursuant to section 307(b) of the Act and all addendums thereof:

(c) require control over quantities and rates of discharge, and/or:

(d) require payment to cover added costs of handling and treating and disposing of wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges. 

If the District permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the facilities and equipment shall be made at owner’s expense, and shall be subject to the review and approval of the District pursuant to state, federal and contract requirements.

Section 6 No user shall increase the use of process water or, in any manner, attempt to dilute a discharge as a partial or complete substitute for adequate treatment to achieve compliance with the limitations contained in this ordinance, or contained in the Nation Categorical Pretreatment Standards or any state or federal requirements.

Section 7 Where pretreatment or flow-equalizing facilities are provided or requires for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation at the owner’s expense.

Section 8 Grease, oil and sand interceptors or settling tanks shall be provided and installed by the owner when, in the opinion of the District they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing floatable grease in excessive amounts as specified in Section 4(b), any flammable wastes, as specified in Section 3(a), sand, or other harmful ingredients; except that such interceptor shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be to the type to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. In the maintaining of these interceptors, the owner(s) shall be responsible for the proper removal and disposal of the captured materials by appropriate means, and shall maintain a record of dates and means of disposal, which are subject to review by the District. Any removal and hauling of the collecting materials not performed by the owner’s personnel, must be performed by a currently licensed waste disposal firm.

Section 9 Where required by the District, the owner of any property serviced by a private sewer line carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable structure, or control manhole with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the private sewer line to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of wastes. Such structure shall be accessibly and safely located, and shall be constructed in accordance with the plans approved by the District. The structure shall be installed by the owner at his/her expense and shall be maintained by the owner so as to be safe and accessible at all times. 

Section 10 The owner of any property serviced by a private sewer line carrying industrial wastes may at the discretion of the District, be required to provide laboratory measurements, tests, and analysis of waters and wastes to illustrate compliance with this Ordinance and any special conditions for discharge established by the District or regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over the discharge. The number, type and frequency of sampling and laboratory analysis to be performed by the owner shall be stipulated by the District. The industry must supply a complete analysis of the constituents of the wastewater discharge to assure that compliance with the Federal, State, and local standards are being met. The owner shall report the results of measurements and laboratory analysis to the District at such times, and in such manner as prescribed by the District. The owner shall bear the expense of all measurements, analysis and reporting required by the District. At such times deemed necessary, the District reserves the right to take measurements and samples for analysis by an independent laboratory. 

Section 11 All measurements, test, and analysis of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Ordinance shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater”, published by the American Public Health Association. Sampling methods, location, times, duration and frequencies are to be determined on an individual basis subject to approval by the District.

Section 12 Where required by the District, the owner of any property serviced by a sanitary sewer shall provide protection from an accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other substances regulated by this ordinance. Where necessary, facilities to prevent accidental discharges of prohibited materials shall be provided and maintained at the owner’s expense.

Detailed plans showing facilities and operating procedures to provide this protection shall be submitted to the District for review and approval prior to construction of the facility. Review and approval of such plans and operating procedures shall not relieve any user from the responsibility to modify the user’s facility as necessary to meet the requirements of this ordinance. Users shall notify the District immediately upon having a slug or accidental discharge of substances of wastewater in violation of this Ordinance to enable countermeasures to be taken by the District to minimize damage to the wastewater treatment works. Such notification will not relieve any user of any liability for any expense, loss or damage to the wastewater treatment system or treatment process, or for any fines imposed on the District on account thereof under any State and Federal law. Employers shall insure that all employees who may cause or discover such a discharge are advised of the emergency notification procedure.

Section 13 No person, having charge of any building or other premises which drains into the public sewer, shall permit any substance or matter which may form a deposit or obstruction to flow or pass into the public sewer. Within fifteen (15) days after receipt of written notice from the District, the owner shall install a suitable and sufficient catch basin or waste trap, or if one already exists, shall clean out, repair or alter the same, and perform such other work as the District may deem necessary. Upon the owner’s refusal or neglect to install a catch basin or waste trap or to clean out, repair or alter the same after the period of fifteen (15) days, the District may cause such work to be completed at the expense of the owner or representative thereof.

Section 14 Whenever any service connection becomes clogged, obstructed, broken or out of order, or detrimental to the use of the public sewer, or unfit for the purpose of drainage, the owner shall repair or cause such work to be done as the District may direct. Each day after fifteen (15) days that a person neglects or fails to so act shall constitute a separate violation of this section, and the District may then cause the work to be done, and recover from such owner or agent the expense thereof by an action in the name of the District.

Section 15 The owner or operator of any motor vehicle washing or servicing facility shall provide and maintain in serviceable condition at all times, a catch basin or waste trap in the building drain system to prevent grease, oil, dirt or mineral deposit from entering the public sewer system.

Section 16 In addition to any penalties that may be imposed for violation of any provision of this chapter, the District may charge a fee to any person for the cost of repairing or restoring sewers or associated facilities damaged as a result of the discharge of prohibited wastes by such person, and may collect such fee as an additional charge for the use of the public sewer system or may assess the charge against the property or collect the fee in any other manner deemed appropriate by the District.

Section 17 No statement contained in this Article shall be construed as preventing any special Agreement or arrangement between the District and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the District for treatment, subject to payment thereof, by the industrial concern, providing the National Categorical Pretreatment Standards and the District’s Sewer Extension Permit limitations and contract treatment limitations are not violated.

ARTICLE VIII

PROTECTION OF SEWAGE WORKS FROM DAMAGE

No person shall maliciously, willfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance, or equipment, which is a part of the wastewater. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest and charges.

ARTICLE IX

USER RATE SCHEDULE FOR CHARGES

Each user of sewer service shall pay the charge(s) applicable to the type of service, and in accordance with the provisions set forth in Ordinance No. 13. 

ARTICLE X

POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF INSPECTORS

Section 1  [1]The duly authorized representative or other duly authorized employee of the District bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all commercial properties for the purpose of inspection, observations, measurement, sampling and testing pertinent to the discharge to the District sewer system in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.

If it becomes necessary to enter any residential property for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing pertinent to the discharge to the District sewer system in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance the District or their representative shall first seek permission to enter from the property owner. The property owner shall have the choice of admitting the District’s representative, or of selecting another qualified person to do the inspection, which is mutually acceptable to the District and the property owner.

Section 2 The duly authorized representative or other duly authorized employees are authorized to obtain information concerning industrial processes which have a direct bearing on the type and source of discharge to the wastewater collection system. An industry may withhold information considered confidential however; the industry must establish that the revelation to the public of the information in question might result in an advantage to competitors. Further, the industry must provide enough information to ensure that the discharge to the wastewater collection system can be safely handled within the limits of the sewer extension permit and the contract for treatment.

Section 3While performing necessary work on private properties, the duly authorized representative or duly authorized employees of the District shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the property owner, and the property owner shall be held harmless for injury or death to the District employees and the District shall indemnify the company against loss or damage to its property by District employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Article VI, Section 9 of the ordinance.

Section 4 The duly authorized representative or other duly authorized employees of the District bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the District holds an easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the wastewater facilities lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement, shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the easement pertaining to the private property involved.

ARTICLE XI

PENALTIES

Section 1 any person violating any provision of this ordinance or any rule or regulation adopted in pursuance thereof, or any other provision of any code adopted by reference, shall, upon conviction be subject to a fine or not more than $700.00 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or both, and in either case, the costs of prosecution.

Section 2 Separate Violations. Unless otherwise provided, each act of violation and every day on which a violation occurs or continues constitutes a separate offense.

Section 3 Application to District staff. The failure of any officer or employee of the District to perform any official duty imposed by this Ordinance shall not subject the officer or employee to the penalty imposed for violation unless a penalty is specifically provided for such failure. 

Section 4 In addition to other penalties imposed for violation of this Ordinance, any person violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall become liable to the District for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the District by reason of such violations.

ARTICLE XII

APPEALS

Section 1 any final decision of the Board of Managers regarding permits and authorized uses may be appealed at an Administrative Law hearing. A request for such a hearing must by delivered to the District Office within 30 days of a final decision. The District will then obtain an Administrative law Judge and will set up a hearing. Each party must bear their own costs for representing themselves at the hearing. The costs of the hearing itself, i.e. for obtaining an Administrative Law Judge and for holding the hearing will be born by the losing party.

ARTICLE XIII

VALIDITY

Section 1 This Ordinance shall be in full force and take effect from and after its passage and approval and publications as provided by law.

Section 2 All other ordinances and parts of other ordinances inconsistent or in conflict with any part of this ordinance, are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency or conflict.

Section 3 Passed by the Board of Managers of the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District, Crow Wing County Minnesota this 30 day of December, 2004.

Chairman John Schley

Attest  

District Clerk Sandra T. Post

Published in the Brainerd Dispatch & Mille Lacs Messenger on the 7th & 12th day of July, 2006

    

[1] Amended 10-19-2011 Resolution #3-2011 Addition in ART X, sec 1 and deletion of sec 5..

ORDINANCE 13

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ORDINANCE 13

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A SEWER SERVICE CHARGE SYSTEM

An Ordinance providing for Sewer Service Charges to recover costs associated with: Treatment, operation, maintenance, and replacement of the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary Sewer District collection system. 

ARTICLE I

Definitions

Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of the terms used in this ordinance shall be hereafter designated:

Section 1 “Administration” Fixed costs associated with the administration of the District.

Section 2 “Biochemical Oxygen Demand or BOD5” The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at 20 degrees Centigrade in terms of milligrams per liter (mg/l).

Section 3 “District” The area within the district boundaries of the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs lake Sanitary Sewer District, as presently established or as amended by petition to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or other legal actions at a future time. The term District when used herein may also be used to refer to the Board of Managers and its authorized representatives.

Section 4 “Commercial User” Any place of business, which discharges sanitary waste as distinct from industrial wastewater.

Section 5 “Commercial Wastewater” Domestic wastewater emanating from a place of business as distinct from industrial wastewater.

Section 6 “Debt Service Charge” A charge levied by the District for the cost of repaying money bonded to construct said facilities.

Section 7 “Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU)” A unit of wastewater volume averaging 250 gallons per day at a strength not greater than 250 mg/l of BOD5 and 250 mg/l of Total Suspended Solids (TSS). This unit of wastewater volume is based on an average residential unit. This unit is for planning purposes only. Actual volumes may differ considerably.

Section 8 “Extra Strength Waste” Wastewater having a BOD and /or TSS greater than domestic waste as defined in Article 1, Section 14 below and not otherwise classified as an incompatible waste.

Section 9 “Governmental User” Users which are units, agencies, or instrumentalities of federal, state, or local government discharging Normal Domestic Strength wastewater.

Section 10 “Incompatible Waste” Waste that either singly or by interaction with other wastes interferes with any waste treatment process, constitutes a hazard to humans or animals, creates a public nuisance or creates any hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment works. 

Section 11 “Industrial Users or Industries”

a. Entities that discharge into a publicly owned wastewater treatment works, liquid wastes resulting from the process employed in industrial or manufacturing processes, or from the development of any natural resources. These are identified in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1972, Office of Management and Budget, as amended and supplemented under one of the following divisions.

Division A. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Division B. Mining

Division D. Manufacturing

Division E. Transportation, Communications, Electric Gas, and sanitary Sewers

Division I. Services

For the purpose of this definition, domestic waste shall be considered to have the following characteristics:

BOD5 less than 250mg/l

Suspended Solids less than 250 mg/l

b. Any nongovernmental user of a publicly owned treatment works which discharges wastewater to the treatment works which contains toxic pollutants or poisonous solids, liquids, or gases in sufficient quantity either singly or be interaction with other wastes, to contaminate the sludge of any municipal systems, or to injure or to interfere with any sewage treatment process, or which constitutes a hazard to humans or animals, creates a public nuisance, or creates any hazard in or has an adverse effect on the waters receiving any discharge from the treatment works.

Section 12 “Industrial Waste” The liquid processing wastes from an industrial manufacturing process, trade, or business including but not limited to all Standard Industrial Classification Manual Divisions A, B, D, E and I manufactures as distinct from domestic wastewater.

Section 13 “Institutional User” Users other than commercial, governmental, industrial or residential users, discharging primarily Normal Domestic Strength wastewater (e.g. Non-profit organizations). 

Section 14 “Normal Domestic Strength Wastewater” Wastewater that is primarily produced by residential users, with BOD5 concentrations not greater than 250 mg/l and suspended solids concentrations not greater than 250 mg/l.

Section 15 “Operation and Maintenance”Activities required to provide for the dependable and economical functioning of the treatment works and collection system, throughout the useful life, and at the level of performance for which the treatment works were constructed. Operation and maintenance includes replacement. 

Section 16 “Operation and Maintenance Costs”Expenditures for operation and maintenance, including the replacement of equipment.

Section 17 “Public Wastewater Collection System”A system of sanitary sewers owned, maintained, operated and controlled by the District.

Section 18 “Replacement” The obtaining and installing of equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the collection works to maintain the capacity and performance for which such facilities were designed and constructed. Some replacements may actually improve the functioning of the system.

Section 19 “Replacement Costs” Expenditures for replacement.

Section 20 “Residential User” A user of the treatment facilities whose premises or building is used primarily as a residence for one or more persons, including dwelling units such as detached and semi-detached housing, apartments, and manufactured homes. A residential user discharges primarily normal domestic strength sanitary wastes.

Section 21 “Sanitary Sewer” A sewer intended to carry only liquid and water carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and institutions. A sanitary sewer may inadvertently carry minor quantities of ground, storm and surface waters; however, these should not be admitted intentionally. 

Section 22 “Sewer Service Charge” That portion of the charges for operation, maintenance, replacement, debt service, contract costs and other sewer related charges that are billed periodically to users of the District’s wastewater collection facilities.

Section 23 “Sewer Service fund” A fund into which income from Sewer Service Charges is deposited along with other income, including taxes intended to retire debt incurred through contractual obligations and for construction of the collection systems. Expenditures for the Sewer Service Fund will be contract costs, operation, maintenance, replacement, and capital debt retirement.

Section 24 “Shall” is mandatory; “May”is permissive. 

Section 25 “Slug” Any discharge of water or wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent, or in quantity of flow, exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes, more than five (5) times the average 24-hour concentration of flows during normal operations, and shall adversely affect the collection and/or performance of the wastewater treatment works.

Section 26 “Standard Industrial Classification Manual” Office of Management and Budget, 1972, and as amended from time to time. 

Section 27 “Suspended Solids (SS) or Total Suspended Solids (TSS)” The total suspended matter that either floats on the surface of, or is in suspension in water, wastewater or other liquids, and is removable by laboratory filtering as prescribed in “Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater”, latest edition, and referred to as non-filterable residue. 

Section 28 “Toxic Pollutant” The concentration of any pollutant or combination of pollutants which upon exposure to or assimilation into any organism will cause adverse affects as defined in standards issued pursuant to Section 307(a) of the Act.

Section 29 “User Charge” A charge levied on users of the collection system for the user’s proportionate share of the contract costs as well as the cost of operation, maintenance, including replacement and capital debt retirement. 

Section 30 “Users” All establishments, which are connected to the public sewer collection system, including, but not limited to residential and commercial.

Section 31 “Wastewater” The spent water of a community, also referred to as sewage. From the standpoint of source, it may be a combination of the liquid and water-carried wastes from any user as well as ground water, surface water and storm water that may inadvertently enter the system. 

Section 32 “Wastewater Treatment Works or Treatment Works” An arrangement of any devices, facilities, structures, equipment or processes owned or used by the District for the purpose of the transmission, storage, treatment, recycling, and reclamation of municipal sewage, domestic sewage or industrial wastewater, or structures necessary to recycle or reuse water including interceptor sewers, outfall sewers, collection sewers, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvements, remodeling, additions, and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable recycled water supply such as standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and any works including land which is an integral part of the treatment process or is used for ultimate disposal of resides resulting from such treatment.

ARTICLE II

SEWER SERVICE CHARGE SYSTEM

The District shall use any combination of available means to pay the obligations of the 

District. These include, but are not limited to: special assessments; sewer proximity charges on 

all parcels on the line; tax levies; monthly service charges; and other fees and charges as may be 

assessed from time to time, and as allowed by Minnesota Statutes including, but not limited to 

§ 442A.01 to § 442A.29; 

A “Sewer Service Fund” shall be created by the District. Revenues collected from monthly user 

charges shall be deposited in the Sewer Service Fund. Income from revenues collected into this 

fund shall be applied to the cost of operation, maintenance, replacement, contract costs, and costs 

of construction of  the Wastewater Collection System.

ARTICLE III

DETERMINATION OF MONTHLY SEWER SERVICE CHARGE

Section 1 Users of the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District wastewater treatment works shall be identified as belonging to one of the following user classes:

1) Residential

2) Non-residential

Within the non-residential user class, the Board of managers reserves the right to designate other 

classes from time to time. 

Section 2 The rate charged residential users who discharge “Normal Domestic Strength 

Wastewater” shall be determined on a per household basis only. 

Section 3 The Monthly Sewer Service Charge for residential Property shall be determined by 

taking into account all sources of revenue for the District and all expenses of the District. The 

monthly rate will be set forth annually in an Amendment to Ordinance 13. For the purposes of 

this Ordinance and for planning, one residence may be referred to as one EDU (Equivalent 

Dwelling Unit).

Section 4 The rate assessed non-residential users who discharge “Normal Domestic Strength 

Wastewater”, will be set by determining an equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) number for each 

establishment. In general, the EDU number for each establishment for the purpose of calculating

a monthly charge will be established by consulting a standard reference book. Non-Residential 

property owners will be notified of the number of EDU’s calculated for their property.

The EDU number used to calculate the monthly charge may in some instances be a different 

number than that used to calculate the SAC charge. This is because certain classes of property 

will have their EDU’s calculated for connection on an alternate basis. 

Section 5 Non-residential establishments that are more than one EDU, shall have water meters 

and will have their service charge based on a two part formula.

Monthly charge = Fixed Base Rate + a charge per thousand gallons.

The fixed base rate and the charge per thousand gallons will be set each year in an Amendment 

to Ordinance 13.

Section 6 The Sewer Service Charge established in this Ordinance shall not prevent additional 

charges to users who discharge wastes with concentrations greater than Normal Domestic 

Strength or wastes of unusual character, or contractual agreements with such users, as long as the 

following conditions are met:

a. The user pays Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement costs in proportion to the users proportionate contribution of wastewater flows and loadings to the treatment plant, and no user is charged at a rate less than that of “Normal Domestic Strength Wastewater”.

b. The measurements of such wastes are conducted according to the latest edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater in a manner acceptable to the District in Ordinance No. 12  “An Ordinance Establish Sewer Use Regulations.”

c. The District’s NODES/SDS Permit, sewer use regulations, and contract for treatment services are not violated.

d[1][i]The District has the right to do an on-site visit to analyze and gather data about the occurrence of any leaks.

Section 7 [ii] The Board will use water flow history and the best information to establish costs.[2] 

ARTICLE IV

SEWER ACCESS CHARGES

Section 1It is the intent of this Article to outline how the District will compute Sewer Access and Connection (SAC) charges. While this Article can cover most situations, it cannot cover all of them. When omissions and exceptions occur, the Board will use its best judgment.

Section 2SAC charges will be based on a combination of a per equivalent dwelling unit charge (also known as an EDU charge) and a per front foot charge (also known as an availability charge). During initial construction of the system, the SAC charges will be assessed to the adjacent properties.

The EDU charge will only be applied to adjacent properties that have an existing structure.

The front footage charge will be applied to all properties regardless if there is a structure present or not.

Property owners who wish to be charged for EDU’s not yet in existence at the time of construction of the sewer may notify the board, and have the EDU portion included in their initial assessment.

Section 3The EDU Charge for connection and the front foot charge will vary after initial construction and will be determined by the District annually. It is the intent of the Board to have SAC charges in future years be at least as much as initially determined plus an annual amount added for interest.

Section 4The following will be used to determine the number of EDU’s for a property:

A. Only developed pieces of property with a structure or structures that have plumbing  facilities that require sewer service are considered for an EDU determination.

B. Undeveloped properties are not considered for an EDU determination, unless 

requested by a property owner in which case the guidelines herein apply.

C. Properties that contain a structure that does not have plumbing facilities 

requiring sewer service (for example, a storage building) are not considered 

for an EDU determination.

 D. [3] [iii]For residential properties, the structure or sewer collection point that has plumbing    facilities that requires sewer service has to first be on a property parcel that abuts the road    R/W or District easement that the sanitary sewer is being installed within. Next, for   residential properties, the  structure or sewer collection point that has plumbing facilities     that requires sewer service has to  be within 500 feet of the road right-of-way or District     easement that the sanitary sewer is being  installed within. Next, for non-residential    properties, the entire non-residential parcel that abuts the road R/W or District       easement must connect to the District’s sanitary sewer system unless the non-residential     parcel does not require sewer service. The entire non-residential parcel that requires sewer     service shall connect to the District’s sanitary sewer system even if a portion of the non-    residential parcel or any structures or sewer collection points located thereon are located     more than 500 feet of the road right-of-way or District easement.

This distance is measured in a straight line from the R/W or easement line perpendicular to

  the nearest outside wall of the structure in question (regardless of whether or not this 

straight line is across the property in Question). If the structure is further than this distance, 

it is not required to hook-up and is not considered for an EDU determination.

If the owner of a property that does not abut the line wishes to hook-up, they 

will be allowed to do so after review and acceptance by the District. The 

District will review each such case individually, considering the potential for 

future development and the most efficient way of servicing this property. If 

this longer hook-up is acceptable to the District, the property will be 

considered for an EDU determination. 

E.   Arrangement of lots, lot dimensions, and Real Estate code designations shall 

have no effect on the determination of the number of EDU’s.

F.  The number of EDU’s for each property will initially be determined by the 

District’s engineer, based on guidelines such as the “Service Availability Charge 

Procedures Manual” from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services and 

other appropriate sources. The Board will then ratify or modify the EDU 

determination.

G.  The initial SAC charge for resorts will be calculated as follows: The front 

footage charge will be calculated as usually done. To determine the number of 

EDU’s the front footage of the resort will be divided by the average front footage 

for 1.0 EDU, set at 100 feet. 

H.  Property owners may appeal their initial EDU determination to the District 

Board by submitting information and documentation to support their claim 

within 30 days of notification of the number of EDU’s assigned to their 

property.

The Board will consider information submitted, as well as comparisons to 

other properties within the District, overall economics of the District, and 

other such factors as they may deem relevant.

Each party is responsible for their own costs in an appeal to the Board.

I.  For new construction on properties that have not been assessed a sufficient number

of EDU’s to cover that construction, the property owner has two options:

i. Pay the Sewer Access Charge (SAC) before connection to the system, or 

ii. Agree in writing to waive all hearings, and have the amount specially assessed to their property over a period of 15 years, at the currently applicable interest rate. (Current interest rate charge is 6.5%, but this may change from time to time).

Section 5 The following guidelines are used to determine the front footage for the availability charge: 

A. In general, front footage will be measured along both sides, and not just down the center, of the R/W or easement that the sewer pipe is located within. Exceptions and clarifications to are included in the guidelines that follow.

B. The front foot measurement will be into the private property along a line 30 

feet away from the paralleling the R/W or easement line. This is done in an 

attempt to ‘equalize’ the impact of wedge-shaped lots and other odd shaped 

lots.

C. If the sanitary sewer goes past more than one side of a platted lot, only the 

front lot footage will be used. The front side of a lot is defined as the short 

side of a platted lot.

A corner platted lot is defined as a lot that is located at the intersection of two  

R/W’s, the intersection of two easements, or a combination thereof. The side 

lot footage on corner platted lots will not be used in calculating the assessable 

front footage. 

A curve of approximately 90 degrees in a platted R/W does not cause the 

adjacent lot to be defined as a corner lot. Such situations would need to be 

reviewed on a case-by-case basis to properly determine the front footage.

In determining the front and side of a lot, the number of individual platted lots 

owned by a single property owner is not considered. What is considered is the 

platted lot arrangement.

D. For metes and bounds parcels and outlots, both ‘front’ and ‘side’ lot footages 

will be used.

E. When a sewer line easement bisects a parcel/lot, the Sewer District will determine 

if both sides of the easement have access for future development.

If this is the case, both sides of the easement will be used to calculate front footage, 

If the District determines that only one side of the easement has access for 

future development, only that side of the easement will be used to calculate front 

footage.

Section 6 SAC charges will be applied in accordance with this Ordinance whether or not the property owner actually hooks-up to the sanitary sewer.

Section 7 Owners of properties that are not considered for an EDU determination when the sanitary sewer is installed can elect to be assessed the appropriate per EDU charge, thus foregoing the future per year percentage increases. An example of this would be an empty lot that the property owner is planning to build on in the near future.

In such a case, the property owner will provide a signed statement with a description of the proposed improvements to the District. The District will then determine the proper SAC charge.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the District when the actual improvements are constructed so that any appropriate adjustments in the originally calculated EDU determination can be made. 

  

TABLE I SAMPLE EDU DETERMINATIONS

 

A   single-family residence, no matter whether it is seasonal or permanent = 1.0   EDU

 

An   apartment building with eight single-family residential units = 8.0 EDU’s

 

A cabin   unit at a resort = .5 EDU 

 

Travel   trailer park site with water and sewer hook-ups = 0.36 EDU’s (based on some historical   information from the Corps of Engineer’s Cross Lake Campground).

 

Full   service restaurant = I EDU for every 8 seats.

 

Rest Restaurant (fast food; disposable plates,   glasses, silverware) = 1 EDU per 22 seats.

ARTICLE V

SEWER PROXIMITY CHARGES

Section 1It is the intent of this Article to outline how the District will compute Sewer Proximity Charges (SPC). Vacant properties that lie along the sanitary line will be charged a Sewer Proximity Charge, based on the front footage of the property. Properties already being charged a monthly service charge will not receive an additional SPC. The number of feet of front footage will be calculated in the same manner as it was calculated for the initial front footage special assessment. While it will be able to cover most situations, the Board will have to interpret this Article when exceptions and omissions occur. The lot configuration present at the time of the initial special assessment will be used unless there has been a sale to a non-related party.

Section 2Property owners, upon receipt of their first bill, may appeal if they contest the calculation of the number of feet in the front footage. Said appeal must be in writing and must be received by the Board within fourteen (14) days of receiving the first bill. The Board of Managers will offer such persons with an appeal a chance to be heard. Fourteen (14) days after receipt of the first bill, the right to appeal shall expire, unless for good cause shown why the deadline was missed.

Section 3The SPC will be billed twice per year: in January and July. The amount will be due and owing within thirty (30) days of receipt of the bill.

Section 4The per foot rate of the SPC charge will be determined in an Amendment to this Ordinance once a year.

Section 5.[4] [iv]When property which has been charged a Sewer Proximity Charge is put into use and connected to the sanitary sewer line, the past three years of paid Sewer Proximity Charges may be applied to reduce the connection fee.

Section 6.[5][v] In general, one paid connection charge that is also paying a monthly service charge, will be exempt up to 100 feet of property from the Sewer Proximity Charge. Said property to be exempted must be titled to the same persons, and be either connected to the initial property, or contiguous directly across the road.

Section 7.[6][vi] Property that has been exempted from paying a Sewer Proximity Charge because of some inherent condition of the land that makes it presently unbuildable, will have this exemption noted in the books and records of the District. If, in the future, said property is developed, the SPC will have to be paid back to January 2014, or back to some later date when a waiver was issued.

ARTICLE VI

ADMINISTRATION

The Sewer Service Charge System and Sewer Service fund shall be administered according to the following provisions:

Section1  The District Treasurer shall maintain a proper system of accounts suitable for determining the operation and maintenance, equipment replacement, debt retirement costs of the collection system, and contract costs. A report of such costs shall be furnished at least annually to the Board of Managers.

The Board of Managers shall at least annually determine whether or not sufficient revenue is being generated for payment of contract costs and effective operation, maintenance, replacement and management of the collection system, and whether sufficient revenue is being generated for 

debt retirement. The District will also determine whether the user charges are distributed proportionately to each user in accordance with this Ordinance.

The District shall, thereafter, reassess, and as necessary revise the Sewer Service Charge System then in use to insure the proportionality of the user charges and to insure the sufficiency of funds to maintain the capacity and performance to which the facilities were constructed, and to retire the construction debt.

Section 2Bills for Sewer Service Charges shall be rendered on a monthly basis succeeding the period for which the service was rendered. The due date of bills will be set from time to time to coordinate with the billing agency.  

Section 3The owner of the premises shall be liable to pay for the service to such premises and the service is furnished to the premises by the District only upon the condition that the owner of the premises is liable therefore to the District.

Section 4Any additional costs caused by discharges to the treatment works of toxics or other incompatible wastes, including the cost of restoring wastewater treatment services, clean up and restoration of the receiving waters and environs, and sludge disposal, shall be borne by the discharger(s) of said wastes, at no expense to the District.

ARTICLE VII

PENALTIES

Section 1 Each and every sewer service charge levied by and pursuant to this Ordinance is hereby made a lien upon the lot or premises served, and all such charges which are three months or more late may be certified to the County Auditor to be collected as taxes or assessments on the real estate. There may be more than one certification on a property each year. Each property owner shall have the right to file a written appeal request within two weeks of being notified of a proposed certification to taxes. If the charges are not paid in full, then a processing fee of seventy-five dollars will be charged and added to the amount certified to the county. If an appeal is properly requested, then the fee of seventy-five dollars will attach to the amount determined to be due at or after the hearing. Nothing in this Ordinance shall be held or construed as in any way stopping or interfering with the right of the District to levy as taxes or assessments against any premises. 

Section 2As an alternative to levying a lien, the District may, at its discretion, file suit in a civil action to collect such amounts as are delinquent and due against the occupant, owner, or user of the real estate, and shall collect as well all attorney’s fees incurred by the District in filing the civil action. Such attorney’s fees shall be fixed by the order of the court.

Section 3For accounts, which are overdue more than three months, the District may, at its discretion, stop service to that account. However, before service is interrupted, the property owner shall be sent a notice along with a copy of this Ordinance, and given thirty days to correct the situation. This remedy is in addition to all other remedies available to the District. Before service is resumed, the account must be brought current, and all costs and attorney’s fees must be paid.

Section 4[7][vii] There shall be a penalty of ten percent (10%) added to bills which are not paid by the 20th day after receipt of the bill, or by the last business day of the month.  This penalty will be applied to each monthly billing only once.  However, subsequent bills may have the same penalty applied to any new amounts owing.  

The ten percent (10%) late fee that is currently being assessed will be waived for service connected veterans that come forward and self-identify themselves as such to the District.  They must appear in person and must show their ID card.   MLEC will be notified not to assess the ten percent (10%) late fee to these individuals. 

This waiver will only apply if they don’t receive their government check until after their electric/sewer bill is due. Then, they can be added to the No Penalty program; however, their bill needs to be paid before the next billing cycle or they will be removed from the program.

ARTICLE VIII

SEVERABILITY AND VALIDITY

Section 1If any section or subdivision of this ordinance shall be held invalid, the invalidity thereof shall not affect the validity of the other provisions of Ordinance, which shall continue in full force and effect.

Section 2 The sewer service charge system shall take precedence over any terms or conditions of agreements or contracts which are inconsistent with the requirements of Section 204(b)(1)(A) of the Act and Federal Regulation 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). 

Section 3This Ordinance shall be in full force and take effect of January 1, 2017 from and after its passage and approval and publication as provided by law.

ARTICLE IX

ANNUAL DETERMINATION OF CHARGES[8][viii]

There shall be an annual amendment to this Ordinance which sets out the following for the coming year:


Monthly Service Charge  $58.75

Sewer Access Charge (SAC)    $8250.00


Rate per 1,000 gallons used for properties on a meter    $7.60


Sewer Proximity Charge (SPC)    $3.00 per front footage

 

The following table sets out the Base Rate for Meters. Metered properties will pay the base rate plus a charge for each 1,000 gallons used. Table has been expanded to 10 tiers and charges have increased accordingly.[9][ix]

  


TIER  # EDU 


EDU


BASE CHARGE


USAGE CHARGE

  

FROM    TO

 

1 EDU

$58.75   NA – no meter

        

TIER  2


1.1  - 3  BASE CHARGE  $60.23   PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  3


3.1  -  6  BASE CHARGE  $133.68   PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  4


6.1  -  10  BASE CHARGE  $236.51   PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  5


10.1  -   15


BASE CHARGE  $368.72   PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  6


15.1  -  20


BASE CHARGE  $515.62   PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  7


20.1  -  25


BASE CHARGE  $662.52  PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  8


25.1  -  30


BASE CHARGE  $809.42  PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons


TIER  9


30.1  -  35


BASE CHARGE  $956.32  PLUS  $7.60/1000 gallons

        

TIER  10


35.1  -  40


BASE CHARGE  $1,103.22   $7.60/1000 gallons

 


Passed by the Board of Managers of the Garrison Kathio Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District, 

Crow Wing County, Minnesota on the 29th day of December, 2016. 

/s/ Mike Timm  

Mike Timm  ATTEST:  /s/ Loren Larson  

Chairman   Loren Larson

   District
   

[1] Amended 12/29/16 Add Item Section 6d.


[2] Amended 12/29/16 Update wording in Section 7  


[3] Amended ART IV Sec 4D separate res from  non-res 1/25/18


[4] Amended  2-27-2014


[5] Amended  6-26-2014


[6] 


[7] Amended 12/13/2017 match MLEC 10% penalty waiver for Veterans


[8] Amended 11/22/16 Res. #8-2016 increased first 3 items


[9] Amended 11/22/16 Res. #8-2016

    

END NOTES

[i] Amended 11/22/16 Res. #8-2016 increased first 3 items pg 6


[ii] amended 12/29/2016 update wording in ART III Section 7 pg 6


[iii] Amended 01/25/2018 clarify res. vs. non-res and 500’ requirement pg 7


[iv] amended 2/27/2014 added ART V Section 5 pg 11


[v] amended 6/26/14 added ART V Section 6 pg 11


[vi] amended 6/26/14 added ART V Section 7 pg 11


[vii] amended 12/13/17 ART VII Section 4 match MLEC 10% late penalty waiver


[viii] amended 11/22/16 RES #8-2016 increased costs for first 3 items ART IX Annual determination of charges pg 13

amended 11/25/14 RES#15-2014 increased costs ART IX annual determination of charges 

amended 10/29/15 RES#602015 increased costs ART IX annual determination of charges


[ix] amended 11/22/16 RES #8-2016 increased cost of per 1000 gallons ART IX pg 14

 



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Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District

1      Question:  What is a special assessment?

A special assessment is a fee levied on a property that has received some sort of special benefit.  When the District was first constructed, a special assessment was levied on properties in the District that were within 500 feet of a sanitary sewer line.  All properties on the line were assessed a fee of $5.00 per ‘front foot’ of the property.

Properties with dwellings on them were also assessed $6,000 per house or equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).  These special assessments pay a small portion of the cost to construct the sanitary sewer line.  Residents were given an option to pay these special assessments on their taxes over a period of 15 years.

2.      Question:  What is a tax levy?

A tax levy is a tax placed on property within a unit of government, i.e., school, city, township, state.  The actual amount that each property pays is based solely on the value of the property.  It is not based on the need or use of a particular property.

School districts have tax levies.  You do not pay the school district levy on the basis of how many children live at your house.  Two houses of equal value will pay the same amount, even if one has 10 children attending the schools, and the other house has no children in the school.

3.      Question:  Why did my tax levy for the Sanitary District go up?

The Sanitary District is required by law to balance its books, and to pay its bonds.  The line was built with a combination of revenue from grants, low interest loans, and bonds.  The bonds are General Obligation (GO) bonds that are backed by the full taxing power of the District.  During the process of building, not all of the bonds were being paid.  Now that the District is fully constructed, all of our loans and bonds are in a repayment status.  The District first uses the ongoing revenue from special assessments (see number 1 above), to make the bond payments.  The special assessments are dedicated to debt repayment, and may not be used for anything else.

However, our bond payments are also paid out of other sources of revenue.  For the Sanitary District this is the monthly user fee and the tax levy.  A portion of each of these goes to pay our debt service.

4.      Question:  Aren’t tax levies limited by the amount that they benefit the property?

As discussed above, a levy is based solely on the value of a property. “ The board may levy taxes for any district purpose on all property taxable within the district…” Minn. Stat. § 115.33 Subd. 1 Tax Levies.

5.      Question:  But I read somewhere that special assessments are limited by the amount that they benefit the property.  How does this compare with the answer to Question 4 above?

Special assessments are limited to the amount that they benefit the property.  However, a levy is not measured that way.  A levy is solely based upon the value of the property.

6.       Question:  I read in Minnesota Statute §275.065 that you have to have a public hearing after November 24, and not before 6:00 in the evening, and that a notice of this hearing must accompany the statement of my proposed property tax for the coming year.  Why haven’t you done this?

If you look at Minn. Stat. § 275.065, Subd. 3 (c), you will see that this requirement for a separate hearing only applies to some units of government.  This requirement does not apply to sanitary districts.  Instead the process for a sanitary district is to propose and publish a budget, and then hold a public hearing on it.  That hearing has already taken place.

7.      Question:  When I review the District’s budget, I see that treatment costs are higher than last year, but you didn’t increase the monthly service charge.  How come?  Is the levy being used to pay treatment charges?

The short answer is no, not at this time.  Not all of the monthly charges go to pay treatment costs.  In the budget for 2013, a higher portion of the monthly service charge is going to pay treatment costs.

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