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10/16/2012 15 Utility Service Fees Reduction for Turn-on/Turn-off During Non-business Hours; YMC Amendment 7.50.040 BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. j ") For Meeting of: October 16, 2012 ITEM TITLE: An ordinance amending Section 7.50.040 of the Yakima Municipal Code pertaining to utility service fees and reducing fee for utility turn -on and turn -off service calls occurring during non - business hours. SUBMITTED BY: David Brown, Water /Irrigation Manager Tammy Regimbal, Utility Services Manager CONTACT David Brown, Water /Irrigation Manager, 509 - 575 -6204 PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: In our ongoing efforts to be more responsive to our customers we are proposing to reduce the afterhours turn on fee from $178.02 to $50.00. The afterhour fee was established in 2006 in an effort to collect costs related to sending out technicians on overtime and the costs related to vehicle use. By modifying work schedules we can respond to after hour turn ons more cost effectively. So we might have better options for our customers to have their water turned on outside normal working hours we are proposing to lower the fee, which will capture the actual costs for dispatching a technician to turn on water and not financially penalize customers. Resolution Ordinance X Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL: City Manager STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff respectfully requests City Council to enact the accompanying ordinance. BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download ❑ Ordinance ❑ Legislative format ❑ Clean format ORDINANCE NO. 2012 - AN ORDINANCE amending Section 7.50.040 of the Yakima Municipal Code pertaining to utility service fees and reducing. fee for utility turn -on and turn -off service calls occurring during non - business hours. WHEREAS, the City Council has previously adopted ordinances establishing fees for various services provided by city including fees for utility turn -on and turn -off requests, all as codified in Section 7.50.040 of the Yakima Municipal Code; and WHEREAS, the City Council finds and determines that such section should be amended to reduce the fee for utility turn -on and turn -off fees for service during non - business hours of the water /irrigation division of the city's utilities division, from $178.02 per call to $50.00 per call, and to clarify that such fee shall apply to calls service provided by the utility services division and by the water /irrigation utility division; and WHEREAS, the City Council finds and determines that approval of such amendment of YMC 7.50.040 as shown and set forth in Exhibit "A" attached hereto and by this reference incorporated herein, is in the best interest of residents of the City of Yakima and will promote the general health, safety and welfare; now, therefore BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF YAKIMA: Section 1. Section 7.50.040 of the Yakima Municipal Code is hereby amended to read as set forth in Exhibit "A" attached hereto and incorporated herein. Section 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect 30 days after its passage, approval, and publication as provided by law and by the City Charter. PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, signed and approved this day of , 2012. ATTEST: Micah Cawley, Mayor City Clerk Publication Date: Effective Date: 7.50.040 Utility services fees. The following fees and charges shall apply when the listed actions are taken /provided by the utility services division and or water /irriqation division. The fees set forth in the following table shall be considered the base for calculations of future fee increases. Once every two years beginning in March 2008 (or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible based upon availability of the indices set forth herein), an adjustment shall be added to the base figures that is either eighty percent of the December change in the United States Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI -W) for the Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton region or eighty percent of the December Implicit Price Deflator for Personal Consumer Expenditures, whichever is lower and rounded to the nearest whole dollar, to reflect the changes in inflation for these two indices over the previous two calendar years. (For purposes of determining the change in the CPI, the standard reference base period of 1984 equals one hundred will be used.) a. Account reinstatement fee $17.60 b. Start temporary water $22.77 service (less than twenty - four hours in duration) c. Immediate service— $17.60 customer request d. Irrigation shut -off fee $25.00 e. Turn -on and shut -off $40250.00 /call customer request for out "' nonbusiness hours f. Meter obstruction charge $45.54 (after notice) g. Check read charge, after $17.60 first accurate check read within one billing cycle h. Lien processing fee (2) i. Retumed NSF check fee $40.00 j. Field visit for delinquency $45.54 k. (For future use) I. Illegal turn -on, tampering $113.85 fine plus 3X of utility service or illegal cost of any repairs connection as defined in YMC 7.50.100 `Business hours" for purposes of this section correspond to the work shift of water service 1 specialists established by the city water /irrigation division from time to time. Current work shift hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. These hours are subject to change, and the utility services division will update and provide notice of business hours t� customers by any means deemed appropriate, including posting of such information on its Internet website. ( This fee will be based on actual cost plus any related costs and taxes incurred. 2 7.50.040 Utility services fees. The following fees and charges shall apply when the listed actions are taken /provided by the utility services division and or water /irrigation division. The fees set forth in the following table shall be considered the base for calculations of future fee increases. Once every two years beginning in March 2008 (or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible based upon availability of the indices, set forth herein), an adjustment shall be added to the base figures that is either eighty percent of the December change in the United States Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI -W) for the Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton region or eighty percent of the December Implicit Price Deflator for Personal Consumer Expenditures, whichever is lower and rounded to the nearest whole dollar, to reflect the changes in inflation for these two indices over the previous two calendar years. (For purposes of determining the change in the CPI, the standard reference base period of 1984 equals one hundred will be used.) • a. Account reinstatement fee $17.60 b. Start temporary water service $22.77 (less than twenty -four hours in duration) c. Immediate service — customer $17.60 request d. Irrigation shut -off fee $25.00 e. Turn -on and shut -off customer $50 00 /call out') request for nonbusiness hours f. Meter obstruction charge (after $45 54 notice) g. Check read charge, after first $17.60 accurate check read within one billing cycle h. Lien processing fee (2) i. Returned NSF check fee $40.00 j. Field visit for delinquency $45 54 k. (For future use) I. Illegal turn -on, tampering of $113.85 fine plus utility service or illegal 3X cost of any connection as defined in YMC repairs 7.50.100 "' "Business hours" for purposes of this section correspond to the work shift of water service specialists established by the city water /irrigation 1 division from time to time. Current work shift hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. These hours are subject to change, and the utility services division will update and provide notice of business hours to customers by any means deemed appropriate, including posting of such information on its Internet website. ( This fee will be based on actual cost plus any related costs and taxes incurred. 2