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ORDINANCE NO. 806

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE SALE AND USE OF ELECTRICITY AND/OR WATER WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE CITY OF MEADE, KANSAS, ESTABLISHING CLASSES OF SERVICE, FIXING THE SEVERAL CLASSES OF RATES AND REPEALING ORDINANCE 787.

SECTION 1. That Ordinance No. 787 of the City of Meade, Kansas is hereby repealed.

SECTION 2. MONTHLY ELECTRIC AND WATER RATES. The rates to be charged by the City of Meade, Kansas, each billing month of approximately thirty (30) days for electrical energy and/or water supplied by the Meade Municipal Plant are hereby fixed and determined and shall be as scheduled in the following sections. The unity of measurement shall be one kilowatt hour for electricity and shall be designated as kWh. Water shall be measured in gallons.

SECTION 3. RESIDENTIAL SERVICE.

(a) Availability. Available for all domestic uses for separately metered customers adjacent to the City’s distribution lines within and outside the corporate limits of the City.

(b) Type of Service. Single-phase, 60 cycles, at available voltage.

(c) Monthly Rate:

Customer charge: $ 8.00 per meter per month

Energy Charge:
All kWh per month $0.1130 per kWh

(d) Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge under the above rate shall be the customer charge.

(e) Energy Cost Adjustment Clause. In accordance with the energy cost adjustment clause of the City.

SECTION 4. COMMERCIAL SERVICE.

(a) Availability. This schedule is available to any separately metered customer adjacent to the City’s distribution lines within or outside the corporate limits of the City for commercial purposes.

(b) Character of Service. Single- or three-phase, 60 cycles, at available voltages.

(c) Monthly Rate:

Customer Charges: $16.00 per meter per month

Energy Charge:
All kWh per month $0.1130 per kWh

(d) Minimum Monthly Charge. The minimum monthly charge under the above rate shall be the higher of the following:

(1) The customer charge, or

(2) Based upon the connected load of the customer, the minimum bill shall be $3.20 per horsepower for 1 to 3 HP and $0.75 for all excess horsepower.


(e) Energy Cost Adjustment Clause. In accordance with the energy cost adjustment clause of the City.

SECTION 5. INDUSTRIAL SERVICE.

(a) Availability. To all electric service of a single character supplied at one point of delivery and used for large industrial manufacturing or commercial purposes.

(b) Character of Service. Alternating current, sixty (60) cycles, single- or three-phase, at available voltage.
(c) Monthly Rate:

Customer Charge: $125.00 per meter per month

Demand Charge: $4.70 per kW of Billing Demand
Energy Charge: $0.0840 per kWh

(d) Minimum Charge. The minimum monthly bill shall be the highest of the following:

(1) A charge of $1.00 per kVa of connected transformer capacity.
(2) The customer charge.
(3) If the revenue to be derived from or the duration of the prospective business is not of sufficient term to warrant investment of the minimum determined above, the City may require an adequate monthly bill calculated upon reasonable consideration.

(e) Determination of Billing Demand. The billing demand shall be the maximum kilowatt demand established by the consumer for any period of fifteen (15) consecutive minutes during the month for which the bill is rendered as indicated or recorded by a demand meter.

(f) Power Factor Adjustment. The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly as practicable. The City reserves the right the measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that power factor at the time of maximum demand is less than ninety percent (90%), the demand for billing purposes shall be measured demand increased by one percent (1%) by which the power factor is less than ninety percent (90%).

(g) Primary Service Discount. If necessary transformers are owned and maintained by the consumer and service is furnished at primary distribution voltage, a discount of five percent (5%) shall apply to the monthly demand and energy charges as set forth in this schedule. However, the City shall have the option of metering at secondary voltages and adding the estimated transformer losses to the metered kilowatt hours and kilowatt demand.

(h) Energy Cost Adjustment clause. In accordance with the energy cost adjustment clause of the City.
SECTION 5.1 INDUSTRIAL SERVICE, SPECIAL RURAL.

(a) Availability. This shall be available to all electric service of a single character supplied at one (1) point of delivery and used for large industrial manufacturing or commercial purposes.

(b) Character of Service. Alternating current, sixty (60) cycles, single- or three-phase, at available voltage.

(c) Monthly Rate:

Customer Charge: $134.00 per meter per month
Demand Charge: $4.70 per kW of Billing Demand
Energy Charge: $0.098 per kWh

(d) Minimum Charge. The minimum monthly bill shall be the highest of the following:

(1) A charge of $1.00 per kVa of connected transformer capacity.
(2) The customer charge.
(3) If the revenue to be derived from or the duration of the prospective business is not of sufficient term to warrant investment on the minimum determined above, the City may require an adequate monthly bill calculated upon reasonable consideration.

(e) Determination of Billing Demand. The billing demand shall be the maximum kilowatt demand established by the consumer for any period of fifteen (15) consecutive minutes during the month for which the bill is rendered as indicated or recorded by a demand meter.

(f) Power Factor Adjustment. The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly as practicable. The City reserves the right to measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that power factor at the time of maximum demand is less than ninety percent (90%), the demand for billing purposes shall be measured demand increased by one prevent (1%) for each one percent (1%) by which the power factor is less than ninety percent (90%).

(g) Primary Service Discount. If necessary transformers are owned and maintained by the consumer and service is furnished at primary distribution voltage, a discount of five percent (5%) shall apply to the monthly demand and energy charges as set forth in this schedule. However, the City shall have the option of metering at secondary voltages and adding the estimated transformer losses to the metered kilowatt hours and kilowatt demand.

(h) Energy Cost Adjustment clause. In accordance with the energy cost adjustment clause of the City.

SECTION 6. SERVICE SURCHARGE FOR OUTSIDE-THE-CITY-LIMITS CUSTOMERS. The electric rate for customers outside the corporate limits shall be under the applicable rates plus an additional $0.03 per kWh and with the further exception that $15.00 per month shall be added to the bill each month.

SECTION 7. ENERGY COST ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE.

(a) Applicable. Applicable to all electric rate tariffs.

(b) Computation Formula. The rate for energy where this adjustment is applicable shall be increased or decreased according to the following formula:

Adjustment (in ¢ kWh) = C-B
Where:

C = The aggregate of the fuel and lubrication agent costs at City’s municipal plant and cost for any power purchased from an outside power supplier divided by the kWh sold during that month.

B = Base of the fuel/lubrication cost and purchased power cost for the base period of 2007. This cost is computed to be $0.040.

(c) Frequency of Computation. This adjustment shall be computed no more frequently than once each month.

SECTION 8. TEMPORARY SHORT-TERM SERVICE.

(a) Character of Service. Such voltage and type of service as is available at the requested location or at the discretion of the City may be available.

(b) Availability. This schedule is available to any separately metered customer adjacent to the City’s distribution lines using standard electric service under conditions that do no permit, or are undesirable for the installation of a permanent service, for building construction, sanding, shows, exhibits, camp meetings and other temporary services. PROVIDED: That the temporary short-term service will be supplied only under conditions approved by the City of Meade, Kansas.

(c) Rate. The rates shall be those established for residential or commercial purposes, or for three-phase power.

(d) Connection and Disconnection Charge. Deposit required. Any customer taking electrical energy under any temporary short-term arrangement where the service is immediately adjacent to the City’s distribution lines, and requires no special facilities or construction shall pay the City a connection fee of $30.00 which shall not be refundable. Except where contractors apply for a temporary service and such temporary service shall be converted to a permanent service, then Section 13 of Ordinance No. 639 shall apply.

Any customer taking electrical energy under any temporary short-term arrangement and the service is not immediately adjacent to the City’s distribution lines, or requires special facilities or construction shall pay the City its cost incident to making such temporary service available plus the City’s cost for removal of any such temporary facilities.

At the time of making application for any temporary short-term service the applicant-customer shall make the cash deposit required as security for the payment of service bills, and in addition thereto, shall deposit cash in an amount sufficient to secure the incident to making such temporary service available plus the City’s estimated costs for removal and of any such temporary facilities except in cases where a fixed connection fee has been established: PROVIDED, ALL SUCH ESTIMATED COST FOR MAKING AVAILABLE AND REMOVAL OF TEMPORARY SHORT-TERM SERVICES SHALL BE MADE BY THE City Administrator and transmitted to the City Clerk.


SECTION 9. WATER RATES.

(a) Availability. Available for all customers adjacent to the City’s water distribution lines within or outside the corporate limits of the City for separately metered accounts.

(b) Monthly Rate:

Inside City Limits
First 3,000 gallons or less $8.00
All excess gallons $1.95 per thousand gallons

Outside City Limits
First 3,000 gallons or less $16.00
All excess gallons $2.00 per thousand gallons

SECTION 10. MISCELLANEOUS SERVICE. For miscellaneous and tank sales not delivered to a service connection attached to the municipal water works distribution system.

(a) Rate: All such water sold or delivered shall be at the rate of $0.25 per 100 gallons or fraction thereof per load.

PROVIDED: That the sale or delivery shall be regulated through a coin-operated meter at the City Water Dock at the Meade Power Plant within the corporate limits of said City and under such rules and regulations as may be established by the City Administrator.

PROVIDED FURTHER: That the minimum charge for any such sale will be $0.25.

SECTION 11. DUE DATE. That all bills for electric, water, and other services shall be due and payable on the first day of the month succeeding the month which service is furnished, or the meter read, and if said bills are not paid by or on the 10th day of the month, provided such 10th day does not fall on a Sunday or legal holiday, in which case the day following said Sunday or legal classed as delinquent. If said bills have become due at the place or places for such payments to be made and have become delinquent, a penalty of ten percent (10%) shall be added to each delinquent bill.

SECTION 12. NOTICE AND HEARING ON DELINQUENCY AND TERMINATION. A delinquency and termination notice shall be issued five (5) days after the bill is delinquent. The delinquency and termination notice shall provide the customer with the record of the following information: (1) the amount due on the unpaid balance, (2) the customer’s right to a hearing before the governing body of the City on the second meeting of the month at the regular scheduled time, and (3) notice that the service will be terminated on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. if the bill remains unpaid.

If the customer of record is not the occupant where electrical service is provided, then the department shall provide similar notification to the occupant. The request for a hearing must be made no later than three (3) working days before the date of discontinuance. Such hearing will be conducted by the governing body of the City, or the designee of the governing body. The department is authorized to discontinue and disconnect electrical services for any customer who shall be delinquent in the payment of bills. Customers are responsible for furnishing the department with their correct address for billing purposes.

The City shall no charge any disconnect fees for termination of any service. However, if any service is terminated for non-payment or delinquency, the City shall charge a connect fee of $60.00, and collect a deposit in accordance with Section 16 hereof before service resumes. Except as provided herein all other connect fees shall be charged by the City at the rate of $30.00 before service resumes. In addition to the connect charges provided for herein, connects after regular business hours shall pay an additional $50.00 before service resumes.

SECTION 13. OBJECTIONABLE LOADS. The City shall not be required to furnish or continue service installations the operation of which causes disturbance on the City’s distribution system or is of such a character as to impair the satisfactory operation of the entire system or portion thereof.

SECTION 14. COMBINED BILLING PROHIBITED. Where service for a customer is measured through more than one meter either at the same location or two or more locations, the minimum monthly charge and billing for energy and/or water consumed shall be computed and billed for each meter separately. PROVIDED: That this shall not apply in the case of replacement of defective meters.

SECTION 15. SPECIAL CONTRACTS. That this ordinance shall not limit the right of the City to negotiate separate contracts for supplying electricity an/or water to its citizens and others, within and without the City, on such terms as may be deemed advisable and approved by the governing body.

SECTION 16. SERVICE DEPOSITS. If a prospective customer provides a co-signor or guarantor satisfactory to the City, which co-signor or guarantor is a customer of the City with twelve (12) months of previous non-delinquent pay history and in good standing with the City, then no security deposit shall be required of the prospective customer for the purpose of securing the payment of final service bills. Furthermore, if a prospective customer agrees to the City conducting delinquencies within the last twenty-four (24) months, the City shall no require a cash security deposit of such customer, however, if such report indicates any thirty (30) day delinquencies within the last twenty-four (24) months, a cash security deposit for service required shall be paid by the prospective customer to the a City before services made available for the purpose of securing the payment of final service bills.. The amount of the cash security deposit required shall be an amount equivalent to the monthly average for the preceding twelve (12) months of service multiplied times two (2), but in no case shall the cash security deposit to secure the payment of any service bills be less than $150.00. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, when cash security deposits are insufficient to fully secure payment of all service bills for any two (2) month period, or when any service is terminated for non-payment or delinquency, the City may require such additional deposits as are reasonable and necessary to fully secure all service bills.

SECTION 17. THE CITY LIMITS ITS LIABILITY. Employee’s Duty: The City of Meade will not be held liable or responsible for any damages resulting from the discontinuance of any service for non-payment of bills, provided, that any elected official or employee failing to comply with the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to suspension.

SECTION 18. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith shall be and the same are hereby repealed.

SECTION 19. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force with the March 2008 billing date, upon its passage, approval, and publication in the Meade County News, the official City newspaper.

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR, this day of
14th day of January, 2008.


BUD DOREFLINGER, Mayor


ATTEST:

VICKI FISHER, City Clerk
 


The City of Meade
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PO Box 338
Meade, KS  67864-0338

Ph. (620) 873-2091
Fax (620) 873-2635

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