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Chapter 14. Municipal Utilities

Sec. 14-61. Wastewater Utility.

(1) Establishment. The city sanitary sewer system is constituted a municipal public utility as defined in 66.0801 Wis. Stats. and shall be known as wastewater utility. It shall be a division of the department of public works of the city and shall be under the management and control of the board of public works.

(2) Generally. The city shall levy and collect sewer service charges upon all lots, lands and premises served or benefitted by the sanitary sewer system, including all construction for the collection, transportation, pumping, treatment, and final disposition of sewage, and consisting generally of pipes, conduits, manholes, sewer mains, intercepting sewers and pumps, facilities for the treatment and disposal of raw sewage, where such facilities are operated directly by the city or provided under statutory or contractual provisions, and the furnishing of such facilities creates or imposes a cost or charge upon the city for the services afforded by such facilities.

(3) Disposition of funds. The funds received from sewerage service charges shall be deposited at regular intervals in a depository account, which account shall show all the receipts and expenditures of the wastewater utility. When appropriated by the council, the credit of the account shall be available for payment of operation, maintenance, repair and depreciation costs. Any surplus in this account shall be available for the payment of the principal and interest of bonds issued and outstanding or which may be issued, to provide funds for the wastewater utility or part thereof, and all or part of the expenses for additions and improvements and other necessary disbursement or indebtedness. The council may appropriate money from the general fund to cover any deficiency in the wastewater utility account.

(Code 1982, 13.15)