At the April 10 Paonia Town Council meeting action on the draft water ordinance was tabled to give the new trustees time to review the proposal.
Outgoing trustee Lucien Pevec did offer a change to the wording of Section Two, Paragraph D concerning "Additional Basic Rates for Multiple Businesses Housed in a Single Building."
After the work session on April 3, the paragraph was re-written as "Multiple commercial units on one lot or located in a single building with plumbing shall pay 1/5th basic rate. Multiple commercial businesses on one lot or located in a single building anticipated to use 5,000 gallons of water per month or more shall pay the basic rate."
Incorporating Pevec's changes, the latest draft reads "Each multiple commercial unit on one lot or located in a single building with plumbing shall pay 1/5th basic rate. Each additional commercial business on a lot or located in a single building anticipated to use 5,000 gallons of water per month or more shall pay the basic rate. Any business unit contained on a commercial lot, or within a commercial building, that has individual accessory plumbing fixtures but not a kitchen will pay 1/5 basic rate. If the plumbing fixture(s) is in a communal area and serves the communal needs of more than one of the building's business residents it can be included with the first basic rate." The commercial basic rate is $22 a month.
Other changes from the April 3 work session remain in the current draft. Struck from Section Three "Fees For Water Taps" was the requirement that "each commercial business shall require a water tap fee."
What that section now states is that each property with a commercial business or building on it using town water shall pay a water tap fee. "If multiple commercial businesses using town water exist on a single property each additional business anticipated to use 5,000 gallons of water per month or more shall pay an additional water tap fee for each such business. The types of business requiring such water include, but are not limited to a business with a kitchen, laundromat, car wash, convenience store, grocery store, dental or medical clinic, beauty shop, barber shop, child care, fabricating and manufacturing, fruit packing, membership gym with showers, nursing home, veterinary, residential rental. The town manager may change the list as needed. Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts shall pay one water tap fee for the first or manager unit. Any unit with a kitchen shall pay a water tap fee."
The draft ordinance states that "each recreational vehicle (RV) park shall require a water tap fee. Any RV located within a RV park for more than 30 days shall be deemed a permanent residence and shall pay a full water tap fee.
"If a building or RV park is remodeled or expanded so that the number of household units or commercial businesses is increased, the owner will be liable for additional water tap fees proportional to the number of added household units or businesses."
The discussion of the proposed water ordinance was to continue at the April 24 Paonia Town Council meeting.blog comments powered by Disqus