CHAPTER XV. UTILITIESCHAPTER XV. UTILITIES\ARTICLE 2. ELECTRICITY

Any person, firm or corporation desiring a connection with the municipal electric plant of this city shall file an application therefore with the city clerk on forms furnished by the city for that purpose. Such application shall contain an exact description of the property to be served and the type of service desired.

The following fees shall be charged to each customer:

(a)   Administrative fee of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) for each electric utility connection except as provided in paragraph (b).

(b)   Reconnection fee of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) for each connection following a disconnection for the nonpayment of service at the same site for the same person.

(c)   No reconnection fee for the voluntary disconnection of services for less than one (1) year.

The rates for electricity for residents shall be a customer charge of $5.00 plus $0.1395 per kilowatt. These rates shall apply for each residential meter in use except as provided in 15-204.

(Ord. 1671; Code 2016)

(Ord. 1671; Code 2016)

The rates for electricity for non-residential service shall be a customer charge of $6.00 plus $0.1226 per kilowatt. These rates shall apply for each non-residential meter in use.

(Ord. 1671; Code 2016)

Whenever the monthly cost of energy (fuel and purchase of electrical energy) exceeds (or is less than) 6.1 cents per kilowatt hour sold, a charge shall be added (or deducted from) the customer’s next monthly electric service bill in the amount of 0.01 cents per KWH for each 0.01 cent or major fraction thereof, by which said cost exceeds (or is less than) 6.1 cents.

(Ord. 1671; Code 2016)

All bills for use of electricity shall be due on the 20th day of each month and paid by the 20th day after the same becomes due, a penalty of two percent (2%) or ten dollars ($10.00) minimum (if only electric service is received by customer) or two percent (2%) of total bill or ten dollars ($10.00) minimum (if both electricity and water service are received by customer. If utility bill(s) are not paid on or before the 20th day of each month, a disconnect notice shall be issued in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

(a)   Hearings. A request for hearing may be applied for by the customer if he/she feels they are not able to pay their electric service on or by the 26th day of the month. The hearing request must be in writing and submitted to the hearing officer on or before the 24th day, after the due date of the current bill. The hearing officer shall schedule the request for hearing within three (3) working days after the request is received. Electric utility service shall remain in effect, accruing and owing, until such time that the hearings officer has made a determination of good cause for non-payment, arrangements for payment shall be discussed, and payment plan given in writing to the customer to clear up the past due account. The customer on a payment of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for future use of utilities (This amount for either or both water and electricity), may appeal the hearing officer’s decision to the city council at their earliest convenience for a final decision.

(b)   Hearing officer shall be appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council.

(Ord. 1673; Code 2016)

(a)   Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following rules of construction and definitions shall apply:

(l)    The word “city” refers to the City of Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas.

(2)   The words “shall” and “will” are mandatory.

(3)   “ASHRAE” refers to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., of New York, New York.

(4)   BTUs” means British Thermal Units.

(5)   “EER” means Energy Efficiency Ratio, the ratio of net cooling capacity of BTUs/hr. to total electric input in watts.

(6)   The words “heated space” shall mean that space within a building which is provided with a positive heat supply having a connected output capacity in excess of ten (10) BTUs/hr. per square foot.

(7)   The words “new commercial building” shall mean any building used to provide, at wholesale or retail, storage, services supplies, goods or products to the public, other than a building used for the purpose of manufacturing raw material into a finished product, but shall not be construed to apply to any such building whose foundation has been completed by the effective date of this article.

(8)   The words “new residential dwelling” shall mean all new hotels, motels, apartment houses, lodging houses, private homes and other residential dwellings, construction of which commences on or after the effective date of this article, but shall not be construed to apply to mobile homes, or any such new residential dwelling where the foundation has been completed by the effective date of this article. This definition shall apply to building of mixed occupancy.

(9)   The word “owner” shall mean a person, as defined herein, holding legal title to the residential dwelling or commercial building.

(10) The word “person” shall mean any individual, individuals, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or other business organization, committee, board, trustee, receiver or agent.

(11) The words “city utility” shall mean the electric system operated by the city.

(b)   Standards specified hereunder shall be effective on and after August l, 1978, for all new services provided for residential dwellings and commercial buildings for which the foundations have not been completed on August 1, 1978. Before connection or attachment of service to a new residential dwelling or commercial building, the utility shall require a certificate from the owner that the structure meets the standards set forth herein. Further, the owner will attach supporting statements from the architect and contractor, if either or both such persons were employed in the design and construction of the new residential dwelling or commercial building. Compliance with such certification is required for permanent utility service.

(1)   A new residential dwelling must be equipped with storm windows and storm doors or other satisfactory window and door thermal treatment. Total heat loss, based on the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, of a new residential dwelling shall not exceed 35 BTU’s per square foot per hour of floor area of heated furnished living space at a design temperature differential of eighty degrees (80°) Fahrenheit with a maximum of one and one-half (1 ½) air changes per hour.

(2)   New commercial buildings must be constructed so heat transmission loss of heated areas, based on the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, does not exceed 35 BTU’s per square foot per hour of floor area based on a design temperature differential of eighty degrees (80°) Fahrenheit.

(3)   All installed air conditioning systems on and after August l, 1975, shall have an energy efficiency ratio of 7.0 BTU’s or more of cooling capacity per watt hours of input based on the current ARI Standards. All heat pump systems, on and after August 1, 1978, shall have an energy efficiency ratio of 6.7 BTU’s or more of cooling capacity per watt hours of input based on current ARI Standards.

(4)   All installed air conditioning systems, on and after November 1, 1979, shall have an energy efficiency ratio of 8.0 BTU’s or more of cooling capacity per watt hours of input based on the current ARI Standards. All heat pump systems, on and after November 1, 1979, shall have an energy efficiency ratio of 7.5 BTU’s or more of cooling capacity per watt hours of input based on current ARI Standards.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, except as now or may hereafter be authorized by the city, to receive, consume, or in any manner divert or appropriate to his own use, or to the use of another, any electricity belonging to and made available by the City of Minneapolis.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article, for which another penalty is not provided for shall upon conviction thereof be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars 100.00) or be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days or be both so fined and imprisoned.

Employees of the City of Minneapolis may go upon the property of any person, firm or corporation upon which the city’s electrical transmission lines cross for the purpose of trimming tree branches that interfere with said transmission lines. The city’s employees shall have the right to trim any tree interfering with said lines without notice to the property owner.

(a)   New Residential Customer

(1)   Inside the City Limits;

(A)  There will be no charge for primary line extensions up to three hundred (300) feet. Beyond three hundred (300) feet, there will be a share cost for materials of 50-50 between the City and the customer to the property line.

(B)   City will provide overhead secondary from property line to the mast head on the primary structure.

(C)   The customer must provide and install the mast and install the meter can that is to be furnished by the City.

(D)  The customer must pay all costs associated with underground secondary.

(2)   Outside the City Limits:

(A)  There will be no charge for the first three hundred (300) feet of primary line extension.

(B)   The customer will pay one hundred percent (100%) of all material costs beyond three hundred (300) feet to the destination.

(C)   The customer will pay one hundred percent (100%) of all material costs for secondary wiring including the transformer.

(D)  The customer must pay all costs associated with underground secondary.

(b)   Non-residential Extension:

(1)   Inside the City Limits:

(A)  40 AMP connected load or larger, the City will furnish power to the property line. The customer will be responsible for the material costs from the property line to the destination.

(B)   39 AMP connected load and smaller, anything over three hundred (300) feet the City and customer would share the material cost 50-50 to the property line involved. The customer would be responsible for the cost from that point to the point of destination.

(C)   The customer must pay all costs associated with underground secondary.

(2)   Outside the City Limits:

(A)  100 AMP connected load or larger, anything over three hundred (300) feet would be shared material cost of 50-50 by the City and customer to the property line. All other costs are the responsibility of the customer.

(B)   99 AMP connected load and smaller, all extension costs are the responsibility of the customer requesting such service.

(C)   The customer must pay all costs associated with underground secondary.

(c)   Upgrade to any existing service, the customer will pay the difference in the cost of what exists and what is being installed and labor.