Town of Emmitsburg
300A S. Seton Ave Emmitsburg, Maryland

Ordinance Series 2013
Ordinance No. 13-07

An Ordinance to Amend
Title 13
Of the Code of Emmitsburg
Public Services


Be It Enacted and Ordained by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of the Town of Emmitsburg, Maryland, pursuant to the authority granted to them by the laws of Maryland and the Charter of the Town of Emmitsburg, that Title 13; Section 13.04.030 of the Emmitsburg Municipal Code, be amended as follows.

The amended section of this regulation reads as follows with new wording indicated in BOLD, CAPITAL letters and deleted words in strike out.


13.04.030 - Water rates.

A.       The following shall be charged for usage of town water:

1.       Minimum Charge.

a.       The minimum READY TO SERVE charge for all water customers for the first six thousand (6,000) gallons used within a quarter shall be:

¾ inch meter

$ 35.00

1 inch meter


1 ½ inch meter


2 inch meter


4 inch meter


6 inch meter


 b.       When installation of a fire service meter is required to service a sprinkler system where otherwise a smaller line would be sufficient to service the facility, then an alternate minimum charge may be assessed as recommended by staff and approved by the mayor and council.

2.       Overage Charge.

a.       Usage over the six thousand (6,000) gallon minimum for all water customers shall be charged at the following rates:

       6,001—10,000 gallons

$ 2.40 per 1,000 gallons

     10,001—20,000 gallons

  3.00   4.50 per 1,000 gallons

     20,001—100,000 gallons

  5.00   7.50 per 1,000 gallons

   100,001—1,000,000 gallons and up

  7.00 10.50 per 1,000 gallons

1,000,001—2,000,000 gallons

  9.25 13.80 per 1,000 gallons

2,000,001 gallons and up

11.50 17.25 per 1,000 gallons

 3.       All town water hauled by tank truck or other similar means shall be sold at the rate of five dollars ($5.00) for each one thousand (1,000) gallons.

B.       Miscellaneous Service Charges.

1.       Five dollars ($5.00) per equivalent dwelling unit per quarter maintenance fee.

2.       Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) mid-cycle reading—for the purpose of, but not limited to, property transfer and/or tenant change, etc.

3.       Fifty dollars ($50.00) for customer requested meter checks and/or readings (if meter is found to be functioning properly).

C.       Collection of Charges. All water charges shall be charged to and collected from the owner of the property served. Charges are payable in full upon receipt of the quarterly bill. These bills are mailed by the first of January, April, July and October. If any bill remains unpaid after thirty (30) days from the date the bill is sent, a late charge will be assessed, and the town clerk shall give the owner of the property served written notice by mail. The notice shall be mailed to the owner's last known address or a copy shall be left on the owner's property. The notice shall notify the owner of the property served that the bill is in arrears and that water service will be discontinued. If the amount due remains unpaid after the expiration of ten days from the giving of such notice, the town clerk shall forthwith discontinue water service to the property. The services will remain disconnected until the delinquent amount and a reconnection charge is paid in full. If any person shall turn the service on again without proper authority from the mayor and board of commissioners after the same has been disconnected, he/she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The fee for the service disconnection and reconnection is one hundred dollars ($100.00) in advance. If any bill remains unpaid after thirty (30) days from the date the notice is sent, the bill and reconnection charge shall be collectible from the property owner in the same manner and subject to the same interest as taxes are collectible in Frederick County. Such charges and bills shall be a first lien on the property.

(Ord. 06-10 § 1: Ord. 05-10: Ord. 03-08 (part): Ord. 03-07 (part): Ord. 02-16 (part): Ord. 02-06 (part): Ord. 01-08 (part): Ord. 99-06 (part): Ord. 98-11; Ord. 96-05: Ord. 95-5 § 1: prior code Art. XII § 3 (part))

(Ord. No. 08-09, 12-1-08)

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, ENACTED AND ORDAINED that this Ordinance shall take effect on July 1, 2013 after the Mayor approves the Ordinance after passing by the Board of Commissioners.

Passed this 6th day of May, 2013, 2013 by a vote of 5 for, 0 against, 0 absent, and 0 abstain.

By:  /s/  Donna DesPres, Town Clerk

Board of Commissioners
By:  /s/  Tim O'Donnell, President

Approved this 6th day of May, 2013
By:  /s/   Donald Briggs, Mayor



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