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    Stakeholders’ Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Revisions to Pima County Code Chapter 13.20 – Sanitary Sewer Construction, Connections, and Fees.

    (posted Nov. 13, 2018)

    Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is in the process of proposing revisions to the Pima County Code (PCC) Title 13 – Public Services, Division II – Sewers, Chapters 13.12 – Preliminary Sewer Layout Requirements, Chapter 13.16 – Design Standards for Public Sewerage Facilities, and Chapter 13.20 – Sanitary Sewer Construction, Connections, and Fees. The proposed changes to these Chapters will impact the development community and others that construct new or modify existing connections to the sewer system.

    RWRD staff is looking forward to presenting and discussing the proposed changes at two stakeholders’ meetings. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, on the lower level of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The second meeting will also be held on the lower level of the Main Library on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30pm.

    The chapters that govern wastewater and new development have not been thoroughly reviewed for functionality and consistency since the early 1980s. RWRD will be reorganizing the existing information to provide clarity for the public, updating customer services fees, and adding a new surcharge for Residential subdivision pump stations. The proposed Customer Service Fees reflect recovery of cost to provide services utilizing 2017 County salaries, overhead, and employee related expenses. Modeled after the Development Services Department, the Customer Service Fees are proposed to be removed from the PCC and presented for adoption as a non-code Ordinance. The Wastewater Infrastructure Fees (Connection Fees), Discounts, and the new Special Facility Surcharge will remain in the PCC.

    The significant changes to 13.20 include:

    • Consolidate Chapters 13.12 - Preliminary Sewer Layout Requirements and 13.16 - Design Standards for Public Sewerage Facilities into 13.20
    • Remove work processes from the narrative
    • Reorganize to align with the development process
    • Update and improve naming conventions and definitions to provide clarity
    • Consolidate and relocate Customer Service Fees into a non-code ordinance adoption (see Customer Fee Summary)
    • Formalize Capacity Allocations
    • Recognize large agencies in our community as having specific needs for alternate development paths and memorialize these in agreements
    • Establish minimum pump station design standards that must be met for a residential pump station to be publicly owned and assess a Special Facility Pump Station Surcharge to residential subdivisions that transfer pump stations to the County for public operation and maintenance
    • Modify the System Improvement Construction Permit fee to a ‟per linear foot” inspection charge and a cost of recovery for the base fee portion of the permit
    If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed changes, please contact Mary Allen at 520-724-6641 or mary.allen@pima.gov.
    To view the discussion draft of the proposed changes to PCC 13.20 and Customer Service Fees, see the links below:

    County will not seek sewer fee billing changes for non-residential customers

    The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) had proposed a modification to the sewer user fee billing methodology for Multi-Family, Commercial, and Industrial user classes. After extensive analysis, the Department determined that the rate change would adversely affect commercial users, schools and multi-family residents, particularly multi-housing with residents with limited income, and therefore will not be submitted for Board of Supervisors approval.

    The proposed modification sought to base sewer user bills on actual water usage each month, rather than the average water used during the Winter Quarter. Public comment was sought on the proposed modifications and after receiving feedback from stakeholders and the public, RWRD and Pima County Administration have decided to table the rate change initiative.

    The steps the Department and the RWRAC took to gather feedback on this topic from the community were of paramount importance in understanding the various challenges with the current billing methodology for Non-Residential users. Valuable feedback from small business owners, small and large multi-family complex owners, and other stakeholders was received and required continued review and deliberation of this topic. Once final review and deliberation on the topic is complete, RWRD will again reach out to stakeholders and seek public comment on future proposed modifications.


    RWRD Proposes Changes to Pima County Code Title 13 and Public Meeting is Scheduled for November 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is in the process of proposing revisions to Pima County Code (PCC) Title 13 – Public Service, Division II – Sewers, Chapter 13.28 Mt. Lemmon Sewer Connections, and Chapter 13.32 Mt. Lemmon Conservation Fees that relate specifically to the sewer users in Summerhaven.

    On Saturday, October 20, 2018 RWRD staff met with the Mt. Lemmon Home Owner’s Association (HOA) to introduce the proposed changes and to answer questions and take comments.

    Proposed changes concerning Mt. Lemmon to Chapters 13.28 - Mt. Lemmon Sewer Connections and 13.32 - Mt. Lemmon Conservation Fees:

    The Chapters that govern Mt. Lemmon sewer connections and conservation fees were established in the 1980s with the construction of the Mt. Lemmon Water Reclamation Facility in Summerhaven and the contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS). Historic elements and references have been removed and the proposed ordinances for 13.28 and 13.32 are updated to reflect the remaining specific requirements.

    The following are the major changes to PCC 13.28 and 13.32:
    • Remove archaic narratives specific to Mt. Lemmon conservation related construction and add references to current County standard wastewater ordinance requirements in 13.20 – Sanitary Sewer Construction, Connections, and Fees to allow for consistency throughout the regional system.
    • Maintain emphasis on conservation and clarify USFS limit of 77 permitted connections.
    • Removal of low flow fixture administrative requirements now considered construction minimums and annual inspections for assuring compliance.
    • Add an operational surcharge (currently set to $0) for operation and maintenance of the remotely located system.
    • Sunset the Standby Surcharge to reserve connections to the sewer system.

    PUBLIC MEETING DATE, PLACE AND TIME:

    RWRD is in the initial planning stages of these proposed changes and is seeking public comment prior to proposing the revisions to the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Therefore, The Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Department and its Advisory Committee will host a public meeting November 15, 2018, at 6:00 PM at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, Arizona. The Department and the Advisory Committee are seeking public comment prior to proposing the revisions to the Pima County Board of Supervisors to the Pima County Code, Title 13 – Public Service, Division II – Sewers, Chapter 13.28 Mt. Lemmon Sewer Connections, and Chapter 13.32 Mt. Lemmon Conservation Fees. These proposed revisions relate specifically to the sewer users in Summerhaven.

    We again invite you to hear our presentation of the proposed changes, and welcome your questions and comments. If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed changes, please contact Mary Allen at 520-724-6641 or mary.allen@pima.gov.

    See the blacklined version of the proposed changes to PCC 13.28 and 13.32.

    Notice of Proposed Amendment to certain Fees for Services at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

    (posted Sept. 26, 2018) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing will be held on a proposed amendment to Ordinance No. 2017-11. The proposed amendment would amend the fees for certain services charged by the Office of the Medical Examiner. The hearing is scheduled for December 4th, 2018 at 9 a.m. or thereafter at the Pima County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 West Congress Street, 1st floor, Tucson, AZ. The proposed Ordinance can be reviewed at the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office located at 2825 E. District Street, Tucson, AZ 85714 or see the attached document.


    Notice of Proposed Amendment to Certain Fees at the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department

    (posted Sept. 24, 2018)
    A public hearing will be held on a proposed amendment to Ordinance 2009-64.  The proposed amendment would amend the fees for certain services currently provided by the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.  The hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2018, at 9 a.m. or thereafter at the Pima County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress Street, 1st floor, Tucson, AZ.

    Questions or comments, contact Robert Padilla at Robert.Padilla@pima.gov

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