CHAPTER XVI. UTILITIESCHAPTER XVI. UTILITIES\ARTICLE 2. ELECTRIC

The board of city commissioners shall have the authority to fix reasonable rules and regulations governing the use of electric current and lights furnished by the city, and to amend said rules and regulations from time to time as they deem necessary.

(Code 1973, 17-304)

(a)   No connection shall be made to the city’s electric system until an application has been filed with the city clerk and a permit authorizing such connection has been issued.

(b)   No installation, alteration or extension of electric service shall be made without making application to the city clerk giving notice of such proposed installation, alteration or extension and receiving a permit authorizing the same.

(Code 1973, 17-301,302)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person without the permission or consent of the city to:

(1)   make any connection with any electric current line or wire used to carry electric current by the city for public or private use;

(2)   efface, puncture, remove, reverse or alter any electric meters or the connections thereof owned or used by the city;

(3)   prevent any electric meter from properly measuring or registering the electric current used;

(4)   knowingly take, receive, use or convert to his or her own use or the use of another electric current which has not been measured.

(b)   The existence of any of the connections or meter alterations, or the use of electric current shall be prima facie evidence of intent to violate this section by the person using or receiving the direct benefits from the use of such connections or meters of unmeasured electricity.

(Code 1973, 17-307)

It shall be the policy of the governing body to provide city electrical service to residents or industries adjoining or within a reasonable distance from the corporate limits of the city so long as the power supply be adequate and conditions such that providing such service shall not be detrimental to the residents, businesses and industry within the city.

(Code 1973, 17-403)

Authorized employees of the city may enter upon any premises at reasonable hours for the purpose of reading the meter or servicing or inspecting meters or electric lines.

(Code 1973, 17-303)

(a)   In the event a customer orders a temporary disconnection and reconnection of service at the same premises, the city shall collect a reconnection charge fee, as set by resolution of the governing body.

(b)   In the event a customer orders a disconnection and a reconnection at the same premises within a period of 12 months, the city will collect, as a reconnection charge, the sum of such minimum bills as would have occurred during the period of disconnection, but in no event less than the reconnection charge fee, as set by resolution of the governing body. Also, the customer shall be billed the minimum monthly charge for any part of a month or for actual current consumed whichever is the greater, for each address where such connection and disconnection is requested.

(c)   A service charge, plus labor costs, and service vehicle costs, as set by resolution of the governing body, shall also be made for any services requested to be connected outside of regular business hours and on weekends and holidays.

(Ord. 2696, Secs. 1,5; Code 2007)

(a)   Any person desiring electric service shall make application in person at the office of the city clerk. All applications for new service shall be immediately referred to the city superintendent.

(b)   Any person requesting a new service shall furnish the city with wiring specifications, nature of equipment to be operated, voltages required, etc. If necessary, a legal description of the property shall be provided. Applications for new service shall be made 15 days in advance of the date upon which installation is desired.

(c)   A service charge, plus labor costs and service vehicle costs shall be made for any services requested to be connected outside of regular business hours and on weekends and holidays.

(Ord. 2696, Sec. 6; Code 2007)

(a)   Any person making application for electric service who has not established credit with the city may be required to post a deposit, set by resolution adopted by the city commission and kept on file in the city office.

(b)   Deposits for electric service shall be kept in a separate account showing date the deposit is received, the same name of the depositor and the amount. Deposits shall draw interest at the rate established by the Kansas Corporation Commission pursuant to K.S.A. 1982 Supp. 12-822. The city reserves the right to use the set deposit fee or to increase the deposit using the average two month usage of the last occupants whichever is highest.

(c)   At the discretion of the city, the deposit fee may be determined based on past payment history, if service is for a former customer.

(Ord. 2696, Sec. 7; Code 2007)

(a)   The residential customer rate shall be available for all usage for lighting and cooking service to one family residences or their equivalent, including home appliances, air conditioning and small single phase utility motors. No more than one residence or family unit shall be served through each meter.

(b)   Same; Rate:

First

50 KWH per month

$0.1436 per KWH

Next

50 KWH per month

$0.0834 per KWH

Next

200 KWH per month

$0.0720 per KWH

All over

300 KWH per month

$0.0518 per KWH

(c)   The minimum charge shall be $7.18 per month.

(d)   Same; Type of Service. Service shall be single phase, 60 cycle and standard secondary voltages. If three phase power is presently available, or is made available by special arrangement, in the residential area, each consumer of said three phase power shall have an additional facilities charge of $3.38 per month, plus energy charge and demand charge. No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

(e)   Non-residential service (applicable where service exists, for water pumping, operating fence chargers, etc.); Minimum charge of $7.18 or actual current consumed per above rate schedule, whichever is greater.

(Code 2007; Ord. 2751; Ord. 2765, Sec. 1; Code 2016)

(a)   Applicable: To residential customers for all domestic users when electric energy is the only source of energy in the dwelling unit, (except wood burning fireplaces used primarily for aesthetic purposes).

(b)   Same; Rate - Summer. On bills with the due date July 1 to November 1 inclusive:

First

100 KWH per month

$0.1185 per KWH

All over

100 KWH per month

$0.0540 per KWH

        That the minimum charge shall be $11.85 per month.

(c)   Same; Rate - Winter. On bills with due date December 1 to June 1 inclusive:

First

100 KWH per month

$0.1185 per KWH

Next

500 KWH per month

$0.0540 per KWH

All over

600 KWH per month

$0.0277 per KWH

        That the minimum charge shall be $11.85 per month.

(d)   Same; Type of Service. Service shall be single phase, 60 cycle and standard secondary voltages. If three phase power is presently available, or is made available by special arrangement, in the residential area, each consumer of said three phase power shall have an additional facilities charge of $3.38 per month, plus energy charge and demand charge. No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

(e)   Non-residential service (applicable where service exists, for water pumping, operating fence chargers, etc.); refer to Section 16-209(e) for rates.

(Code 2007; Ord 2751; Ord 2765, Sec. 2; Code 2016)

(a)   The commercial customer rate shall be available for all lighting and small power service, except residential service. It shall include small single phase utility motors up to 10 horsepower. All service to be supplied at one point of delivery and measured through one meter, with no more than one commercial enterprise served from each meter.

(b)   Same; Rate.

First

6,040 KWH per month

$0.0713 per KWH

All over

6,040 KWH per month

$0.0570 per KWH

(c)   Same; Minimum. The minimum charge shall be $16.20 for single phase and $22.95 for three phase per month.

(d)   Same; Type of Service. Service shall be single phase, 60 cycle and standard secondary voltages unless three phase service is available at the location or provided by special arrangement.

(e)   The following rate schedule shall be applicable to large commercial users - using over 10 horsepower - using demand meters. To service of a single character supplied at one point of delivery, and used for general business or commercial purposes and for purposes for which no specific schedule is provided.

Not applicable to temporary, breakdown, standby, supplementary, resale or shared service.

(f)    Demand Rate

First

100 KWH per month

$0.1138 per KWH

Next

240 KWH per month

$0.0597 per KWH

Next

500 KWH per month

$0.0518 per KWH

Next

5200 KWH per month

$0.0488 per KWH

All additional

KWH per month

$0.0365 per KWH

No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

The minimum charge shall be $ $20.25 per month.

(Code 2007; Ord 2751; Ord 2765, Sec. 3; Code 2016)

(a)   Availability: The commercial power customer rate shall be available for all usage for motors in excess, or aggregating an excess of 10 horsepower. All motors in excess of 10 horsepower to be three phase and 220 volt or higher unless otherwise approved by the city, with all loads to be corrected for power factor if less than 90 percent at any time. All power service in excess of 100 horsepower connected load to be handled by special contract. All service to be one meter with no more than one business served from each meter.

(b)   Same; City Power Rate:

First

6,040 KWH per month

$0.0563 per KWH

All over

6,040 KWH per month

$0.0420 per KWH

(c)   Same; Minimum. The minimum charge shall be $1.0125 per connected horsepower per month, or previous established minimum, but not less than $20.25. No seasonal disconnects allowed.

(d)   Same; Type of Service. Service shall be single or three phase at 60 cycles and any standard voltages available from the distribution system and through one standard transformer. If three phase power is presently available, or is made available by special arrangement, each consumer of said three phase power shall have an additional facilities charge of $3.38 per month, plus energy charge and demand charge.

(e)   The following rate schedule shall be applicable to large commercial users - using over 10 horsepower - using demand meters. To service of a single character supplied at one point of delivery, and used for general business or commercial purposes and for purposes for which no specific schedule is provided.

Not applicable to temporary, breakdown, standby, supplementary, resale or shared service.

(f)    Demand Rate

First

100 KWH per month

$0.1138 per KWH

Next

240 KWH per month

$0.0597 per KWH

Next

500 KWH per month

$0.0518 per KWH

Next

5200 KWH per month

$0.0488 per KWH

All additional

KWH per month

$0.0365 per KWH

No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

The minimum charge shall be $ $20.25 per month.

(Code 2007; Ord 2751; Ord 2765, Sec. 4; Code 2016)

In addition to all of the above rate schedules the energy charge for energy used per month shall be in the amount of 1.10 times the cost of produced and purchased energy to the nearest $.001.

(a)   All charges for connects or reconnects for the above electric service remain the same.

(Ord. 2751; Ord. G-2765; Code 2016)

(Ord. G-2751; Code 2016)

(Ord. G-2751; Code 2016)

(a)   Availability: The residential rate shall be available for all usage for lighting and cooking service to one family residence or their equivalent, including home appliances and small single phase utility motors. No more than one residence through each meter.

(b)   Rate

First

50 KWH per month

$0.1312 per KWH

Next

50 KWH per month

$0.0834 per KWH

Next

200 KWH per month

$0.0720 per KWH

All over

300 KWH per month

$0.0514 per KWH

(c)   The minimum charge shall be $6.56 per month.

(d)   Rural non-residential service (applicable where service exists, for water pumping, operating fence chargers, etc.); Minimum charge of $7.18 per month or actual current consumed per above rate schedule, whichever is greater.

(e)   Type of Service - Service for (a) and (d) above shall be single phase, sixty cycle and standard secondary voltages. If three phase power is presently available, or is made available by special arrangement, in the residential area, each consumer of said three phase power shall have an additional facilities charge of $3.38 per month, plus energy charge and demand charge. No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

(Ord. 2752; Ord. G-2766; Code 2016)

(a)   Availability: The electric service for residential purposes for single family residences served through one meter where total energy requirements of the residence are supplied electrically, and no other form of energy is connected to the building or buildings. (Except wood burning fireplaces used primarily for aesthetic purposes)

(b)   Rural All-Electric Rate – Summer (on bills with due date July 1 to November 1, inclusive)

First

100 KWH per month

$0.0979 per KWH

All over

100 KWH per month

$0.0447 per KWH

(c)   Rural All-Electric Rate – Winter (on bills with due date December 1 to June 1, inclusive)

First

100 KWH per month

$0.0979 per KWH

Next

500 KWH per month

$0.0447 per KWH

All over

600 KWH per month

$0.0229 per KWH

(d)   The minimum charge shall be $9.79 per month.

(e)   Type of Service - Service shall be single phase, sixty cycle and standard secondary voltages. If three phase power is presently available, or is made available by special arrangement, in the residential area, each consumer of said three phase power shall have an additional facilities charge of $3.38 per month, plus energy charge and demand charge. No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand.

(f)    Rural non-residential service (applicable where service exists, for water pumping, operating fence chargers, etc.); refer to Section 16-216(d) for rates.

(Ord. 2752; Ord. G-2766)

(a)   Applicable: To service of a single character supplied at one point of delivery, and used for general business of commercial purposes and for purposes for which no specific schedule is provided. Not applicable to temporary, breakdown, standby, supplementary, resale or shared service.

(b)   Demand Rate

First

100 KWH per month

$0.0979 per KWH

Next

240 KWH per month

$0.0514 per KWH

Next

500 KWH per month

$0.0447 per KWH

Next

5200 KWH per month

$0.0420 per KWH

All additional

KWH per month

$0.0314 per KWH

No charge for the first 10 KW of demand, add $6.90 per KW for the next 40 KW of demand and $3.75 for each additional KW of demand. The minimum charge shall be $20.25 per month.

(c)   The following rate schedule shall be applicable to large commercial users - using over 10 horsepower - using demand meters. To service of a single character supplied at one point of delivery, and used for general business or commercial purposes and for purposes for which no specific schedule is provided. Not applicable to temporary, breakdown, standby, supplementary, resale or shared service.

(d)   The minimum charge shall be $20.25 per month.

(Ord. 2752; Ord. G-2766)

In addition to all of the above rate schedules the energy charge for energy used per month shall be in the amount of 1.10 times the cost of produced and purchased energy to the nearest $0.001.

(a)   All charges for connects and reconnects for the above electric service should be increased 10% up to an amount equal to non-KCC customers.

(Code 2007; Ord. 2752; Ord. 2766, Sec. 5; Code 2016)

(a)   All electric, water and sewer bills shall the due at the office of the city clerk on the first day of each month for service rendered during the preceding month. All bills not paid on or before the 15th of the month shall be delinquent and a 10% penalty shall be added.

(b)   Whenever payment is not made by the due date the city may terminate electric and water service following notice and hearing as provided in sections 16-130:131 and 16-601:608.

(c)   There will be no bill collection letter fee.

(Ord. 2696, Secs. 2,8; Ord. 2779; Code 2016)

As provided in sections 16-601 to 16-608, the city clerk shall nail an account delinquency and service discontinuation notice, by United States mail, postage paid, to the consumer’s last known address, to each consumer whose account, including penalty, shall remain unpaid following the close of business on the 10th day of each month. The termination notice shall state the date that the consumer’s utilities will be shut off for the delinquent account or accounts if said delinquent amounts have not been paid in full or if written arrangements for the payment of the delinquent amounts have not been made with the city clerk or his/her designated agent.

(Ord. 2696, Secs. 3,9; Ord. 2815; Code 2016)

Electric and water service discontinued as provided in sections 16-220 and 16-221 shall not be restored until the customer has paid all past due accounts, including penalties. In addition, the customer shall be charged the reconnection fee as provided in section 16-206.

(Ord. 2696, Sec. 10; Code 2007)