The original 1972 wastewater treatment plant located off Jacks Canyon Road was demolished in 1996. The District constructed a new 500,000 gallons per day DAVCO wastewater plant and main liftstation in June 1996,
a belt press facility was completed in November 1997, and an ultra-violet disinfection unit was
added to the system in September 1999.
In 2012 the District contracted with Sunrise Engineering, Inc. to design a treatment plant modification to replace
the aging treatment plant and to allow additional capacity for the current District commitments.
A $5.5 million dollar loan was acquired from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority to pay for engineering
and construction costs. Additional land must be acquired to comply with the setback requirements established
by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This project is anticipated to be complete in 2014.
The sewer system consists of approximately 27 miles of sewer lines with 5 lift stations.
The main liftstation, located near the corner of Wild Horse Mesa and Hutson Lane, was upgraded and expanded in 2008.
the remainder is discharged into an unnamed wash off Jacks Canyon Road.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS and SPECIAL MEETING
On Estimates of Proposed Expenditures, Rates, Fees and Ordinance Amendments
FOR THE BIG PARK DOMESTIC WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
June 16, 2015, Hearings 10:00 a.m. / Special Meeting to follow at
Sedona Fire Station #3, 125 Slide Rock, Sedona, Arizona
At this combined hearing and special meeting, the Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District Board of Directors will adopt Rates for fees, Fees, Ordinance Amendments and Fiscal Year 15/16 Budget to be effective July 1, 2015.
Proposed FY 15/16 Rates and Fees:
Capacity Fee: $5,800.00 per ERU
Main Line Upgrade Fee: $850.00 per ERU
User Fee: $1.171 per ERU per day (no change from FY 14/15)
Administrative Fee for Disconnected Properties: $1.18 per ERU per day
Ad Valorem Tax: $0
Minimum Charge (Commercial Accounts): $20.00 per account per month
Hook-up Fee (Residential): $325.00 per application
Hook-up Fee (Commercial): $625.00 per application
Grease Trap/Interceptor Permit: $475.00 per application for new or modified food service
Activation/Transfer Fee (Residential): $50.00 per acct activation/transfer
Activation/Transfer Fee (Commercial): $75.00 per acct activation/transfer
Restaurant Grease Trap Penalty: $150.00 per month
Special Event Fee: $100.00 per day per event
Copies: $.60 per page
Historic Research: $65.00 per hour
Ownership Research: $35.00 per parcel (no notification of ownership transfer)
Bill Reprint or Account History Printout: $1.25 per page
Duplicate Billing: $5.00 per bill
Past Due Notice: $5.00 (Stamped for accounts w/past due balance)
Lien Notice: $65.00 plus postage (sent prior to Lien - accounts 180-days delinquent)
Second Lien Notice: $25.00 plus postage (1st notice returned)
File Lien: $65.00 plus postage & recording fee
Lien Release: $25.00 plus postage & recording fee
Limited Title Search: $300.00 per parcel
Title Search & County Notifications: $15.00 per notification
Sewer Service Disconnect: $500.00 plus the actual cost of disconnection/blockage & reconnection.
Hand Delivery of Shut-off Notice: $50.00 plus the cost of security
Miscellaneous spelling and grammatical changes that do not impact the requirements or enforcement of the Ordinance.
Article III - Section 306 - Interceptors / Grease Trap Approval Process
Add: A food preparation or food handling facility with a seating capacity of up to one hundred persons shall install a grease interceptor with a minimum one thousand gallon holding capacity. Owners of facilities requiring larger interceptors or traps shall contact the District to determine the appropriate size required. All Interceptors shall provide a four-inch clean-out on the effluent side of the grease trap or grease interceptor or kitchen wastewater discharge line for sampling purposes. All grease, oil, grit, and sand interceptors shall be maintained in a continuously maxim operational condition in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at the owner's expense. The owner shall produce records of maintenance and/or cleaning upon request. Businesses or private citizens utilizing chemicals containing regulated metals or substances in their process or hobbies shall install appropriate interceptors designed to prevent any discharge of the regulated metals or substances to the District sewer system. The owners or operators of those facilities needing to install such a device shall contact the District. A property owner, or their designated representative, shall make application and pay the applicable fees for a Grease Trap/Interceptor Permit to the District along with design plans, sizing calculations, specifications and testing methods for review.
Add: design plans, sizing calculations
As-Built Plan Review / Approval of Construction
Modify as: The as-built design submittals shall include all information deemed necessary by the District Engineer including but not limited to as-built plans, equipment receipts (or proof of purchase)specifications and testing results methods to be used in the installation of the interceptor/grease trap. The District Engineer may require additional testing, cleaning, and inspection of the interceptor/grease trap prior to his approval. Such work shall be done at the expense of the owner. The applicant shall obtain all of the appropriate permits and approvals for the completed interceptor/grease trap installation as required by law and/or the District Ordinance. Once obtained the applicant shall forward a copy of these permits and approvals to the District Administrator. The applicant's engineer shall be responsible for the certification of the interceptor/grease trap installation and operation to the District.
Article V – District Fees
Add: All District fees run with the land and are the sole responsibility of, the property owner, whether occupied by the owner or a lessee. It is the property owner’s responsivity to notify the District and the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office of address changes. If communication mailed from the District is returned by the Post Office as undeliverable the District shall attempt to research Yavapai County records for another address. Research fees will apply.
Section 503 User Fees
Add: All user fees run with the land and will be billed to, and are the sole responsibility of, the property owner, whether occupied by the owner or a lessee. It is the property owner’s responsivity to notify the District and the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office of address changes. If communication mailed from the District is returned by the Post Office as undeliverable the District shall attempt to research Yavapai County records for another address. Research fees will apply.
Section 505 - Delinquencies, Liens, and Interest
Add: All fees run with the land, will be billed to, and are the sole responsibility of, the property owner, whether occupied by the owner or a lessee. No additional capacity will be approved for accounts with delinquent user fees. Unused capacity will not be made available unless all user fees are paid current. For accounts with user fees delinquent in excess of 90 days the District may proceed with collections as follows: The District may file a lien on property for the nonpayment of user fees for services provided to the property if the fees are delinquent for more than ninety days. At least thirty days before filing the lien, the District shall provide written notice to the owner of the property and shall include a notice of an opportunity for a hearing before the Board of Directors or their designated officer. The notice of lien shall be personally served on the property owner or mailed by certified mail to the property owner’s last known address or to the address to which the most recent property tax assessment was mailed. If the property owner does not reside on the property, the notice shall be mailed by certified mail to the owner’s last known address according to the Yavapai County Recorder’s records. Collection Procedures - At each level of collection, additional collection fees will be charged to the property owner’s account according to the most current District Resolution. At each billing cycle delinquent accounts with a past due balance shall be stamped “Past Due” and charged according to the most current Resolution. Accounts with a past due balance shall be notified as follows: A 30-day notice shall be mailed to the property owner as listed in the Yavapai County Recorder’s records, by certified, return receipt and regular mail. If returned as undeliverable the notice shall be mailed (2nd Lien Notice) to a second address if one is available. It is the property owner’s responsivity to notify the District and the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office of address changes. If communication mailed from the District is returned by the Post Office as undeliverable the District shall attempt to research Yavapai County records for another address. Research fees will apply. The notice shall include the delinquent amount to be paid, the final date in which payment must be received, an opportunity to request a hearing and the consequences of ignoring or not complying with the notice, which includes a lien on the property and possible disconnection of sewer service. Collection costs for this notice will be added to the account per the most current Resolution. If by the Lien Notice deadline date the payment or a written request for a hearing is not received in the District office, the District shall file a lien on the property for the amount due plus penalties and collection costs; the disconnection process begins. Collection costs for this notice will be added to the account per the most current Resolution.
Disconnection of Sewer Service: A limited title search shall be ordered from a title company and all interested parties, listed on the report, including mortgage companies, shall be mailed, by regular mail, a copy of the original 30-day notice with additional 30-days to pay the balance. The cost for the title search and notifications shall be added to the account per the most current Resolution. The District will send a notice to the Yavapai County Public Works and Health Departments with a disconnection date. A notice may be mailed to the homeowner’s association or managing company, if applicable, giving notice that the District will be disconnecting sewer service to this property, which may include entering private property. A District representative, accompanied by security if necessary, may hand deliver a notice to the property location by a letter or door hanger stating the date for disconnection. The cost for the notifications and delivered notice shall be added to the account per the most current Resolution. After the notification deadline has passed, the District will order a licensed contractor to locate, excavate and physically plug or install an Elder Valve in the sewer connection to the property. All fees, penalties and costs for collection and disconnection, along with the estimated cost of reconnection shall be added to the account and shall be paid prior to reconnection. After full payment to the District has cleared, the contractor will be contacted to schedule a date for reconnection. Actual cost of reconnection shall be applied to the account and a charge or credit will be issued for the balance. Once delinquent amounts are paid current, a lien release shall be created and recorded. The cost for the filing a Lien Release shall be added to the account per the most current Resolution.
Article X - Section 1005 - ERU Table - Ordinance Table A, User Class 33 – Add Veterinary w/o washer/dryer.
Add: User Class 64, Washing Machine – additional, per connection,.50 ERU
Property owners and customers of the District may appear and be heard on these matters. Objections may be filed with the Chairman of the Board of Directors prior to the date set for the hearing.
These objections may be filed at the District Office:
Jennifer J. Bartos, District Clerk
Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District, c/o Improvement District Services, Inc.,
1965 Commerce Center Circle, Suite A, Prescott, Arizona 86301, Fax: (928) 443-9486
For more information contact Jennifer Bartos, District Clerk / Administrator at (928) 443-9484 or (800) 659-7149.
District Board Meeting and Hearing Guidelines: The meetings and hearings will be held in accordance with the Arizona Revised Statutes. Board and attendees participation shall be civil and courteous. Any disruptive behavior could result in removal from the meeting. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Jennifer Bartos or Diana King, Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District Administrators at Improvement District Services, Inc. at (928) 443-9484. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Requests for copies of Board Meeting minutes or other District documents should be submitted in writing to: Improvement District Services, Inc., 1965 Commerce Center Circle, Suite A, Prescott, AZ 86301
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The Village lies cradled by the red rock formations, as well as Wild Horse Mesa and House Mountain. If the view seems familiar, note that this valley, known as Big Park, was the setting for many western movies. This quiet and small residential community was established by farming/ranch settlers in the late 1800s, and today is known for its dining, lodging, shopping, hiking, biking and golf.
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