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Ordinance 2006-02

WHEREAS, there has been a contract with the City of Springdale for the Springdale
Sewer Commission to provide water service to customers in certain areas of the City of Johnson.
WHEREAS, the existing contract dated February 22, 1996, was for ten (10) years and has
by its terms expired.
Section 1: That the agreement attached hereto which is titled Inter-Municipal
Contract for Water Service Between the Cities of Johnson and Springdale, Arkansas bearing the
date of March 14, 2006, having been read, studied and considered by the Johnson City Council
should be and hereby is approved and ratified; the Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer are directed
and authorized to execute same for and in the name of the City.
Section 2: Pursuant to the attached agreement there is hereby levied fees/rates for
water service, water taps/connections and associated services within that portion of Johnson
served by the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission identical to the fees/rates established by
the relevant Springdale ordinance for users of their water service outside of the Springdale city
limits. However, the gross receipts taxes of the City of Johnson shall apply to all charges for
water service within the City of Johnson collected by the Springdale Water and Sewer
Section 3: There is hereby granted to the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission a
license to own, operate, maintain, improve, and place existing and new additional water service
facilities on existing and new dedicated street rights-of-way, alleys, utility easements and other
public passageways within that portion of the City of Johnson served by the Springdale Water
and Sewer Commission. This license shall enable the Commission to lay, relay, install, improve,
operate and maintain water lines and appurtenances over, under and across such public rights-ofway,
alleys and passageways. This license shall be in full force and effect during the effective
period of the agreement attached hereto.
Section 4: A franchise is hereby granted unto the Springdale Water and Sewer
Commission, without a franchise fee or franchise tax, to own, improve, maintain, expand and
operate a water service (delivery, storage and maintenance thereof) within the City of Johnson
corporate limits on properties owned or leased by the Commission and on public rights-of-way,
alleys and passageways as herein provided. Said franchise shall be for the effective dates of the
agreement attached hereto.
Section 5: Provision for water service for the residents of the City of Johnson helps
secure the public peace, health and safety. Therefore, an emergency is hereby declared to exist.
This ordinance shall be immediately effective upon its passage and approval.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of March, 2006.
THIS CONTRACT made and entered into this $ - . day of
2006, by and between the City of Springdale, Arkansas, a municipal corporation, acting
through its Water and Sewer Commission, hereinafter called SUPPLIER, and the City of
Johnson, Arkansas, a municipal corporation, hereinafter called USER,
WHEREAS, the SUPPLIER now owns and operates a public water system located
within the corporate limits of the Crty of Johnson, Arkansas; and,
WHEREAS, the USER and SUPPLIER have entered into previous agreements
whereby the SUPPLIER agreed to furnish water service to customers in the City of
Johnson on an individual basis; and,
WHEREAS, it is to their mutual advantage that the USER and SUPPLIER enter
into an agreement to establish provisions for the ownership, operation, and maintenance
of a public water system sufficient to meet public health standards and to provide water
for fire protection needs in certain areas of the City of Johnson; and,
WHEREAS, it is to the parties' mutual benefit that a procedure be established for
future expansion and improvements to SUPPLIER'S water distribution system in the City
of Johnson;
(1) COOPERATION: The SUPPLIER and USER shall cooperate and communicate
in all the dealings through the Springdale Water Commission and the Johnson City
Council. Any disagreements, questions, requests, additions to the water system,
modifications of the system, connections or otherwise shall be handled through the
Johnson City Council, or its authorized representative, dealing directly with the Springdale
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Water and Sewer Commission, or its authorized representative. The Representative of
the Johnson City Council shall have only such authority as is expressly granted by
majority vote of the Johnson City Council.
(2) OWNERSHIP: It is agreed by the parties that the SUPPLIER shall continue to
own, operate, maintain, and from time to time expand its water distribution system located
within the prescribed service boundary established in the corporate limits of the City of
Johnson, Arkansas.
(3) CONSISTENT APPLICATION: The rules, procedures, regulations and laws
concerning the construction, operation, and maintenance of said water distribution system
shall be applied to Johnson, Arkansas and Springdale, Arkansas in the same and
consistent manner. The SUPPLIER shall act in good faith and shall not unreasonably
withhold service, if economically feasible, to any potential customer located within the
service boundary set forth herein.
(4) SERVICE BOUNDARY: Water service shall be limited to customers located within
the corporate limits of the City of Johnson as delineated on the attached service boundary
map. A copy of said map is attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof as
though included herein. It is recognized and agreed by the parties that certain areas
within the City of Johnson are being provided water service by the City of Fayetteville,
Arkansas. This agreement does not amend or modify areas currently being served by the
City of Fayetteville. The parties agree that if in the future by written agreement the City of
Fayetteville and SUPPLIER change the boundary line between them, this agreement
shall be considered amended as of the execution of Fayetteville/Springdale agreement to
incorporate that new boundary line without any further action by the parties hereto.
(5) AUTHORITY TO FRANCHISE: The USER agrees it will on or before the effective
date of this agreement cause to be adopted by vote of its City Council an ordinance
granting to the SUPPLIER a franchise, without charge or franchise tax, to own, maintain,
and operate a water distribution system within the USER'S corporate limits, and w'rthin the
territory assigned to SUPPLIER per the memorandum of understanding between the
cities of Fayetteville and Springdale, as amended by the parties from time to time. USER
further agrees that it will cause to be passed by vote of its City Council an ordinance
granting to the SUPPLIER, without charge or costs, easements and right-of-ways to lay,
relay, install, maintain and operate water transmission lines over, under, and across
public streets, alleys, and passageways.
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(6) TERM OF CONTRACT: The SUPPLIER and USER hereby agree that the term of
this contract shall be for a period of ten (10) years from the date of this agreement and
shall automatically terminate at such time.
(7) EFFECTIVE DATE: This contract shall become effective and enforceable on the
date of this agreement and shall have the effect of terminating all prior contractual
agreements on this subject between these parties.
(8) CONTRACT RENEWAL: Either party shall have the option to renew this contract
upon terms and conditions as may be negotiated by the SUPPLIER and USER by giving
not less than six (6) months of notice in advance of the termination date of this contract.
(9) WATER RATES: The SUPPLIER shall supply potable water through its lines and
shall charge water customers located within USER'S city limits according to the schedule
of rates for customers located outside the corporate city limits of Springdale, Arkansas as
established in the latest Springdale Ordinance prescribing water rates. It is specifically
understood and agreed by and between the parties hereto that, should the SUPPLIER
experience a general rate increase within the corporate limits of the City of Springdale,
the rates as provided above shall automatically increase in direct proportion to the
percentage increase within the City of Springdale. SUPPLIER shall provide notice to
USER of any rate increase. As soon as legally possible, the Johnson City Council shall
pass an Ordinance to mirror any increase or decrease of water rates contained in any
ordinance adopted by Springdale City Council. The failure by the Johnson City Council to
pass such an ordinance shall be a breach of this agreement for which SUPPLIER may
seek all remedies available at law or equity, including, without limitation, the right to seek
mandamus, mandatory injunction, specific performance, damages, or termination of this
(10) BILLING AND PAYMENTS: The SUPPLIER shall read meters and shall issue
billing and collection of payments in accordance with ordinances of the City of Springdale
and the rules and regulations of the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission which may
be in effect now or hereafter adopted, and if any customer fails or refuses to pay said
billing, the SUPPLIER shall disconnect water service to such customer in accordance with
said ordinances, rules and regulations.
(11) LIABILITY: It is stipulated that the furnishing of water service by the SUPPLIER is
a governmental function and that the SUPPLIER does not agree to furnish any specific
amount of water service. Water service shall be provided only to customers who enter
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into separate service contracts with the SUPPLIER, but the right to contract, and the type
of service to be rendered, shall always be subject to such rules, regulations, and policies
of the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission as may be in effect from time to time.
The SUPPLIER shall not be responsible for acts of God, acts-of war, insurrections or
rebellions, acts of a public enemy, acts of any unauthorized person, firm or corporation, or
acts of the USER. Nothing contained herein shall abrogate the tort immunity available by
law to either city.
charges and requirements for water service connections shall be the same as for like
service made in the City of Springdale at the time the water service connections or taps
are made. Neither the SUPPLIER nor the USER shall unreasonably withhold service to
any potential customer located within the defined service boundary established herein.
Taps or connections to any and all water lines shall be made only by the SUPPLIER.
Approval of such taps or connections by the USER shall constitute the SUPPLIER'S
authorization to make street cuts and openings where necessary. SUPPLIER agrees to
reconstruct and repair street cuts and openings with materials equal to or better than the
material and street condition prior to such street cut
(13) PLUMBING: Each customer shall install all plumbing in accordance with the
ordinances, rules and regulations of the City of Springdale in effect at the time such
plumbing is installed. All plumbing shall be inspected by a plumbing inspector licensed by
the State of Arkansas.
(14) WATER LINE EXTENSIONS: Water line extensions shall be made on the same
basis which they are made for the City of Springdale, based on the economic feasibility of
such extension, and shall be made at the sole discretion of the SUPPLIER provided that
in no event shall an extension be made without the approval of the Johnson City Council.
The SUPPLIER and the USER specifically agree that no extensions shall be made or fire
hydrants installed within a residential subdivision or private housing development except
at the expense of the developer or owner.
(15) EASEMENTS: The USER hereby grants to the SUPPLIER the right to place
water lines on dedicated public streets, alleys, utility easements and other passageways.
The SUPPLIER shall not lay a water line or lines across private property unless the USER
and/or the owners of such private property shall furnish to the SUPPLIER an executed
easement by the owners of such property giving and granting to the SUPPLIER the right
to lay such water lines across such private property, and such easements shall be on
forms as prescribed by the SUPPLIER. The form of such easements, together with the
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provisions contained therein, shall be the same used by the Springdale Water and Sewer
Commission at the time such easements are granted and such easements and fee titles
where necessary shall show the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission as the
Grantee thereon. In order to facilitate required improvements, the USER agrees to
cooperate with SUPPLIER and assist in obtaining authority to cross private property with
water lines. USER agrees to allow its name to be added to any eminent domain actions
pursued by SUPPLIER regarding property within the corporate limits of USER if
SUPPLIER'S legal counsel deems It necessary. The USER further agrees it will not
unreasonably impair, hinder or delay the obtaining of such easements, or the construction
of said required improvements, but will offer full support in all ways necessary to
accomplish such improvements. All costs and expenses, including legal fees expended
in the procuring of such easements or fee title shall be borne by SUPPLIER.
(16) MAINTENANCE OF FACILITIES: The SUPPLIER shall maintain and service all
facilities. The SUPPLIER shall use reasonable diligence to provide and maintain
uninterrupted service; but in case of cessation, deficiency, variation in pressure or any
other failure of the service, resulting from Acts of God, public enemies, accidents, strikes,
riots, wars, repairs, orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction, or other acts reasonably
beyond the control of the SUPPLIER, the SUPPLIER shall not be held responsible for
any damages, either directly or indirectly, resulting from such interruption or failure. If
scheduled interruptions in service to the USER are necessary due to system repair,
extension or rehabilitation, USER shall be notified of such outage prior to start of work.
SUPPLIER shall notify its customers in the city of Johnson on the same basis it notifies its
customers within the City of Springdale concerning interruptions. Notification shall be
given by either one or all of the following media: Press, radio, letter, telephone or personal
contact. Emergency repairs, resulting in temporary interruption of service to water
customers, can be made without notification to expedite necessary repairs and
restoration of service.
(17) ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS: The USER agrees to adopt such
resolutions, ordinances, rules and regulations as will allow the SUPPLIER to maintain and
operate the distribution system in accordance with the rules, regulations, or specifications
of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, and the SUPPLIER. Non-compliance with said rules, regulations or
specifications may result in discontinuance of service. The USER further agrees to adopt
the necessary ordinances to provide the SUPPLIER with legal authority for enforcement
of ail state and federal law, including regulations. The rules, procedures, regulations and
laws concerning the construction, operation, maintenance and service of said system
shall be applied to Johnson, Arkansas and Springdale, Arkansas in the same and
consistent manner.
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(18) COMPLIANCE: The USER and all water customers shall comply with, at ail times,
the ordinances, rules and regulations of the City of Springdale and of the Springdale
Water and Sewer Commission governing water operations and usage which may now
exist or may hereinafter be promulgated. Failure or refusal of any customer to comply
with such ordinances, rules or regulations will subject the customer to immediate
discontinuance of water service, and the SUPPLIER or USER shall in no way be liable for
any damages or expenses which may or may not result from such discontinuance.
(19) TAXES PROHIBITED: The USER will not during the period of this contract or any
renewal thereof, levy any franchise tax, occupation tax or any other tax of any form
whatsoever, by whatever name it may be called, upon the SUPPLIER, the water system
or the operations called for by this contract. Nothing contained herein shall preclude the
collection of any gross receipts tax (i.e. state, county or local sales tax) enacted in
accordance with state law and not otherwise made exempt by state law.
(20) NOTICES: Any written notices provided for herein shall be sufficient if sent by
certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, to the respective parties.
(21) WATER CONSERVATION: The USER covenants and agrees that it will adopt an
ordinance identical to that adopted by the City of Springdale, thereby setting in place
mandatory conservation measures that may become necessary due to an emergency
resulting from limited supply of raw water, water treatment interruptions, failure of
transportation system, pumping equipment, plant equipment, electrical facilities, or from
any other source beyond the control of SUPPLIER.
(22) FIRE HYDRANTS: The SUPPLIER agrees to maintain as part of its distribution
system, fire hydrants connected to the distribution lines for fire protection. SUPPLIER
agrees to furnish to USER un-metered water service at each such hydrant for fire
protection. The USER agrees that it shall be obligated and will pay the SUPPLIER ten
($10) dollars per annum per hydrant to defray the cost of un-metered water used for fire
discontinue the supply of water to individual customers without notice for any of the
following reasons:
(a) Fraudulent representation as to the condition of plumbing system as it
relates to the protection and safety of the SUPPLIER'S water supply;
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(b) For improperly connected appliances and fixtures resulting in hazardous or
defective conditions;
(c) For emergencies where damage to property, equipment or life is possible or
likely to occur;
(d) By order of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services;
(e) If rules and regulations of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human
Services, the SUPPLIER, or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
relating to the safety and protection of the public water supply are being
abused or violated; and/or;
(f) If ordinances of the City of Johnson relating to the safety and protections of
public water system are being abused or violated, and the SUPPLIER is
officially notified.
(24) COMPLETE AGREEMENT: It is agreed that neither party hereto is relying upon
any oral or written information made by the other prior to the signing of this contract
unless expressly provided herein, and that this contract constitutes the entire agreement
between the parties and same shall not be hereafter amended or modified unless
reduced to writing and signed by the parties hereto. It is further agreed that all earlier
contracts for water service are hereby rescinded.
(25) SEVERABILITY: If any phrase, clause, sentence or paragraph of this contract
shall be declared invalid by the judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction,
such invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining sentences or paragraphs of this
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the SUPPLIER and the USER have executed these
presents by their respective authorized representatives, having been authorized to do so by appropriate resolutions of their respective governing bodies.
"Chris G. Weiser, Chairman Jerre M. Van Hoose, Mayor
Paul E. Lawrence; Secretary Denise Pearce, City Clerk
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Richard Long/Mayor
Jennifer Allen Recorder/Treasurer
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