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|Public Notices Published Wednesday, September 1st, 2010The Issuer agrees that all charges owed by any individual, partnership or corporation for sewer services rendered by the System shall be billed as a separate item and collected and accounted for separately from any other utility services or charges provided by the Issuer. Failure of any individual, partnership or corporation to pay said charges within fifteen (15) days of the date on which it is due shall cause such charge to become delinquent; the Issuer further agrees that if such delinquent charge, with interest and penalties accrued thereon, is not paid within fifteen (15) days from the date on which it became delinquent, the Issuer will shut off water services to the affected premises. The Issuer further agrees that the Issuer and the Governing Authority and its officials, agents and employees will do all things necessary and will take advantage of all remedies afforded by law to collect and enforce the prompt payment of all charges made for services rendered by the System. All delinquent charges for such services shall on the date of delinquency have added thereto a penalty in such amount as may be determined by the Governing Authority, and the amount so due, including any penalty charge, may, in the discretion of the Governing Authority, after thirty (30) days from the date of delinquency, bear interest at the rate of at least six per centum (6%) per annum. If services shall be discontinued as above provided, the customer shall, in addition to paying the delinquent charges, penalties and interest, if any, pay as a condition precedent to the resumption of service, a reconnection charge as determined by the Governing Authority.|
It is further understood and agreed that the schedule of User Fees being charged as of the date of the adoption of this Ordinance for services and facilities rendered by the System shall remain in effect and neither said existing schedule nor any subsequent schedule shall be reduced at any time unless all payments required for all funds by this Ordinance, including any deficiencies for prior payments, have been fully made, and unless such schedule as so reduced will in each year thereafter produce sufficient Revenues to meet and fulfill the other provisions stated and specified in Sections 14(a) and 14(c) hereof.
(f) Right to Pledge Revenues; Rank of Lien. In providing for the issuance of the Bonds, the Issuer does hereby covenant and warrant that it is lawfully seized and possessed of the System, that it has a legal right to pledge the Revenues therefrom as herein provided, that the Bonds will have a lien and privilege on said Revenues subject only to the prior payment from such Revenues or from other lawfully available sources of all reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of operation and maintenance of the System.
(g) Records and Accounts; Audit Reports. The Issuer will establish and maintain adequate financial records as required by the laws of the State governing financial record-keeping by political subdivisions and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and will make these and the following records and reports available to the Owners or their authorized representatives upon request.
The Issuer will cause an audit of its financial statements to be made by an independent firm of certified public accountants in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 8 of Title 24 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and for so long as the Department owns the Bonds, or any part thereof, in accordance with the requirements of Circular A-133 of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and Section 66.458 of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA #66.458 - Capitalization Grants for State Revolving Funds) and/or Section 66.468 of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA #66.468 - Capitalization Grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Funds), if applicable. Upon completion, but in no event later than six (6) months after the close of the applicable Fiscal Year, the Issuer shall file a copy of such audited financial statements with any Owner requesting same. In addition to whatever matters may be thought proper by the auditors to be included therein, the audited financial statements shall include the following:
(i) a statement in detail of the income and expenditures of the System for such Fiscal Year,
(ii) a balance sheet of the System as of the end of such Fiscal Year;
(iii) the accountant’s comments regarding the manner in which the Issuer has carried out the requirements of the Ordinance and the Loan Agreement and the accountant’s recommendations for any changes or improvements in the operation of the System or the method of keeping the records relating thereto;
(iv) a list of the insurance policies in force at the end of the Fiscal Year, setting out as to each policy the amount of the policy, the risks covered, the name of the insurer and the expiration date of the policy;
(v) the number of System users at the end of the Fiscal Year;
(vi) an analysis of additions, replacements and improvements to the physical properties of the System during the Fiscal Year;
(vii) an analysis of all funds created pursuant to the Ordinance setting out as to each all deposits and disbursements made during the Fiscal Year;
(viii) a statement of all schedules of User Fees in effect during the Fiscal Year, the aggregate dollar billed for services rendered by the System during such Fiscal Year and the average monthly billing per user; and
(ix) a schedule of fixed assets, if not provided elsewhere in the audit report.
A reasonable portion of the expenses incurred in the preparation of the audit report required by this Section may be regarded and paid as a maintenance and operation expense of the System. The Issuer further agrees that if the Department owns any of the Bonds, the Department shall have the right to ask for and discuss with the accountant making the review and the contents of the review and such additional information as it may reasonably require. The Issuer further agrees that if the Department owns any of the Bonds, the Issuer will furnish to the Department, upon request therefor, a monthly statement itemized to show the income and expenses of the operation of the System and the number of users for the preceding month.
(h) Rights of Bondholders; Appointment of Receiver in Event of Default. The Owners from time to time shall be entitled to exercise all rights and powers for which provision is made in the laws of the State of Louisiana. Any Owners or any trustee acting for such Owners in the manner hereinafter provided, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus (as provided by La. R.S. 30:2304(H) and/or R.S. 39:1014(C)) or other proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the State of Louisiana, or granted and contained in this Ordinance, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this Ordinance, or by any applicable statutes to be performed by the Issuer or by any agency, board or officer thereof, including the fixing, charging and collecting of rentals, fees or other charges for the use of the System, and in general to take any action necessary to most effectively protect the rights of the Owners.
In the event that default shall be made in the payment of the interest on or the principal of any of the Bonds as the same shall become due, or in the making of the payments into the Debt Service Fund, Reserve Fund or Contingencies Fund, or any other payments required to be made by this Ordinance, or in the event that the Issuer or any agency, board, officer, agent or employee thereof shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this Ordinance or shall default in any covenant made herein, and in the further event that any such default shall continue for a period of thirty (30) days after written notice, any Owner or any trustee appointed to represent such Owner(s) as hereinafter provided, shall be entitled as of right to the appointment of a receiver of the System in an appropriate judicial proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction.
The receiver so appointed shall forthwith directly or by his agents and attorneys, enter into and upon and take possession of the System, and each and every part thereof, and shall hold, operate and maintain, manage and control the System, and each and every part thereof, and in the name of the Issuer shall exercise all the rights and powers of the Issuer with respect to the System as the Issuer itself might do. Such receiver shall collect and receive all rates, fees, rentals and other revenues, maintain and operate the System in the manner provided in this Ordinance, and comply under the jurisdiction of the court appointing such receiver, with all of the provisions of this Ordinance.
Whenever all that is due upon the Bonds and interest thereon, and under any covenants of this Ordinance for reserve, sinking or other funds, and upon any other obligations and interest thereon, having a charge, lien or encumbrance upon the fees, rentals or other revenues of the System, shall have been paid and made good, and all defaults under the provisions of this Ordinance shall have been cured and made good, possession of the System shall be surrendered to the Issuer upon the entry of an order of the court to that effect. Upon any subsequent default, any Owner of Bonds, or any trustee appointed for the Owners as hereinafter provided, shall have the same right to secure the further appointment of a receiver upon any such subsequent default.
Such receiver shall in the performance of the powers hereinabove conferred upon him be under the direction and supervision of the court making such appointment, shall at all times be subject to the orders and decrees of such court, and may be removed thereby and a successor receiver appointed in the discretion of such court. Nothing herein contained shall limit or restrict the jurisdiction of such court to enter such other and further orders and decrees as such court may deem necessary or appropriate for the exercise by the receiver of any function not specifically set forth herein.
Any receiver appointed as provided herein shall hold and operate the System in the name of the Issuer and for the joint protection and benefit of the Issuer and the Owners. Such receiver shall have no power to sell, assign, mortgage or otherwise dispose of any property of any kind or character belonging or pertaining to the System but the authority of such receiver shall be limited to the possession, operation and maintenance of the System for the sole purpose of the protection of both the Issuer and the Owners and the curing and making good of any default under the provisions of this Ordinance, and the title to and the ownership of the System shall remain in the Issuer, and no court shall have any jurisdiction to enter any order or decree permitting or requiring such receiver to sell, mortgage or otherwise dispose of any property of the System except with the consent of the Issuer and in such manner as the court shall direct.
The Owner or Owners of Bonds in an aggregate principal amount of not less than twenty-five percent (25%) of bonds issued under this Ordinance then outstanding may by a duly executed certificate appoint a trustee for the Owners with authority to represent such Owners in any legal proceedings for the enforcement and protection of the rights of such Owners. Such certificate shall be executed by such Owners, or by their duly authorized attorneys or representatives, and shall be filed with the Executive Officers.
UNTIL AN EVENT OF DEFAULT SHALL HAVE OCCURRED, THE ISSUER SHALL RETAIN FULL POSSESSION AND CONTROL OF THE SYSTEM WITH FULL RIGHT TO MANAGE, OPERATE AND USE THE SAME AND EVERY PART THEREOF WITH THE RIGHTS APPERTAINING THERETO, AND TO COLLECT AND RECEIVE, AND, SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDINANCE, TO TAKE, USE AND ENJOY AND DISTRIBUTE THE EARNINGS, INCOME, RENT, ISSUE AND PROFITS ACCRUING ON OR DERIVABLE FROM THE SYSTEM.
(i) Limitations on Sale, Lease or Other Disposition of Property. So long as any of the Bonds are outstanding and unpaid in principal or interest, the Issuer shall be bound and obligated not to sell, lease, encumber or in any manner dispose of the System or any substantial part thereof; provided, however, that this covenant shall not be construed to prevent the disposal by the Issuer of property which in its judgment has become worn out, unserviceable, unsuitable or unnecessary in the operation of the System, when other property of equal value is substituted therefor or the sale price thereof is deposited in the aforesaid Contingencies Fund.
(j) Competitive Franchises. So long as the Bonds are Outstanding the Issuer obligates itself not to grant a franchise to any utility for operation within the boundaries of the Issuer which would render services or facilities in competition with the System, and also obligates itself to oppose the granting of any such franchise by any other public body having jurisdiction over such matters. Further, the Issuer shall maintain its corporate identity and existence so long as any of the Bonds remain outstanding.
(k) Prohibition Against Encumbrances. Except as provided in Section 14(i) of this Ordinance, the Issuer will maintain title to or the possession of the System and equipment acquired and properties improved by the Project, including any necessary servitudes and rights-of-way acquired in connection with the Project. Title to any immovable equipment and any real property purchased by the Issuer in connection with the Project will remain free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. Furthermore, all movable property necessary for the operation of the system will remain free of all liens except liens necessary to secure the purchase of said movable equipment.
(l) Insurance; Fidelity Bonds. So long as the Bonds are outstanding the Issuer will maintain or cause to be maintained in force insurance policies and fidelity bonds as set forth in the Loan Agreement.
(m) Retention of Consulting Engineer in Case of Certain Defaults. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY ONLY DURING ANY PERIOD WHEN THE ISSUER MAY BE IN DEFAULT IN MAKING REQUIRED PAYMENTS INTO THE FUNDS REQUIRED BY SECTIONS 11 AND 12 OF THIS ORDINANCE OR WHEN AN “EVENT OF DEFAULT” HAS OCCURRED UNDER THE LOAN AGREEMENT.
The Issuer covenants and agrees that in the event it should fail to derive sufficient income from the operation of the System to make the required monthly payments into the funds established by Section 12 hereby or when an “event of default” has occurred under the Loan Agreement, it will retain a Consulting Engineer on a continuous basis until all defaults are cured, for the purpose of providing for the Issuer continuous engineering counsel in the operation of its System. Such Consulting Engineer shall be retained under contract at such reasonable compensation as may be fixed by the Governing Authority, and the payment of such compensation shall be considered to be one of the costs of maintaining and operating the System. Any Consulting Engineer appointed under the provisions of this Section may be replaced at any time by another Consulting Engineer appointed or retained by the Issuer, with the consent and approval of the Owners of a majority of the outstanding principal amount of the Bonds herein authorized.
The Consulting Engineer shall prepare within ninety (90) days after the close of each Fiscal Year a comprehensive operating report, which report shall contain therein or be accompanied by a certified copy of an audit of the preceding Fiscal Year prepared by the Issuer’s certified public accountants, and in addition thereto, shall report upon the operations of the System during the preceding Fiscal Year, the maintenance of the properties, the efficiency of the management of the System, the proper and adequate keeping of books of record and account, the adherence to budget and budgetary control provisions, the adherence to the provisions of this Ordinance and all other things having a bearing upon the efficient and profitable operation of the System, and shall include whatever criticism of any phase of the operation of the System the Consulting Engineer may deem proper, and such recommendations as to changes in operations and the making of repairs, renewals, replacements, extensions, betterments and improvements as the Consulting Engineer may deem proper. Copies of such report shall be placed on file with the Governing Authority and sent to the Owners, and shall be open to inspection by any Owners of any of the Bonds. It shall be the duty of the Consulting Engineer to pass on the economic soundness or feasibility of any extensions, betterments, improvements, expenditures or purchases of equipment and materials or supplies, which will involve the expenditure of more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), whether in one or more than one order, and whether authorized by a budget or not, from funds on deposit in the Contingencies Fund, and the Consulting Engineer shall devise and prescribe a form or forms wherein shall be set forth his or its approval in certificate form, copies of which shall be filed with the chief financial officer of the Issuer and the depository for said Contingencies Fund.
Sixty (60) days before the close of each Fiscal Year, the Consulting Engineer shall submit to the Governing Authority a suggested budget for the ensuing year’s operation of the System and shall submit recommendations as to the schedule of rates and charges for sewer services supplied by the System, taking into account any other lawfully available funds of the Issuer that may be available for such purposes. A copy of said suggested budget and recommendations shall also be furnished by said Consulting Engineer directly to the Owners. Such recommendations as to rates and charges, consistent with the requirements relating thereto contained herein, shall be followed by the Governing Authority insofar as practicable and all other recommendations shall be given careful consideration by the Governing Authority and shall be substantially followed, except for good and reasonable cause. No expenditures for the operation, maintenance and repair of the System in excess of the amounts stated in said budget shall be made in any year, except upon the certificate of the Consulting Engineer that such expenditures are necessary and essential to the continued operation of the System.
It shall be the duty of the Consulting Engineer to prescribe a system of budgetary control along with forms for exercising of such control which shall be utilized by the manager or superintendent of the System and his staff, and the manager or superintendent shall cause to be prepared monthly reports not later than the twentieth day of each month, for the preceding month’s business and operation of the System, which reports shall be submitted to the Consulting Engineer, who shall prepare an analysis of each such report, which analysis shall be filed monthly as expeditiously as possible with the chief financial officer of the Issuer, the manager or superintendent and with the original purchaser of the Bonds.
In the event the Governing Authority shall fail to select and retain a Consulting Engineer in accordance with the first paragraph of this Section within thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the conditions prescribed thereby, then upon the petition of the Owners of twenty-five percent (25%) of the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds then outstanding, the Governing Authority shall select and retain such Consulting Engineer as is named in the petition of said Owners.
SECTION 15. Federal Tax Matters; Continuing Disclosure. In the event that any of the Bonds are issued as tax-exempt bonds for federal income tax purposes, the Issuer covenants and agrees that, to the extent permitted by the laws of the State of Louisiana, it will comply with the requirements of the Code in order to establish, maintain and preserve the exclusion from “gross income” of interest on the Bonds under the Code.
The Issuer further covenants and agrees that it will not take any action, fail to take any action, or permit any action within its control to be taken, or permit at any time or times any of the proceeds of the Bonds or any other funds of the Issuer to be used directly or indirectly in any manner, the effect of which would be to cause the Bonds to be “arbitrage bonds” or would result in the inclusion of the interest on any of the Bonds in gross income under the Code, including, without limitation, (i) the failure to comply with the limitation on investment of Bond proceeds or (ii) the failure to pay any required rebate of arbitrage earnings to the United States of America or (iii) the use of the proceeds of the Bonds in a manner which would cause the Bonds to be “private activity bonds.”.
SECTION 16. Events of Default; Remedies. If one or more of the following events (in this Ordinance called “Events of Default”) shall happen, that is to say, (a) if default shall be made in the due and punctual payment of the principal of any Bond when and as the same shall become due and payable, whether at maturity or otherwise; or (b) if default shall be made in the due and punctual payment of any installment of interest or Administrative Fee on any Bond when and as such interest installment shall become due and payable; or (c) if default shall be made by the Issuer in the performance or observance of any other of the covenants, agreements or conditions on its part in the Ordinance, any supplemental Ordinance or in the Bonds contained and such default shall continue for a period of forty-five (45) days after written notice thereof to the Issuer by the Owners of not less than 25% of the Outstanding principal amount of the Bonds; or (d) if the Issuer shall file a petition or otherwise seek relief under any Federal or State bankruptcy law or similar law; then, upon the happening and continuance of any Event of Default the Owners shall be entitled to exercise all rights and powers for which provision is made under Louisiana law.
SECTION 17. Ordinance a Contract. The provisions of this Ordinance shall constitute a contract between the Issuer, or its successor, and the Owners from time to time of the Bonds, and any such Owners may at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus (as provided by La. R.S. 30:2304(H) and/or R.S. 39:1014(C)) or other proceedings, enforce and compel the performance of all duties required to be performed by this Governing Authority or the Issuer as a result of issuing the Bonds.
No modification or amendment of this Ordinance, or of any Ordinance amendatory hereof or supplemental hereto, may be made without the consent in writing of the Owners.
SECTION 18. Severability; Application of Subsequently Enacted Laws. In case any one or more of the provisions of this Ordinance or of the Bonds shall for any reason be held to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect any other provisions of this Ordinance or of the Bonds, but this Ordinance and the Bonds shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provisions had not been contained therein. Any constitutional or statutory provisions enacted after the date of this Ordinance which validate or make legal any provision of this Ordinance and/or the Bonds which would not otherwise be valid or legal, shall be deemed to apply to this Ordinance and to the Bonds.
SECTION 19. Recital of Regularity. This Governing Authority having investigated the regularity of the proceedings had in connection with the Bond and having determined the same to be regular, the Bonds shall contain the following recital, to-wit:
“It is certified that this Bond is authorized by and issued in
conformity with the requirements of the constitution and
statutes of the State of Louisiana.”
SECTION 20. Effect of Registration. The Issuer and any agent of the Issuer may treat the Owners in whose name any Bonds are registered as the Owners of such Bonds for the purpose of receiving payment of the principal of and interest on such Bond and for all other purposes whatsoever, and to the extent permitted by law, neither the Issuer, nor any agent of the Issuer shall be affected by notice to the contrary.
SECTION 21. Notices to Owners. Wherever this Ordinance provides for notice to Owners of any event, such notice shall be sufficiently given (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if in writing and mailed, first-class postage prepaid, to each Owner of such Bond, at the address of such Owner as it appears in the Bond Register. In any case where notice to Owners is given by mail, neither the failure to mail such notice to any particular Owner, nor any defect in any notice so mailed, shall affect the sufficiency of such notice with respect to all other Bonds. Where this Ordinance provides for notice in any manner, such notice may be waived in writing by the Owner or Owners entitled to receive such notice, either before or after the event, and such waiver shall be equivalent of such notice. Waivers of notice by Owners shall be filed with the Issuer, but such filing shall not be a condition precedent to the validity of any action taken in reliance upon such waiver.
SECTION 22. Cancellation of Bonds. All Bonds surrendered for payment, redemption, transfer, exchange or replacement shall be delivered to the Issuer and promptly canceled.
SECTION 23. Discharge of Ordinance; Defeasance. If the Issuer shall pay or cause to be paid, or there shall otherwise be paid to the Owners, the principal of and interest on the Bonds, at the times and in the manner stipulated in this Ordinance, then the pledge of the money, securities, and funds pledged under this Ordinance and all covenants, agreements, and other obligations of the Issuer to the Owners shall thereupon cease, terminate, and become void and be discharged and satisfied.
Principal and interest installments for the payment of which money shall have been set aside and shall be held in trust (through deposit by the Issuer of funds for such payment or otherwise) at the maturity date thereof shall be deemed to have been paid within the meaning and with the effect expressed above in this Section if they are defeased in the manner provided by Chapter 14 of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended.
SECTION 24. Disclosure Under SEC Rule 15c2-12. (a) It is recognized that the Issuer will not be required to comply with the continuing disclosure requirements described in the Rule 15c2-12(b) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (17-CFR Section 240.15c212(b), because the Certificates are not being purchased by a broker, dealer or municipal securities dealer acting as an underwriter in a primary offering of municipal securities.