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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 205

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 205 heading)
ARTICLE 205. TOWNSHIP WATERWORKS
AND SEWERAGE SYSTEMS

60 ILCS 1/205-5

    (60 ILCS 1/205-5)
    Sec. 205-5. Definitions. When used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
    "Waterworks system" means and includes a waterworks system in its entirety, or any integral part of a waterworks system, including mains, hydrants, meters, valves, standpipes, storage tanks, pumps, tanks, intakes, wells, impounding reservoirs, machinery, purification plants, softening apparatus, and all other elements useful in connection with a water supply or water distribution system.
    "Sewerage system" means and includes any one or more of the following: sewerage treatment plant or plants, collecting, intercepting, and outlet sewers, lateral sewers and drains, including combined and separate storm water and sanitary drains, force mains, conduits, pumping stations, ejector stations, and all other appurtenances, extensions, and improvements necessary, useful, or convenient for the collection, treatment, and disposal in a sanitary manner of sewage and industrial wastes.
    "Combined waterworks and sewerage system" means and includes a waterworks and sewerage system, as defined in this Section, that a township determines to operate in combination.
    "System" means a waterworks system, a sewerage system, or any separate integral part of a waterworks system or a sewerage system, or a waterworks system and sewerage system in combination as authorized and provided in Section 205-10.
(Source: P.A. 77-1034; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-10

    (60 ILCS 1/205-10)
    Sec. 205-10. Any township having a population of less than 500,000 may construct or purchase and operate a waterworks system or a sewerage system, or a combined waterworks and sewerage system, may improve or extend the system from time to time as provided in this Article, and may fund the system through the use of appropriated general township and federal revenue sharing funds and other income or revenue derived from the operation of the system or from the sale of revenue bonds under this Article. A township that owns and operates a sewerage system or a combined waterworks and sewerage system may, when determined by its township board to be in the public interest and necessary for the protection of the public health, enter into and perform contracts, whether long-term or short-term, with an industrial establishment for the provision and operation by the township of sewerage facilities to abate or reduce the pollution of waters caused by discharges of industrial wastes by the industrial establishment and the payment periodically by the industrial establishment to the township of amounts at least sufficient, in the determination of the township board, to compensate the township for the cost of providing (including payment of principal and interest charges, if any), operating, and maintaining the sewerage facilities serving the industrial establishment.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-12

    (60 ILCS 1/205-12)
    Sec. 205-12. Boil order; notification of certified local public health department required. If a township, or any department or agency of the township, issues a boil order, then the township must notify any certified local public health department that serves an area subject to the boil order as soon as is practical, but no later than 2 hours after issuing the order. In addition to the initial notice, the township must provide, to any affected certified local public health department, a written notification within 24 hours after issuing the boil order. The written notification must include the estimated duration of the order or warning and the geographic area covered by the order or warning.
(Source: P.A. 93-1020, eff. 8-24-04.)

60 ILCS 1/205-15

    (60 ILCS 1/205-15)
    Sec. 205-15. Revenue and refunding bonds; issuance and terms.
    (a) To pay the cost of the construction, purchase, and improvement or extension from time to time of any system under this Article, including engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest, to a date 6 months after the estimated date of completion, the township board may appropriate township funds, including Federal Revenue Sharing funds, and issue and sell revenue bonds of the township payable solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the system. The board may also from time to time issue revenue bonds to refund any bonds at maturity or pursuant to redemption provisions or at any time before maturity with the consent of the holders of the bonds. All bonds shall be authorized by an ordinance adopted by the township board, shall bear a date or dates, may mature at a time or times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest (i) at a rate not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract (if issued within one year after July 18, 1972) and (ii) at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract (if issued after that date), payable semi-annually, may be in a form, may carry registration privileges, may be payable at a place or places, may be subject to redemption in a manner and upon terms with or without premium as is stated on the face of the bonds, may be executed in a manner by officers of the township, and may contain terms and covenants, all as provided by the ordinance authorizing their issue.
    (b) Bonds shall be sold in the manner determined by the township board and, if issued to bear interest (i) at the rate of the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract (if issued after a one year period following July 18, 1972), shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest. The selling price of any bonds bearing less than (i) the maximum interest rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract (if issued after a one year period following July 18, 1972), however, shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds does not exceed (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act as amended at the time of the making of the contract (if issued after a one year period following July 18, 1972), computed to absolute maturity, according to standard tables of bond value. The bonds shall be payable solely from the income and revenues to be derived from the operation of the system.
    (c) Notwithstanding the form or tenor of the bonds, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face of the bonds that the bonds are non-negotiable, all bonds issued under this Article shall be negotiable instruments.
    (d) To secure payment of any or all of the bonds, the ordinance shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the township in connection with (i) the issuance of the bonds and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the revenue or income to be derived from the operation of the system and (ii) the use and operation of the system. The ordinance may also provide that the bonds, or those that are specified, shall, to the extent and in the manner prescribed, be subordinated and be junior in standing with respect to the payment of principal and interest and the security of payment to other bonds designated in the ordinance.
    (e) If any officer whose signature appears on the bonds or coupons attached to the bonds ceases to be an officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, his or her signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he or she had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds.
    (f) Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued or any other obligation incurred under this Article by a township be or become an indebtedness or an obligation of the township payable from taxes, nor shall they in any event constitute an indebtedness of the township within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory provision or limitation. This fact shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond.
    (g) With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after June 6, 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-20

    (60 ILCS 1/205-20)
    Sec. 205-20. Ordinance describing project.
    (a) A township board may initiate proceedings under this Article by adopting an ordinance describing in a general way the contemplated project and referring to plans and specifications prepared for any construction work. The ordinance shall be placed on file in the office of the township clerk and shall be available for inspection by the public.
    (b) The ordinance shall set out the total estimated cost of the project, fix the amount of bonds proposed to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate, and all details concerning the bonds, and set out the covenants and undertakings of the township in connection with the application of the income and revenue and the issuance of additional revenue bonds deemed necessary or advisable for assurance of the payment of the bonds authorized by the ordinance and thereafter issued.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-25

    (60 ILCS 1/205-25)
    Sec. 205-25. Security for bonds. An ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds under this Article may in the discretion of the township board provide that the bonds be secured by a trust agreement or depositary agreement by and between the board and a corporate trustee, which may be a trust company or a bank having powers of a trust company within this State. The agreement may contain provisions for directing and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders deemed reasonable and proper, including the terms upon which the trustee and the bondholders, or either of them, may enforce their rights, but no trust agreement or depositary agreement shall convey, mortgage, or create any lien upon the properties constituting the system.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-30

    (60 ILCS 1/205-30)
    Sec. 205-30. Referendum on issuance of bonds.
    (a) After an ordinance authorizing a project under this Article has been adopted, it shall be published once in an English language newspaper published and having general circulation in the township. If there is no such newspaper, then the ordinance shall be posted in at least 3 of the most public places in the township. The publication or posting of the ordinance shall include a notice of (i) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the ordinance be submitted to the electors of the township; (ii) the time in which the petition must be filed; and (iii) the date of the prospective referendum. The township clerk shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. The ordinance shall become effective 30 days after the date of publication or posting, but if within 30 days after publication or posting of the ordinance a petition is filed with the township clerk signed by at least 10% of the registered voters of the township (as shown by the registered voters list on file in the office of the county clerk) asking that the question of issuing the bonds be submitted to the voters of the township, the ordinance shall not become effective until the question has been certified to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters, and until the question has been approved by the voters of the township at an election. The election shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) The notice shall refer to the filing of the petition and set forth the question to be voted upon, which shall be substantially as follows:
        Shall revenue bonds in the amount of $(amount) be
        
issued by (name of township) for (purpose)?
    The notice shall also state the time and place of the election.
    (c) The vote at the election shall be by separate ballot, and the question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall revenue bonds in the amount of $(amount) be
    
issued by (name of township) for (purpose) as authorized in an ordinance of the township board dated (date of ordinance)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) If a majority of the voters voting on the question at the election vote in favor of it, the ordinance shall be in full force and effect and the township board may proceed with the issuance and sale of the bonds.
(Source: P.A. 87-767; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-35

    (60 ILCS 1/205-35)
    Sec. 205-35. Supervisor; bond proceeds and system revenues.
    (a) The township supervisor shall be ex officio treasurer and the custodian of all funds derived from the issuance and sale of bonds under this Article and of all income and revenue derived from the operation of the system. Before the supervisor receives any funds, he or she shall post with the township board, subject to their approval, a separate corporate surety bond in an amount determined by resolution of the township board. The supervisor shall keep the proceeds of bonds issued and revenues derived from the operation of the system separate and apart from all other funds that come into his or her hands as supervisor and ex officio treasurer of the township. The supervisor shall deposit the proceeds derived from the sale of bonds and the income and revenues derived from the operation of the system in separate bank or savings and loan association accounts in a depositary designated by the township board for that purpose.
    (b) No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds under this Section unless it has complied with Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-541; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-40

    (60 ILCS 1/205-40)
    Sec. 205-40. Acquisition of property. A township availing itself of the provisions of this Article has the right of eminent domain to acquire any private property for the purposes provided by this Article and may contract for the acquisition of rights in property, easements, licenses, and permits necessary or incidental in either the acquisition or construction of a system or the improvement or extension of a system as provided in this Article. Any contract, or award in the event of condemnation, shall be payable from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the system, from the proceeds of the sale of revenue bonds authorized to be issued under this Article, or from township funds, including Federal Revenue Sharing funds, appropriated for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 80-407; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-45

    (60 ILCS 1/205-45)
    Sec. 205-45. Proximity to highways and other public grounds. A township availing itself of the provisions of this Article may, as a proper use of highways, construct, maintain, alter, repair, and extend its pipes, mains, ditches, conduits, sewers, and drains along, upon, under, and across any highways, streets, alleys, or public grounds in the township, but so as not to permanently inconvenience the public use of those highways, streets, alleys, or public grounds.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1745; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-50

    (60 ILCS 1/205-50)
    Sec. 205-50. Service to municipality. If a city, village, or incorporated town is located within the boundaries of a township availing itself of the provisions of this Article that does not own or operate a waterworks system or a sewerage system within the city, village, or incorporated town or within any particular locality of the city, village, or incorporated town, and if the city, village, or incorporated town adopts an ordinance requesting the township to supply water or sewerage service, or both, for public and domestic use within the city, village, or incorporated town or within the particular locality of the city, village, or incorporated town, then the township may construct, acquire, extend, improve, operate, and maintain its waterworks system or sewerage system, or both, within the corporate limits of the city, village, or incorporated town for the purpose of serving the inhabitants of the city, village, or incorporated town or of the particular locality.
(Source: P.A. 77-1034; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-55

    (60 ILCS 1/205-55)
    Sec. 205-55. Water supply from municipality. A township availing itself of the provisions of this Article may contract for a supply of water for its system from any city, village, or incorporated town owning and operating a waterworks system.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1745; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-60

    (60 ILCS 1/205-60)
    Sec. 205-60. Service to area surrounding township. A township availing itself of the provisions of this Article and owning and operating a waterworks system or a combined waterworks and sewerage system under this Article may supply water for public and domestic use in any area surrounding the limits of the township, provided the supplying of the water is merely incidental to the maintenance and operation of its system for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of the township.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1745; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-65

    (60 ILCS 1/205-65)
    Sec. 205-65. Separate fund for system income and revenue. If revenue bonds are issued under this Article, the income and revenue derived from the operation of the system shall be deposited in a separate fund, in a separate bank or savings and loan association account, designated as the (Water, Sewer, or other name) Fund of (name of township). The fund shall be used only to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the system, to pay the principal of and interest upon the revenue bonds of the township issued under this Article, and to provide a reasonable depreciation fund whose amount and application shall be fixed and determined in the ordinance providing for the issuance of the bonds.
(Source: P.A. 83-541; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-70

    (60 ILCS 1/205-70)
    Sec. 205-70. Rates for use or service of system. Rates charged for use or service of a system acquired under this Article by a township shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued under this Article, and to provide a reasonable depreciation fund as established under the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any revenue bonds. The holder of any bond or bonds or of any interest coupon or coupons of any revenue bonds of a township may, in any civil action, mandamus, injunction, or other proceedings, enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Article and the covenants and undertakings set forth in any bond ordinance, including the making and collection of sufficient rates and charges for the use or service of a system and the proper application of the income and revenue from the system.
(Source: P.A. 83-345; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-75

    (60 ILCS 1/205-75)
    Sec. 205-75. Liens; recovery of money due.
    (a) Charges or rates established under this Article are liens upon the real estate upon or for which a system is supplied. Liens do not attach to the real estate until the charges or rates have become delinquent as provided by an ordinance fixing a delinquency date.
    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to give the township board or the township utility board a preference over the rights of any purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lien holder arising before the filing of notice of the lien in the office of the recorder of the county in which the real estate is located or in the office of the registrar of titles of the county if the property is registered under the Registered Titles (Torrens) Act. The notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting forth (i) a description of the real estate, sufficient for its identification, upon or for which the system was supplied, (ii) the amount or amounts of money due for services of the system, and (iii) the date or dates when the amount or amounts became delinquent.
    (c) The township board or the township utility board may foreclose the lien in the same manner and with the same effect as the foreclosure of mortgages on real estate.
    (d) The township board or the township utility board may file an action in the circuit court to recover money due for services of a system, plus a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court. Whenever a judgment is entered in a civil action, the provisions of this Section with respect to filing sworn statements of delinquencies in the office of the recorder and creating a lien against the real estate are not effective as to the charges sued upon, and no lien exists thereafter against the real estate for the delinquency. A judgment in a civil action operates as a release and waiver of the lien upon the real estate for the amount of judgement.
    (e) The payment of delinquent charges for sewerage service to any premises may be enforced by discontinuing the water service, the sewerage service, or both to the premises. A rate or charge is delinquent if it is more than 30 days overdue. Any public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State furnishing water service to the premises (i) shall discontinue that service upon receiving written notice from the township board or the township utility board in which the premises lies that payment of the rate or charge for sewerage service to the premises has become delinquent and (ii) shall not resume water service until it receives a similar notice that the delinquency has been removed. The provider of sewerage service shall not request discontinuation of water service pursuant to this subsection before sending a notice of the delinquency to the sewer user and affording the owner an opportunity to be heard. During any such hearing, the provider of sewerage service shall consider the financial ability of the user to make immediate full payment and consider the establishment of a deferred payment plan to recoup any delinquent charges. The township board or the township utility board shall reimburse the public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State for the reasonable cost of discontinuing and reestablishing water service to the premises. The township board or the township utility board may contract with any privately owned public utility for the discontinuance of water service to a premises with respect to which the payment for a rate or charge for sewerage service has become delinquent. The township board or township utility board shall reimburse the water service provider for any lost water service revenues due to discontinuing water service under this subsection, and shall indemnify the water service provider for any judgment and related attorney's fees resulting from an action based on any provision of this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 96-842, eff. 12-23-09.)

60 ILCS 1/205-80

    (60 ILCS 1/205-80)
    Sec. 205-80. Rules and regulations; publication.
    (a) The township board has the supervision and control of the system and may make, enact, and enforce all necessary rules and regulations in connection with the acquisition of the system and its improvement, management, maintenance, operation, care, protection, and use. Rules and regulations shall be established from time to time by ordinance.
    (b) Rates and charges for use and service for all purposes shall be established, revised, maintained, be due and payable, and be in force as the township board determines by ordinance. Rates or charges established by the board are not subject to any statutory regulations covering rates or charges for similar service by privately owned waterworks systems.
    (c) The township board may enact and enforce reasonable rules and regulations requiring, within a specified period of time, the owner of improved real estate to connect into a township system when that improved real estate abuts any street, alley, or other public way or sewer right-of-way in which any line of the system exists. For purposes of this Section, improved real estate includes real estate with buildings and real estate that has been platted for subdivision purposes or for commercial uses.
    (d) An ordinance establishing rules and regulations or rates or charges for use and service shall be published within 30 days after its adoption in a newspaper published and having general circulation in the township. If there is no such newspaper, then the ordinance shall be posted in at least 5 of the most public places in the township. The ordinance shall not become effective until 10 days after publication or posting, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-85

    (60 ILCS 1/205-85)
    Sec. 205-85. Compensation for township officers. Compensation for any services performed by members of the township board, the township supervisor as ex officio treasurer, and the township clerk as recording officer in connection with the maintenance and operation of a system shall be fixed by ordinance by the township board before the issuance of any bonds under this Article. The compensation shall not be increased while any revenue bonds issued under this Article after the adoption of an ordinance fixing compensation are outstanding.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-90

    (60 ILCS 1/205-90)
    Sec. 205-90. System of accounts; audits. The township board of each township availing itself of the provisions of this Article shall maintain a proper system of accounts showing the receipts from the operation of the system and the application of those receipts and shall at least once each year cause the accounts to be properly audited by independent public accountants. Copies of the audits shall be filed in the office of the township clerk and shall be made available for inspection at all proper times by any water user, township board member, or other interested person.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-95

    (60 ILCS 1/205-95)
    Sec. 205-95. Fiscal year; budget.
    (a) Upon the acquisition of a system under this Article, the township board shall establish by resolution the beginning and ending of the fiscal year for the operation of the system. That period shall constitute the budget year for the maintenance and operation of the system.
    (b) At least 30 days before the beginning of the first fiscal year after the acquisition of the system, the township board shall prepare a tentative budget and shall include all proposed operation and maintenance expenses for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be considered by the township board, and after consideration and any revision by the board, it shall be adopted not later than 30 days after the beginning of the fiscal year. No expenditures in excess of the budget shall be made during the fiscal year unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of the board.
    (c) It shall not be necessary to include in the budget any statement of expenditures for debt service, but the board shall make provision for those payments as they become due. No money shall be paid out from the water fund of the township except upon an order signed by the supervisor and township clerk and approved by the board. Each order shall specify the purpose for which it is to be paid, and there shall be endorsed on the order the name of the particular account out of which it is payable.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-100

    (60 ILCS 1/205-100)
    Sec. 205-100. Township utility board.
    (a) The township board of a township availing itself of the provisions of this Article may, in its discretion and before the issue of any bonds under this Article, by ordinance create a township utility board for the purpose of exercising all of the powers conferred by this Article. The township supervisor, subject to the approval of the township board, shall appoint 5 persons, all of whom are legal voters of the township and have resided in the township for at least 2 years before the date of their appointment. Any person holding an elective or appointive public office is not eligible for appointment to the utility board, and any person who has held an elective office or an appointive public office is not eligible for appointment for one year after the expiration of his or her term of office.
    (b) One of the appointees shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of 2 years, one for a term of 3 years, and 2 for terms of 4 years. One additional member shall be appointed to any utility board in existence on August 3, 1967, for a term of 3 years. Annually thereafter, appointments to fill the expired terms shall be made in the same manner, except that the term of each appointee shall be 4 years. Vacancies shall be filled for an unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointments.
    (c) Within 30 days after their appointment, the members shall meet and elect a chairman and a vice-chairman from their membership and a secretary who need not be a member of the utility board. The board shall constitute and be the (Name of township) Utility Board. The utility board shall fix the compensation of the secretary, subject to the approval of the township board.
    (d) The utility board may establish bylaws, rules, and regulations for its own government. Upon its organization, the utility board shall have general supervision over the construction, operation, maintenance, and management of the system of the township. The utility board shall exercise all of the powers authorized and provided for by this Article instead of the township board, including the establishment of rules and regulations covering the maintenance, operation, and use of the system, the power to require connection of abutting improved real estate with the system, the fixing of rates and charges for the use and service of the system, and the power to improve and extend the system from time to time as provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-105

    (60 ILCS 1/205-105)
    Sec. 205-105. Construction contracts; bids.
    (a) All contracts for construction work whose estimated cost will exceed $20,000 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after publication of notice for bids. Notice for bids shall be published once in a newspaper published and having general circulation in the township, if there is one. If there is no such newspaper, notice for bids shall be published in a newspaper published and having general circulation in the county. Notice for bids shall be published at least 10 days before the date set for receiving bids. Bids shall be opened and publicly read, and an award shall be made to the lowest responsible bidder within 15 days after the receipt of bids.
    (b) This Section shall not apply to engineering, legal, or other professional services, but it shall apply to the purchase of equipment unless the township board, by a resolution adopted by a three-fourths vote, determines that it is for the best interests of the township that advertising for bids for the equipment be dispensed with.
(Source: P.A. 95-300, eff. 8-20-07.)

60 ILCS 1/205-110

    (60 ILCS 1/205-110)
    Sec. 205-110. Exercise of authority in name of township. The authority conferred upon a township under this Article, except as otherwise provided in this Article, shall be exercised by the township board in the name of and for and on behalf of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-115

    (60 ILCS 1/205-115)
    Sec. 205-115. Collector. The supervisor, by and with the consent of the township board, shall appoint a collector to collect the charges for the use and service of the system. The collector's duties, term of office, compensation, and bond for faithful performance of his or her duties shall be fixed by ordinance. The collector's compensation shall not be increased during the term of office for which he or she is appointed.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-120

    (60 ILCS 1/205-120)
    Sec. 205-120. Sale or lease of system. The township board of a township that owns a waterworks system or sewerage system or combined waterworks and sewerage system may sell or lease the system or a separable portion of the system for any term not to exceed 99 years when, in the opinion of the board, the property is no longer necessary, appropriate, required for the use of, profitable to, or for the best interests of the township. This power shall be exercised by an ordinance passed by at least a two-thirds vote of the members of the board. The property shall not be sold or leased, however, for a less amount than is necessary to amortize any outstanding bonds issued under this Article nor, in any event, at a less amount than the reasonable value of the property (or a reasonable return on the investment in the property in the case of a lease) as determined by an appraisal made at the direction of the board by a person or persons acquainted with valuations of those kinds of properties.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-125

    (60 ILCS 1/205-125)
    Sec. 205-125. Sale or lease for more than 20 years; bids. Property may be sold, or leased for a term of more than 20 years, only after advertising for sealed bids for its purchase or lease. The advertisement shall be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the township at least 30 days before the date fixed for opening bids. The advertisement shall contain a description of the property, the minimum amount that will be considered for the sale or lease, as the case may be, the terms of payment, the last date that bids will be accepted, the place for filing bids, and the time and place that bids will be opened. The township board shall reserve the right to reject any or all bids. Only the bid of the highest responsible bidder shall be accepted.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-130

    (60 ILCS 1/205-130)
    Sec. 205-130. Service to particular locality outside current system; bonds.
    (a)  A township (i) may construct or acquire a waterworks system or sewerage system, or a combined waterworks and sewerage system, serving a particular locality in the township or (ii) may extend or improve an existing waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, for the purpose of serving a particular locality within the township not previously served by its existing waterworks system or sewerage system or combined waterworks and sewerage system.
    (b) The township may pay the cost of the construction, acquisition, extension, or improvement by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the township, payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the entire waterworks system or systems or sewerage system or systems or combined waterworks and sewerage system or systems of the township. Except as they are inconsistent with this Section, Sections 205-5 through 205-125 govern all matters connected with a project under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 76-1360; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-135

    (60 ILCS 1/205-135)
    Sec. 205-135. Additional use of system serving a particular locality; bonds.
    (a) A township (i) may construct or acquire a waterworks system or a sewerage system, or a combined waterworks and sewerage system, serving a particular locality or (ii) may extend or improve an existing waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, serving a particular locality within the township.
    (b) The township may pay the cost of the construction, acquisition, extension, or improvement by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the township, payable (i) solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks system or sewerage system, or the combined waterworks and sewerage system, constructed or acquired for that particular locality or (ii) solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the existing waterworks system or sewerage system or combined waterworks and sewerage system, extended or improved to serve a particular locality. Except as they are inconsistent with this Section, Sections 205-5 through 205-125 and 205-150 govern all matters connected with the bonds issued under this Section.
    (c) Bonds issued under this Section are payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of that sewerage system or improvement or extension. These bonds shall not, in any event, constitute an indebtedness of the township within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation, and it shall be so stated on the face of each bond. The face of each bond shall also contain a description of the locality for which that system or improvement or extension is constructed, acquired, or improved.
(Source: P.A. 76-1360; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-140

    (60 ILCS 1/205-140)
    Sec. 205-140. Initiating proceedings for particular locality; rates and charges; lien.
    (a) This Section applies to townships to which Section 205-141 does not apply.
    (a-1) A township board may initiate proceedings under Sections 205-130 through 205-150 in the manner provided by Section 205-20.
    (b) The township board may establish the rate or charge to each user of the waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, or improvement or extension at a rate that will be sufficient to pay the principal and interest of any bonds issued to pay the cost of the system, improvement, or extension and the maintenance and operation of the system, improvement, or extension and may provide an adequate depreciation fund for the bonds. Charges or rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the township board determines by ordinance.
    (c) The charges or rates are liens upon the real estate upon or for which sewerage service is supplied whenever the charges or rates become delinquent as provided by the ordinance of the board fixing a delinquency date.
    (d) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the township shall conduct a cost study regarding the connection charge of the township:
        (1) before the township increases or creates a
    
connection charge;
        (2) upon the request of the supervisor or a majority
    
of the township board of the township;
        (3) upon the request of a majority of the mayors or
    
village presidents of the municipalities located within or substantially within the township or township's facility planning area; or
        (4) upon the filing with the township board of a
    
petition signed by 10% or more of the customers who have paid connection charges to the township in the previous 5 calendar years.
    The cost study shall be conducted by an independent entity within 6 months of action taken under paragraphs (1), (2), (3), or (4) of this subsection (d). For purposes of subsections (d) and (e), the term "independent entity" shall mean an engineering firm that has not entered into a contract with any State agency, unit of local government, or non-governmental entity for goods or services within the township or township service area in the 24 months prior to being contracted to perform the cost study. After performing a cost study under this subsection (d), an independent entity may not contract with any State agency, unit of local government, or non-governmental entity for goods or services within the township or township service area in the 24 months after completion of the cost study other than to perform further cost studies under this subsection (d). A township shall not be required to conduct more than one cost study in a 60 month period under paragraphs (3) or (4) of this subsection (d). The cost study must include, at a minimum, an examination of similar water main and sewer connection charges in neighboring units of local government or units of local government similar in size or population. Following the completion of the cost study, no increase or new connection charge may be imposed unless the increase or new charge is justified by the cost study. If the connection charge the township charged prior to completion of the cost study is higher than is justified by the cost study, the township shall reduce its connection charge to the amount justified by the cost study. For purposes of this subsection (d), "connection charge" means any charge or fee, by whatever name, assessed to recover the cost of connecting the customer's water main, sewer, or water main and sewer service line to the township's facilities, and includes only the direct and indirect costs of physically tying the service line into the township's main.
    (e) If a cost study has been conducted pursuant to subsection (d) of this Section and a new cost study is requested under paragraph (3) or (4) of subsection (d), the township shall obtain a written quote from an independent entity detailing the cost of the requested cost study and one of the following shall occur prior to a new cost study beginning:
        (1) each township, village, and municipality whose
    
mayor or president requested the cost study under paragraph (3) of subsection (d) shall pay a proportionate share of the entire cost of the cost study as detailed in the written quote required under this subsection (e); or
        (2) the customers who signed the petition under
    
paragraph (4) of subsection (d) shall pay a pro rata share of the entire cost of the cost study as detailed in written quote required under this subsection (e).
    Payments required under either paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection (e) shall be made to the township clerk, who shall forward the same to the independent entity upon receipt of entire amount of the written quote for the cost study. If the entire amount of the written quote for the cost study has not been received within 90 days from the township clerk providing public note of the amount of the written quote, then those amounts received by the township clerk shall be refunded to the persons or entities which paid them.
(Source: P.A. 99-481, eff. 9-22-15; 99-498, eff. 1-29-16; 100-528, eff. 9-22-17.)

60 ILCS 1/205-141

    (60 ILCS 1/205-141)
    Sec. 205-141. Initiating proceedings for particular locality; rates and charges; lien; certain townships.
    (a) This Section applies to any township that (i) has a population between 31,500 and 32,000 according to the 2010 federal decennial census; and (ii) is located within a county that has a population between 260,000 and 265,000 according to the 2010 federal decennial census.
    (a-1) A township board may initiate proceedings under Sections 205-130 through 205-150 in the manner provided by Section 205-20.
    (b) The township board may establish a fair and reasonable rate for each user of the waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, or improvement or extension at a rate that will be sufficient to pay the principal and interest of any bonds issued to pay the cost of the system, improvement, or extension and the maintenance and operation of the system, improvement, or extension and may provide an adequate depreciation fund for the bonds. Rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the township board determines by ordinance.
    (b-5) The township board may establish a fair and reasonable connection charge for each new user added to the township's waterworks system or sewerage system.
    (c) The charges or rates are liens upon the real estate upon or for which sewerage service is supplied whenever the charges or rates become delinquent as provided by the ordinance of the board fixing a delinquency date.
    (d) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a cost study shall be conducted regarding the connection charge of the township:
        (1) before the township increases or creates a
    
connection charge;
        (2) upon the request of the supervisor or a majority
    
of the township board of the township;
        (3) upon the request of a majority of the mayors or
    
village presidents of the municipalities located within or substantially within the township or township's facility planning area; or
        (4) upon the filing with the township board of a
    
petition signed by 10% or more of the customers who have paid connection charges to the township in the previous 5 calendar years.
The cost study shall be conducted by an independent entity within 6 months of action taken under paragraphs (1), (2), (3), or (4) of this subsection (d). If a cost study is requested under paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subsection, then the township shall order and pay for the cost study. If a cost study is requested under paragraphs (3) or (4) of this subsection, then the municipalities whose mayors or presidents requested the cost study under paragraph (3), or the customers who filed a petition under paragraph (4), shall choose the independent entity to conduct the cost study, order the cost study, and pay for the cost study. After performing a cost study under this subsection (d), an independent entity may not contract with any State agency, unit of local government, or non-governmental entity for goods or services within the township or township service area in the 24 months after completion of the cost study other than to perform further cost studies under this subsection (d). A township shall not be required to conduct more than one cost study in a 60 month period under paragraphs (3) or (4) of this subsection (d). The cost study must include, at a minimum, an examination of residential and commercial connection charges for the waterworks system or sewerage system, whichever applies, in at least 30 units of local government in Illinois with a similar number of customers as are connected to the township's waterworks system and sewerage system. Following the completion of the cost study, no increase or new connection charge may be imposed unless the increase or new charge is justified by the cost study. If the connection charge the township charged prior to completion of the cost study is higher than is justified by the cost study, the township shall reduce its connection charge to the amount justified by the cost study.
    (e) For purposes of this Section:
    "Connection charge" means any nominal charge or fee, by whatever name, assessed to recover the cost of connecting the customer's water main, sewer, or water main and sewer service line to the township's facilities, and includes only the direct and indirect costs of physically tying the service line into the township's main line in the adjoining utility easement.
    "Independent entity" means an engineering firm that has not entered into a contract with any State agency, unit of local government, or non-governmental entity for goods or services within the township or township service area in the 24 months prior to being contracted to perform the cost study.
(Source: P.A. 100-528, eff. 9-22-17.)

60 ILCS 1/205-145

    (60 ILCS 1/205-145)
    Sec. 205-145. Special fund. All revenue derived from the operation of a waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, constructed, acquired, extended, or improved to serve a particular locality shall be set aside as collected and shall be deposited in a special fund of the township. That fund shall be used only (i) to pay the cost of operating and maintaining the waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, constructed, acquired, extended, or improved to serve a particular locality, (ii) to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and (iii) to pay the principal and interest on the bonds issued by the township under Sections 205-130 through 205-141 for the purpose of constructing, acquiring, extending, or improving the system.
(Source: P.A. 100-528, eff. 9-22-17.)

60 ILCS 1/205-150

    (60 ILCS 1/205-150)
    Sec. 205-150. If, before July 18, 1972, a township (i) has constructed or acquired a waterworks system or a sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, to serve a particular locality within the boundaries of the township, (ii) has kept separate books, records, and accounts for the system or systems, (iii) has collected rates and charges for use and service from the users of the system or systems that are different from those collected for any other system or systems, and (iv) has paid solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the system or systems the principal of and interest upon revenue bonds, the proceeds of which were used to pay the cost of the construction, purchase, improvement, or extension of that system serving a particular locality, all those acts of the township are hereby declared to be valid, and the township may continue so to act, provided the income and revenue of that system serving a particular locality are sufficient to make the payments of principal and interest as they become due. Nothing in this amendatory Act of 1972 (Public Act 77-2083) shall be construed to impair the obligation of the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the revenue bonds.
(Source: P.A. 77-2083; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/205-155

    (60 ILCS 1/205-155)
    Sec. 205-155. Construction of Article. This Article shall be deemed a general law complete in itself and shall be liberally construed. Each township upon the acquisition of a system as defined in Section 205-5 under the provisions of this Article shall maintain and operate the system in the public interest and for the benefit and use of the public and territory served by the system. This Article is cumulative and in addition to any powers conferred by any other law.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1745; P.A. 88-62.)