Chapter 3745-92 Escrow Requirements
As used in this chapter of the Administrative Code:
(A) "Community water system" and "director" have the same meanings as ascribed to such terms in rule 3745-81-01 of the Administrative Code.
(B) "Public entity" means the federal government, the state, any political subdivision, and any agency, institution, or instrumentality thereof.
If the system for which an application is made under rule 3745-91-02 of the Administrative Code is a community water system which serves or will serve fewer than five hundred service connections, and it is not a system owned and operated by a public entity, a system which supplies water only to premises owned by the water supplier, or a system regulated by the public utilities commission, evidence shall be submitted prior to approval under said rule showing:
(A) That the owner or operator has deposited in escrow the amount required by section 6109.08 of the Revised Code;
(B) The name and location of the escrowee, which shall be a bank or other institution approved in writing by the director;
(C) A copy of the escrow agreement, the terms of which shall ensure compliance with the requirements of this chapter of the Administrative Code and section 6109.08 of the Revised Code.
The amount deposited in escrow shall be fifty thousand dollars unless the cost of the completed community water system as estimated by the engineer responsible for the design of the project is less than three hundred thirty-three thousand three hundred thirty-three dollars, in which case the amount deposited shall be fifteen per cent of the estimated cost. If the project is for the construction of less than an entire system, the amount to be used for this purpose is the aggregate amount of contracts for construction, installation, or modification of that part of the system that will be affected in the project. Whenever the executed contracts for construction, installation, or modification of the system or part thereof, including increases due to change orders, show a cost different from that of the above estimate, the total amount deposited in escrow shall be increased or decreased so that it is not less than fifteen per cent of the contract amount including increases due to change orders, or fifty thousand dollars if such contract amount is three hundred thirty-three thousand three hundred thirty-three dollars or more. No work shall be performed under such contract when the amount in escrow is less than the amount required to be deposited by this rule, without prior written consent of the director.
(A) The escrow agreement shall be irrevocable unless released by the director upon a showing that the system or part thereof for which the escrow deposit is made:
(1) Has gone out of service and is no longer needed by the persons it formerly served;
(2) Has been acquired and is being operated by a public entity or has come under regulation of the public utilities commission; or
(3) Any other circumstances if the director determines that retention of the escrow deposit is no longer required under section 6109.08 of the Revised Code.
(B) If there is a change of ownership of the system and a release of the escrow agreement pursuant to paragraph (A) of this rule, the escrow deposit shall be released to the new owner.
(A) If the director finds that a system or part thereof for which an escrow deposit is required under section 6109.08 of the Revised Code is being operated but is not properly constructed, maintained, repaired or operated, he may order the owner and the operator of such system or part thereof to correct the deficiencies in construction, maintenance, repair or operation. If the order required construction, installation, or modification, the owner or operator, within ninety days of receipt of such order or within such additional period as the director may approve, shall submit plans for correcting the deficiency pursuant to rule 3745-91-02 of the Administrative Code.
(B) The director shall authorize use of funds in the escrow as necessary to enable compliance with his order. Upon prior written approval of the director the escrowee shall make payment to persons who have performed work under contract with the owner or his agent, or a designated representative, for the purpose of correcting such deficiencies in construction, maintenance, repair or operation, as ordered by the director. When funds are withdrawn from an escrow account, they shall be replaced by the owner or the operator of such system or part thereof within six months of withdrawal.
(C) If the system is owned by multiple owners of lots served by the system, the "owner" shall be considered notified for purposes of this rule when notice of the director's order is sent by first-class mail to the mailing address of the association representing the lot owners or to all the known officers of such association, or, if neither of these methods is possible, to the last known address of each lot owner.
(D) The provisions of this rule do not apply to the extent that they may be inconsistent with an emergency order made by the director under section 6109.05 of the Revised Code.
Nothing in this chapter of the Administrative Code prohibits the bank or savings institution holding the escrow deposit from charging the person requesting an escrow a fee for its services.