Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg 5-8-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewers and sewage disposal — See Ch. 242.
Water — See Ch. 292.

§ 299-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Capital Charges Chapter."

§ 299-2 Definitions.

Definitions in §§ 242-15 and 292-1 of the Code shall apply to this chapter and the following definitions shall also apply:
APPLICANT
A person who applies for water or sewer service at a premises.
EDU
Flow of 162 gallons per day equals one EDU (equivalent daily unit) for water. Flow of 194 gallons per day equals one EDU (equivalent daily unit) for sewer. Residential dwelling units shall each be conclusively one EDU for each dwelling unit. All other premises shall have the estimated EDUs approved by the Borough’s Water and Sewer Superintendent, or his designee, after considering an estimated EDU study by a licensed civil or sanitary engineer. The study shall be submitted by the owner to the Borough prior to the issuance of any plumbing permit for the premises. They study must be satisfactory to the Borough’s Water and Sewer Superintendent before the EDU estimate is approved.
[Amended 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16]
OWNER
The person in whose name the deed for a property that is receiving water or sewer service is recorded or designated.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, company, corporation, association, corporate political body, joint ownership or any other entity capable of functioning in the context used herein.
PREMISES
The property, building or other site to which water and sewer service is furnished, including but not limited to:
A. 
A building under one roof, owned or leased by one person, and occupied as one residence or business;
B. 
Each combination of buildings owned or leased by one person, served by one service line, and occupied by one family or business or shopping center tenant; shopping centers may not use single connections to service the center but instead each business or shop unit must be charged a separate tap fee;
[Amended 5-8-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-9]
C. 
Each side of a double house partitioned by solid wall or each housing unit;
D. 
Each individual apartment, condominium, townhouse, office or suite of offices located in a building having several such apartments, condominiums, townhouses, offices or suites of offices using in common one or more means of entrance; or
E. 
Such other situations as the Borough shall deem proper and advisable by resolution of Borough Council.
WATER SYSTEM
The Borough's water supply and distribution facilities, taken as a whole, or as any portion thereof.

§ 299-3 Water capital charges and fees.

Any owner of a property who connects that property to the water system shall pay the following charges and fees. The following charges and fees shall also be applicable as to any property previously connected to the water system when the owner: changes the type of use of the property previously connected to the water system; or connects one or more new uses of the types referred to below in this section through an existing connection, regardless of whether such property is connected separately through one or more existing or new water lines or water connections installed by the Borough of Chambersburg or by any person other than the Borough of Chambersburg.
A. 
Connection fee. The actual cost of installing the water connection from the water main to and including the curb stop shall be paid by the property owner. Generally, this work shall be performed by the owner's plumber at no expense to the Borough. The area of the connection of the lateral with the main shall not be covered until the connection with the main is inspected by the Borough.
B. 
Customer facilities fee. The Borough shall charge the property owner or developer for any and all expenses it may incur in connection with the property owner's or developer's installation of a waterline or lines from the curb stop to the dwelling or other structure, including, but not limited to, review of plans, drawings, specifications and permit applications; meters; construction inspection and testing; Borough administrative expenses, legal and engineering services; and other expenses related to the connection. The customer facilities fees shall be those fees set forth in the plumbing permit fee schedule adopted from time to time by Town Council.
C. 
Tap fee.
[Amended 3-17-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
(1) 
Capacity part: as set forth in § 299-9 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).
(2) 
Special purpose part: calculate when applicable, based on actual costs.
(3) 
Reimbursement part: calculate when applicable, based on actual costs.

§ 299-4 Sewer capital charges and fees.

Any owner of a property who connects that property to the sewer system shall pay the following charges and fees. The following charges and fees shall also be applicable as to any property previously connected to the sewer system when the owner: changes the type of use of the property previously connected to the sewer system; or connects one or more new uses of the types referred to below in this section through an existing connection, regardless of whether such property is connected separately through one or more existing or new sewer lines or sewer connections installed by the Borough of Chambersburg or by any person other than the Borough of Chambersburg.
A. 
Connection fee. The property owner shall pay the Borough's actual cost of installing the sewer connection from the sewer main to the property line. Generally, this work shall be performed by the owner's plumber at no expense to the Borough. The connection of the lateral with the main shall not be covered until it is inspected by the Borough.
B. 
Customer facilities fee. The Borough shall charge the property owner or developer for any and all expenses it may incur in connection with the property owner's or developer's installation of a sewer line or lines from the property line to the dwelling or other structure, including, but not limited to, review of plans, drawings, specifications and permit applications; construction inspection and testing; Borough administrative expenses, legal and engineering services; and other expenses related to the connection. The customer facilities fees shall be those fees set forth in the plumbing permit fee schedule adopted from time to time by Town Council.
C. 
Tap fee.
[Amended 3-17-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
(1) 
Capacity part: as set forth in §§ 299-10 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).
(2) 
Special purpose part: calculate when applicable, based on actual costs.
(3) 
Reimbursement part: calculate when applicable, based on actual costs.

§ 299-5 Conversions, enlargements, or additional connections.

Where any building connected to the water or sewer system is to be converted or enlarged such that the water or sewer service usage is greater, or additional buildings are to be constructed on a property and connected directly through a new line, the owner of the property so improved shall pay an additional tapping fee as provided for in §§ 299-3 and 299-4 above for each such conversion, enlargement or connection. Indirect connections through an existing line shall not be permitted. Credit will be provided for any prior payment made for smaller lines or lesser EDUs.

§ 299-6 Capital charges and fees in addition to other charges.

The fees imposed hereunder with respect to property connected shall be in addition to any rates, rental or other charges fixed, charged or imposed by the Borough by reason of the use, or availability for use, of the water system or sewer system by such property.

§ 299-7 Partial waiver of capital charges.

When an owner constructs water and sewer mains across the entire property being served and dedicates those facilities to the Borough, the Borough may waive the distribution and collection parts of the tapping fees. The effect of this is that the owner will not pay in such cases a tapping fee for distribution or collection but only a tapping fee for capacity.

§ 299-8 Fire service connections.

Fire service connections shall be metered at the owner's expense, and the connections shall only be used for fire protection unless otherwise permitted by the Borough in writing.

§ 299-9 Water system tapping fees.

[Amended 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16; 3-17-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02; 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-05]
Tapping Fee
Fee Basis
Capacity Part
Per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU)
Fees assessable by the Borough for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this article and the Code shall be established by the Borough by resolution from time to time.

§ 299-10 Sewer system tapping fees.

[Amended 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16; 3-17-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02; 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-05]
Tapping Fee
Fee Basis
Capacity Part
Per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU)
Fees assessable by the Borough for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this article and the Code shall be established by the Borough by resolution from time to time.

§ 299-11 Additional tapping fees.

EDUs used to determine tapping fees may be redetermined one or more times, as the Borough shall determine, within five years of the connection for which the charge is being redetermined. The additional tapping fees shall be based on average water flow for the 12 months prior to the redetermination. The additional tapping fee shall be based on the new determination with a credit for the tap fees already paid for the premises. Such additional tap fees shall be due within 30 days of being billed to the then owner of the premises. If payment is not made, the occupancy permit for the premises shall be automatically revoked until payment in full is made to the Borough.

§ 299-12 Reimbursement.

Any property owner eligible for reimbursement because of water or sewer main construction outside the area of their subdivision shall receive 95% of the distribution and collection fees charged by the Borough for customers connecting to the mains constructed outside the subdivision area as permitted by the Municipality Authorities Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 301 et seq.

§ 299-13 Plumbing fees.

Plumbing fees shall be adopted by Town Council by resolution and must, unless otherwise provided in the resolution, be paid prior to receiving water and sewer service. The resolution shall include the customer facilities fees. The customer facilities fee may be set as a single fee for each residential unit.

§ 299-14 When capital charges are applicable and due.

[Amended 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16]
The capital charges shall be applicable, due and paid prior to the issuance of a building permit. No building permit will be issued until payment in full is made.