Township of West Hanover, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Hanover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Taxation — See Ch. 178.
[Adopted 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-15]

§ 105-1 Establishment of district; boundaries.

[Amended 5-17-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
There is hereby established the West Hanover Township Fire Protection District No. 1, such district being that area of land located in West Hanover Township, bounded on the south by South Hanover Township, on the east by East Hanover Township, on the north by Middle Paxton Township and on the west by Lower Paxton Township and Middle Paxton Township.

§ 105-2 Annual assessment imposed on benefitted properties.

[Amended 5-3-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
For the purpose of providing for the payment of the costs and expenses associated with the placing, replacing, operating, maintaining and repairing of public fire hydrants, as well as the costs and expenses associated with the continued provision of an adequate supply of water to the public fire hydrants, there is hereby imposed upon the benefitted properties located within Fire Protection District No. 1 an annual assessment.

§ 105-3 Identification of affected properties.

[Amended 5-3-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
The benefitted properties to which the annual assessment shall apply shall be those properties which abut any street or portion of streets in Fire Protection District No. 1 within which there is located a public fire hydrant, and which are located within 780 feet of any such public fire hydrant, as well as any properties, not abutting a street wherein is located a public fire hydrant, which are located within 780 feet of any public fire hydrant.

§ 105-4 Assessment rate. [1]

The assessment levied hereunder shall be based upon that assessed value established by Dauphin County for tax assessment purposes upon each benefited property, which assessed value shall then be multiplied by an equal and uniformly applied rate of millage established by resolution of the West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors. For calendar year 1997, the rate of millage shall be 0.32 mills ($0.32 upon each $1,000 of assessed value). The rate of .32 mills shall continue in effect for each year hereafter, unless changed by an annual resolution of the West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 105-4, Exceptions to assessment, was renumbered § 105-6. Former §§ 105-5 and 105-6 were renumbered as §§ 105-4 and 105-5, respectively.

§ 105-5 Collection and deposit of assessment.

The annual assessment shall be collected by, and delinquent assessments treated by, the West Hanover Township Tax Collector in the same manner as real estate taxes, and the assessments collected, after deduction for commissions, shall be remitted by the Tax Collector to the West Hanover Township Treasurer. The Township Treasurer shall deposit all receipts for fire protection services into a separate account, shall make payments therefrom only upon a signed order of the Chairman of the West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors, attested by the Township Secretary, and shall make an annual report of the separate account to the auditors of West Hanover Township.

§ 105-6 Exceptions to assessment.

[Amended 5-3-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
No assessment within Fire Protection District No. 1 shall, however, be levied against any farm land or aviation field located therein, nor against any property not located within 780 feet of any public fire hydrant, nor against any property located within 780 feet of any fire hydrant for which West Hanover Township does not bear responsibility for the costs of maintenance, otherwise known as "private fire hydrants."

§ 105-7 Private fire hydrants.

[Added 5-3-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
For the purpose of providing proper operation, maintenance and repair of private fire hydrants, the owner of the hydrant shall annually, by September 1 of each year, perform maintenance inspections and flow testing as required by the current version of the International Fire Code Section 507, Fire Protection Water Supplies.
A. 
Private fire hydrants (all types) shall be inspected by a contractor qualified and approved by the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) on an annual basis which will include a single hydrant flow test, operational check, and maintenance. The contractor is required to contact PAWC prior to testing to utilize a hydrant meter and notify of the date of flow testing.
B. 
A written report on a form provided by West Hanover Township of the annual inspection and testing shall be filed with West Hanover Township, West Hanover Fire Company, and PAWC within 15 days of said inspection and testing.
C. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this article, including failure to complete the annual inspection, testing, and reporting shall, upon conviction therefor, be sentenced to pay a fine of $100 per day per hydrant and costs of prosecution until the report is received by the Township.
D. 
Failure to meet water flows specified in the current NFPA Standards 1231 and 291, as detailed on the written inspection report, will require the owner to take corrective action immediately and reinspect and retest within 10 days, or any extension thereof granted by the Township. A follow-up written inspection report must be filed with West Hanover Township, West Hanover Fire Company, and PAWC within 15 days of said inspection and testing.
E. 
If the owner of any private fire hydrant fails to remedy any deficiencies within 10 days, or any extension thereof granted by the Township, the Township, or its agent, may enter upon the property and remedy the deficiencies. Costs of this remedial action shall be borne by the owner.
F. 
All private fire hydrants installed after the effective date of this Ord. No. 2010-10 shall meet the standards of the current International Fire Code Section 507, Fire Protection Water Supplies, including all provisions of § 105-7 prior to the issuance of the first occupancy permit.