Borough of Collingswood, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Development regulations — See Ch. 141.
Water — See Ch. 301.
[Adopted 8-16-1971 by Ord. No. 662 as Ch. 82 of the 1971 Code; amended in its entirety 11-19-1973 by Ord. No. 680]
From and after the passage of this article, no person, persons, firm, corporation, association or organization shall make any connection with the sanitary sewer system of the Borough of Collingswood until he, they or it shall first obtain a permit therefor from the Borough Clerk.
[Added 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 706; amended 1-16-1978 by Ord. No. 740[1] ]
A charge of $150, plus the cost of removing and replacing the street, shall be made for the installation of a "sewer connection," hereby defined for purposes of this section to be that portion of the sewer line running from the sewer main to the sewer trap immediately back of the curbline. The cost of removing and replacing the street shall be not less than $200, in the case of bituminous surface streets, and $300 for portland cement concrete streets.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that the rates designated herein would be retroactive to 1-1-1978.
Any such person connecting with or heretofore connected to said sanitary sewer system shall pay the charges and rentals hereinafter provided for and shall comply with and be subject to all the terms and conditions of this article.
[Amended 1-7-1974 by Ord. No. 685; 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 706; 1-16-1978 by Ord. No. 740; 12-20-1982 by Ord. No. 800; 11-18-1985 by Ord. No. 854; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 906; 4-5-1999 by Ord. No. 1181; 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 1212; 6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1288; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 1315; 6-5-2006 by Ord. No. 1401; 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 1462; 6-6-2011 by Ord. No. 1497[1]; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. 1541; 12-7-2015 by Ord. No. 1584; 12-4-2017 by Ord. No. 1630]
"Residence units," which are hereby defined to be all single-family dwelling units and each dwelling unit or apartment for the use of one family in multifamily dwellings and apartments, shall pay a minimum annual sewer rental of $267 for the connection of one bathtub or one shower stall, one toilet, one washstand, one kitchen sink/dishwasher and one automatic washing machine/laundry tray to said sanitary system. All additional connections thereto shall be at the rate of $17 for each additional fixture.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 7-1-2011.
[Amended 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 706; 1-16-1978 by Ord. No. 740; 11-18-1985 by Ord. No. 854; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 906; 4-5-1999 by Ord. No. 1181; 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 1212; 6-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1288; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 1315; 6-5-2006 by Ord. No. 1401; 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 1462; 6-6-2011 by Ord. No. 1497[1]; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. 1541; 12-7-2015 by Ord. No. 1584; 12-4-2017 by Ord. No. 1630]
Any store, office, shop or building other than a residence or apartment shall be subject to a minimum annual charge of $267 for any connection to and use of the sanitary sewer system, which such minimum charge may be applied against the payment of the charge for individual fixture connections as set forth below.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 7-1-2011.
[Amended 9-3-1974 by Ord. No. 694; 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 706; 1-16-1978 by Ord. No. 740; 11-18-1985 by Ord. No. 854; 4-18-1988 by Ord. No. 919]
All installations of plumbing fixtures in nonresidence units connected with the sanitary sewer system shall be subject to the following sewer rentals:
Item
Rental Fee
Sink
$30.00
Toilet
$40.00
Bathtub
$20.00
Shower stall
$20.00
Washstand
$10.00
Urinal
$20.00
Wash trap
$41.00
Floor drain
$33.00
Soda fountain
$0.00
Washing machine, home-laundry-type
$23.00
Commercial washing machine
$83.00
Water-cooled air-conditioning equipment, for each 100 square feet of floor space
$10.00
Sump pump
$25.00
All other fixtures
$10.00
In nonresidence units, where 80% of the cost of excess water consumed exceeds the sewer rentals above provided, the sewer rental shall be 80% of the costs of such excess water and shall be determined as follows:
A. 
On billings due January 1 of each year, 80% of the cost of excess water for the first two quarters of the previous calendar year.
B. 
On billings due July 1 of each year, 80% of the cost of excess water for the last two quarters of the previous calendar year.
The sewer service or rental charge established and fixed herein shall be an annual charge for each calendar year, effective as of January 1, 1974, and shall be payable semiannually in advance on or before the first days of January and July of each year. If any such service or rental charge shall not be paid within one month after the same shall be due, a penalty shall be added thereon at the rate of 8% per annum from the due date to the date of payment.
All services or rental charges established herein shall be payable to the Collector of Taxes of the Borough of Collingswood or such other person as may be designated by the Board of Commissioners and shall be and remain a lien upon the premises served by such sewer connection, the same as all other taxes and municipal charges upon real estate under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The Borough of Collingswood shall have the same remedy for the collection thereof, with interests, costs and penalties as fixed by the Board of Commissioners, as said Borough now has or may hereafter have under the laws of the State of New Jersey for the collection of the taxes and other municipal liens upon real estate.
Where any structure or improvement is completed and sewer service is available, sewer rental shall commence immediately; and the charge shall be based on the proportion which the sewer rental bears to the balance of the year during which the sewer service is furnished.
Where there shall be construction of or the establishment of any new or additional business units, the rental charge shall be made upon a rate comparable to existing business units; and if there shall exist any question or dispute in respect to said rental charge, the final determination shall be made by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood.
[Amended 8-15-1994 by Ord. No. 1058]
Any person violating § 247-1 of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the court.
[Adopted 3-5-2001 by Ord. No. 1250]
A. 
The owners of all homes, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes situated within the Borough and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a sanitary sewer are hereby required, at the owner's expense, to connect the drainage of all sources of sewage to the sewer in accordance with the provisions of this article, within 30 days after date of official notice to do so, provided that the sewer is within a reasonable distance.
B. 
All costs and expenses incidental to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner.
The construction or maintenance of any privy, cesspool, septic or other individual sewage disposal system within areas of the Borough adequately serviced by the Borough sewer system is not permitted.
A. 
Sump pumps. No person shall connect any sump pump to a sewer line. The record title owner shall be responsible under this subsection and shall be presumed to have caused any such connections.
B. 
Infiltration into sewer system. No person shall permit, allow or suffer or cause the infiltration of water or any other substance which is not normal sewage into the sewer system. The record title owner shall be responsible under this subsection and shall presumed to have caused any such connection.
C. 
Grease traps required. All commercial and institutional establishments, including but not strictly limited to all food preparation establishments, shall install and maintain grease traps in accordance with the following provisions:
[Amended 5-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1491]
(1) 
All grease traps shall be installed in conformance with the most current National Standard Plumbing Code, or successor code, as may be applicable for such installations.
(2) 
The installation of all grease traps shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Plumbing Subcode Inspector.
(3) 
Each facility requiring a grease trap shall be inspected twice a year or as may be deemed necessary by the Borough of Collingswood. Such inspection shall be performed by the Borough Licensed Collection System Operator, the Borough Plumbing Subcode Inspector, the Camden County Health Inspector, the Collingswood Health Inspector, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Inspector, the Fire Code Inspector and/or the Collingswood Department of Public Works Inspector.
[Amended 5-5-2014 by Ord. No. 1548]
(4) 
The purpose of the inspection(s) required by Subsection C(3) above shall be to certify that the grease trap is being properly maintained in one of the following ways:
(a) 
By the submission of receipts from a registered hauler that the grease trap has been acceptably cleaned on a monthly basis by said hauler; in addition to this submission, the grease trap is subject to unscheduled verification to determine that the grease trap is not obstructed by over 20% of volume being occupied by residues to assure its acceptable operation;
(b) 
By the submission of monthly analysis report results from a certified laboratory showing oil and grease testing of the effluent discharge, which results shall meet acceptable limits, and testing of the grease content of the trap, which acceptable limits must be that the volatile acid contents are below 25 milligrams per liter and are therefore not rancid; or
(c) 
By the appropriate recordkeeping certified by a responsible executive of the facility indicting the self-cleaning or the solid and floating residues from the grease trap on at least a monthly basis. Such residues are to be shown as acceptable for processing as a byproduct-usable substance, able to be incinerated in an acceptable, licensed burning facility or able to be transported off site by a registered hauler.
(5) 
No grease residue may be disposed of in trash receptacles, floor drains, outside sewers and inlets, or any other location that does not flow or discharge into a grease trap or grease interceptor. Commercial and industrial equipment, including but not limited to griddles, ovens, hood vents, and any surface upon which grease collects, shall be cleaned and maintained in a manner so that all effluent, wastewater, and grease residue shall flow or discharge into a grease trap or grease interceptor. Any maintenance or cleaning of said equipment that takes place outdoors or in violation of this provision shall be deemed a violation of this section. All grease traps and grease interceptors shall be cleaned at least every 30 days and recycled by a registered hauler.
[Amended 5-5-2014 by Ord. No. 1548]
(6) 
All recycled grease shall be reported to the Director of the Sewer Utility on a quarterly basis, no later than February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 for the preceding calendar quarter, on forms to be provided by the Borough.
(7) 
The following records must be maintained on the premises, for inspection as part of the inspections to be conducted as set forth in Subsection C(3) above:
(a) 
The date or dates the grease trap is cleaned.
(b) 
The quantity and amount of grease removed from the trap.
(c) 
The name of the person, firm or entity cleaning the trap.
(d) 
The date and quantity of grease removed from the premises by a registered hauler.
(e) 
The name, address, telephone number and registration number of the registered hauler.
(f) 
The place (including address) of disposal of the grease utilized by the registered hauler.
(g) 
Any commercial or industrial establishment that violates this section or that has previously violated this section shall be subject to additional requirements, as deemed appropriate by the Borough Licensed Collection System Operator, the Borough Plumbing Subcode Inspector, the Camden County Health Inspector, the Collingswood Health Inspector, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Inspector, the Fire Code Inspector, and/or the Collingswood Department of Public Works Inspector.
[Added 5-5-2014 by Ord. No. 1548]
D. 
Failure of owner to connect; assessment of costs incurred by Borough. If the owner of any house, building or structure referred to herein shall fail to make any installation or connection required by this chapter within the time herein required, the Borough may proceed to make such installation or connection or cause the same to be made and assess the cost thereof as a lien against such house, building or structure.
[Amended 5-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1491]
E. 
Failure of owner to maintain and/or repair; assessment of cost incurred by Borough. If the owner of any house, building or structure referred to herein shall fail to maintain or make necessary repairs to any connection required under this chapter, the Borough may proceed to make such maintenance or repair or cause the same to be made and assess the cost thereof as a lien against such house, building or structure.
[Added 5-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1491]
F. 
Violations and penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following.
[Added 5-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1491]
(1) 
A fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000; and/or
(2) 
A term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; and/or
(3) 
A period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
(4) 
In addition to or in lieu of the above fines and penalties, any person who violates the provisions contained in § 247-15 above shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the mandatory fines established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for each instance of noncompliance, including the provisions for escalation of penalties for the occurrence of repeat violations within a period of four months, all pursuant to the New Jersey Clean Water Enforcement Act. Willful gross violations, including false certification, may be prosecuted by the Borough as perjury, including the cessation of the commercial or institutional operation, with a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days.
No person shall discharge, deposit or cause to allow to be discharged or deposited any of the following described water or wastes to any sanitary sewers:
A. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel, oil, mineral oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
B. 
Any waters containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singularly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any wastewater treatment process, to constitute a hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment process, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the wastewater treatment plant.
C. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the wastewater system.
D. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size to be capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewer or other interference with the proper operation of the wastewater facilities, such as but not limited to ashes, bones, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, personal hygiene wipes, feminine products, etc.
[Amended 4-4-2016 by Ord. No. 1592]
E. 
Any unpolluted waters, such as stormwater, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage or cooling water.
F. 
Any waters or waste containing an odor-producing substance which either singularity or by interaction with other waste is capable of creating a public nuisance or hazard to life or which prevents entry into sewers for their inspection, maintenance and repair.
G. 
Quantities of flow, concentrations, or both, which constitute a slug.
H. 
Any water or wastes which, by interaction with other water or wastes in the public sewer system, release obnoxious gases, develop color of undesirable intensity, form suspended solids which interfere with the collection system or create a condition deleterious to structures and treatment processes.
I. 
Any wastes containing viable pathogenic bacteria other than those normal to domestic sewage.
J. 
Any waste containing grease, oil or fats that will solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° F. and 150° F. or contains more than 100 milligrams penicillin.
K. 
Any wastewater with objectionable color not removed in the treatment process, such as but not limited to dye wastes, de-inking wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
L. 
Violations and penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
[Added 4-4-2016 by Ord. No. 1592]
A. 
There shall be a Sewer Utility for the Borough which shall be controlled by Borough Commissioners.
B. 
All revenue and accounting therefor by the Sewer Utility shall be on a dedicated utility basis pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-35. All moneys derived from the operation of the Sewer Utility and other moneys applicable to its support shall be segregated and kept in a separate fund, which shall be known as the "Sewer Utility Fund." Disbursements for the operation and maintenance of the Sewer Utility shall be taken from the fund.
C. 
Budgets shall provide appropriations for operating expenses, capital improvements, debt service for the payment of all sanitary sewer bonds, principal and interest and all other deferred charges and statutory expenditures as may be required.