[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 8-14-1997 by Ord. No. 30-97. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms will be defined as follows:
- OIL-WATER SEPARATORS
- A stormwater treatment system designed for the separation and removal of insoluble oils or floating grease from stormwater runoff.
- WATER QUALITY BASINS (also known as "detention basins")
- An embankment and associated space for impoundment of water or, alternatively, the space for impoundment partially or entirely created by excavation rather than by embankment, in either case designed to temporarily retain stormwater runoff.
The purpose of this chapter is to require each property owner upon whose property there has been installed either an oil-water separator or a water quality basin to maintain the same so that it will function properly and serve the purpose for which it was intended and originally required to be installed. For this purpose, the Township wishes to establish the procedure that shall be followed, which procedure will include the right of the Township's enforcement officer under this chapter, to enter upon property for the purpose of making an inspection of those facilities, and to issue appropriate orders requiring the same to be maintained in such a fashion so that they will function appropriately, and to issue summonses if violations occur, and for that purpose, all property owners shall be required by way of this ordinance to properly maintain all oil-water separators and water quality basins located on their property as required by the enforcement officer hereinafter appointed.
All property owners upon whose property is located an oil-water separator or water quality basin are hereby required to maintain the same in a condition so that it will function to serve the purpose for which it was intended and required to be installed. All property owners upon whose property an oil-water separator or water quality basin is located shall be required to affirmatively respond upon written request issued by the Township's enforcement officer under this chapter, to repair, reconstruct and/or maintain either the oil-water separator or water quality basin located on their property.
For purposes of this chapter, the Township Engineer and Engineering Department are designated as the Township's enforcement officer and agent respectively. The Township Engineer shall have the authority to enter upon private property for the purpose of carrying out the purpose of this chapter, i.e., to inspect all oil-water separators and water quality basins to ascertain whether or not the separators and/or basins are functioning as required to function in accordance with standards established by the Township's enforcement officer, a copy of which standards shall be forwarded to the owners of all properties upon which are located oil-water separators and/or water quality basins. The Township's enforcement officer, upon an inspection, shall advise the property owner, in writing, of any maintenance requirements or reconstruction, etc., that may be needed or necessary for the oil-water separator and/or water quality basins located on the property for the same to function properly, and said property owner shall be required to take such steps within 10 days of receipt of the written notice by the enforcement officer in order to make the same operate efficiently.
In the event that a property owner who has been duly notified, in writing, by the enforcement officer to take remedial action in order that oil-water separators or water quality basins on the property will function properly fails to do so within 10 calendar days of receipt of written notice, the property owner shall be determined to be in violation of the requirements of this chapter, and the enforcement officer is authorized to issue a summons in the Municipal Court for the Township of Hanover of said violation.
Any property owner who is determined to be in violation of the requirements of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $100 and/or 30 days in jail.