[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties 12-21-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992. (This local law also repealed the former plumbing provisions, adopted 7-16-1984 by L.L. No. 1-1984 as Ch. 84 of the 1984 Code.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in and for the Village of Saugerties, New York, a board to be known as the "Examining Board of Plumbers." This Board shall consist of five persons who shall be residents or have business affiliations in the Village of Saugerties and who should be appointed by the Mayor.
Of the members first appointed, one shall be appointed for a term of one year; two for terms of two years; and two for terms of three years. After the expiration of these initial terms, all succeeding terms shall be for a period of three years.
A vacancy occurring in the membership of the Board from any cause shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term of the member whose office has become vacant.
A member of the Board may be removed by the Mayor for misfeasance or malfeasance in office, incompetency, incapacity, neglect of duty or other good and sufficient cause after giving to such member a copy of the charges against him in an opportunity to be heard in his defense and/or by counsel.
The Board shall elect a Chairman from its membership.
The majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
The Board shall have the following powers and duties:
To hold as many meetings as, in the opinion of the Chairman, or majority of the Board, are necessary or desirable for the efficient discharge of the business of the Board. All members of the Board present at any meeting shall sign the minutes of that meeting.
To examine into the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licenses and certificates.
To grant and issue certificates of competency and special permits as provided in this chapter.
To suspend or revoke certificates of competency or special permits when, in the discretion of the Board, after a hearing upon due notice held, upon charges given to the holder of the certificate or permit an opportunity to be heard in his defense in person and/or by counsel, if the Board is satisfied that the holder of such certificate or permit or any of his employees willfully, or by reason of incompetency, has violated any provision of this chapter or of any other law or building code applicable in the Village of Saugerties. In lieu of suspending or revoking a certificate or permit, the Board may impose a fine not exceeding $50 for the first offense, and not less than $100 or more than $500 for any subsequent offense, and may suspend the certificate or permit until such fine is paid.
To keep records of all meetings and proceedings and of all certificates and permits issued, suspended or revoked by it and to make such records available for public inspection.
To adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary, not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, with respect to the form and content of applications for certificates and permits, the reception thereof, the investigation and examination of applicants and their qualifications, the conduct of the meetings and the business of the Board, and the other matters incidental or appropriate to the powers and duties of the Board as prescribed by this chapter and for the proper administration and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, and to amend or repeal any of such rules and regulations, by majority vote, at a special or regular meeting, upon notice of at least 30 days to each member thereof.
To file a copy of all of its rules and regulations and of all changes therein, duly certified by its secretary, with the Village Clerk, immediately upon the adoption thereof, which copy shall be available for public inspection during the regular business hours of the day.
Every person conducting or desiring or intending to conduct the business or calling of plumbing in the Village of Saugerties, whether residing in the Village or elsewhere, shall obtain a certificate of competency from the Examining Board of Plumbers of the Village, and present such certificate in person at the office of the Plumbing Inspector of the Village, register his name and address upon such forms as may be prescribed by the Examining Board and receive a certificate of registration, before making any connection with any sewer, drain, soil, waste pipe or water connection connected therewith; and shall comply with all statutes and rules or regulations applicable thereto.
In order to obtain a certificate of competency from the Examining Board of Plumbers, the applicant must demonstrate to the Examining Board that he or she has ten years of experience in working as a plumber and demonstrate that he or she has the requisite skill by passing a test given by the Examining Board of Plumbers. The applicant shall also pay a fee, the amount of which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board.
The Examining Board of Plumbers shall give its test twice each year, once in the month of January and once in the month of July. The test shall consist of 25 questions, with four points allotted to each question. A passing grade is 80.
Any master plumber holding a master plumber's license for a period of five years or longer in any other city, town or village may, upon presentation of his license to the Village Clerk, file for a special permit which will allow the holder of said license to complete one plumbing job in the Village of Saugerties. He shall pay a fee to the Village Clerk in an amount which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Village Board to obtain said special permit.
Every registered plumber shall give immediate notice of any change of address, and upon retirement from business shall surrender his certificate of registry to the Plumbing Inspector.
All certificates of registration issued by the Board of Plumbing Examiners and all licenses or permits authorizing connections with street sewers shall expire on December 31 of the year in which they shall be issued and may be renewed within 30 days preceding such expiration upon the payment of a renewal fee which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Village Board. The renewals will be for one year from the first day of January in each year. All licenses not renewed as provided above shall be defaulted and the person so defaulting shall apply for re-examination as provided in § 138-3; except that a person with a valid certificate of competency may apply for and receive an inactive certificate by paying a fee in an amount which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Village Board. While in an inactive status, that person shall conduct no business nor do any act which requires a valid certificate of competency. That person shall be entitled to the reinstatement of his or her certificate of competency by the payment of a fee in an amount which shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Village Board.
Any plumber obtaining a permit to make connections with a Village sewer shall save harmless the Village of Saugerties from all suits, accidents and damages consequent thereupon for or by reason of any opening in any street, alley or avenue made by him or by those in his employment, for making any connection with a public or private sewer or for any other purpose or object whatever, and he will also replace and restore the street over such opening in as good a state and condition as he found it, or reimburse the Village for the cost of restoration when done by the Village; keep guards by day and light by night, and keep and maintain the same in good order to comply with all ordinances of the Board of Trustees applicable thereto.
Every master plumber, before entering upon such business or calling, shall execute and file a bond in the office of the Village Clerk in the sum of $2,000 with one or more sureties which shall guarantee the master plumber's responsibilities under § 138-7.
All persons or corporations wishing to use the water of the Village of Saugerties for any purpose or to make any connection to any sanitary or stormwater sewer must first make application to the Water/Wastewater Department, in writing, in the form prescribed, upon blanks which will be furnished free of charge. Said blanks must be signed by the owner of the property where the water is to be used or for which the sewer connection is required, or by his or her duly authorized agent, stating without reserve the various uses for which the connection is required, and should the connection be required for other purposes, after work is commenced or finished, notice in writing must be given before the desired change is made, and an additional permit granted.
It shall be the duty of the Plumbing Inspector to see that connections to the water and sewer systems are properly made and keep a record of all connections, noting the street and number of the house so connected.
Rainwater leaders shall not be used as soil, waste or vent pipes; nor shall any soil, waste or vent pipes be used as rainwater leaders. When rainwater leaders connect to village sewer drains, a special permit for such connection must be issued by the Water/Wastewater Department.
Application for such permit must show good cause and reason for connecting such leaders or roof drains onto village sewers. He is to determine whether such particular section of the village sewer will warrant leader drain connections.
The Commissioners of the Water/Wastewater Department will tap the main at a cost to the applicant which shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Village Board with corporation cock furnished. No person or persons other than those appointed or approved by the Water/Wastewater Department will be allowed to tap the mains under penalty and no main will be tapped until application is made and signed. A plumber receiving a permit to lay service or supply pipes for the introduction of water to any premises shall give the Superintendent of Water Works at least 24 hours' notice previous to the time for tapping the main.
No cesspool or other system for sewage disposal shall be constructed where a sewer is available, except by special permission from the Board of Health, nor shall any connection from such cesspool be made with any sewer.
Water made available at taps for private or public consumption or piped within a building shall be secured only from the public water supply of the Village of Saugerties, except where such public supply is not reasonably available or where supplies from other sources are to be used for industrial purposes. In cases where the public water supply is not reasonably available and where another supply is proposed for domestic or industrial use, such supply cannot be made available without written permission from the Department of Health.
Such permission shall be given by the Department of Health only upon written application. This application shall stipulate in detail, with diagrams if required, the connections proposed and the use to which the water supply is to be put. Application shall be made by the person who will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the water supply.
The Village of Saugerties water supply and/or any supply to be utilized for human consumption shall be distributed through systems entirely independent of any industrial supply from other sources or non-potable supply. Any connection between the Village of Saugerties water supply and any private potable supply shall be acceptable only if the Water/Wastewater Department agrees to accept responsibility for supervision as provided in the regulations of Chapter V of the New York State Sanitary Code.
Any person, persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.