Borough of Greencastle, PA
Franklin County
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All persons owning any occupied building now erected upon property accessible to the sewer system shall at their own expense connect such building with the sewer system.
All persons owning any property accessible to the sewer system upon which an occupied building is hereafter erected shall, at the time of the erection of such building and at their own expense, connect the same with the sewer system.
All persons owning any occupied building upon property which hereafter becomes accessible to the sewer system shall, at their own expense, connect such building with the sewer system.
[Amended 11-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-10]
It shall be unlawful for any person owning any property accessible to the sewer system to erect, construct or use or maintain, or cause to be erected, constructed, used or maintained, any privy, cesspool, sinkhole, septic tank or other receptacle on such premises for receiving sewage; provided, however, that the use of portable, self-contained toilet facilities shall be permitted on a temporary and limited basis, such as special events, emergencies, or during construction activities, provided that prior permission is obtained from the Borough Manager or his designee. The Borough Manager is authorized to establish regulations for the use and location of portable, self-contained toilet facilities. The Borough Manager shall establish an application form, which shall, at a minimum, require the applicant to provide the following information: the event or activity that the temporary facilities are intended to accommodate, the general placement of the facilities, the number of facilities, the times when the facilities shall be in use (dates and hours), the responsible party for servicing the facilities both during use and upon removal when the event or activity has concluded, and such other information as the Borough Council or its agent may request at the time such application is made. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Borough Council may allow for the long-term use of portable, self-contained toilet facilities at properties that the Borough Council has designated by the Borough Council as public recreational facilities.
Any person who erects, constructs, uses or maintains a privy, cesspool, sinkhole or septic tank on any property accessible to the sewer system in violation of this chapter shall be deemed and shall be declared to be erecting, constructing and maintaining a nuisance, which nuisance the Borough is hereby authorized and directed to abate in the manner provided by law.
No connection shall be made to, nor shall any industrial waste be discharged into, the sewer system except in compliance with the ordinances and resolutions, as well as such rules and regulations, as may, from time to time, be enacted, adopted, approved or promulgated by the Borough.
Borough hereby grants to the Authority all and every easement, right-of-way and any and all other rights necessary or desirable on, over or under the streets, sidewalks and alleys in the Borough for the purpose of constructing the sewer system therein.
[Amended 8-1-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-5]
There is hereby imposed upon each owner of property connecting to the sewer system the following connection charges:[1]
Connection fee: $1,475 per residential connection.
Capacity part tapping fee: $1,725 per residential connection.
Collection part tapping fee: $1,600 per residential connection.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that: "The connection and tapping fees shall be adopted, from time to time, by resolution of the Borough Council of the Borough of Greencastle, provided that such fees are based on studies by the Borough’s Engineer and in compliance with current laws."
There is hereby imposed upon each property, person or user served by the sewer system and having the use thereof a quarterly sewer rent or charge, payable as hereinafter provided, for the use, whether direct or indirect, of the sewer system based on the schedules of classifications and rates hereinafter set forth.
Rates for metered water users. All persons owning property connected to the sewer system and served with metered water service by Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority shall pay a quarterly rental for sanitary sewage services based on quantity of water used, as evidenced by meter readings of water meters installed and maintained by Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority for the purpose of measuring water purchased from said Water Authority and such other meters as may be installed pursuant to any provisions of this chapter, and subject to the minimum charges hereinafter provided, all as follows:
Rate per thousand gallons: $7.22.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-04; 12-10-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-14; 12-17-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-13[1]]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it would take effect with the first billing period after 1-1-2016.
The minimum quarterly charge for sewer service, based on a minimum quarterly use of 9,000 gallons per quarter, shall be $64.98.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-04; 12-10-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-14; 12-17-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-13]
Floor drains shall only be permitted where it can be shown to the satisfaction of the Borough that their use is absolutely necessary, and arrangements made to maintain a permanent water-seal in the trap and be provided with check or back-water valves, where necessary.
A permit shall be obtained from the Borough before any floor drain can be attached to the house drain.
No permit for a basement drain shall be granted until the owner of the building or his agent has executed and signed a written agreement upon a form furnished by the Borough releasing the Borough from any damage that may result from the basement being flooded by the stoppage of sewers, which agreement shall be filed with the sewer manager. All basement sewer connections shall be provided with a check valve, and the plumbing waste pipes therein shall be so connected that the use of fixtures on or above the first floor of said building shall not be interfered with by the shutting off of said valve.
[Amended 8-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-03]
All hotels, restaurants, boardinghouses and public eating places, before draining into said sewer system, shall install grease traps in the house drains. The grease traps shall be approved by the Borough. A grease trap shall be installed and located to efficiently remove fat, oils or grease and to be easily and readily accessible for maintenance, cleaning and inspection, and shall not have sanitary waste directed into it.
Type, design, and size of grease trap required. The grease trap shall be of a type, design and capacity acceptable to the Borough. The minimum capacity for new grease traps shall be 1,000 gallons unless the Borough issues a written waiver of this requirement.
Permit required. A permit issued by the Borough shall be required to install a new grease trap and to use an existing grease trap. A permit will be required for each grease trap.
Users required to secure a permit shall complete and file with the Borough an application in the form prescribed by the Borough, and new users shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount of $50, which amount may be later revised by resolution of Borough Council. The application shall require in part the following information.
Name of person or entity which will be using the grease trap, their address and telephone number. The permit will be issued to this person or entity who will be bound by the terms of the permit.
Name, address and telephone number of the owner of the property where the grease trap is located.
Address where the grease trap is located.
Size of the grease trap, type and manufacturer.
Date when the grease trap was installed.
If requested, a copy of the plumbing plan for the facility showing the location of all drain lines, sinks. For older structures where a plan is not available, inspection of the facility by the Borough will be required.
The permit shall be renewed annually. Renewal of the permit shall not require another application unless the information provided in the application has changed.
No new permit shall be issued except upon payment of the permit fee.
Based on the application, the Borough shall specify in the permit the minimum cleaning frequency for the grease trap. For permit renewals, this frequency may be adjusted if conditions warrant.
By the permit, permittee and their use of the grease trap shall be subject to Chapter 155.
All users of existing grease traps shall submit an application within 30 days of the effective date of this section; a timely submitted application shall authorize use of the grease trap until the permit application is granted or denied.
Prior to the installation of a new grease trap or modification of an existing grease trap, its design and installation diagram must be approved by the Borough.
At least three business days prior to the start of installation, permittee shall notify the Borough when installation will occur.
Before backfilling, the grease trap and all plumbing shall be inspected by the Borough.
Test-sampling manhole. All new businesses or connections shall, in addition to the grease trap permitting requirements herein, install a test-sampling manhole prior to the connection to the main line.
Cleaning requirements.
The grease trap shall be cleaned at a frequency not less than that specified in the permit.
The method for cleaning the grease trap shall be of the suction type, unless otherwise authorized by the Borough. The utilization of chemical or biological additives/degreasers or any product that may liquefy grease trap wastes is prohibited.
When the grease trap is cleaned, the date of cleaning, the name of the person who performed the cleaning, the amount removed, and where the trap's contents were disposed shall be recorded. The record of the cleaning shall include the ticket provided by the person cleaning the grease trap and hauling its contents for disposal. Within five business days after the cleaning of the grease trap, permittee shall provide to the Borough a copy of the record of the cleaning.
Records of the cleaning shall be maintained for two years at the site of the grease trap. The records shall also be provided upon the request of the Borough.
Maintenance. The permittee shall maintain the grease trap in good working order. If the grease trap becomes inoperative for any reason, the permittee shall inform the Borough, within 48 hours of the trap first becoming inoperative, of the corrective measures being taken by the permittee to restore operation of the grease trap and when these measures will be completed, which shall not exceed 10 days. Until it is again in good working order, the grease trap shall not be used.
Inspection. In applying for and being issued a permit, permittee consents to the Borough or the Borough's representative entering the premises at all reasonable times to inspect the grease trap and areas where waste grease, oils or fats are disposed and to review the records of cleaning. On these inspections, the Borough may sample and test the wastewater discharge and observe the performance of the grease trap.
Notification of violation. Whenever the Borough finds that any user has violated or is violating any prohibition, limitation or requirement contained in this chapter, the Borough shall serve upon such user a written notice stating the nature of the violation. Within 30 days of the date of the notice, a plan for the satisfactory correction therefor shall be submitted to the Borough's rights and powers to immediately suspend service.
Enforcement. Any person or entity violating this section shall be subject to the enforcement actions and civil penalties prescribed in Chapter 155.