[HISTORY: Article I adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Aberdeen (now Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen) as indicated in article history. Subsequent articles adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-22-1988 by Ord. No. 311 (Ch. 69 of the 1990 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PRIVATELY OWNED FIRE HYDRANT
- Any fire hydrant located within the corporate limits of Aberdeen
not owned by the Mayor and Council.[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
- RESPONSIBLE PARTY
- The individual, partnership, firm, association, corporation or other entity which owns a privately owned fire hydrant.
Every privately owned fire hydrant shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times by the responsible party. Leaks and/or malfunctions shall be promptly repaired and shall be reported immediately to the Aberdeen Fire Department and the Aberdeen Department of Public Works.
Every privately owned fire hydrant shall be tested and inspected at least annually to ensure that the fire hydrant is in good, safe and operable condition.
The testing shall be performed in accordance with procedures established by the Aberdeen Department of Public Works, which shall include, at a minimum, pressure gauging of static and dynamic flow of the fire hydrant.
The aforementioned testing shall be performed by an established and reputable firm or by the Aberdeen Department of Public Works.
Sixty days prior to the proposed testing date, a plan shall be submitted to the Department of Public Works specifying the date of the test, the manner in which the work will be performed and plans to notify nearby residents 14 days prior to the test. The Department of Public Works shall approve or suggest changes to the proposed plan in a timely manner, which changes shall then be incorporated into the final plan.
Forty-eight hours' advance confirmation of the test shall be provided to the Department of Public Works.
A certificate indicating compliance with this article and signed by the agent of the testing organization shall be provided to the Aberdeen Department of Public Works by July 1 of each calendar year.
Flushing of mains until clear shall be performed periodically as required by the Department of Public Works.
In the event that a responsible party fails to comply with this article, the Department of Public Works shall be empowered to enter upon and test the privately owned fire hydrant and levy upon the responsible party a charge not to exceed $50 for the performance of said work and the costs of necessary repairs.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A violation of this article is deemed to be a municipal infraction. Any person violating any provision of this article shall be subject to a civil penalty of $200 for each offense, in addition to the cost to repair the hydrant and the cost of testing. Each twenty-four-hour period in which a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 679-05 (Ch. 46, Art. III of the 1990 Code)]
The requirement for interior automatic fire sprinkler systems shall apply to all new one- and two-family residential construction for any existing lot or proposed new subdivision which has received preliminary plan approval for which a building permit has not been issued as of the effective date hereof and shall not apply to the rebuilding, refurbishment, renovation, or alteration of a residence in existence as of the effective date of this article unless such existing structure is razed and replaced by a new principal structure.
For the purposes of this article, mobile and modular homes will be exempt from the requirements to install interior automatic fire sprinkler systems until March 31, 2008. After this date, mobile and modular homes will be required to have interior automatic fire sprinkler systems added.
[Amended 2-27-2006 by Ord. No. 689-06]
The requirement for interior sprinkler systems shall not apply to accessory or uninhabitable structures (e.g., detached carports, garages, greenhouses, and sheds).
Interior automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be installed and maintained in all new one- and two-family residential construction in accordance with the most recent version of Standard 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, as promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and as modified and adopted by the Maryland State Fire Prevention Code, Public Safety Article, Title 9, as amended from time to time.