[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Carmel 5-4-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Carmel hereby finds that it is necessary to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Carmel that on-site sanitary systems operate and be maintained in a manner that will prevent, to the extent possible, hazards to the public health, to minimize their potential for failure and to protect the drinking water supplies which pass through the Town of Carmel.
This chapter is intended to implement the provisions of Part IX.A.3.b of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, SPDES General Permit GP-0-10-002 ("permit") for Stormwater Discharge from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) effective May 1, 2010, which requires that the Town implement and enforce a program to ensure that on-site sanitary systems are inspected and, where necessary, maintained or rehabilitated as required by Part IX.A.3.b of the permit and/or similar provisions in successor permits.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APPEALS AUTHORITY
- The Municipal Code Enforcement Officer.
- The evacuation and removal of septage as necessary from a separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system and subsequent reporting by a Septage Collector that is licensed by the Putnam County Department of Health.
- MUNICIPAL CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- The Building Inspector of the Town of Carmel, Assistant Building Inspector of the Town of Carmel or any other individual duly authorized by resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Carmel.
- SEPARATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM/ON-SITE SANITARY SYSTEM
- A system or facilities or means for the treatment or modification or ultimate disposal of waterborne sewage or domestic wastes or trade wastes or offensive material, each being designed for the treatment of less than 1,000 gallons per day, regardless of location with respect to any building or structure or premises thereby served. Such system shall include, but shall not be limited to, septic tanks, cesspools, absorption fields and other facilities for the treatment or modification or required control of sewage.
- The contents of any container, including but not limited to a septic tank, which is designed and intended to hold sewage.
- SEPTAGE COLLECTOR
- An individual or entity licensed by the Putnam County Health Department who engages in the performance of any one or more of the following services, or who offers to provide any one or more of the following services for a fee, in Putnam County, with respect to separate sewage disposal systems: evacuation, removal, collection or transportation of septage.
- The combination of human and household waste with water which is discharged to the home plumbing system, including the waste from a flush toilet, bath, sink, lavatory, dishwashing or laundry machine, or the water-carried waste from any other fixture, equipment or machine.
Beginning on May 1, 2011, the owner of any parcel located within the Town of Carmel which relies upon a separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system shall cause an inspection to be performed on said separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system at a minimum frequency of once every five years.
Upon the completion of any inspection, every owner shall maintain a copy of the record of such inspection, which will be provided to the owner by the Septage Collector, for a minimum of six years.
The Septage Collector shall furnish one copy of the record of inspection to the Municipal Code Enforcement Officer in the town/village in which the separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system is located and one copy of the record of inspection with the Putnam County Department of Health.
The appeals authority shall not grant a waiver or exemption from any of the requirements of this chapter; provided, however, that the appeals authority may vary the time requirements as referenced within this chapter, upon the submission and consideration of evidence which may necessitate an extension of time to comply with all aspects of this chapter. Such extension shall not exceed 180 days.
Any owner of a parcel which is located in the Town of Carmel and is served by a separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system that fails to comply with the provision of this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation, and shall be subject to a penalty as follows:
The Municipal Code Enforcement Officer shall first issue a written notice of violation to the owner informing the owner of the anticipated imposition of penalties if the violation is not corrected within 30 days.
Any person or corporation, whether as owner, lessee, principal, agent, employee or otherwise, which violates any of the provisions of this chapter or permits any such violation or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250, for conviction of a first offense; for conviction of a second offense both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine of not less than $350 nor more than $700; and upon conviction of a third or subsequent offense all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $700 nor more than $1,000. For the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter or any part thereof or any condition or requirement of subdivision approval shall be deemed misdemeanors. Each fourteen-day period of continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
Compliance with this chapter shall not be deemed compliance or approval of the municipality under any other rules, regulations, codes or laws.
In the event that any provision of this chapter shall be held unconstitutional or unlawful, the remaining provisions in this chapter shall remain in full force and effect.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon its adoption and filing in the office of the Secretary of State.