[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Colchester 6-29-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to C.G.S. § 7-148(c)(4)(B), the Town adopts the following fire hydrants ordinance.
To purpose of this chapter is to authorize the Colchester Fire Department to regulate the installation, location, operation and maintenance of fire hydrants within the Town.
The Board of Selectmen shall adopt and enforce regulations regarding the specifications for and the location, operation and maintenance of all fire hydrants within the Town (the "Fire Hydrant Regulations").
Any property owner that is required to install a private or municipal fire hydrant shall install said fire hydrant in a manner which is in full accordance with the Fire Hydrant Regulations. The Building Official of the Town shall not issue a building permit or certificate of occupancy to an applicant until the Fire Marshal confirms compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
Fire hydrants that are out of service shall be clearly marked by the Colchester Sewer and Water Department.
The Fire Marshal may order the repair of a defective fire hydrant on private property and bill the cost of such work to the owner if the Town incurs costs associated with the repair of the defective fire hydrant.
Fire hydrants and fire apparatus and equipment required by this chapter shall not be removed, tampered with, or otherwise disturbed except for purposes of: extinguishing a fire; training; recharging, repairing or flushing a fire hydrant; or when permitted by the Colchester Sewer and Water Department or the Fire Marshal.
All private property owners whose property contains a fire hydrant shall continuously maintain the area around the fire hydrant and keep the area clear of weeds, rubbish and any other obstructions which might prohibit access for use and/or maintenance of the fire hydrant. Landscaping or decorations shall not obstruct or hide any fire hydrant from clear view, nor prohibit access for use and/or maintenance of fire hydrants.
It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct access to any fire hydrant by placing, locating or permitting any debris, building material, personal property or other obstruction which may interfere with the use of a fire hydrant. Parking, placing or locating any motor vehicle or boat within 10 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited.
All private property owners whose property contains a fire hydrant shall remove snow and ice abutting the fire hydrant that has accumulated higher than a point four inches below the bottom of the lowest outlet on any fire hydrant within 24 hours after the cessation of a snow or ice storm.