Borough of West Mifflin, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Mifflin as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 100.
Grading and excavation — See Ch. 141.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 198.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 205.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 250.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 274.
Zoning — See Ch. 290.
[Adopted 5-21-1958 by Ord. No. 331; amended in its entirety 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094 (Ch. 21, Part 3, of the 1999 Code of Ordinances)]
A. 
The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
EXCAVATION
Any activity within the right-of-way of any street, alley, or cartway which involves cutting, breaking, or disturbing the surface thereof. In this article, the term "opening" shall have essentially the same meaning as "excavation."
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, firm, association, corporation or municipal authority.
STREET
Any public street, avenue, road, square, alley, highway, or other public place located in the Borough and established for the use of vehicles, but shall not include state highways.
B. 
In this article, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to open or to make any excavation of any kind in any of the streets in the Borough without first securing a permit therefor, as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 9-16-2014 by Ord. No. 1189]
Any person who shall desire to make any opening or excavation in any of the streets in the Borough shall make application to the Building Inspection Department in writing for that purpose. Such application shall be made upon blanks to be furnished by the Borough and shall set forth the name of the applicant, the exact location of the proposed opening or excavation, and the approximate size or depth thereof and shall contain an agreement on the part of the applicant that the work shall be done in full compliance with the ordinances of the Borough and the laws of the commonwealth in relation thereto and that the applicant shall well and truly save, defend and keep harmless the Borough from and indemnify it against any and all actions, suits, demands, payments, costs and charges for or by reason of the proposed opening or excavation and all damages to persons or property resulting in any manner therefrom or occurring in the prosecution of the work connected therewith or from any other matter, cause or thing relating thereto. Each application for the permit must set forth the date when the work shall be commenced and completed and the date when the restoration of the opening or excavation will be completed. Such dates of work and restoration must be approved by the Community Development Department. It is the intent of this article that street openings and restorations be conducted and completed in a reasonable manner and within a reasonable time. The Community Development Department shall have discretion to set timelines for the commencement of such work, the completion of such work and the time when restoration must be completed. These dates shall be recited in the permit.
Before any permit shall be issued to open or excavate any street in the Borough, the applicant shall pay a permit fee in the amount fixed according to a schedule established pursuant to resolution. When application shall be made to open or excavate any longitudinal opening or excavation in excess of 10 feet, before any permit shall be issued to open or excavate, the applicant shall pay, in addition to such minimum fee, an additional fee at the rate, for each 100 feet or fraction thereof to be opened or excavated upon such street, pursuant to the fee schedule.
Permits shall be issued only to persons furnishing public utility services or the owner or owners of the real property adjoining the location where such opening or excavation is to be made.
Any permit issued hereunder shall specify the exact location where the opening or excavation is to be made, the approximate permitted size or depth thereof and the time within which the work for which the permit is granted is to be completed.
A permit may be issued to the applicant after all the requirements therefor have been filled. If the application is disapproved, written notice of disapproval, together with reasons therefor, shall be given to the applicant.
The work authorized by the permit is subject to all the provisions of the Act of December 10, 1974, P.L. 852, No. 287, 73 P.S. § 176 et seq., as amended or supplemented from time to time. It shall be the permittee's responsibility to contact the utilities that have recorded their facilities in compliance with said Act. A partial list of utilities providing services in the Borough and their office addresses may be obtained from the County Recorder of Deeds.
Any person who shall open or excavate any street in the Borough shall thoroughly and completely refill the opening or excavation in such a manner as to prevent any settling thereafter and shall restore the surface to the same condition as it was before the opening or excavation, and such restoration shall be in accordance with the specifications of the Department of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which are hereby adopted as specifications of the Borough for restoration of surfaces of streets in the Borough. As restored, the surface shall conform to the proper grade and be of the same surface covering as the part of the thoroughfare immediately adjoining the opening. If, within two years after the restoration of the surface as herein provided, defects shall appear therein resulting from defective backfilling by the applicant, the applicant shall reimburse the Borough for the cost of all necessary repairs to the permanent paving.
All other work in connection with openings in any street, including excavation, protection, refilling and temporary paving, shall be done by or for the person to whom or which the permit has been issued, at his or its expense, and all such work shall be subject to the provisions of this article and to the supervision and approval of the Building Inspection Department, provided that the designated official may, if he deems it necessary to the proper performance of the work, require that cutting of the surface of streets and the backfilling of all excavations therein shall be done by the Borough, in which event the applicant shall pay the actual cost of the work performed by the Borough.
A. 
No opening or excavation in any street shall extend from the curbline into the highway a distance greater than one foot beyond the center line of the street before being refilled and the surface of the highway restored to a condition safe and convenient for travel.
B. 
No more than 500 feet longitudinally shall be opened in any street at any one time.
C. 
The work of excavation shall be so conducted as not to interfere with the water mains, sewers or their connections with the houses, or any other subsurface lines or constructions, until permission of the proper authorities in connection with such subsurface lines or constructions shall have been obtained.
D. 
No tunneling shall be allowed without the express approval of the Borough and permission therefor endorsed upon the permit. The backfilling of a tunnel excavation shall be made only in the presence of the Building Inspection Department, or an inspector designated by it, and shall be done only in a method approved by it.
E. 
Restoration requirements.
[Amended 6-15-2010 by Ord. No. 1168]
(1) 
All driveways, walkways, sidewalks, steps or other surfaces which require opening for the installation or repair of utility lines or for any other reason, or by any other persons or entities requiring the opening of a public street or walkway in the Borough, shall be restored in accordance with the "Paved Surface Restoration Specification," Drawing No. 1, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Drawing No. 1 is on file in the Borough offices.
(2) 
Any materials and construction methods employed shall conform to both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Specifications, Publication 408, current edition, and as it may be amended from time to time, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Standards for Roadway Construction, Series RC-1M to 100M, current edition, and as it may be amended from time to time. Both publications are incorporated into and made a part of this article.
(3) 
If there is a conflict in interpretation between any of the three sources above described, the one setting the most stringent obligations shall govern.
F. 
A temporary paving of cold patch premix, thoroughly bound and compacted, shall be installed flush with the surface of the adjoining paving and maintained for a period of 90 days.
G. 
On concrete base streets, such base shall be replaced with concrete, and the minimum size of the opening or excavation shall be 16 square feet.
H. 
During the making of any excavation in the street, every necessary and reasonable precaution shall be taken by the applicant and the parties making the same to keep the street in a safe and passable condition both day and night by guards, barriers, lanterns and other devices, and all excavating permits granted hereunder are granted under and subject to the express condition that the person to whom the same is issued shall indemnify, save and keep harmless the Borough from any loss in damages, or otherwise whatsoever, which may or shall be occasioned at any time by the said excavation or by any leak, explosion or other injury from any pipe, apparatus, conduit, or any other matter placed in the said excavation.
I. 
The applicant shall notify the Building Inspection Department when the opening or excavation is ready for backfilling before any backfilling is done, when backfilling work is completed, when the temporary paving has been installed and when the street has been permanently restored, so that inspections may be made.
J. 
In the event that any work performed by or for a permit holder shall, in the opinion of the Building Inspection Department, be unsatisfactory, and the same shall not be corrected in accordance with its instructions within the time fixed by it, or in the event that the work for which the permit was granted is not completed within the time fixed by the Building Inspection Department, it may proceed to correct such unsatisfactory work or complete any such work not completed and charge the cost thereof, plus 20%, to the applicant.
In the case of any leak, explosion or other accident in any subsurface pipe, line, construction or apparatus, it shall be lawful for the person owning or responsible for such pipe, line, construction or apparatus to commence an excavation to remedy such condition before securing a permit, provided that application for a permit shall be made immediately and not later than the next business day thereafter, and that all other provisions of this article are fully complied with. If any such emergency condition shall not be immediately attended to by the owner or person responsible for such pipe, line, construction, or apparatus, the Building Inspection Department, after such notice as it shall deem necessary under the circumstances of the particular case, shall proceed to do the work necessary and required by such emergency and charge the same, on the basis of cost plus 20%, to such owner or person.
The permission herein granted does not confer upon the permittee or its contractors the right to cut, remove or destroy trees or shrubbery within the legal right-of-way, except under specifications, regulations and conditions as the Borough may prescribe.
The Building Inspection Department shall give timely notice to all persons owning property abutting on any street within the Borough about to be paved or improved and to all public utility companies operating in the Borough, and all such persons and utility companies shall make all water, gas or sewer connections, as well as any repairs thereto which would necessitate excavation of the said street, within 30 days from the giving of such notice, unless such time is extended, in writing, for cause shown by the Building Inspection Department. New paving shall not be opened or excavated for a period of five years after the completion thereof, except in case of emergency, the existence of which emergency and the necessity for the opening or excavating of such paving to be determined by the Building Inspection Department. If it is sought to excavate upon or open a sewer within five years after the completion of the paving, the applicant shall make written application to the Borough Council, and a permit for such opening shall be issued only after express approval of the Borough Council.
If at any time in the future the roadway is widened, reconstructed or the alignment or grades are changed, the permittee further agrees to change or relocate all or any part of the structures covered by this permit which interfere with the improvement of the roadway at its own cost and expense.
No new water, sewer, steam or gas main or electric, telephone or other utility line shall hereafter be laid or constructed, and no such existing main or line shall be extended, in any of the streets of the Borough until the plan therefor shall have been first filed with the Building Inspection Department and such plan and the exact location of such main or line approved by it. The Building Inspection Department shall not approve the locating of any such main or line at a depth of less than 30 inches from the surface of the street unless it shall be convinced that locating the same at a depth of more than 30 inches from the surface is impossible or impractical.
No company, corporation or association shall dig up any street or alley without first giving to the Borough a bond, with some acceptable trust or surety company as surety, in the sum determined by the schedule of fees, conditioned for the faithful performance of these provisions and also for any and all damages, claims, demands, suits, costs and counsel fees occasioned or arising from the digging up, opening or closing of said streets and alleys.
Payment for all work done by the Borough under the provisions hereof shall be made by the person made liable therefor under the provisions hereof within 30 days after a bill therefor is sent to such person by the Borough. Upon failure to pay such charges within such time, the same shall be collectible by the Borough by an action in assumpsit or in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims.
[Amended 9-16-2014 by Ord. No. 1189]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense. Violations shall also be deemed to include failure to comply with the timelines established for the work as required in § 246-3.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to laying sidewalks or curbs.
[Adopted 2-4-1969 by Ord. No. 656; amended in its entirety 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094 (Ch. 21, Part 2, of the 1999 Code of Ordinances)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BUSINESS DAY
Any day not a Sunday or a national holiday.
BUSINESS HOURS
Hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on any business day.
CARTWAY
Portion of a street or highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder.
CORPORATION
Natural person, partnership, corporation, association, or any other legal entity.
SIDEWALK
Portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a cartway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by pedestrians.
STREET or HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of a way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
A. 
Every person in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed or cleared away, snow and/or ice from a path of at least 30 inches in width from so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land.
B. 
Except as provided in Subsection C hereof, snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks within 12 hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
C. 
In the event snow and/or ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned in Subsection B hereof, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel reasonably safe and shall, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause to be cleared a path in said sidewalk of at least 30 inches in width.
Every person in charge or control of any building or other structure, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, any accumulation of snow and ice on said building or other structure which is liable to fall on any sidewalk, roadway, or other public way. Such work shall be completed within a reasonable time, but not later than 12 hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet, or freezing rain.
No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow or ice on or immediately next to a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, roadway, or loading and unloading areas of a public transportation system, except that snow and ice may be mounded by the Borough on public cartways incident to the cleaning thereof or mounded on curbs incident to the clearing of sidewalks in business districts.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs, and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.