Village of Coal City, IL
Grundy County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Coal City as §§ 53.1 through 53.99 of the 1984 Code; amended in its entirety 3-26-1990 by Ord. No. 90-01. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water and sewers — See Ch. 51.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD)
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C., expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l), by weight; the amount of oxygen required for biological decomposition of dissolved organic solids to occur under aerobic conditions and at a standardized time and temperature. This does not measure the total organic content of the sewage.
CHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (COD)
That portion of the COD, except the BOD therein, that is biologically resistant to oxidation expressed in milligrams per liter (mg/l) by weight; COD measures the oxygen consumed by potassium dichromate in the presence of a catalyst. Not all of the organics may be consumed or oxidized by this procedure; however, the test does measure most of the organics present in sewage. BOD measures a much smaller fraction of the total organic load.
COMBINED SEWER
A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
GARBAGE
The wastes from the preparation, cooking, and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage, and sale of produce.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial processes, as distinct from sanitary sewage.
MUNICIPALITY
Any municipal corporation having control of combined, sanitary, or storm sewers.
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or other body of surface water or groundwater.
pH
The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
POLLUTION
Any material that would be discharged into a storm sewer, natural outlet, or watercourse that would cause such waters to be devoid of the presence of oxygen.
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
The wastes from the preparation, cooking, and dispensing of foods that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than 1/2 inch in dimension.
PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage on private property.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage, and to which stormwater, surface water, and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
SANITARY SEWAGE
The solid and liquid body discharges from human beings and the liquid wastes from bathtubs, lavatories, kitchen sinks, washtubs, septic tanks, and floor drains.
[Added 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
SEWAGE
See "sanitary sewage."
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
STORM DRAIN
A conduit or sewer which carries stormwater and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.
STORM SEWER
A sewer which carries stormwater and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and polluted industrial wastes.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
The solids that either float on the surface of or are in water, sewage, or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
See "sewage treatment plant."
WATERCOURSE
The channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.
It is the policy of this Village to maintain the most economical and highest standards of treatment of the domestic and industrial wastes collected at the wastewater treatment plant of the Village, in order that such wastes be given the degree of treatment necessary to prevent the pollution of the waters of the state.
A. 
No person shall place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the boundaries of the Village or any area under the jurisdiction of the Village any human or animal excrement, garbage, or other objectionable waste.
B. 
No person shall discharge to any natural outlet within the Village, or any area under the jurisdiction of the Village, any sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, or polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
C. 
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
D. 
Installation and connection of facilities.
(1) 
The owner of each house, building, structure or property used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, situated within the boundaries of the Village, and abutting on any street, alley, or right-of-way in which there is now or may in the future be located a public sanitary sewer, available to and within 200 feet of such house, building, structure, or property, is required at his or her expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the sanitary sewer, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
Failure to install and to connect such facilities to the sanitary sewer shall be deemed a violation of this provision, punishable as hereinafter provided.
(3) 
Application for a permit to make a connection to the sanitary sewer shall be made by the owner to the proper Village authority.
(4) 
In event of failure upon the part of such owner to make the described connection, official notice in writing by the Village authority shall be given to the owner to make such connection, served personally or by mail. If the owner fails, neglects, or refuses to make the connection within 30 days of the date of the notice, he or she shall be deemed to be in violation of this provision, and punishable as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
Where a public sanitary sewer is not available, as provided for in § 52-3D, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Before commencing construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall obtain a written permit signed by the Grundy County Public Health Department.
C. 
A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not be issued or become effective until plans, specifications, and other information as may be deemed necessary by the Grundy County Public Health Department have been approved by the Village Board and the Grundy County Public Health Department. The Grundy County Public Health Department shall be permitted to inspect such system at any stage of construction. The owner shall notify the Grundy County Public Health Department when such system is ready for final inspection before underground portions thereof are covered. Such final inspection shall be made by the Grundy County Public Health Department within 48 hours of the receipt of notice.
D. 
The type, capacities, location, and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with the recommendations of the state Department of Public Health, state Environmental Protection Agency, state law, and Grundy County Health Department. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than 40,000 square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge into any public sewer or natural outlet.
E. 
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this chapter and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.
F. 
No statement contained in this section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the department of public health (state Environmental Protection Agency, state law, and Grundy County Health Department).
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
A. 
No sanitary sewer which is designed and is to be constructed so as to constitute an integral part of the system of sanitary sewers within the boundaries of this Village as such boundaries are now or hereafter defined and limited, to be controlled, operated and maintained by the municipalities now or hereafter within and served by this Village, shall be constructed unless the Building and Zoning Official has been furnished with a complete set of plans and specifications, prepared by competent engineering assistance.
B. 
The Village Engineer, with the approval of the Village Board, shall have the authority to approve or disapprove such plans and specifications, when in the exercise of his or her discretion he or she finds that such proposed construction is or is not consistent with accepted engineering practice, that it is or is not designed for competent treatment of the domestic or other sewage and wastes to be conveyed thereby to the sewage treatment plant of the Village, and that it is or is not consistent with the public health and sanitation of the inhabitants of the Village.
A. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff water, subsurface drainage, cooling water, or unpolluted industrial process water to any sanitary sewer. Combined sewers shall not be constructed.
B. 
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers or storm drains, or to a natural outlet approved by the Village Board or its designee. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, upon the approval of the Village Board or its designee, to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
C. 
Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes into any public sewer:
(1) 
Any liquid or vapor, discharged from an industrial plant having temperature higher than 150° F.;
(2) 
Any water or waste which may contain more than 100 mg/l by weight of fat, oil, or grease;
(3) 
Any gasoline, benzine, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquids, solids, or gas;
(4) 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded;
(5) 
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, paunch manure, or other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage treatment plant;
(6) 
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.0, or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment, and personnel of the sewage treatment plant;
(7) 
Any waters or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constituting a hazard to humans or animals, or creating any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant;
(8) 
Any waters or wastes containing suspended solids of such character in quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the sewage treatment plant;
(9) 
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance capable of creating a public nuisance;
(10) 
Any waters or wastes containing radioactive material or radioisotopes (giving off radiant energy in the form of alpha, beta or gamma rays) in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constituting a hazard to humans or animals, or creating any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant.
D. 
Grease, oil, and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Village Engineer and the Village Board, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand, or other harmful ingredients; however, such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Village Engineer and Village Board, and shall be located so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
E. 
Where installed, all grease, oil, and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owner, at his or her expense, and in a continuously efficient operation at all times.
F. 
Review; preliminary treatment.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
(1) 
The admission into public sanitary sewers of any waters or wastes having any of the following characteristics shall be subject to the review and approval of the Village Engineer and Village Board:
(a) 
A five-day BOD greater than 300 mg/l by weight;
(b) 
Containing more than 350 mg/l by weight of suspended solids;
(c) 
Containing more than 700 mg/l by weight of COD;
(d) 
Containing any quantity of substances having the characteristics described in Subsection C of this section; or
(e) 
Having an average daily flow greater than 2% of the average daily flow of the Village.
(2) 
Where necessary in the opinion of the Village Engineer and Village Board, the owner shall provide, at his or her expense, such preliminary treatment as may be required to:
(a) 
Reduce the BOD to 300 mg/l, the suspended solids to 350 mg/l, and the COD to 700 mg/l by weight;
(b) 
Reduce objectionable characteristics and constituents to within the maximum limits provided in Subsection C of this section; or
(c) 
Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes.
G. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into any sanitary sewer, which flows directly or indirectly into any sanitary sewer in the Village, any industrial wastes, the treatment whereof has been approved by the Village, unless there has first been paid to the Village by the producer of such industrial wastes the fair additional construction, maintenance, and operating costs of the sewage treatment plant not covered by normal taxes for the treatment and purification of such industrial wastes.
H. 
A sampling manhole shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Village Engineer and the Village Board, it is necessary for the sampling and measurement of liquid waste; however, such manholes shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All sampling manholes shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Village Engineer and Village Board, and shall be located so as to be readily and easily accessible for sampling and flow measurement.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
I. 
No statement contained in this section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the Village and any person, whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the Village for treatment, subject to payment therefor by the person.
No person shall maliciously, willfully, or wantonly break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface, or tamper with any of the appurtenances, equipment, machinery, or structures of the wastewater treatment plant. Any violation hereof shall be punishable as hereinafter provided.
A. 
Whenever and wherever within the boundaries of the Village it appears that any person, firm, or corporation is violating any of the provisions of this chapter, the Public Works Director or enforcement officer of this Village may cause to be served, personally or by mail, upon the alleged offender, a notice in writing stating the date and nature of the alleged offense, and directing that same cease and desist immediately upon service of the notice, and that the act or omission causing such violation to be corrected within 30 days, or within such reasonable time as the circumstances may require. However, such notice shall not be a condition precedent to prosecution for such violation.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
B. 
The failure, neglect and refusal of the person alleged to be in such violation to cease and desist therefrom within the time stated in such notice shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of this chapter, and punishable as hereinafter provided.
A. 
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter for which no other penalty has been established shall be punished as set forth in § 10-99 of the Code.
B. 
Any person who is apprehended in the violation of the provisions of § 52-7 shall be charged and prosecuted by the Village pursuant to the provisions of ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 21-1.
C. 
Whoever violates the provisions of § 52-8 and who fails, neglects, and refuses to comply with the provisions thereof, within the time limited thereby, shall be prosecuted in an action for a misdemeanor instituted on the complaint of the Public Works Director or enforcement officer of the Village before the Circuit Court of Grundy County, and upon conviction shall be fined in any amount not less than $75 and not exceeding $750 and costs. Each day in which any violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 7-27-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16]
D. 
The foregoing penalties and prosecutions therefor shall not be held or construed as constituting a bar, release or waiver by the Village to the prosecution by the Village for any civil damages it may sustain because of violation by any person of the provisions hereof where it shall appear that such violation has occasioned damage to the appurtenances, machinery, equipment, and buildings of the Village.