[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 11-16-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context or language clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
- EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Any emergency service provided to or for any person within the corporate limits of the Township, or outside of the corporate limits of the Township if such emergency services are provided by an emergency services provider to assist any other municipality or any other emergency services provider upon request of such other municipality or such other emergency services provider, including but not limited to fire emergency services, ambulance emergency services, traffic control services, hazardous materials containment, recovery and/or removal services, removal and clean-up of fallen trees and/or branches services, and removal and clean-up of debris services.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES FEES
- Any and all costs reasonably incurred by the Township, an emergency services provider and/or other persons or agencies acting with the same purpose of providing emergency services, including but not limited to labor, materials, administrative costs, and attorney and engineering fees that result in any way from the Township's and/or such emergency services provider's involvement with the providing of such emergency services and collection of such costs.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDER
- Any person who is duly authorized by the Township to provide emergency services within the corporate limits of the Township and/or other persons or agencies acting with the same purpose of providing such emergency services.
- Any natural person, corporation, firm, partnership, association, organization or other entity.
- The Township of Washington, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Any person who receives and/or is the beneficiary of emergency services shall be liable for any and all emergency services fees incurred by the Township and/or such emergency services provider(s).
Any person liable for emergency services fees as set forth in § 39-2 of this chapter shall, within 30 days of receipt of an invoice for such emergency services from the Township or such emergency services provider, setting forth an itemized list of all emergency services fees reasonably incurred by the Township or such emergency services provider, as applicable, remit payment in full of such invoice to the Township or the emergency services provider, as applicable.
If for any reason any person fails or refuses to remit payment in full of an invoice for emergency services fees within 30 days of receipt of such invoice as set forth in Subsection A of this section, interest shall accrue on all unpaid amounts at the rate of 6% per annum, computed monthly, for each month or fraction of a month during which such invoice remains unpaid, and shall be added to all amounts due and payable pursuant to this chapter.
The Township and/or the emergency services provider, as applicable, shall collect, by suit or otherwise, all emergency services fees and all applicable interest due pursuant to this chapter and unpaid. Whenever suit is brought for the recovery of unpaid emergency services fees, the person liable therefor shall, in addition, be liable for the costs of collection as well as for interest.
The provisions of this chapter are severable. If any sentence, clause, provision or section of this chapter is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of any of the remaining sentences, clauses, provisions and sections of this chapter. It is hereby declared as a legislative intent that this chapter would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid provision not been included herein.