Borough of Wood-Ridge, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wood-Ridge 12-26-1975 by Ord. No. 700 as Ch. XII of the 1975 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 208 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sanitation — See Ch. 580, § 580-24.
The Borough sewer system shall be used to carry refuse from kitchen or slop sinks, bath or laundry tubs, urinals or other like sources and the wastes from toilets.
No owner of any building or place shall allow or permit the exhaust from any steam engine or boiler to discharge directly into the sewer.
No person, without special permission of the Council, shall discharge or cause or suffer to be discharged into the sewer system any refuse or wastes other than those specified in § 435-1, nor any rain water or stormwater, surface or subsoil or cellar drainage waters, nor wastewater from any water motor.
Special permission may be granted by the Council to the owners or occupants of mills, factories or other places of business to discharge into the sewer system any water or other fluids that will not deposit a sediment or obstruction, but in each case such permission shall be upon such conditions and terms as the Council shall fix and determine. Every permit shall at all times be revocable at the pleasure of the Council.
Except by permission of the Borough Council, no person shall injure, break, remove or meddle with any portion of any manhole, lamp hole, flush tank, catch basin or other appliance of the sewer system, and no person shall throw, discharge or cause to be thrown in or into any sewer opening or receptacle connected with the sewer system any garbage, offal, dead animals, vegetable parings, ashes, cinders, rags or other articles, things or matters which are liable to injure the sewer system or to obstruct the flow of sewage therein.
No person shall lay, alter or repair any house drain or sewer or do any plumbing work with the sewer system unless the work shall comply with state and county requirements and unless he shall have first obtained a license therefor and also a permit as hereinafter required.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original §§ 208-7 through 208-10, pertaining to licenses, which immediately followed this section, were repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
No person shall open or dig up any street or public place within the Borough in order to make a connection with the sewer system, nor shall anyone tap or make a connection with the sewer system or any part thereof without first obtaining a permit therefor.
A permit to make a sewer connection shall be issued by the Borough Clerk only when the following requirements have been complied with:
A. 
The owner of the property for which the connection is desired shall apply therefor in writing, stating the name of the owner, the character and dimensions of the building to be connected, a description of the lot or curtilage whereon the building is located, the precise location of the building thereon and the name of the person to do the work of making such connections. The tenor and form of the application shall be as prescribed by the Council.
B. 
Before final connection with the sewer system, a statement from the Board of Health that the plumbing in the building is in accordance with the rules of or is approved by the Board of Health shall be filed with the Clerk.
C. 
Fees.
[Amended 6-15-1987 by Ord. No. 87-11]
(1) 
The permit fee as set forth in Subsection D shall accompany the application and statement to make a sewer connection.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
(2) 
In addition to the fees collected in accordance with Subsection C(1) above, there shall be collected a fee from each user representing a fair payment toward the cost of the sewer system, as per Subsections E and F hereof.
D. 
As referenced hereinabove in Subsection C, the following permit fees shall apply as a one-time charge on new structures built within the Borough having a connection to any public sewer system, in addition to other connecting fees permitted by Borough ordinance:
[Added 1-17-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-5; amended 12-1-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-25]
(1) 
Single-family structure: $1,500.
(2) 
Multifamily structure: $2,000 per unit. Multifamily structures are to be billed per each unit and shall include apartments, apartment buildings, condominiums and any detached or attached home, townhome, row house, etc., which contains more than one livable unit.
(3) 
Commercial and industrial.
(a) 
Zero to 500 gallons per day: $1,000.
(b) 
Five hundred one to 1,000 gallons per day: $1,500.
(c) 
One thousand one to 2,000 gallons per day: $2,000.
(d) 
Over 2,001 gallons per day: $3,000.
E. 
Classes of users.
[Added 6-15-1987 by Ord. No. 87-11]
(1) 
There shall be a division of classes of users based upon the average flow of gallons of sewage per day within each of said classes.
(2) 
The classes of users shall be:
(a) 
Class I, Residential (one-family, two-family and multifamily).
(b) 
Class II, Commercial.
(c) 
Class III, Industrial.
(3) 
The classes above shall be further divided into subclasses, as follows:
(a) 
Class I, Residential.
[1] 
Single-family.
[2] 
Two-family.
(b) 
Class II, Commercial.
[1] 
Zero to 999 gallons per day (gpd).
[2] 
One thousand to 1,999 gpd.
[3] 
Greater than 2,000 gpd.
(c) 
Class III, Industrial.
[1] 
Zero to 4,999 gpd.
[2] 
Five thousand to 9,999 gpd.
[3] 
Greater than 10,000 gpd.
(4) 
The average flow of gallons of sewage per day within Class I shall, for the purposes of setting the fees herein, be considered a single "unit."
(5) 
Units within each class and subclass shall be updated by the Borough Engineer in his/her sole discretion, as the same may be necessary, and this chapter shall be amended accordingly.
(6) 
The number of units within each class or subclass shall be as follows:
(a) 
Class I.
[1] 
One unit.
[2] 
One unit.
[3] 
Actual number of dwelling units in the building.
(b) 
Class II.
[1] 
Five units.
[2] 
Nine units.
[3] 
Based on flow calculations.
(c) 
Class III.
[1] 
Twenty-three units.
[2] 
Forty-seven units.
[3] 
Based on flow calculations.
F. 
The fee charged to each new connecting user, in addition to that charged pursuant to Subsection C hereof, shall be computed as follows:
[Added 6-15-1987 by Ord. No. 87-11]
(1) 
The amount representing all debt service, including but not limited to sinking funds, reserve funds, the principal and interest on bonds, and the amount of any loan and interest thereon, paid by the Borough authority to defray the capital cost of developing the system as of the end of the immediately preceding fiscal year of the Borough shall be added to all capital expenditures made by the Borough not funded by a bond ordinance or debt for the development of the system as of the end of the immediately preceding fiscal year of the authority.
(2) 
Any gifts, contributions or subsidies to the Borough received from and not reimbursed or reimbursable to any federal, state, county or municipal government or agency or any private person and that portion of amounts paid to the Borough by a public entity under a service agreement or service contract which is not repaid to the public entity by the Borough shall then be subtracted.
(3) 
The remainder shall be divided by the total number of service units served by the Borough at the end of the immediately preceding fiscal year of the Borough, and the results shall then be apportioned to each new connector according to the number of service units attributed to that connector, to produce the connector's contribution to the cost of the system.
(4) 
The cost per unit shall be set forth at Subsection D(2), as amended.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
G. 
The connection fee shall be recomputed at the end of each fiscal year of the Borough after a public hearing.
[Added 6-15-1987 by Ord. No. 87-11]
[Amended 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
A separate permit shall be obtained for each separate building for which a connection is desired.
No permit shall be deemed to authorize anything to be done which is not stated in the application therefor.
Any person licensed to make any sewer connections who shall proceed with any work under a permit obtained by an application containing any material misrepresentation shall be liable to have his license suspended or revoked as the Council may determine.
A. 
All connections with the sewer system shall be made carefully and in a workmanlike manner.
B. 
The pipe shall be of iron or salt-glazed petrified earthenware of good quality.
C. 
The pipe shall be all laid true to grade as nearly as possible in a straight line, except for the connection with a sewer main, where curved pipe must probably be used.
All openings and excavated material shall be disposed of so as not to inconvenience travel on the affected streets, obstruct the free flow of water along gutters or interfere with immediate access to fire hydrants.
A. 
No person shall open any street or other public place in which sewers were laid in order to lay therein any pipe for water, gas, steam or other purpose unless he shall give the Borough Clerk at least 24 hours' notice before making such opening. The notice shall state the character of the work to be done and the method to be employed.
B. 
All work shall be done under the supervision and direction of the Construction Code Official, who is empowered to direct and control the method employed in such work. Any failure to observe and obey such directions shall constitute a violation of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
All cesspools upon properties connected with sewers shall, after such connection is made, be abolished and the vaults cleaned and filled in the manner required by the Board of Health.
The Council, without liability to answer in any manner therefor, may direct to be stopped and disconnected any sewer, pipe or drain from which anything is discharged that is likely to injure or obstruct the sewer system.
[Amended 7-20-1992 by Ord. No. 92-15]
A. 
The Rules and Regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority are hereby incorporated into and made a part of this section.
(1) 
All references to "Rules and Regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority" shall mean and refer to the rules and regulations governing the use of public and private sewers, an industrial cost recovery system and a user charge system contained within a code titled "Bergen County Utilities Authority Rules and Regulations for the Direct and Indirect Discharge of Wastewater to the Bergen County Utilities Authority Treatment Works," as approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which are hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference and which may, from time to time, be amended.
(2) 
At least three copies of the Rules and Regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority have been and are filed in the office of the Clerk of the Borough of Wood-Ridge.
(3) 
The use and operation of all sanitary sewers within the Borough of Wood-Ridge shall be in compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority, which may, from time to time, be amended.
(4) 
Any conflict or inconsistency between the requirements of this chapter and the applicable rules and regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority, which may, from time to time, be amended, shall be resolved in favor of the more restrictive requirements.
(5) 
The Borough Engineer may adopt rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the provisions of this chapter, and any violation of any such rule or regulation shall be deemed to constitute a violation of this chapter.
B. 
The Borough Council, Borough Engineer and such inspectors or superintendents of streets and sewers as may from time to time be appointed are authorized and charged to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to give directions in respect to any matter likely to result in injury to the sewer system or to the proper management and operation thereof.
[Added 12-4-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-14]
A. 
Sanitary sewer user charges for users who are connected to a sewer service other than the Borough of Wood-Ridge are as follows:
(1) 
Dwelling units: $160 per unit.
(2) 
Business/retail: $0.60 per square foot of floor area of all nonresidential uses.
B. 
The imposition of said charges and/or fees required herein shall only apply to those units which are subject to a PILOT or tax abatement agreement (N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-9 et seq.) between the Borough of Wood-Ridge and the relevant property owner. The charges and/or fees hereunder shall be due and payable upon the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Borough of Wood-Ridge and/or its designated delegate.
C. 
A dwelling unit shall be defined as a place to be occupied exclusively by a family, having its own cooking and sanitary facilities and further being independent of and not relating to any other dwelling unit in the building. Each charge shall be due with the first-quarter tax payment commencing on February 1, 2013.
D. 
The Borough Council may, from time to time, by resolution, allow a credit to senior citizens or disabled individuals, which amount shall be subject to period increases by resolution.
E. 
For the following five years, the fee shall be increased by an amount equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), New York - Northeastern New Jersey (Base Index 1982-84) from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2018. In order to implement this increase for the balance of the term, the amount which would otherwise have been due in the absence of an increase in the CPI shall be determined. There shall be added to that amount an additional sum equal to that sum multiplied by the percentage increase in said CPI as set forth herein. The resulting amount due shall be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
F. 
This section shall take effect on January 1, 2012, and the same shall be used to calculate all subsequent billings.
[Added 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
Any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II.