City of Lebanon, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. 14-1972, 73 § 2, passed 4-10-1972]
After the passage and approval of all ordinances for the laying of sanitary sewers and house connections in any public highway in the City, the City Engineer shall prepare plans and specifications and maps for such sewerage, setting forth all information, conditions and stipulations necessary for the proper performance of the work authorized. The costs and expenses of local lateral branch, including house connections to the curbs and other sanitary sewers, may be assessed against the property benefited, improved or accommodated according to the front foot rule, or according to the assessed valuation thereof for City purposes or according to benefits.
[Ord. 41-1964, 65 § 1, passed 11-23-1964; Ord. 14-1972, 73 § 2, passed 4-10-1972]
The City Engineer, in preparing plans and specifications for construction of sewers, shall make provisions in such plans and specifications for the construction of house laterals extending from the main sewer line to the inner curb line on both sides of the street. Such house laterals shall be constructed and included in the contract for construction of the main sewer line. The cost thereof shall be charged against the land of such owner for whose benefit such house laterals are laid. Costs may be ascertained by the actual length of house lateral laid and shall be assessed against such property. Nonpayment of costs for house laterals shall subject the property to a lien under the same terms as provided for in case of nonpayment of assessments for the main sewer.
[Ord. 35-1980, 81 § 1, passed 6-23-1980]
Immediately after the completion of the work provided for, the City Engineer is authorized to ascertain the exact cost and expense of the work according to the manner hereinafter provided and in accordance with the Municipal Lien Law of May 16, 1923 (P.L. 207), as amended, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision of June 2, 1978, Palmer Township Municipal Sewer Authority vs. Witty, cited at 479 PA 249, 388 Atlantic second 306.
[1942 Code C. 22 § 7]
The City Engineer, immediately after the completion of the improvement herein provided for, shall make a certificate, in which he shall state the day or time on which the improvement was completed, and shall file the same with the City Clerk, and the day or time mentioned in the certificate shall be conclusive on all parties as to the time the work was completed. He shall also furnish to the City Clerk a certificate showing the time on which the improvement herein provided for was commenced, and the certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the time when the improvement was begun, and the City Clerk shall enter the same in a book to be kept by him for such purpose.
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Editor's Note: This section was repealed by Ord. 35-1980, 81 § 1, passed 6-23-1980.
[1942 Code C.22 § 9]
It shall be the duty of the City Treasurer to certify immediately to the City Solicitor a complete copy of the assessment as made by the City Engineer, and the name of all persons assessed as herein provided for who have not paid in full, together with a description of the properties upon which assessment has been made, which description must be prepared by the City Engineer and furnished to the City Treasurer.
The City Solicitor shall enter specifications of lien therefor and shall proceed to collect the same according to law, with interest, cost and five percent penalty. The City Treasurer is hereby especially directed to certify to the City Solicitor the names of all persons who have not paid the assessment, and other details requisite for the imposition of a lien in order that liens may be filed in all cases within six months from the completion of the work, and in order that the City Solicitor may have two full months within which to file specifications of lien therefor, before the expiration of six months from the completion of the work.
[Ord. 57-1948, 49 § 2, passed 6-13-1949]
The City Engineer shall make a monthly estimate of the amount and cost of the work done during the preceding month, plus any amount not previously estimated. Such estimate shall be based on the contract price mid shall bear the Engineer's certification to 90% of the same. The estimate shall be made on the tenth day of the month and shall be delivered to the Director of Parks and Public Property for his approval. It shall then be submitted for payment in the manner prescribed for the payment of other bills. The amount thus certified shall be paid to the contractor by the twentieth day of the month.
[Ord. 57-1948, 49 § 2, passed 6-13-1949]
Before the final passage of any ordinance for the construction of any sanitary sewer where the payment of the cost thereof shall not be borne entirely by the City, to the extent that such cost shall not be borne by the City, and to the extent that funds have not been already provided, the Director of Accounts and Finance shall cause temporary evidences of indebtedness to be issued in the manner prescribed by the Municipal Borrowing Law of June 25, 1941 (P.L. 159), as amended. The proceeds of such temporary evidences of indebtedness shall be placed in a special fund to be known as the Sanitary Sewer Construction Fund, from which Fund shall be paid all bills referred to in Section 925.07.
[Ord. 57-1948, 49 § 2, passed 6-13-1949]
Immediately upon the completion of the construction of the sewers herein provided for or hereinafter provided for, and before the expiration of the current fiscal year, the Director of Accounts and Finance shall ascertain the sum necessary to retire and pay the temporary evidences of indebtedness hereinbefore provided for, and shall further determine the amount for which liens and/or municipal claims have been filed by the City Solicitor, and to that extent, and to that amount, shall cause to be issued general obligation bonds in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Borrowing Law of June 25, 1941 (P.L. 159). Proceeds from the sale of such bonds shall be used to pay off the temporary indebtedness previously issued in anticipation of current revenues as hereinbefore provided.
[Ord. 36-2002, 03 § 1, passed 12-16-2002]
No sanitary sewer house lateral shall be laid from the street sanitary sewer system to the building unless a permit for the same shall first be obtained as provided herein.
The applicant for a permit to lay a house sanitary sewer lateral from the street's sanitary sewer system shall apply in writing to the Department of Public Works stating in the application the name of the owner of the premises which it is desired to connect with the sanitary sewer system, giving the house and street number, whereupon a permit shall be issued to such applicant, after an additional excavation permit has been issued, which permit shall be directed to the Director of Public Works-City Engineer and/or the Plumbing Inspector and which permit shall, in substance, authorize such connection to be made.
The applicant for the permit shall pay, in all cases, for connection with the sanitary sewer system and the premises of the applicant, as follows:
(a) 
Where a "Y" is placed in the street sewer abutting upon the premises of the applicant or a lateral sewer has been laid therefrom to the curb line, the fee shall be $50.
(b) 
Where no "Y" is placed in the street sewer abutting upon the premises of the applicant, the fee shall be $500. Where the size of the street sewer main exceeds eight inches in diameter, the fee shall be $500 plus the actual cost to the City for the time and materials expended and used to effect the tap-in.
(c) 
Where only general maintenance is required on the house lateral, the fee shall be $30.
No house lateral from the street main to the building shall be covered up until it has been inspected by the Director of Public Works-City Engineer, the Plumbing Inspector or their duly authorized representative, and the work and material certified by him to have been of required quality.
[Ord. 74-1984, 85 § 1, passed 8-26-1985]
Where no "Y" is placed in the street sewer abutting upon the premises of the applicant, the connection with the street sewer shall be made entirely by the Superintendent of Sewers. However, the lateral sewer from its point of connection with the street sewer to the building is the responsibility of the applicant and shall be laid under the inspection of the Superintendent of Sewers or the Plumbing Inspector, the work and material to be in accordance with that required by the current standard sanitary sewer specification and the City Plumbing Code.
[1942 Code C.22 § 14]
It shall be the duty of the City Engineer to notify, before any contract is finally awarded for the paving of any street, alley or other highway, by publication in at least one daily newspaper and by personal service upon such owners as can be found, and by leaving a written or printed copy of such notice upon the premises, which notice shall require all such property owners to make the necessary house connections contemplated by them with the main sewer pipe, gas pipe, steam heating pipe, water pipe or other mains in such street, within a reasonable time, to be fixed by the City Engineer, not exceeding 60 days, and conduct the service pipes or sewers from the mains in the street to the sidewalk inside the curb line.
It shall be the duty of all such owners of property, within the time fixed by the City Engineer, to make such connections under the direction of and subject to the regulations in each case as shall be fixed by the City Engineer.
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Editor's Note: Section 925.13 was repealed by Ord. 74-1984, 85 § 1, passed 8-26-1985.
[1942 Code C. 22 § 16]
No person shall use the sanitary sewers in any manner whatever, until the same have been completed, accepted by the City and a certificate of the completion thereof filed by the City Engineer.
[Ord. 37-1960, 61 § 2, passed 3-13-1961; Ord. 82-1976, 77 § 1, passed 6-30-1977]
The City reserves the right to refuse permission to connect to the sewer system, to compel discontinuance of use of the sewer system or to compel pretreatment of industrial wastes by any industry in order to prevent discharges deemed harmful or to have a deleterious effect upon any portion of the sewer system. The discharge of roof water, storm water, surface drainage and building foundation drainage to the sewer system is expressly prohibited. No sewage or industrial wastes shall be discharged to the sewer system:
(a) 
Having a temperature higher than 100° F.;
(b) 
Containing more than 120 parts per million by weight of tar, oil and/or grease;
(c) 
Containing any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquids, solids or gases;
(d) 
Containing any garbage which has not been ground by a household type or other suitable garbage grinder;
(e) 
Containing any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, paunch manure, cotton, wool, plastics or other fibers, or any other solid or viscous substances capable of causing interference with proper operation of the sewer system;
(f) 
Having a pH lower than 6.5 or higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazards to structures, equipment or personnel of the sewer system;
(g) 
Containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage or sludge treatment process, constitute hazards to humans or create any hazard in sewer system operation. Toxic wastes shall include, but not by way of limitation, wastes containing cyanide, chromium and/or copper ions;
(h) 
Containing noxious or malodorous gases or substances capable of creating a public nuisance.
(i) 
Which interferes with, passes through untreated or otherwise is incompatible with the system.
[Ord. 37-1960, 61 § 2, passed 3-13-1961]
Industries shall install suitable pretreatment facilities to meet the requirements stipulated herein.
(a) 
Equalizing Waste Flows; Regulating Devices. The City reserves the right to require industry having large variations in rates of waste discharge to install suitable regulating devices for equalizing waste flows.
(b) 
City right of inspection. The City's representatives shall have access at all reasonable times to industrial establishments an any meters used for establishing or determining water consumption, water excluded from the sewer system and sewage and/or waste waters discharged to the sewer system.
(c) 
Manhole. When directed by the City, industrial establishments shall install, pay for and maintain a manhole and other devices as may be approved by the City to facilitate observation, measurement and sampling of waste waters discharged to the sewer system.
(d) 
Industrial wastes permit required. Industrial establishments desiring to discharge industrial wastes to the sewer system shall obtain a permit from the City to do so upon notification by the City. Applications for a permit to discharge industrial wastes shall be accompanied by all information requested by the City for the determination of industrial waste volumes, characteristics and constituents. The cost for obtaining such information shall be borne by the industrial establishment.
(e) 
Information to be furnished City. Industrial establishments discharging sanitary sewage and/or industrial wastes to the sewer system shall furnish the City, upon request, all information deemed essential by the City for the determination of applicable sewer rental surcharges for excess strength wastes. The cost of obtaining such information shall be borne by the industrial establishment.
[1942 Code C. 22 § 18]
No person, owner or occupier of any premises which are or which hereafter shall be connected with the sanitary sewer system, shall drain any cellar water into the sewer system, or permit, construct or operate any device for the draining of such cellar water into the sanitary sewer system.
For the purpose of securing compliance with the provisions of this section, the Superintendent of Sewers is hereby authorized, at reasonable times, to visit and inspect all premises connected with the sanitary sewer system, provided that such person, upon demand, shall show a card, signed by the Director of Parks and Public Property, certifying that the bearer of such card is authorized to inspect premises connected with the sanitary sewer system of the City.
[1942 Code C.22 § 19]
No person shall lay any pipe through any sewer of the City.
[1942 Code C.22 § 22]
No privy vault or cesspool for sewage shall be constructed in any part of the City where a sewer is at all accessible, which shall be determined by the Bureau of Health, nor shall any person continue a privy vault or cesspool on any lot, piece or parcel of ground abutting on or contiguous to any public sewer within the City. The Bureau of Health shall have the power to issue notice, giving at least three months' time to discontinue the use of any cesspool and have it cleaned and filled up. No connection for any cesspool or privy vault shall be made with any sewer, nor shall any water closet or house drain empty into a cesspool or privy vault.
[Ord. 82-1976, 77 § 2, passed 6-30-1977]
Industries shall, at their expense, install any pre-treatment facility from time to time required by either the City or the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States. Compliance with the pre-treatment requirements of the City shall not relieve industry from the obligation of complying with the pre-treatment requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency, if such pre-treatment requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency are more stringent than those of the City.
[Ord. 40-1970, 71 § 14, passed 5-24-1971]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be fined not more than $300 and/or imprisoned not more than 90 days.