[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 1]
Unless the context specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Part shall be as follows:
- APPROVED PLUMBER
- A plumber authorized by the Township to perform installation, repair and maintenance services for grinder pump systems.
- The owner of a subdivided tract of land in which a grinder pump or grinder pumps is/are intended to be used to move sewage.
- A generally unexpected occurrence that demands immediate action.
- GRINDER PUMP
- A manufactured device enclosed in an impervious container containing an electrically powered pumping device for the movement of wastewater or sewage with various operating and safety controls as specified from time to time by the Township and owned and maintained by the owner.
- GRINDER PUMP SYSTEM
- The sewage movement system as contained within an owner's property including the inflow sewage pipe from the house, building, or other structure to the grinder pump, the outflow sewage pipe from the grinder pump to the point of connection to the lateral, and including the necessary controls and wiring to energize the grinder pump and controls.
- IMPROVED PROPERTY
- Any property within the Township upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sewage shall or may be discharged.
- Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, of any property located in the Township.
- Any individual, partnership, company, association, corporation, trust, estate or other legally recognized entity.
- SEWER SYSTEM
- The sanitary sewer collection and transportation system owned and operated by the Township.
- The Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, or its designated representative.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 2]
The Township hereby authorizes and requires the installation and use of grinder pumps, when a building drain is too low to accommodate gravity flow of sewage or a pressure sewer has been installed abutting the property, subject to (1) the provisions of this Part; (2) the approval of the Township's sanitary consulting engineer; and, (3) the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and any other governmental agency or entity having jurisdiction.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 3]
The Township hereby approves, authorizes and directs that Grinder Pump Model GP 2010, as manufactured by Environment/one Corporation, or an approved equal, shall be acceptable and used in all grinder pump systems.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 4]
Each developer shall deliver to the Township without charge, one additional (spare) grinder pump for every 10 grinder pump systems to be installed in any residential development. Said spare grinder pumps are to be owned by the Township and be retained for temporary use when an operating grinder pump fails or requires maintenance. If any such development will require less than 10 grinder pumps, the Township shall specify, by special action, the developer's obligation to pay a monetary sum for a portion of the purchase price of a spare grinder pump.
Spare grinder pumps will be available for pickup by an approved plumber from the Township for use under emergency conditions when such pumps are not commercially available. One such spare grinder pump shall be delivered to the approved plumber by the Township for use in temporarily replacing an on-line grinder pump. All remaining spare grinder pumps shall be retained in the Township's possession, but available to the approved plumber as needed for other temporary replacements.
Any owner who elects to purchases a spare grinder pump from the Township for permanent use shall pay its cost for such pump plus an administrative fee of 10% of such cost.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 5]
Owner shall at all times be required to maintain the grinder pump system in proper working order and to the level necessary to abate any nuisance or public health hazard. Each property owner served by a grinder pump shall have full responsibility for using the pump consistent with the manufacture's instructions and shall avoid introducing into the sewer system material that may damage the impellers on the pump, including, but not limited to items designated as biodegradable in septic tanks. Owner shall be wholly and solely responsible for the cost and expense of proper operation, maintenance, and repair of the grinder pump system serving said owner's improved property. Except for providing spare grinder pumps for emergency use as set forth in § 18-604, the Township shall have no responsibility for the operation, maintenance, repair or replacement of any grinder pump system. A temporarily installed spare grinder pump shall be returned to the approved plumber or Township, as the case may be, upon completion of repair or maintenance of the owner's grinder pump.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 6]
Because of the need to have monitored control and consistent performance of grinder pump system repair and maintenance, only an approved plumber will be permitted to install, construct, repair and/or maintain any grinder pump system. An approved plumber shall provide evidence of past experience in plumbing and electrical work for grinder pumps, and provide evidence of adequate insurance coverage. Evidence of insurance coverage shall be presented to the Township in the form of insurance certificates. Insurance certificates shall be kept current with the Township during the period the contractor is installing and maintaining the grinder pumps within the Township. A list of approved plumbers is available from the Township. An approved plumber may be removed from the Township's listing for any of the following reasons:
An approved plumber fails to maintain the required certificates of insurance specified by the Township.
Approved plumber noncompliance with the Township's ordinances, rules or regulations.
Excessive expenditures of Township personnel time and effort to monitor an approved plumber's work performance.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 7]
It shall be unlawful for an owner of an improved property to refuse to allow the Township to enter their property to inspect a grinder pump system to determine whether the grinder pump system is operating property.
[Ord. 741-2007, 6/6/2007, § 8; as amended by Ord. 757-2009, 7/1/2009]
Any violation of §§ 18-602 thorough 18-607 above shall constitute a nuisance and shall be abated by the Township by either seeking mitigation from the owner or by dispatching an approved plumber to repair the grinder pump system; in case of an emergency that threatens the health and safety of residents, at the expense of the owner.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.