From and after January 1, 1967, the sanitary sewer service of the City shall be operated as a self-liquidating utility, and charges for such service shall be imposed upon users thereof. The revenues derived shall be dedicated to the purposes of the service as a self-liquidating utility.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE
- The piping or other appurtenance necessary to connect the premises owned or leased by the customer to the sewer lateral located at the curbline.
- SEWER LATERAL
- The "Y" connection or "T" connection and the service pipe extending from the sewer main to the curbline.
- SEWER MAIN
- The city-owned piping in or along public highways and streets or along privately and publicly owned rights-of-way used for the transmission of sewage.
[Amended 4-3-2007 by Ord. No. 10-2007]
It is the policy of the City to protect the public health, safety and welfare. These regulations reflect a realization of the benefits of connecting existing properties to the municipal sewer system to protect the public health, safety and welfare. Where there has been an extension of sewer mains, the owners of property located within 100 feet of the sewer main measured from their property line shall be required to connect their premises to the municipal sewer system within 180 days after notification from the City to make the connection.
Exception. Unless otherwise required by state law, a residential property owner may delay connection to the municipal sewer system if the property owner already has an existing private subsurface sewage disposal system servicing the premises that is operating properly.
Testing protocol. It is recommended that a test of the private subsurface sewage disposal system shall be conducted at least once every three years at the expense of the property owner in accordance with the Technical Guidance for Inspections of On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems published by NJDEP. If the property owner chooses to undertake the test, the test shall be performed by a licensed professional engineer. A copy of the written report setting forth the results of the test shall be filed with the Cumberland County Health Department for review and further action, if required. A copy of the report also shall be filed with the Superintendent of the Municipal Sewer Utility.
Noncompliance. If the Cumberland County Health Department determines that the private system which services the premises is malfunctioning, the Superintendent shall notify the property owner that connection to the municipal sewer system must be made within 180 days. If the private system represents an immediate health risk as determined by the Cumberland County Health Department, the connection shall be made forthwith.
Annual report. The Superintendent of the Sewer Utility shall file an annual report with the Commissioner in charge of the Department and the City Clerk which contains the following information: The location of each property (block and lot number and street address) excepted from the connection to the municipal sewer system pursuant to these regulations; the name and address of each property owner; the date of each test report received for the subject property; and the results set forth in the test report (pass or fail).
When there has been completion of construction of sewer mains, the Superintendent is directed to give written notice to adjacent property owners within 30 days of completion of construction, that the property owners must connect their house or other building to the system. Said notice shall be in writing and sent by regular and certified mail, return receipt requested, to the property owners last known address.
No person, firm or corporation shall make any direct connection with the public sewer system or alter or repair any connection with the public sewer system without having first obtained all appropriate written permits from the City of Millville.
Each building shall have an individual sewer lateral and individual customer service line when connected to the public sewer system unless an exception to this requirement is approved by the City Engineer. Existing connections found to be in violation of this subsection shall be required to connect properly to the public sewer system within 180 days after notice to make the correction, unless an exception to this requirement is approved by the City Engineer for good cause. It is the general policy of the City that cross-connections involving separate buildings owned by separate customers shall not be permitted.
Compliance with existing regulations. Each permit to connect with the public sewer system shall require that the applicant for the permit agree that it or he shall carefully make the connection with the public sewer system in the manner prescribed by the rules and regulations in existence. Secondly, it or he shall indemnify and save harmless the City from all accidents or damages caused by any negligence in protecting his work, or any imperfect or inadequate work done. Thirdly, it or he shall faithfully comply with the regulations of the City and shall replace and restore the sidewalk, pavement or street surface over any opening that may be made. All work performed shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the City Engineer.
Qualified contractor required. Connections with the public sewer system shall be made only by a plumber licensed by the State of New Jersey or by some other person duly authorized by the city. Connections shall be made with suitable material approved by the city. All work included in the construction of connections with the public sewer system shall be done to the satisfaction of the City Engineer or Superintendent of the Sewer Utility, and the person or persons performing the work shall accept as final all decisions of the City Engineer or Superintendent of the Sewer Utility as to the fitness of materials furnished or work performed and shall immediately replace all materials or work rejected.
Inspections. No connections shall be covered until inspected by a duly authorized representative of the city.
All sewer mains laid within the City shall be at least eight inches or more in diameter or as may be prescribed by the City Engineer.
Applications for extension of service shall be made to the office of the City Clerk who shall report the same to the Superintendent of the Sewer Utility and to the City Engineer. The Superintendent of the Sewer Utility, together with the City Engineer, shall estimate the cost of the extension and shall estimate the annual revenue to be derived from the extension of service.
[Amended 4-2-2002 by Ord. No. 13-2002]
When an application for the extension of sewer service is filed with the City, the following requirements shall apply and the cost of the projected extension shall be paid in the following manner at the option of the City:
All construction shall be completed by the applicant in accordance with the design standards approved by the City Engineer and in conformity with the Land Use and Development Regulations contained in Chapter 30.
The construction shall thereafter become the property of the City upon connection with the sewer system of the City, the approval of the construction by the City Engineer, and the adoption of an ordinance accepting the dedication of the improvements.
The City shall require the applicant to pay the entire cost for the installation of sewer mains, sewer laterals, and related improvements where no discernible public benefit is involved. This requirement shall apply to extensions of sewer service to individuals and to commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential developments.
In the alternative, the City may negotiate an agreement with the applicant to share a portion of the cost for the installation of sewer mains, sewer laterals, and related improvements where there is a discernible public benefit involved. Before determining whether the City will contribute to the cost of the project and in what proportion, City officials shall consider the benefits the project will provide to economic development and job creation, to existing sewer customers, or to future commercial, industrial, institutional and residential developments. Any agreement must be approved by resolution of the governing body.
In lieu of the foregoing, the City may proceed to extend and install service connections, including the construction and installation of sewer mains and sewer laterals and other appurtenances as may be necessary and assess the cost thereof as a local improvement. While the City reserves the right to exercise this power at its option in the discretion of the Board of Commissioners, it will be the policy of the City to do so upon the written consent of 2/3 of the owners of property to be benefited. This percentage will be determined by calculating the estimated cost of such extension and the damages and benefits attributable to each owner affected thereby.
Septic tank emptying permits must be obtained from the Superintendent of the Sewer Utility designating the domestic origin by name and address. The rate charged by the Sewer Utility shall be $0.05 per gallon. The Superintendent of the Sewer Utility shall have the authority to set procedures for the emptying of said effluent, including the authority to suspend all such discharges.