Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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[Adopted 8-18-1933; amended in its entirety 8-13-1979 by Ord. No. 557 (Ch. 70, Art. I, of the 1971 Code)]
The Sewer Inspector shall be the Superintendent of the Borough's municipal sewer system or an authorized Borough employee working under the supervision of said Superintendent. He shall perform the duties as herein set forth and enforce the provisions of this article.
[Amended 10-26-2015 by Ord. No. 865[1]]
The Sewage Enforcement Officer or Officers are the Municipal officials of the Borough of Columbia charged approving permits to construct private sewage disposal units and, officials, representatives and employees of the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also transferred the functions and powers of the Borough of Columbia as to the implementation and enforcement of regulations pertaining to the collection and transportation of wastewater to the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority and designated and appointed the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority as the Council’s agent for purposes of implementation and enforcement.
A. 
No building or premises shall be connected with the Borough's municipal sewer system until and unless a permit for such connection shall be obtained from the Secretary/Treasurer of the Council.
B. 
A fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) shall be paid by the applicant for each permit granted.
[Amended 12-29-1983 by Ord. No. 584; 10-9-1989 by Ord. No. 617]
C. 
The Sewer Inspector shall endorse on such permit the distances and dimensions locating the sewers and the Y- or T-branch in the sewer nearest the desired point of connection.
[Added 10-9-1989 by Ord. No. 617]
A. 
No building or premises which shall have been disconnected from the Borough's municipal sewer system shall be again connected with the Borough's municipal sewer system until and unless a permit for such reconnection shall be obtained from the Secretary/Treasurer of the Council. No repair, maintenance, alteration, extension or upgrading shall be performed affecting the connection of any building or premises to the Borough's municipal sewer system unless a permit for such repair, maintenance, alteration, extension or upgrading shall be obtained from the Secretary/Treasurer of the Council.
B. 
A fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council shall be paid by the applicant for each permit granted for reconnection, repair, maintenance, alteration, extension or upgrading.
C. 
The Sewer Inspector shall endorse on such permit the distances and dimensions locating the sewers and the Y- or T-branch in the sewer nearest the desired point of connection.
A. 
No private sewage disposal unit shall be erected, constructed, altered or extended until and unless a permit for such erection, construction, alteration or extension shall be obtained in the manner set forth herein.
B. 
All applications for permits under this section shall be made to the Borough Secretary/Treasurer who shall refer such application to the Sewage Enforcement Officer designated by the Borough Council of Columbia Borough.
C. 
Applications for permits shall be in writing, shall be signed by the applicant and shall be on the standard form adopted by or prescribed by the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
D. 
The Sewage Enforcement Officer shall issue a permit upon compliance by the applicant with the provisions of the "Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act," Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. 1535,[1] as amended, and any regulations adopted thereunder, as well as this article of Columbia Borough and any regulations adopted pursuant hereto.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 750.1 et seq.
E. 
Fees.
(1) 
The fee charged for the application required herein shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council, and shall be paid by the applicant to the Borough Secretary/Treasurer at the time of filing the application. Said fee shall not be refunded to the applicant in the event that a permit is not granted and shall be charged in addition to the costs of any tests required for the granting of the permit, which costs are to be paid by the applicant directly. Such costs for the following services are as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council:
(a) 
Preparation of application and permit forms.
(b) 
Soil profile description.
(c) 
Percolation test, including digging holes.
(d) 
Percolation test, excluding digging holes.
(e) 
Verification of percolation test.
(f) 
Retest of percolation, including digging holes.
(g) 
Final inspection.
(h) 
Miscellaneous investigation or meetings, minimum charge (time over three hours will be billed at a rate per hour as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council).
(2) 
Any charge or fee for service to applicant not specifically set forth shall be subject to negotiation between the Borough and such applicant.
Any person, firm, association or corporation who shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this article shall, for every such offense, upon conviction before any District Justice, be fined a sum for the use of the Borough of Columbia not exceeding $600 for each and every offense, for each 90 days or fraction thereof that such violation shall persist, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, be subject to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days. All fines and penalties imposed by this article shall be recoverable by summary proceedings before any District Justice of the County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and all fines and penalties shall be paid to the Secretary/Treasurer of said Borough of Columbia.