[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 3877 (Ch. 145 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 285.
All fire hydrants located within the Township of Union, in the County of Union, are and shall be for the use only of the Fire Department of said Township, and no other person or persons, firm or corporation shall use the same, except in a manner as hereinafter provided.
Any person, persons, firm or corporation, desiring to use any fire hydrant in the Township of Union, for lawful business and for legitimate and necessary reasons, shall make application, in writing, therefor to the Chief of the Fire Department or his designated representative and shall present written permission for the use thereof from the water company serving water to such fire hydrant, as the case may be, and the Chief of the Fire Department of said Township shall thereupon, in his discretion, have power to grant such application. For every permit so granted, the applicant shall pay to the Fire Department the sum of $100 for the use of said fire hydrant. If the Chief of the Fire Department or his designated representative approves such application and the proper fee is received by the Fire Department, the Fire Department shall loan said applicant the proper hydrant wrench for applicant's use. The applicant is hereby required to sign a statement, absolving the Fire Department, its members and the Township and its members from any liability in connection with such use of the fire hydrant. In addition, the applicant shall sign a statement acknowledging that any damage incurred to the fire hydrant shall be the liability of the applicant. Upon the expiration date of the permit, the applicant shall notify the Fire Department that said applicant has completed use of the fire hydrant, and the applicant shall return the hydrant wrench to the Fire Department. After inspection of the fire hydrant by the Fire Department and ascertaining that there is no damage to the fire hydrant, a release shall be signed by the Fire Chief or his designated representative.
Any person, persons, firm or corporation, using or attempting to use any fire hydrant in the Township of Union without having made proper application in writing and obtaining said hydrant wrench, as heretofore set forth, or who uses or attempts to use any wrench or other tool or implementation for the purpose of opening or using any fire hydrant in said Township, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or in any other place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for any term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,250 or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
Complaints for violation of this chapter shall be made by the Chief of the Fire Department or his designated representative, and all fines shall be collected for the benefit of the Fire Department of said Township and shall be transferred to the account of the Fire Department on the first day of the month next after said fine has been imposed and collected.