[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of North Branford 8-8-1972 as Ord. No. 106; amended in its entirety 7-17-1979 by Ord. No. 136, effective 8-17-1979. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The town hereby designates the Town Council as Water Pollution Control Authority in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
General. The Water Pollution Control Authority shall have all those powers conferred by law on Water Pollution Control Authorities, including those powers enumerated in Chapter 103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, including the power to establish and revise rules and regulations for the supervision, management, control, operation and use of a sewerage system, including rules and regulations prohibiting or regulating the discharge into a sewerage system of any sewage or any stormwater runoff which, in the opinion of the Water Pollution Control Authority, will adversely affect any part of any process of the sewerage system.
Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works shall, in accordance with the Charter and the General Statutes and subject to the limitations of this section, have the control, management and supervision of the sanitary sewerage system, or portions of appurtenances thereof, now or hereafter owned or operated by the town and the Water Pollution Control Authority.
Personnel. The Water Pollution Control Authority shall have the power to engage the services of engineers, bond counsel, other legal and fiscal advisors and such other qualified technical personnel as may be necessary to plan and construct the sewerage system.
Annual budget. The Water Pollution Control Authority shall annually have prepared a budget setting forth estimated revenues and proposed expenditures at the same time, in the same form and in the same manner for inclusion in the Manager's budget as all other town offices, boards and commissions now or which may hereafter be required to submit their budgets to such Manager.
Accounting. All accounting books and records for the Water Pollution Control Authority shall be kept and maintained by the same personnel who are responsible for keeping and maintaining the accounting records of the town, and such records shall be subject to the annual audit of the town as required by law.
In order to ensure the proper planning of a public sewer system and to ensure the proper installation, operation and maintenance of public sewers, building sewers, pumping stations and sewage treatment plants, the Water Pollution Control Authority of the Town of North Branford is hereby empowered, in addition to all those powers specifically granted and inherent to it under the Connecticut General Statutes and conferred upon it under Ordinance No. 106, adopted at a meeting of the Town Council of North Branford on August 8, 1972, to:
Set standards and guidelines for reports and studies, which the Water Pollution Control Authority shall, in its opinion, deem necessary and proper to determine whether in the interest of the public health and safety of the community and in the interest of the community in its planning for its general welfare by its public sewage system that any construction of dwellings, apartments, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and/or the development of land for any of said uses, wherein said construction and/or the development shall have frontage on streets along which sewer installation exists, is anticipated or planned within a reasonable length of time or which are located so as to make immediate or future sewer tie-ins with existing or proposed sewer lines feasible, should be required, prior to construction and/or development, to make provision for such immediate or future sewer tie-in.
Establish and revise rules and regulations to prohibit or regulate the construction of dwellings, apartments, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and/or the development of land for any of said uses, wherein said construction and/or development shall have frontage on streets along which sewer installation exists, is anticipated or planned within a reasonable length of time, or which are located so as to make immediate or future sewer tie-in with existing or proposed sewer lines feasible, so as to provide and require that provisions be made by the owner of the land upon which such construction is proposed and/or upon whose land the development is planned, prior to construction and land development for immediate or future sewer tie-in, where, in the opinion of the Water Pollution Control Authority, based upon such studies and reports set forth in Subsection A above, the same is necessary for the public health and safety of the community and in the interest of the community in its planning for its general welfare by its public sewage system and to further provide and require the submission of such reports and studies as set forth in Subsection A above by the owner of the land upon which the construction and/or development is proposed, at said owner's expense, and further provide that all expenses incurred by the Water Pollution Control Authority in reviewing said reports and studies be at the expense of said owner.
The Water Pollution Control Authority or its agents may enter upon and take and hold by purchase, condemnation or otherwise the whole or any part of any real property or interest therein which it determines is necessary or desirable for use in connection with any sewerage system.
The Water Pollution Control Authority is authorized to open the ground and to excavate in any streets, highways and public grounds for the purpose of building, laying down, sinking and repairing such pipes, conduits, drains or sewers as may be required in connections with the sewerage system with the town.
The Water Pollution Control Authority or its agents may, at all reasonable times and upon written notice, enter all premises connected with such sewerage system to examine the pipes, drains and fixtures thereon and order repair of the same to prevent waste.
Any person who willfully, wantonly or maliciously destroys or injures any pipe, conduit, machinery, embankment, masonry, building or structure, or other property held, owned or used by the town for purposes of this chapter in connection with such sewerage system or commits any nuisance therein, shall be liable to the town in treble damages therefor, and shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.) or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days, or both.
Any person, firm, corporation or other legal entity who shall commit a violation of the rules or regulations duly adopted by the Water Pollution Control Authority shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.) for each offense. Each day or any part thereof in which any violation of such rules and regulations shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.