Town of Rocky Hill, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Rocky Hill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 129.
Snow in public streets — See Ch. 212, Art. II.
[Adopted 9-18-1978 by Ord. No. 73-78]

§ 157-1 Compliance with certain specifications required.

Any developer of residential, industrial or commercial property in the Town of Rocky Hill that is required to install private hydrants as a condition of plan approval shall install hydrants which are fully in accordance with the specifications of the Metropolitan District - Water Bureau. The hydrant shall be one for which the District can provide repair parts.

§ 157-2 Maintenance service.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 199A-00]
Any person or firm who has installed fire hydrants in accordance with § 157-1 of this article shall be required to annually subscribe to and pay for maintenance service which is available through the Metropolitan District - Water Bureau, or any other certified company. Said person or firm shall file a copy of a written report from the maintenance service with the Fire Chief on an annual basis.

§ 157-3 Repair of hydrants on private property.

[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 199A-00]
The Town may, at its option, order the maintenance service and/or repair of a defective hydrant on private property and bill the cost of such work to the owner. In the event of the owner's failure to pay, the charges shall become a lien on the property.

§ 157-4 Existing hydrants.

Any hydrant installed on private property prior to the effective date of this article shall be brought into compliance with this article when it becomes inoperable.

§ 157-5 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 199A-00]
Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of the article shall be subject to a fine of $90 per day, and each day that the violation continues to exist or for each day there is failure or neglect to comply with the above provisions shall be deeded a separate offense.
[Adopted 4-16-1984 by Ord. No. 115-84]

§ 157-6 Removal required.

All snow and ice accumulating in the street higher than a point four inches below the bottom of the lowest outlet on any fire hydrant and within a radius of three feet from the center of such hydrant shall be removed by the tenant, occupant, owner or agent of the premises fronting on that portion of the street within six hours of daylight after such snow and ice has ceased to fall or accumulate, and within six hours after sunrise when the same has fallen in the nighttime, and such tenant, occupant, owner or agent shall clear a path having a minimum width of three feet between any fire hydrant and the edge of the traveled portion of the abutting street or highway.

§ 157-7 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 199A-00]
Any tenant, occupant owner or agent of any premises whose duty it is to clear the sidewalk adjacent thereto and who violates any of the provisions of § 157-6 or refuses or neglects to comply with the same shall be fined the sum of $90 for each day of neglect or refusal to comply with any of the provisions of said section.

§ 157-8 Violations by corporations.

If a corporation shall violate any of the provisions of § 157-6, the officers and directors of said corporation shall likewise be deemed to have violated the same and each and all of them, jointly and severally, shall be personally liable to pay any fine incurred by reason of said violation.

§ 157-9 Responsibility of owner.

In the absence of any written agreement to the contrary, the owner of the premises shall be presumed to be the person responsible for carrying out the requirements of this article.

§ 157-10 Clearing of hydrants by Town.

It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshal to report promptly to the Town Manager any violation of § 157-6 above. It shall be the duty of the Town Manager to cause the hydrant to be cleared. The Town Manager may engage an independent contractor to do said work.

§ 157-11 Responsibility for costs.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
The Town Manager shall deliver to the Tax Collector a bill for any work done under the provisions of § 157-10 of this article. The Tax Collector shall collect from the owner of the property abutting on the sidewalk on which said work was done the amount of said bill plus any interest due.

§ 157-12 Costs to become a lien.

[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
The cost of any work done by the Town Manager under § 157-10 of this article, together with the interest provided in § 157-11, shall be a lien in favor of the Town upon said abutting property (property abutting the hydrant from around which snow was removed), which lien shall exist from the date said work was completed. Said lien shall bear interest at the rate of 1 1/2% per month from the date said work was completed and shall expire 60 days after the date on which it begins to run unless the Town Manager shall cause a certificate of lien, containing a statement of the amount of said lien, a description of the premises upon which it is claimed and the name of the owner of record of said premises, to be recorded in the Office of the Town Clerk before the expiration of said sixty-day period.