Township of Bethlehem, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Solid waste — See Ch. 212.
[Adopted 4-10-1989 by Ord. No. 6-89 (Ch. 10, Part 4, of the 1988 Code)]

§ 144-1 Title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as "The Bethlehem Township Recovery Ordinance."

§ 144-2 Responsibility for control, extinguishment or cleanup of petroleum, hazardous materials or chemical spills.

The owner of petroleum, hazardous material, chemicals or the common carrier of any type whatsoever including pipelines carrying said petroleum, hazardous materials or chemicals, shall be responsible for the control, extinguishment, or cleanup of petroleum, hazardous materials or chemicals spills, releases or fire involving said petroleum, hazardous materials or chemicals in the Township of Bethlehem. In the event of the failure of the owner or common carrier, including pipelines, to control, extinguish or clean up any spill, fire or release, the Township of Bethlehem may perform the necessary work and bill such person to compensate the Township for both direct and indirect cost and expense, including but not limited to special equipment and materials used and labor costs.

§ 144-3 Special equipment or material used.

A. 
The special equipment or material used by the Township of Bethlehem for which any owner or common carrier shall be responsible may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) 
Foam.
(2) 
Dry chemicals.
(3) 
Sand.
(4) 
Any special equipment or materials deemed necessary by the Fire Chief or the official in charge.
(5) 
Contaminated personal effects or equipment.
B. 
The owner or common carrier may elect to replace such special equipment or materials in lieu of payment thereof, provided that replacement is of the same brand and quality.

§ 144-4 Cost of labor.

The cost of labor shall include the actual wage rates including fringe benefits paid by the Township of Bethlehem to all personnel involved in the extinguishing of any extraordinary fire or in cleaning up any extraordinary spill or release involving chemicals, hazardous materials or petroleum.

§ 144-5 Liability for cost of materials.

The owner or common carrier of any petroleum, hazardous material or chemicals, including pipelines as aforesaid, shall also be liable for the cost of any temporary storage of chemicals, hazardous materials or petroleum materials and/or the cost of disposing of the same.

§ 144-6 Collection of fees and costs.

The Township Manager shall collect all fees and costs as follows:
A. 
Fees and costs (including overhead costs) shall encompass all manpower, equipment, materials and maintenance expenses in such a form as to insure for the Township's full reimbursement for charges for those services actually rendered. A particular cost or fee schedule need not be set forth in this article or by further action by the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioner's approval of this article shall constitute authorization for the Township Manager (or his designee) to collect all such fees and costs (including overhead costs) pursuant to his receipt of related expenditures or costs that are submitted to him by the affected Township Departments.
B. 
Within 30 days of the date of the extraordinary or dangerous occurrence giving rise to the extraordinary service, the affected department(s) shall submit its extraordinary service-related costs, fees, charges and expenses to the Township Manager for his review. At such time as all costs, fees, charges and expenses related to the extraordinary service have been collected and reviewed by the Township Manager, but in any case not later than 60 days from the date of determining the cost of rendering of the extraordinary services, the Township Manager shall send a bill for such costs, fees, charges and expenses, to the property owner, agent or manager with a demand that a full remittance be made within 30 days of receipt of any bills. In the event that the Township Manager is not able to determine all the costs associated with the incident within a reasonable time, a partial billing may be made. Interest at the rate of 8% per annum or higher when provided by law will charged on all unpaid balances past due over 30 days. At the discretion of the Township Manager, materials used by the Township of Bethlehem may be replaced, in kind, by the person(s) responsible for the incident, in lieu of cash payment.
C. 
All monies received under the provisions of this article shall be placed in the general fund for those actual costs and expenses necessary to furnish fire, police and other emergency or public safety services or protection provided by the Township of Bethlehem as outlined herein.

§ 144-7 Litigation.

The Township of Bethlehem may enforce the provisions of this article by civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for the collection of any amounts due hereunder plus attorneys fees or for any other relief that may be appropriate.