Borough of Verona, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Verona as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewers — See Ch. 202.
[Adopted 6-8-2010 by Ord. No. 3-2010]

§ 186-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPLICANT
A person applying for a certificate of compliance or temporary certificate of compliance.
CASH SECURITY
Cash, certified check, or treasurer's check.
DYE TEST
Any commonly accepted method of testing whereby dye is introduced into the stormwater, surface or subsurface water collection system and downspouts of structures or improvements to real property to determine if surface stormwater is entering into the sanitary sewer system.
IMPROVED AND SEWERED REAL PROPERTY
Real property on which any building, driveway or parking pad, other surface or subsurface structure or improvement has been constructed, installed or erected, where the real property or any improvement on the real property is connected to the sanitary sewer system.
PERSON
Any natural person, association, partnership, corporation, syndicate, institution, agency, authority or other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
The sanitary sewer lines and related facilities maintained and operated by the Borough of Verona.
SELL or TRANSFER
The sale, transfer or assignment of any interest in real property; provided, however, that a refinancing of real property without a conveyance is not a sale or transfer under this article.
SURFACE STORMWATER
Surface water and groundwater, including but not limited to roof and driveway drainage, basement seepage, and surface and areaway drainage.

§ 186-2 Unlawful connections.

After the date of this article, it shall be unlawful for any person to connect any rain leader, roof drain, downspout, gutter, parking lot drain, driveway drain, interior or exterior sump, french drain, spring or other collector or source of surface stormwater, including but not limited to the fresh air vent of the improved and sewered property's sanitary sewer, to the sanitary sewer system.

§ 186-3 Proof of compliance on sale or transfer.

After the date of this article, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or transfer improved and sewered real property located within the Borough of Verona without having obtained and delivered to the buyer or transferee, at or prior to closing or transfer, a certificate of compliance or temporary certificate of compliance for the property being sold or transferred.

§ 186-4 Application for certificate of compliance.

A. 
At least 14 days prior to the date of closing or transfer of any improved real property located within the Borough of Verona, the seller or transferor or its agent shall submit to the Borough of Verona an application for certificate of compliance, completed as required by Subsection B below. The certificate of compliance form shall be available upon request from the designated Borough official. The fee for filing the completed application for certificate of compliance shall be established by the Council of Borough of Verona from time to time by resolution.
B. 
Prior to the sale or transfer of any improved real property located within the Borough of Verona, the seller or transferor shall have a dye test of the property performed by a plumber licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department to perform such tests or by such other person designated or approved by the Borough of Verona. Upon completion of the dye test, the person who performed the test shall complete the appropriate section of the application for certificate of compliance, confirming that the property has been dye tested and certifying the results of the test.

§ 186-5 Issuance of certificate of compliance.

A. 
If the application for certificate of compliance, properly completed and filed with the Borough of Verona with the designated filing fee, indicates that there are no connections of surface stormwater to the sanitary sewer system, then the Borough of Verona, through its designated official, shall issue the certificate of compliance within seven days of application therefor.
B. 
If the dye test reveals the existence of one or more surface stormwater connections to the sanitary sewer system, the Borough of Verona shall not issue the certificate of compliance until the connections have been removed and a plumber licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department or other person approved by the Borough of Verona to do so has certified that there is no connection of surface stormwater to the sanitary sewer system from the property to be sold or transferred.

§ 186-6 Temporary certificate of compliance.

A. 
When a surface stormwater connection to the sanitary sewer system is discovered and the necessary work to remove the connection would require a length of time such as to create a hardship for the seller or applicant, the seller or applicant may apply to the Borough of Verona for a temporary certificate of compliance. The seller or applicant must submit the following with the properly completed application:
(1) 
A bona fide executed contract with a plumber registered and licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department requiring the plumber to complete the remedial work necessary to the removal of the connections of surface stormwater to the sanitary sewer system and granting the Borough of Verona the right and power to enforce the contract.
(2) 
Cash security in an amount equal to 110% of the contract described in Subsection A(1) above.
(3) 
The agreement of the purchaser or transferee to be responsible for all cost overruns related to the remedial work, together with a license from the purchaser or transferee to the Borough of Verona, its agents, contractors, and employees, to enter upon the property to complete the remedial work in case of default by the contractor or the applicant.
(4) 
The filing fee established by the Council of the Borough of Verona from time to time by resolution.
B. 
When dye testing cannot be performed because of weather conditions, the seller or applicant may apply to the Borough of Verona for a temporary certificate of compliance. The seller or applicant must submit the following with the properly completed application:
(1) 
Cash security in the amount of $1,000.
(2) 
The written, signed agreement of the purchaser or transferee to correct, at the purchaser's or transferee's sole expense, any surface stormwater connections to the sanitary sewer system disclosed by the subsequent dye test, together with a license from the purchaser or transferee to the Borough of Verona, its agents, contractors and employees, to enter upon the property to conduct the dye testing should the applicant fail to do so. Nothing in this Subsection B shall prohibit any purchaser or transferee from requiring the applicant to reimburse the purchaser or transferee for any costs incurred in connection with such remedial work; provided, however, that primary responsibility for the remedial work and all costs thereof shall run with the land, and no such agreement shall affect the Borough of Verona's enforcement powers or excuse the current owner of the property from performance.
(3) 
The filing fee established by the Council of the Borough of Verona from time to time by resolution.
C. 
The Borough of Verona may reject the application for temporary certificate of compliance whenever, in its sole judgment, the conditions defined by this § 186-6 do not exist or the submissions required by this § 186-6 have not been made.
D. 
The temporary certificate of compliance shall be effective for 60 days, and the expiration date of the temporary certificate of compliance shall be noted on the certificate. If, upon the expiration of the temporary certificate of compliance, the seller or applicant has not applied for and received a certificate of compliance, as provided for in §§ 186-4 and 186-5 of this article, the cash security shall be forfeited, and the Borough of Verona may use the funds to complete the remedial work or the dye testing.
E. 
The application for temporary certificate of compliance form shall be available upon request from the designated Borough official.

§ 186-7 Municipal lien and tax verification letters.

A request to the Borough of Verona for a municipal lien letter or tax verification letter must be accompanied by a valid certificate of compliance or temporary certificate of compliance and by the appropriate fee, which shall be established by the Borough Council of the Borough of Verona from time to time by resolution. The Borough of Verona shall issue the municipal lien letter or tax verification letter within seven days of receipt of the appropriately documented request and the applicable fee.

§ 186-8 Expiration of certificate of compliance.

A certificate of compliance issued under this article shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.

§ 186-9 Regulations.

The Borough of Verona is hereby empowered to make reasonable rules and regulations for the operation and enforcement of this article, including but not limited to establishing the form of applications, acknowledgements and certifications and limiting the time of year in which a temporary certificate of compliance is available for reasons of weather.

§ 186-10 Conflict with general police powers.

Nothing in this article shall limit in any fashion whatsoever the Borough of Verona's right to enforce its ordinances or the laws of the commonwealth. Nothing in this article shall be a defense to any citation issued by any municipal corporation or the commonwealth pursuant to any other law or ordinance.

§ 186-11 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the terms or provisions of this article, upon conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $500 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.

§ 186-12 Subsequent dye testing program.

This article shall not preclude the Borough of Verona from conducting dye testing or other testing or inspection or implementing a program of dye testing or inspection within the Borough for purposes of discovering or locating the inflow of surface stormwater to the sanitary sewer system.