City of Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of Latrobe 8-9-1993 as Ord. No. 1993-7 (Ch. XXI, Part 2, of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewers — See Ch. 79.
Sewers and sewage disposal — See Ch. 311.
Sidewalk, curb and gutter construction — See Ch. 315.
Street and alley widths — See Ch. 323.
Underground Utility District — See Ch. 333.

§ 327-1 Openings in streets; permit required; bond.

[Amended 10-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-9]
A. 
Any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity, including but not limited to contractors performing work for Latrobe, authorities performing work by their own forces or by contractors and public utilities performing work by their own forces or by contractors, shall not break or make any opening into or upon the surface of any street or alley within the limits of Latrobe nor dig a trench thereon without first:
(1) 
Obtaining a permit from Latrobe upon the filing of an application for said permit with the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee.
(2) 
Accompanying the application with a plan showing the proposed opening, the excavation in the street, the name of the owner of the property and the location of the property by street and number.
(3) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, a personal performance bond which shall guarantee the timely completion of and the maintenance of the street opening for a period of two years from the date of completion, as well as the restoration/repair of any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk affected by the street opening to the codes, specifications and satisfaction of the City. If any entity, after written notice, fails to restore or repair any defect in the street opening or any damage to any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk resulting from the street opening, within two years from the date of completion of the street opening, then and in that event, the City may, at its election, make such restoration or repair and seek payment for the same through any and all available legal remedies. If any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity who has previously given such personal performance bond fails to complete and/or restore or repair a street opening, or any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk thus affected, after written notice, to the City's codes, specifications and satisfaction, then and in that event, upon the seeking of any new or additional permit, the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, is authorized, at his or her election, to require a cash bond and/or a corporate performance bond from the party seeking the permit.
(4) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, for each and every utility cut a Pennsylvania One Call serial number.
(5) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, a nonrefundable inspection fee, the amount of which shall be determined from time to time by Latrobe Council.
B. 
No permit shall be issued until all of the above requirements have been met.

§ 327-2 Manner of making openings.

All openings authorized by the permit shall be made in blacktop or concrete surface streets by mechanically cutting the surface in clean, straight-edge lines.

§ 327-3 Refilling and restoration of service.

A. 
All trenches beneath the surface of the street shall be refilled with 2-A modified stone by backstamping with a mechanical device in six-inch layers to achieve a compaction of as near to 100% as is practicable. In the case of utility lines or pipes, a bed of tamped 2-A modified shall be placed under the line from four to eight inches thick, depending on new installation soil and rock conditions. All of said work shall be done under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Works of Latrobe or his designate. A twelve-inch overlap shall be required on all sides of the trench. On streets having an asphaltic surface, the 2-A modified shall come up to a point no more than 10 1/2 inches from the road surface. The contractor shall place a minimum of eight inches of compacted B C B C in lifts no greater than four inches and shall place no less than 2 1/2 inches of ID-2 wearing course up to the surface. All joints shall be sealed with an asphaltic material approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. On streets having a concrete surface, the concrete shall be no less than 10 1/2 inches thick with either wire mesh or reinforcing rods. All edges of existing concrete shall have a bonding agent applied to them in a manner prescribed by the manufacturer of the bonding agent.
B. 
Alleys. All alleys shall be restored to original grade and condition then existing. The method and manner of restoration shall be approved by the Superintendent of Public Works of Latrobe or his designate prior to commencement of work.

§ 327-4 Return of bond.

If the contractor has complied with all requirements of refilling and restoration and no defect has developed, then and in that event, the cash bond shall be returned to the contractor on the two-year anniversary date from the date of application.

§ 327-5 Restoration schedule; temporary repair; deduction from bond.

All repairs shall be made according to the provisions of this chapter within 15 working days of the opening of the street, subject to the availability of proper materials. A temporary repair will be permitted if the proper materials to make the permanent repair are unavailable due to the seasonal shutdown of the asphalt batch plant. 2A modified stone must be placed in the same manner as is set forth in § 327-3. Cold patch material may be used on a temporary basis and shall be repaired by the contractor on an as-needed basis until such time as a permanent repair can be made. The contractor shall have 45 days from the date of spring start up of the asphalt batch plant to complete all permanent repairs to those areas where temporary repairs have been made. All temporary patching material must be removed and the permanent repair completed as described in § 327-3. Failure of the contractor to comply with the provisions of this section shall result in Latrobe's restoring and repairing the street opening and deducting the cost of the same from the contractor's bond.

§ 327-6 Curb cut; permit required; bond required.

[Amended 4-14-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-6; 10-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-9]
A. 
Any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity, including but not limited to contractors performing work for Latrobe, authorities performing work by their own forces or by contractors and public utilities performing work by their own forces or by contractors, shall not make any curb cuts in or upon any of the curbs within Latrobe; nor shall such entities establish or create a crosswalk, without first:
(1) 
Obtaining a permit from Latrobe upon the filing of an application for said permit with the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee.
(2) 
Accompanying the application with a plan showing the proposed curb cut/crosswalk, and where applicable to curb cuts, the name of the owner of the property and the location of the property by street and number.
(3) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, a personal performance bond which shall guarantee the timely completion of and the maintenance of the curb cut/crosswalk for a period of two years from the date of completion, as well as the restoration/repair of any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk affected by the installation of the curb cut/crosswalk to the codes, specifications and satisfaction of the City. If any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity, after written notice, fails to restore or repair any defect in curb cut/crosswalk or any damage to any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk resulting from the installation of the curb cut/crosswalk, within two years from the date of completion of the curb cut/crosswalk, then and in that event, the City may, at its election, make such restoration or repair and seek payment for the same through any and all available legal remedies. If any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity who has previously given such personal performance bond fails to complete and/or restore or repair a curb cut/crosswalk, or any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk thus affected, after written notice to the City's codes, specifications and satisfaction, then and in that event, upon the seeking of any new or additional permit, the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, is authorized, at his or her election, to require a cash bond and/or a corporate performance bond for the party seeking the permit.
(4) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, for each and every curb cut a Pennsylvania One Call serial number.
(5) 
Submitting to the City Manager, or the City Manager's designee, a nonrefundable inspection fee, the amount of which shall be determined from time to time by Latrobe Council.
B. 
No permit shall be issued until:
(1) 
All of the above requirements have been met.
(2) 
Written approval by the Director of the Public Works Department with regard to the need for, location of and plans submitted for the curb cut and/or crosswalk.

§ 327-7 Standards for curb cuts and repairs.

The curb shall be removed to the nearest joint or the curb may be sawed cut if necessary. Concrete curbs shall be removed to a minimum depth of three inches below the gutter. An expansion joint shall be placed on the sides and the back of the curb, and a bonding agent shall be applied to all areas where the new concrete curb directly joins the existing concrete curb, in accordance with the directions of the bonding agent manufacturer. The height of the curb shall be no less than 1 1/2 inches above the flow line of the gutter. All work shall be done under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Works of Latrobe or his designate.

§ 327-8 Damages resulting from malfunctioning utility lines.

If any damage shall occur to the pavement of any street or alley or to any curb, gutter or sidewalk as a result of a malfunction or rupture of a utility line, it shall be the responsibility of the utility or authority, after making repair to the utility line, to restore the pavement in any street or alley or any curb, gutter or sidewalk according to the specifications of Chapter 315, Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Construction, of the Code of Latrobe.

§ 327-9 Connection of property to storm sewer.

A. 
In the event that any property shall be connected into the storm sewer system of Latrobe, the property owner shall be required, at the property owner's cost, to install a manhole at the connection point of the storm sewer. The manhole shall be of precast concrete with a concrete floor to the flow line. Any person, firm, corporation, association or any other entity, including but not limited to contractors performing work for Latrobe, authorities performing work by their own forces or by contractors, public utilities performing work by their own forces or contractors or private property owners performing work by their own forces or by contractors, shall not install a storm sewer connection or manhole as required herein without first:
(1) 
Obtaining a permit from Latrobe upon the filing of application of said permit with the Code Enforcement Officer of Latrobe.
(2) 
Accompanying the application with a plan showing the proposed location and depth of the storm sewer manhole, the name of the owner of the property and the location of the property by street and number.
(3) 
Submitting to the Code Enforcement Officer a cash bond or performance bond in an amount, to be determined by Latrobe, which shall be good for a period of two years from the date of the application.
(4) 
Submitting to the Code Enforcement Officer for each and every installation of storm sewer manhole a Pennsylvania One Call serial number.
(5) 
Submitting to the Code Enforcement Officer a nonrefundable inspection fee, the amount of which shall be determined from time to time by Latrobe Council.
B. 
No permit shall be issued until all of the above requirements are met.

§ 327-10 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecutions or, in default of payment thereof, subject to imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

§ 327-11 Construal of provisions.

Whenever anything is forbidden or directed by the provisions of this chapter by using the general terms "contractor," "anyone," "any person," "the person," "every person" and "such person" or the relative pronoun "he" referring to such general term, the same prohibition or direction, if the contrary is not expressed, is extended to more persons than one, to females as well as males, and to corporations and partnerships doing or omitting the same act.