[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 12-8-1992 by Ord. No. 92-28. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Street openings and excavations — See Ch. 85.
Subdivision and site plan review — See Ch. 87.
Water — See Ch. 98.
Zoning — See Ch. 101.
Word usage. For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein unless the content specifically indicates otherwise. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense shall include the future, words in the plural number shall include the singular, words in the singular number shall include the plural and words in the masculine gender shall include the feminine. The words "shall," as used herein, is mandatory, and the word "may" is permissive.
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Bergen County Sewer Authority that maintains the district sewer system with which the Borough sewer system shall connect.
- BOARD OF HEALTH
- The Board of Health of the Borough of Park Ridge or any officer, employee or agent designated by the Board of Health to act in a matter on behalf of the Board.
- BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS
- The Board created by Ordinance No. 89-6, which oversees the Borough's Department of Public Works and Public Utilities.
- BOD (DENOTING "BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND")
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C. expressed in parts per million by weight.
- The Borough of Park Ridge or any officer, employee or agent designated by the Borough Council to act in a matter on behalf of the Borough.
- BUILDING CONNECTION
- That part of the sewer system which begins five feet outside the inner face of the building wall and which receives sewage from the building drain and conveys it to the building sewer lateral.
- BUILDING SEWER LATERAL
- That part of the public sewer which runs from the sewer main to the curb or property line.
- Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking or dispensing of food and from the handling, storage or sale of produce.
- GREASE INTERCEPTOR
- A device installed in the drain line of dish-washing equipment and sinks, which mechanically skims grease particles from the wastewater so as to keep them from entering the sewer system.
- GREASE TRAP
- A device installed in the drain line of dish-washing equipment and sinks to entrap particles of grease to prevent them from entering the sewer system.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- The liquid waste from industrial processes, as distinct from domestic sewage.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a stream, watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of ground-, storm- or surface water.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, corporation, partnership, society or group, or any combination thereof.
- The logarithm to the base 10 of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
- The practice of installing, maintaining, extending, repairing and altering plumbing systems. It shall also mean the plumbing system, as herein defined.
- PLUMBING SUBCODE OFFICER
- A person licensed and authorized to inspect plumbing pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23, and who is in the employ of the Borough.
- PLUMBING SYSTEM
- The system or network of facilities within or adjacent to any building, structure or conveyance (including piping materials, controls and fixtures, together with their venting systems and other appurtenances) up to the point of connection of such system to a public or private sewer, a public or private water supply for potable or nonpotable purposes, a natural outlet or any other point of discharge or supply.
- As defined by Ordinance No. 92-20 of Chapter 101, Zoning, an establishment where food and drink are prepared, served and consumed primarily within the principal building, and including serving prepared food which is also intended for consumption off the premises, such as pizza parlors, bakeries and similar establishments; provided, however, that the term "restaurant" shall not be deemed to include what is commonly known as a "supermarket," "grocery store" or "delicatessen."
- Any liquid waste containing animal, chemical or vegetable matter in suspension or solution.
- SEWAGE, DOMESTIC
- Ordinary nonindustrial sewage (but not including stormwater, groundwater and surface water), for example, sewage discharging from toilets, washbowls, bathtubs and like sanitary conveniences installed in dwellings, apartment houses and hotels, office and commercial buildings and factories and institutions.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
- A pipe or conduit used for carrying sewage.
- SEWERAGE WORKS
- All facilities for the collection, pumping and disposing of sewage.
- SEWER, SANITARY
- A sewer that has been designed to carry sewage and not stormwater, surface water and groundwater.
- STORM SEWER or STORM DRAIN
- A sewer, gutter, culvert, catch basin or like facility that has been designed to carry stormwater, surface water and groundwater and not domestic sewage or industrial wastes.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage or other liquids and that are removable by laboratory filtering.
Authorized persons to make connections. No person, other than a person authorized by the Borough, shall uncover, make any connection with or opening into, use, repair, alter or disturb any public sewer lateral and the appurtenances thereof.
Barricades and protective devices. Each person performing work on public property of the Borough for the purpose of installing or making connections to building sewer laterals shall cause the work to be adequately guarded with barricades, lights and other measures for the protection of the public. Streets, sidewalks, parkways, curbs and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored or replaced in a manner satisfactory to the Borough.
Maintenance of sanitary sewer system. Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:89-3, the Board of Public Works is hereby vested with the power, authority, right and privilege and there is hereby imposed upon said Board the duty to provide for the maintenance and operation of the public sanitary sewer system. Maintenance of the public sewer and all work performed on the sewer system between the main line and the property line, including the installation of building sewer laterals, shall be performed by the Board or other person authorized by the Borough.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:89-3 was repealed by L. 1987, c. 379, § 1 effective 1-1-1988.
Prohibited acts. No person shall:
Place or deposit or cause or permit to be placed or deposited in an unsanitary manner upon public or private property within the Borough or in any street or other area under the jurisdiction of the Borough any human or animal excrement, garbage, industrial waste, foul liquids or any other liquids or solid waste that is malodorous or unsanitary.
Discharge or cause or permit to be discharged to any natural outlet or storm sewer in the Borough or any street or other area under the jurisdiction of the Borough any domestic sewage, industrial waste or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with this chapter.
Uncover or cause or permit to be uncovered any portion of the public sewer or any storm drain or the connecting branches thereof or open any manhole or flush tank unless authorized, in writing, by the Borough to do so.
Open or cause or permit to be opened any public street or place for the purpose of making any sewer connection or make or cause to be made any connection with the public sewer or any building connection or any other branch of the public sewer unless authorized, in writing, by the Borough to do so.
Make or cause or permit to be made any excavation within four feet of any public sewer or blast any rock within 10 feet thereof unless authorized, in writing, by the Borough to do so.
Use or cause or permit to be used any metal, mechanical or electrical cutters, eels or snakes or any other sewer-cleaning apparatus within the Borough without first having been authorized by the Board of Public Works to do so.
Breach, cut or remove or cause or permit to be broken, cut or removed any pipe of the public sewer unless authorized, in writing, by the Borough to do so.
Direct the discharge or cause or permit the direction of the discharge into any portion of the public sewer, directly or indirectly, of any clear drainage, such as the discharge from air-conditioning units, groundwater, surface water or rainwater from sidewalks, yards, areas, courts, roofs or any sump, cistern or tank overflow, combined sewers being hereby prohibited.
Discharge or cause or permit the discharge into any building connection, building sewer lateral or any portion of the public sewer, directly or indirectly, of any drainage or overflow from privies or other receptacles storing or designed to store organic wastes or any underground drains or channels unless the connection thereof to the building connection, building sewer lateral or public sewer shall have been authorized and approved, in writing, by the Board of Public Works.
Connect or cause or permit the connection with any portion of the public sewer, directly or indirectly, of any exhausts, boiler blowoffs, sediments, drips or any pipes carrying or constructed to carry acids, dyes, brine, germicides, greases, gasoline, naphtha, radioactive materials or any other substance detrimental to the sewers or their appurtenances or to the operation of the Borough or the Authority sewer systems.
Throw or deposit or cause or permit to be thrown or deposited in any fixture, vessel, receptacle, inlet or opening connected, directly or indirectly, with any portion of the public sewer anything other than sewage. It is the intent hereby to prohibit any straw, garbage, wood, glass, plastic, grease, ashes, cinders, fabrics or tar or other viscous material or any other substance capable of causing obstructions from being introduced into the public sewers.
Discharge restrictions. Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall discharge or cause or permit to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes into any public sewer:
Any liquid which may contain more than 100 parts per million by weight of fat, oil or grease.
Any gasoline, benzine, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any liquid having a pH factor lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or a hazard to the structure, equipment and personnel of the Borough or the Authority.
Any liquid containing a toxic or poisonous substance in a sufficient quantity so as to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment processes, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals or to create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant.
Any liquid containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such matters at the sewage treatment plant.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance capable of creating a public nuisance.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Board of Public Works, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients, except that such interceptors shall not be required for one-family dwelling houses. All interceptors or traps shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Board and shall be located so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature. They shall be of a substantial construction and watertight and shall be equipped with easily removable covers which, when bolted in place, shall be gastight and watertight. All grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be maintained by the owners, at their expense, in continuously effective operation at all times.
All restaurants, as defined herein, within 90 days from adoption of this chapter, shall be required to install and maintain an approved grease interceptor or trap on all dish-washing equipment and sinks discharging into the Borough's sanitary sewer system. It shall be the responsibility of each owner to maintain the interceptor or trap to avoid grease entering the sewer system and to post and maintain a log adjacent to said interceptor or trap for each cleaning. Any designated representative of the Board of Health or the Board of Public Works shall have the right to inspect said equipment to ensure proper maintenance. Failure to properly maintain said equipment shall be a violation of this chapter. Further, the clearance and cleaning of any blockages in the sanitary sewer mains attributable to a specific restaurant owner shall be paid by the owner. Such charges shall include, but not be limited to, the full cost for Borough labor, including fringe benefits and equipment costs. Any property damage caused by sewer backups shall also be borne by the owner causing the blockages.
Any grease arising out of any cooking, grilling, frying or meat trimming shall be recycled using a qualified firm equipped to handle such materials.
[Added 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-14]
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged, through an illicit connection to the municipal, physical or nonphysical connection that discharges domestic sewage, noncontact cooling water, process wastewater or other industrial waste to the municipal separate storm sewer system operated by the Park Ridge Borough unless authorized under a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permit and that is also endorsed by the Borough itself.
Nonphysical connections may include, but are not limited to, leaks, flows or overflows into the municipal separate storm sewer system.
When an inspection of any building or unit located therein is required by the Borough of Park Ridge for either construction purposes, or the registration of said building and/or unit, or the rental of said building and/or unit, or for the sale of said building and/or unit, the Borough's Construction Official shall issue a certificate of compliance upon approval of a certification of compliance or after an inspection of the premises showing compliance.
[Added 6-14-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-017]
Provided that the following Borough Officials display the proper credentials and identification, the Construction Official, the designated Housing Task Force Member, the Borough Engineer, the Borough Fire Subcode Official, the Borough Fire Official, and/or other appropriate Borough Subcode Official shall be permitted to request entrance to any property for the purpose of inspecting, observing, testing and sampling to confirm that there is no sump pump or other prohibited discharge into the sanitary sewer system in accordance with this chapter.
[Added 6-14-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-017]
All disconnections of said illicit connections shall be accomplished by a complete and permanent method and performed in a competent manner and approved and inspected by the Construction Official, the designated Housing Task Force Member, the Borough Engineer, the Borough Fire Subcode Official, the Borough Fire Official and/or other appropriate Borough Subcode Official. Any disconnection, plugging, capping, re-routing, altering, or modifying must be done in accordance with all applicable state and municipal buildings codes.
[Added 6-14-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-017]
Destruction or tampering prohibited. No person shall break, damage, destroy, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is part of the Borough sewer system.
Liability. Any person who, by reason of a violation of the provisions of this chapter or any other improper use of the Borough sewer system or any of its branches, appurtenances or connections, shall cause damage to said Borough sewer system or to the system or facilities of the Authority to which the Borough sewer system is connected shall be liable to the Borough for all costs and expenses that may be incurred by the Borough for the correction of any such damage. The Borough shall have the right to recover such costs and expenses and the cost and expense of prosecuting its claim from any such person by the appropriate action at law in a court of competent jurisdiction. The right of the Borough to be reimbursed for any costs and expenses incurred shall be an additional remedy, and such person shall also be subject to the penalties contained in this chapter for violation of its provisions.
Jurisdiction. The Board of Health and the Board of Public Works shall have concurrent jurisdiction in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
Right of entry for inspections. The authorized officers, agents and employees of the Borough and of the Board of Health, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-14]
Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter or who shall participate or assist in the violation or failure to comply or who, as owner, tenant or other person in occupancy, architect, contractor or agent, servant or employee, shall permit the commission of such violation or maintain such violation or shall suffer such violation to continue shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court. Each day that such violation shall continue or is permitted or suffered to be continued or maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
[Amended 12-28-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-41]
Regulation of sewer use. The use of all sanitary sewers in the Borough of Park Ridge shall be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA).
Excess user charge system. The Borough of Park Ridge does hereby adopt and enact an excess usage charge system for the use of the sanitary sewers in the Borough of Park Ridge. All users, except exempt users, shall be required to pay an annual pro rata charge computed on an ad valorem basis in relation to the assessed value of real property owned by the user within the Borough of Park Ridge. In addition, an annual excess usage charge shall be computed on the previous calendar year's water usage as reported by the Borough of Park Ridge Water Department and the BCUA's current calendar year's equivalent rate per gallon of flow and billed in accordance with the procedures as set forth in § 81A-7H.
Threshold for imposition of excess usage charge.
The sewer usage for each user shall be calculated based on the Park Ridge Water Department's prior year's first and second quarter billed water consumption multiplied by two.
All users whose sewer usage for the prior year was less than or equal to 250,000 gallons shall be exempt from the excess usage charge.
All users whose sewer usage for the prior year was more than 250,000 gallons shall pay an excess sewer usage charge equal to 100% of the BCUA's current year's equivalent rate for each gallon in excess of 250,000 gallons used. To determine the annual excess user charges for all users, the charges are calculated based on the following formula:
For all real property containing multiple dwelling units that are supplied water through an individual meter, the sewer usage for each dwelling unit shall be calculated based on the total sewer usage divided by the number of dwelling units. For each dwelling unit's sewer usage over the two-hundred-fifty-thousand-gallon threshold, the excess sewer charge shall be totaled and billed to the owner of such real property.
Calculations under this section shall include water utilized by a user from the Park Ridge Water department as well as private wells.
Private water wells. All units that are connected to the Borough of Park Ridge sanitary sewers and are supplied water from privately owned water wells shall be subject to the following provisions:
The owners of wells existing as of the date of adoption of this chapter shall notify the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Park Ridge, in writing, of the existence and location of such wells within 30 days after the date of passage of this chapter.
The owners of wells constructed or completed after the adoption of this chapter (in accordance with the procedures as set forth in Chapter 100 of the Code of the Borough of Park Ridge) shall notify the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Park Ridge, in writing, of the existence and location of such wells within 30 days of the first usage of such well.
The Borough Engineer of the Borough of Park Ridge may inspect such well to determine the usage thereof. If, in the opinion of the Borough of Park Ridge, such well's actual water production, together with the other water usage of the owner thereof will result in a sewer usage that will exceed 250,000 gallons of water per year, the Borough Engineer shall submit his/her opinion, in writing, to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge. After receiving such opinion, the Borough Council may require the owner of such well to install and maintain a water meter thereon, at the owner's expense, by adoption of a resolution.
If a water meter is required by resolution as provided in Subsection E(3) above, the owner must install such meter within 60 days of adoption thereof. If the owner shall fail to do so, the Borough Council of the Borough of Park Ridge may, by resolution, provide for the installation of such meter and add the cost thereof to the excess usage charge levied under this chapter.
Meters exempt from excess usage calculation.
Water meters, as determined by the Park Ridge Water Department, used solely for the purpose of metering water usage of irrigation systems shall be exempt from the excess usage calculation under § 81A-7C. Such determination must identify the separate account number assigned to the meter, meter location, property owner's name and billing address.
Any user that believes it should be exempt pursuant to the provisions of this chapter may request a change in classification for purposes of this chapter. The user shall notify the Borough Clerk, in writing, of this request within 30 days of receipt of a bill for an excess usage charge. The Borough Clerk or his/her designee will investigate the user's claims and submit a determination as to the user's status within 30 days of receipt of the request.
Conformance with certain ordinances required. Before any sewer shall be permitted to flow into any sanitary sewer of the Borough of Park Ridge, the Plumbing Subcode Official shall first determine that such sewer and associated drains function properly, in accordance with all applicable rules, regulations and ordinances of the Borough of Park Ridge.
Billing procedures. Billing for the excess usage charge imposed by § 81A-7B and C hereof shall be in accordance with the following procedures:
In May of each year, the Chief Financial Officer shall attend to the preparation of bills computed on the previous calendar year's usage and the current calendar year's flow charge rate.
[Amended 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-012]
Bills shall be mailed by the Municipal Tax Collector of the Borough of Park Ridge to the owners of all properties as well as tenants in all properties incurring excess usage charges not later than July 1 of each year.
[Amended 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-012]
Bills are due and payable to the Borough of Park Ridge on August 1 and November 1 of each year. If such charges are not paid in full as of that date, the unpaid charges shall be deemed delinquent from such date, and such unpaid charges shall become a lien upon the properties incurring them as of that date.
[Amended 7-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-012]
All excess usage charges which become delinquent under the provisions of Subsection H(3) above shall bear interest and penalties from the date of delinquency at the same rate as all charges for general taxation and shall be collected and enforced in the same manner as general taxation.
Availability of copies of rules and regulations. Not fewer than three copies of the rules and regulations of the BCUA shall be on file with the office of the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Park Ridge for public inspection during the Borough's business hours. In addition, copies of such rules and regulations are available from the BCUA for the costs of publication thereof.
Mayor and Clerk authorized signatories. The Mayor and Clerk of the Borough of Park Ridge are hereby authorized to act as signatories upon, and to execute on behalf of the Borough of Park Ridge, any amendment of the existing service agreement with the BCUA, which embodies the intent and purpose of this chapter.
[Added 8-8-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-013]
Sewer connection permit and fee. No person shall connect to any sewer line within the Borough of Park Ridge without first securing a sewer connection permit from the Park Ridge Utility Department. There shall be a sewer service connection fee established in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:26A-11 in addition to any other sewer fees set forth in Chapter 81A. This fee shall, pursuant to statute, be recalculated at the end of each budget year and may be recalculated and changed by ordinance of the Mayor and Council after public hearing, on an annual basis. The sewer service connection fee shall be payable in full to the Borough of Park Ridge at the time a sewer connection permit is issued for connection to the Park Ridge sewer system. No sewer connection permit shall be issued without payment of this fee.
Connection fee calculation. The sewer connection fee shall be $1,880 per equivalent dwelling unit as defined herein. The Borough shall recompute the sewer connection fee per equivalent dwelling unit at the end of each budget year as required by law. The number of equivalent dwelling units for all facilities shall be calculated as follows:
A single-family dwelling unit shall be equal to one equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).
For all other facilities, the number of equivalent dwelling units shall be calculated as the ratio of projected average daily usage of the proposed facility to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's recognized single-family residential demand of 300 gallons per day or 108,000 gallons per year. The projected average demand for the facility shall be calculated using the flow standards adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection "Projected Flow Criteria" established in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23.3 and are incorporated herein by reference.
If any existing building or buildings which are connected to the Park Ridge sewer system are located on the property to be developed and will be disconnected prior to the construction of the new facility, the equivalent dwelling units shall be calculated as the ratio of the projected net increase in the average daily usage of the proposed facility pursuant to the NJDEP-recognized single-family demand of 300 gallons per day or 108,000 gallons per year. The projected average net increase in the average daily usage shall be calculate as the difference between the projected average daily usage of the proposed facility less the prior year's average daily usage of the existing facilities that will be disconnected. The sewer connection fee shall be based upon the net average increase.