Borough of Moosic, PA
Lackawanna County
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[Adopted 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 19-1988]

§ 148-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
That expense and those related costs and fees that are incurred by the Borough for any extraordinary service, including, but not limited to, the Borough's actual cost of labor and materials associated with the use of any specialized extinguishing or abatement agent, chemical neutralizer or similar equipment or material that is employed to extinguish, confine, neutralize, contain, or clean any hazardous material that is or may be involved in a fire, accidental spill, or the threat of any accidental spill or fire.
A service performed by the Borough Volunteer Fire Department, the Borough Police Department, the Public Works Department, the Building Inspection Bureau, or any other Borough department or bureau that is in addition to or above the normal services provided by such departments or bureaus. "Extraordinary services" may include, but are not limited to, the abatement and disposition of hazardous materials, spills or the threat of spills of toxic chemicals, utility line breaks or leakages, other imminent or perceived or possible threats to the health, safety or welfare of the Borough residents that may be detailed or contemplated in the definition of “extraordinary expense” above; and those incidents where a property owner has been previously warned about violations of any Borough ordinance that, in the judgment of the Borough, are a particular threat to the health, safety or welfare of the Borough residents, and for which the owner (or owners, agent, or person in charge of the property) has neglected to comply or has refused compliance therewith.

§ 148-2 Administration and collection.

The Mayor of the Borough of Moosic shall collect all fees as follows:
Fees and costs (including overhead costs) shall encompass all manpower, equipment, materials and maintenance expenses in such a form as to insure for the Borough's full reimbursement for charges for these services actually rendered. A particular cost or fee schedule need not be set forth in this section or elsewhere in the Borough ordinances or by further formal action by the Borough Council. The Borough Council's approval of this section shall constitute authorization for the Mayor (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 Borough bureaus or departments.
Within 30 days of the date of the extraordinary or dangerous occurrence giving rise to the extraordinary service, the affected bureau or department shall submit its extraordinary service related costs, fees, charges, and expenses to the Mayor for his review. At such time as all costs, fees, charges and expenses related to extraordinary service have been collected and reviewed by the Mayor, but in any case not later than 60 days from the date of determining the cost of rendering of the extraordinary services, the Mayor 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 unusual circumstances that the Mayor 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 will be charged on all unpaid balances past due over 30 days. At the discretion of the department head, materials used by the Borough may be replaced, in kind, by the person(s) responsible for the incident, in lieu of cash payment.
It is also contemplated that local, state, or federal agencies may bill, fine, or penalize the Borough for matters (including, but not limited to, cleanup costs, fees, or expenses) relating to an extraordinary or dangerous occurrence. The Mayor shall, if possible, include any and all such costs or fees in the consolidated bill sent to the property owner. The Borough shall not, however, waive any right to collect such local, state, or federal costs if they are not charged to the property owner or his agent within the consolidated billing sixty-day period. In this regard, the Mayor shall expect reimbursement of all local, state, or federal costs within 30 days of the owner's (or his agent's) receipt of the bill for these particular costs, fees, and charges and expenses.
In cases of hardship, or where circumstances are such that a full remittance cannot be made to the Borough within the thirty-day period, the Borough Council shall hereby authorize the Borough Solicitor to enter into negotiations with the property owner or his agent for an extended payback period of time not to exceed six months.
All monies received under the provisions of this article shall be placed in the general fund, water fund or sewer fund for those actual costs and expenses necessary to furnish fire, police and other emergency or public safety services or protection provided by the Borough as outlined herein.

§ 148-3 Enforcement.

The Borough 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.

§ 148-4 Emergency services not to be refused for nonpayment.

Nothing in this article shall authorize any Borough bureau or department or any Borough staff member or bureau or department personnel to refuse or delay any emergency service to any person, firm, organization or corporation, that has not reimbursed the Borough for a municipal service, or that owes the Borough any money whatsoever. Furthermore, nothing in this section shall be construed to demand reimbursement, to the Borough, for those municipal services that are normally provided to Borough residents and others as a matter of the Borough's general operating procedure, and for which the levying of taxes, or the demand for reimbursement is normally made.