This local law is adopted under the authority granted by the Municipal Home Rule and General Municipal Laws of the State of New York.
This local Law shall be known as, referred to or cited as the "User Charge and Sewer Use Law and Pretreatment Regulations for the JRSB and Its Participating Member Municipalities (as defined in Article IV of this law under paragraph entitled 'district'), Including the Town of Haverstraw," and hereinafter referred to as the "law."
This law sets forth uniform requirements for direct and indirect contributors into the wastewater collection and treatment system for the Joint Regional Sewerage Board (hereinafter referred to as the "JRSB") publicly owned treatment works (hereinafter referred to as the "POTW") and enables the intermunicipal agency to comply with all applicable state and federal laws required by the Clean Water Act, the general pretreatment regulations (40 CFR 403) and the rules and regulations of the JRSB as same now exist or as will be amended from time to time. The objectives of this local law are:
The necessity of adopting a user charge system that would be proportionate to all classes of users and produce the revenue required to sustain the sewage collection and waste treatment system.
To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the intermunicipal wastewater system which will interfere with the operations of the system or contaminate the resulting sludge.
To prevent the introduction of inadequately treated pollutants into the intermunicipal wastewater system, the receiving waters or the atmosphere.
To improve the opportunity to recycle and reclaim wastewater and sludge from the system.
To provide for equitable distribution of the cost of the intermunicipal agency wastewater system.
This law provides for the regulation of direct and indirect contributors to the intermunicipal agency wastewater system (through the issuance of permits to certain nondomestic users and through enforcement of general requirements for other users); for monitoring (assuming that an existing customer's capacity will not be preempted); for the setting of fees for the equitable distribution of costs resulting from the program established herein.
This law shall apply to the members of Sewer District No. 1 (the unincorporated portion of the Town of Haverstraw, the Village of Haverstraw and the Village of Pomona); the Village of West Haverstraw; portions of the Town of Stony Point; the Town of Ramapo; and the County of Rockland which have contracted for limited service. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Executive Director and counsel of the JRSB shall administer, implement and enforce the provisions of this local law.
Information and data submitted into the JRSB by direct and indirect contributors into the wastewater collection and treatment system and by JRSB shall be made available to the public without restriction unless claimed as confidential by the submitter and eligible as confidential information based on the requirements of 40 CFR Part 2.
The purpose of the law is to promote the public health, safety, prosperity, aesthetics and general welfare of the citizens included within the boundaries of JRSB POTW, and it is designed to provide the legislative enactments required under Public Law 92-500, as amended, and applicable federal regulations for the acceptance of construction grants to improve the quality of effluent discharges from the POTW. It is further intended to provide for administration and enforcement of the law and to provide penalties for its violations.
It is not intended by the law to repeal, abrogate, annul, impair or interfere with any existing easements, covenants, deed restrictions, agreements, rules, regulations, ordinances or permits previously adopted or issued pursuant to law. However, wherever this law imposes greater restrictions, the provisions of this law shall govern.
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this law shall be held to be minimum requirements and shall be liberally construed in favor of the JRSB and shall not be deemed a limitation or repeal of any other power granted by the statutes of the State of New York or the federal government.