[Adopted 7-14-1971 by Ord. No. 11-1971]
The owner or owners of all property in the City of Monessen abutting upon, adjoining or within a reasonable distance of any street or alley in which is a public sewer shall make connection with such sewer, in such manner and under such conditions as hereinafter specified, for the purpose of discharging into such public sewer all sewage matter from such property, but no such property owner shall make any excavation in any public street or alley for the purpose of connecting with any public sewer or shall tap any public sewer as aforesaid without first having obtained from the City Clerk a permit authorizing the opening or excavation of such street or alley and the tapping such public sewer. The City Treasurer is hereby authorized and required to charge the owner or owners of the premises or property to be connected with such public sewer a fee for such tapping permit as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council, and upon payment of such sum, the Treasurer shall issue a certificate acknowledging the receipt of payment, which certificate shall be his, her or their warrant to the City Clerk, who, upon the presentation of such warrant, shall issue such permit. All permit fees paid to the Treasurer shall be for the use of the city.
The tapping fee must be paid for each and every dwelling unit, which is defined as a group of rooms occupied or intended for occupancy, or separate living quarters and having either separate cooking equipment or separate entrance.
Any owner or owners of premises or property located in reference to a public sewer, as aforesaid, whose premises or property is in need of drainage or sewer connections and who fails to take out the permit and pay the fee as hereinabove prescribed and make such sewer connections, shall have three months time to do so after the service of a copy of this article upon such owner or owners or his or their agent or agents, after which time, if he or they fail to make sewer connections in the manner and upon the terms as herein set forth, then the City authorities are hereby empowered to enter upon the premises and to connect such premises or property with such public sewer and to collect from such property owner or owners the expenses of making such connection with the public sewer, together with the permit fee and an additional 10% of the entire cost, and if any such owner or owners refuse to pay the same, such costs and expenses and such permit fee shall be collected as other debts due the City are collectible.
All excavations in any of the public streets and alleys for the purpose of tapping and making connections with any of the public sewers shall be subject to the provisions of and shall be made in conformity with the provisions of any other ordinance of the City relating to and regulating to the making of excavations in the public streets and alleys, and all such excavations and the tapping and making connection with such sewer shall be under the supervision of the city. All such connections with the sewer shall be made and the opening properly refilled within 48 hours after the opening of the street or alley was begun. All such openings shall be safeguarded both by day and by night so as to prevent accident or injury to pedestrians or vehicles.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who or which shall violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1000 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both, or where the violation shall only be a failure to obtain a street opening permit required under any other ordinance of the city, shall be liable to the penalty set forth in such ordinance.
[Amended 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 8-2002]