City of Plattsburg, MO
Clinton County
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Section 715.010 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art I §§1-23, 1-8-1985]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
BOD (Denoting Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five (5) days at twenty degrees Centigrade (20° C), expressed in milligrams per liter.
BUILDING DRAIN
That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste, and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning five (5) feet (1.5 meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.
BUILDING INSPECTOR
The Building Inspector of the City of Plattsburg, or his authorized deputy, agent, or representative.
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
COMBINED SEWER
A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
GARBAGE
Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade, or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
NATURAL OUTLET
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake, or other body of surface or groundwater.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, or group.
pH
The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
The wastes from the preparation, cooking, and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater than one-half (½) inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights, and is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm, surface, and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions, and industrial establishments, together with such ground, surface, and storm waters as may be present.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
SEWAGE WORKS
All facilities for collection, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
SHALL
Is mandatory; MAY — Is permissive.
SLUG
Any discharge of water, sewage or industrial waste which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than fifteen (15) minutes more than five (5) times the average twenty-four (24) hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
STORM DRAIN (Sometimes termed STORM SEWER)
A sewer which carried storm and surface waters and drainage, but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent of Sewage Works of the City of Plattsburg, or his authorized deputy, agent, or representative.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS
Solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in water, sewage, or other liquids, and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
WATERCOURSE
A channel in which a flow of water occurs, either continuously or intermittently.

Section 715.020 Use of Public Sewers Required.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art II §§1-4, 1-8-1985; Ord. No. 1716 §1, 2-2-2005]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the City of Plattsburg, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City, any human or animal excrement, garbage, or other objectionable waste.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the City of Plattsburg or in any area under the jurisdiction of said City, any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool, or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
D. 
The owner of all houses, buildings, or properties used for human employment, recreation, or other purposes, situated within the City and abutting on any street, alley, or right of way in which there is not located or may in the future be located a public sanitary or combined sewer of the City, is hereby required at his expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, within ninety (90) days after date of official notice to do so, provided that said public sewer is within one hundred fifty (150) feet of the property line.
E. 
In the event that the City extends a public sanitary sewer collection system into an area already served by individual private sanitary waste systems, the City may at its sole option choose to waive the requirement that the property owners connect to the City sanitary system within ninety (90) days of notice that such service is within one hundred fifty (150) feet of the property line. As a prerequisite to receiving such waiver, the property owner must agree to enter into an agreement with the City that ensures that property will eventually connect to the City sanitary sewer system. The City may consider approving such waiver request and entering into an agreement with the property owner under the following conditions:
1. 
At the time the waiver is requested, the private sanitary system on the property must be functioning in compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local regulations governing such systems; and
2. 
The property owner agrees that such agreement shall be recorded by the City with the County Recorder of Deeds and such agreement shall apply to the property regardless of changes in ownership; and
3. 
The property owner shall, at the property owner's expense, connect to the City sanitary sewer system by the soonest of either ten (10) years from the date of the notice of public sewer availability or such time that the existing private sanitary system is no longer in compliance with Federal, State and local regulations regarding such systems to the extent that a Federal, State or local permit is required to repair, maintain, replace or upgrade the system.
4. 
At the option of the property owner, but not later than the time that the owner requests a connection to the City sanitary sewer system, the property shall reimburse the City for the allocated cost of extending sewer mains to the property as well as any other sewer connection fee or charge that may be in effect at the time the payment is made. The allocated cost of extending the sewer mains to each property shall be as assigned by the City in the notice of availability of sewer service.

Section 715.030 Private Sewage Disposal — Permit.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art III §§1-8, 1-8-1985]
A. 
Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of Section 715.020, Subsection (D), the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this Section.
B. 
Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the Building Inspector. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the City, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications, and other information as are deemed necessary by the Building Inspector. A permit and inspection fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.
C. 
A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Building Inspector. He shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the Building Inspector when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within eight (8) hours of the receipt of notice by the Building Inspector.
D. 
The type, capacities, location, and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Public Health of the State of Missouri. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than twenty thousand (20,000) square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any natural outlet.
E. 
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in Section 715.020, Subsection (D), a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this Chapter, and any septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.
F. 
The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the City.
G. 
No statement contained in this Section shall be constructed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Health Officer.
H. 
When a public sewer becomes available, the building sewer shall be connected to said sewer within sixty (60) days and the private sewage disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bankrun gravel or dirt.

Section 715.040 Building Sewers and Connections.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art IV §§1-11, 1-8-1985]
A. 
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Building Inspector.
B. 
There shall be two (2) classes of building sewer permits:
1. 
For residential.
2. 
For services to commercial services and to establishments producing industrial wastes.
3. 
In either case, the owner or his agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the City.
4. 
The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications, or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Building Inspector. A permit and inspection fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for a residential sewer permit and one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a commercial building or industrial building sewer permit shall be paid to the City at the time the application is filed.
C. 
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
D. 
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building; except where one (1) building stands at the rear of another on an interior lot and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining alley, court yard, or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building and the whole considered as one (1) building sewer.
E. 
Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Building Inspector, to meet all requirements of this Chapter.
F. 
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer, and the methods to be used in excavation, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench, shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City. In the absence of Code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
G. 
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sanitary sewage carried by such building drain shall be lifted by an approved means and discharged to the building sewer.
H. 
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, interior and exterior foundation drains, areaway drains, or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
I. 
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Code or other applicable rules and regulations of the City, or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and W.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. 9. All such connections shall be made gastight and watertight. Any deviation from the prescribed procedures and materials must be approved by the Building Inspector before installation.
J. 
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Building Inspector when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Building Inspector or his representatives.
K. 
All excavations for building sewer installation shall be adequately guarded with barricades and lights so as to protect the public from hazard. Streets, sidewalks, parkways, and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City.

Section 715.045 Sanitary Sewer Backflow Device.

[Ord. No. 1882 §1, 9-20-2007]
A. 
All new construction requiring a sanitary sewer connection and any sanitary sewer repair of a large enough extent that such work requires a sanitary sewer construction permit or requires inspection by the City Building Inspector shall be required to install a backflow prevention device on the customer's sanitary sewer line. Such device shall be of a type approved by the City Building Inspector prior to installation and shall be located in a location at a place on the customer's sanitary sewer line approved by the Building Inspector or Director of Public Works. Such device shall be installed at the sole expense of the property owner. Such device shall be installed in such a manner that it is accessible as needed for maintenance, adjustment or repair.
B. 
An approved backflow device shall be installed on each service line to a consumers, Section 605.013 of the City Code, liability insurance required, shall be amended to increase required liability insurance amounts as follows: Such policy of liability shall have a minimum amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) for any single occurrence and an aggregate amount of one millions dollars ($1,000,000.00).

Section 715.050 Use of the Public Sewers. [1]

[Ord. No. 1192 Art V §§1-10, 1-8-1985]
A. 
Prohibited Discharges Into Sanitary Sewers. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains, uncontaminated cooling water, or unpolluted process waters to any sanitary sewer.
B. 
Discharge of Unpolluted Water. Storm water and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as combined sewers or storm sewers, or to a natural outlet approved by the Building Inspector. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged on approval of the Building Inspector, to a storm sewer, combined sewer, or natural outlet.
C. 
Prohibited Discharges Into Public Sewers. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
1. 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid, or gas.
2. 
Any waters or waste containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids, or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure, interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals, create a public nuisance, or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the Sewage Treatment Plant, including but not limited to cyanide in excess of two (2) mg/l as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
3. 
Any water or wastes having a pH lower than five-point-five (5.5), or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment, and personnel of the sewage works.
4. 
Solid or viscous substances in quantities or of such size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers, or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage, whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings, entrails and paper dishes, cups, mild containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
D. 
Discharges Which May Be Prohibited by the Superintendent. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters, or wastes if it appears likely in the opinion of the Superintendent that such wastes can harm either the sewers, sewage treatment process, or equipment, have an adverse effect on the receiving stream, or can otherwise endanger life, limb, public property, or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to the acceptability of these wastes, the Superintendent will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant, and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
1. 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150° F) (65° C).
2. 
Any water or wastes containing fats, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of one hundred (100) mg/l or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperature between thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit (32° F) and one hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150° F) (0° and 65° C).
3. 
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of three-fourths (¾) (0.76 hp metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
4. 
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes, or concentrated plating solutions whether neutralized or not.
5. 
Any water or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc, and similar objectionable or toxic substances; or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement, to such degree that any such material received in the composite sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Superintendent for such materials.
6. 
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste, or odor, producing substances, in such concentrations exceeding limits which may be established by the Superintendent as necessary, after treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the requirements of State, Federal, or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
7. 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half-life or concentration as may exceed limits established by the Superintendent in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations.
8. 
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of nine-point-five (9.5).
9. 
Materials which exert or cause:
a. 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids (such as, but not limited to, fuller's earth, lime slurries, and lime residences) or of dissolved solids such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride or sodium sulfate).
b. 
Excessive discoloration (such as, but not limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions).
c. 
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand, or requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
d. 
Unusual volume of flow of concentration of wastes constituting "slugs" as defined herein.
10. 
Water or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment only to such degree that the Sewage Treatment Plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to the receiving waters.
11. 
Any water or wastes having:
a. 
A five (5) day BOD greater than three hundred (300) parts per million by weight.
b. 
Containing more than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight of suspended solids.
c. 
Having an average daily flow greater than two percent (2%) of the average sewage flow of the City, shall be subject to the review of the Superintendent. Where necessary in the opinion of the Superintendent, the owner shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:
1) 
Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to three hundred (300) parts per million by weight.
2) 
Reduce the suspended solids to three hundred fifty (350) parts per million by weight.
3) 
Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes. Plans, specifications, and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the approval of the Superintendent and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
E. 
Authority of Superintendent Concerning Discharges. If any waters or wastes are discharged, or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which waters contain the substances or possess the characteristics enumerated in Subsection (D) of this Section, and effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment, or receiving waters, or which otherwise create a hazard to life to constitute a public nuisance, the Superintendent may:
1. 
Reject the wastes;
2. 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewer;
3. 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge, and/or
4. 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges under the provisions of Subsection (J) of this Section.
If the Superintendent permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent, and subject to the requirements of all applicable Codes, ordinances and laws.
F. 
Interceptors. Grease, oil, and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Superintendent, 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 private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Superintendent, and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
G. 
Preliminary Treatment. Where preliminary treatment of flow-equalizing facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner at his expense.
H. 
Control Manholes. When required by the Superintendent, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling, and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located, and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Superintendent. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense, and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
I. 
Standards for Tests and Measurements. All measurements, tests, and analyses of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in this Chapter shall be determined in accordance with the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater", published by the American Public Health Association, and shall be determined at the control manhole provided, or upon suitable samples taken at said control manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole shall be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected. Sampling shall be carried out by customarily accepted methods to reflect the effect of constituents upon the sewage works and to determine the existence of hazards to life, limb, and property. (The particular analyses involved will determine whether a twenty-four (24) hour composite of all outfalls of a premises is appropriate or whether a grab sample or samples should be taken. Normally, but not always, BOD and suspended solid analyses are obtained from twenty-four (24) hour composites of all outfalls whereas pH's are determined from periodic grab samples.
J. 
Special Agreements for Acceptance of Waste. No statement contained in this Section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the City and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the City for treatment, subject to payment therefore, by the industrial concern.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 2288 grants a moratorium on penalties set out in Section 715.080, Penalties, for prohibited discharges as outlined in Section 715.050, Use of Public Sewers, Subsection (A), below.

Section 715.060 Protection From Damage.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art VI, 1-8-1985]
No authorized person shall maliciously, willfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface, or tamper with any structure, appurtenance, or equipment which is part of the sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under the ordinances of the City of Plattsburg.

Section 715.070 Powers and Authority of Inspectors.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art VII §§1-3, 1-88-1985]
A. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. The Superintendent or his representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper, or other industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
B. 
While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection (A) above, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the City shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the company and the company shall be held harmless for injury or death to the City employees and the City shall indemnify the company against loss or damage to its property by City employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in Section 715.050, Subsection (H).
C. 
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the City bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the City holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair, and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement, shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.

Section 715.080 Penalties.

[Ord. No. 1192 Art VIII §§1-3, 1-8-1985]
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of this Chapter, except Section 715.060, shall be served by the City with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
B. 
Any person who shall continue the violations beyond the time limit provided for in Subsection (A) above, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in the amount not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation. Each twenty-four (24) hour period in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss, or damage occasioned to the City by reason of such violation.