[Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-13-1997 as Ch. 7 of the 1997 Code; amended July 2007]
The purpose of this article is to protect the public health against unsanitary and unhealthful practices and conditions and to protect the surface waters and groundwaters of the Town from contamination of seepage.
Sewage holding tanks are prohibited, with the following exceptions:
Holding tanks installed to replace existing residential and commercial septic systems which have failed.
Holding tanks installed to serve a new home constructed on a farm for use of the farm operator. In order to qualify as a farm under this section, the parcel owned by the farmer must be at least 35 contiguous acres in size and must have produced gross farm revenue of at least $6,000 in each of the previous three years. In order to qualify as the farm operator, a person must be able to show, using tax returns or other suitable documentation, that he/she has earned at least 75% of his gross income on the farm in each of the past three years. (Note: The purpose of this subsection is to allow the use of holding tanks for new construction in the case of a farmer who wishes to build a home on his/her own farm. The reason for this exception is that it is considered impractical for a farmer to live away from the farm.)
Holding tanks serving public recreational facilities located in state, county, or Town parks.
Holding tanks serving commercial or business establishments.
Penalty. Failure to comply with the provisions of this article can result in a forfeiture of not less than $75 nor more than $1,000 for each day of noncompliance.
Appeals. Any person aggrieved by a decision or order of the Town Planning Commission may file an appeal with the Zoning Board of Appeals. Such an appeal must be filed with the Town Planning Commission within 60 days of the decision or order and shall be filed on forms provided by the Town Planning Commission. The applicant shall then schedule a hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals within 30 days.
Variances. The Zoning Board of Appeals may authorize, upon specific appeal by the concerned party, variances from the terms of this article. Variances shall be granted only in cases where special conditions exist such that literal enforcement of this article would result in an unnecessary hardship. Variances shall not be granted in cases of self-imposed hardship or which would contradict the purposes of this article or be contrary to the public interest. Variance request must be filed with the Town Planning Commission.
The Zoning Board of Appeals shall hear appeals and variance requests within a reasonable time of the application. The Board shall give public notice of the hearing, which shall be conducted as a public hearing. A written decision to grant or deny shall be issued within 30 days.
The Zoning Board of Appeals shall grant no appeal or variance which would result in an action not complying with other applicable state and local regulations and ordinances for the Town of Pittsfield.
[Adopted 5-13-1997 as §§ 10.001 to 10.004 of the 1997 Code; amended August 2001; July 2007]
This article is adopted to promote and preserve public sanitation and for the good order and general welfare of the Town of Pittsfield, Brown County, Wisconsin.
The public sewer system is under the jurisdiction of the Pittsfield Sanitary District. Any connection to or use of the sewers is subject to the rules and regulations of the Sanitary District.
No person, firm or corporation shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater or clear water drains of any kind, including subsoil drains, building drains, tile drains, downspouts from roof gutters, surface drains, drains from any mechanical device, ditches, pipes, conduits, sump pumps or any other objects or things used for the purpose of collecting, conducting, transporting, diverting, draining or discharging clear waters, into a sewer designed or designated as a sanitary sewer, and all of said waters shall be discharged into a storm sewer wherever possible. Where no storm sewer is available, such water shall be allowed to discharge onto the owner's lawn or into an underground conduit leading to a drainage ditch, gutter or dry well, but no such discharge shall be allowed or permitted to flow on or across a public sidewalk or roadway.
If stormwater or clear water is being discharged into a sanitary sewer, the Sanitary District Commission, either through its Superintendent or other representative of the District, shall give the person, firm or corporation offending a seven-day notice or warning to disconnect. Failure to disconnect after such warning notice shall authorize the Sanitary District Commission to institute action for violation of this article.
The restrictions to the discharge of water into sanitary sewers shall also apply to the discharge of water from basement excavations during construction.
"Sanitary sewage" is hereby defined as the waste from water closets, urinals, lavatories, sinks, bathtubs, showers, household laundries, cellar floor drains and garage floor drains, and only such domestic sewage as herein defined shall be permitted to be deposited within the sanitary sewers of the District. The regulations of sewage discharge as established by the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District are hereby adopted and made a part hereof as though set forth at length herein.
All new residences and businesses, and existing residences and businesses with a failing septic system, shall be connected to the public sanitary sewerage system when sewer mains are adjacent to the property. This requirement is contingent on acceptance by the Brown County Planning Commission into the sewer service area. Application must be made to the Town Board to change the boundaries of the Pittsfield Sanitary District.