City of Clairton, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 8 of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Contracts, deeds and agreements — See Ch. 25.
Financial policies — See Ch. 34.
Building construction — See Ch. 163.
Excavations — See Ch. 189.
Grading, paving and curbing — See Ch. 211.
Home contractors — See Ch. 215.
Sewers — See Ch. 295.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 303.
Taxation — See Ch. 315.

§ 21-1 Issuance of certificates; payments.

In all cases of constructing sewers the cost or expense of which is payable by local assessments upon properties abutting thereon and benefited thereby as provided by law, and in all cases of constructing sidewalks, curbs and gutters the expense of which is chargeable to the abutting property owners, and where payment for any such work is to be made by installments or upon completion, it shall be lawful for the City, in case funds have not been collected upon the properties assessed or charged for expenses in sufficient amount to pay the respective contractors according to contract, to issue to the contractors a certificate of indebtedness, setting forth the amount or balance due them on the installment due or otherwise and the time from which the same shall bear interest. The certificate shall be paid from the assessments and charges for expenses to be collected, and in case these prove insufficient, the City shall provide for the payment of the certificates from the general fund or from any special fund hereafter determined. If at any time the City shall fail to pay the certificates of indebtedness according to the terms hereof, contractors shall be entitled to an assignment of so much of the uncollected assessments or charges for expenses as will secure or pay the certificate held by them, respectively. The City, however, shall not be liable upon or required to pay the certificate until after the expiration of two years from the completion of the improvement if the assessments upon the properties abutting the improvement for which the certificate is issued have not been collected in the meantime or from any cause whatsoever are insufficient.

§ 21-2 Contents; collection of assessments; interest.

The City Manager shall cause the issue of the certificates when it shall appear that the respective contractor is entitled to payment of the cost upon his or her contract. Each certificate shall state the amount of balance due the contractor on the particular installment for which the certificate is issued and the date from which the same bears interest. All such certificates shall be negotiable and transferable and shall not be liable to any defense, and the certificates shall be payable only from the assessments made and to be collected for that particular improvement; provided, however, that in case of the failure of the City to collect the assessments or any of them from any cause or should the assessments prove insufficient to pay the certificates in full, then the certificates or so much thereof as remains unpaid may be paid from the Street Improvement Fund; provided further that in case sufficient assessments have not been collected within two years from the completion of the work to pay the certificates, the same shall be paid from the Street Improvement Fund as hereinbefore mentioned; provided further that the certificates shall bear interest from the date thereof at a rate not exceeding 6% per annum. No certificate of indebtedness for any installment shall be issued exceeding the amount of $500. In cases where the amount or installment due is in excess of $500, the same shall be divided so that the certificates aggregating the amount or installment may be issued, each certificate not to exceed $500 as aforesaid, but nothing herein contained shall prevent the issue of certificates in amounts less than $500, to be determined by the City Manager unless otherwise directed by City Council.

§ 21-3 Sale, transfer or assignment.

Whenever any owner or holder of any certificate of indebtedness issued in pursuance of this chapter or any ordinance of the City shall sell, transfer or assign the certificate to any person, the latter shall give immediate notice, in writing, with the name and address of the owner, holder or transferee, to the City Manager, who shall register the same either upon the stub of the original certificate or upon a book to be kept for that purpose.

§ 21-4 Redemption.

Whenever the City is ready to redeem any certificate issued by this chapter, the City Manager shall give notice thereof to the name and address of the registered owner, holder or transferee, and unless the certificate is presented for payment within 10 days after the making of such notice, the certificate shall cease to draw interest.

§ 21-5 Application of assessments.

All assessments made upon abutting property for any of the improvements for which, under the provisions of this chapter, certificates of indebtedness may be issued, shall be applied, and the same are hereby appropriated, to the payment of that particular improvement for the payment of which the assessments are made. When the amount due for any improvement has been paid, whether in whole or in part, from the Street Improvement Fund as hereinbefore mentioned, all uncollected assessments for such work shall be paid into the City treasury to the credit of the Street Improvement Fund, to reimburse the amount paid therefrom.

§ 21-6 Warrants for payment.

When there shall be funds in the City treasury applicable to the payment of any of the certificates, it shall be lawful for the City Treasurer to draw a warrant for the amount due, which warrant shall be signed by the Mayor and countersigned by the City Manager, and thereupon the certificates shall be taken up, paid and canceled.

§ 21-7 Presentation for payment.

Presentation for payment of certificates of indebtedness shall be made by the holder thereof to the City Treasurer. Whenever such certificates shall be presented after the expiration of two years from the date thereof, the City Treasurer shall give immediate notice to the City Manager such presentation, the name of the holder, the date of the certificate and the amount of the indebtedness. The City Manager shall thereupon immediately provide for the payment thereof from the Street Improvement Fund, which payment may be made by warrant of the City Treasurer, in the same manner as hereinbefore provided for payment of certificates. If the Street Improvement Fund is insufficient to pay the certificate, the City Council shall immediately be notified by the City Manager and shall make immediate provision for the payment or satisfaction thereof.

§ 21-8 Council's authority.

Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the City Council from forbidding the payment of any moneys or the issue of any certificate in any case where the contractor has failed to comply with his or her contract, nor prevent the City from deducting from any installment any claim or setoff which it may have against the contractor on account of work or otherwise howsoever, nor compel the payment of any installment or the issue of any certificate when the contractor has failed to perform his or her contract; and no payment or certificate of indebtedness issued shall be conclusive against the City that the work has been properly done and completed, nor shall the same prevent the City from making claim for damages nor preclude action upon the bond accompanying the contract for the improvement.