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Village of Camillus, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Camillus as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Public access to records — See Ch. 21.
Building construction codes enforcement — See Ch. 53.
Environmental quality review — See Ch. 55.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 63.
Stormwater sewer system — See Ch. 64.
Stormwater management and erosion control — See Ch. 65.
Zoning — See Ch. 110.
[Adopted 8-6-1968 by L.L. No. 1-1968]
Terms defined. Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this article shall be as follows:
The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20° C., expressed in milligrams per liter.
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 feet (1.5 meters) outside the inner face of the building wall.
The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
A sewer receiving both surface runoff and sewage.
Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface water or groundwater.
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
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 1/2 inch (1.27 centimeters) in any dimension.
A sewer in which all owners of abutting properties have equal rights and which is controlled by public authority.
A sewer which carries sewage and to which stormwater, surface waters and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such groundwaters, surface waters and stormwaters as may be present.
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
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 15 minutes more than five times the average twenty-four-hour concentration or flows during normal operation.
A sewer which carries stormwaters and surface waters and drainage but excludes sewage and industrial wastes, other than unpolluted cooling water.
The person designated by the Village Board of the Village of Camillus to be in general charge of the sewage works therein or his authorized deputy, agent or representative.
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.
A channel in which a flow of water occurs either continuously or intermittently.
Word usage. "Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
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 Village of Camillus or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Village any human or animal excrement, garbage or other objectionable waste.
It shall be unlawful to discharge to any natural outlet within the Village of Camillus or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Village any sewage or other polluted waters except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with subsequent provisions of this article.
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.
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes situated within the Village of Camillus and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is now located or may in the future be located a public sanitary or combined sewer of the Village 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 article within 90 days after the date of official notice to do so, provided that said public sewer is within 100 feet of the property line.
Use. Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of § 90-4 of this article, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this section.
Permit required; permit and inspection fee. Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit from the Village Board. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the Village, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications and other information as are deemed necessary by the Village Board. A permit and inspection fee of $25 shall be paid to the Village Clerk at the time the application is filed.
Effective date of permit; inspections. A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent. 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 Superintendent when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within four hours of the receipt of notice by the Superintendent.
Compliance with state agency recommendations; permit restrictions. The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Health of the State of New York. 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 10,000 square feet. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge into any natural outlet.
Operation and maintenance. The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times at no expense to the Village.
Availability of public sewer; abandonment of private facilities.
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system as provided in Subsection D of this section, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this article, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled with suitable material.
When a public sewer becomes available, the building sewer shall be connected to said sewer within 60 days, and the private sewage disposal system shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run gravel or dirt.
Interpretation. No statement contained in this section shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by any health officer.
Permit required. No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Village Board.
Classes of permit; application; permit and inspection fee.
There shall be two classes of building sewer permits, as follows:
For residential and commercial service.
For service to establishments producing industrial wastes.
In either case, the owner or his agent shall make application on a form furnished by the Village. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Village Board.
A permit and inspection fee of $25 for a residential or commercial building sewer permit and $35 for an industrial building sewer permit shall be paid to the Village Clerk at the time the application is filed.
Installation and connection; maintenance, replacement and repair; costs; indemnification. All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall likewise be solely responsible for any and all maintenance, repair and replacement of building sewer facilities, specifically including the sewer lateral from and including the building connection to [and provided and to the extent such area is also outside of any other established (of record) easement area]: (a) where no sidewalk exists, the nearer of the edge of pavement or curbline of the public street; and (b) where sidewalk does exist, the nearest edge of the sidewalk; and wherever the same may be located and regardless of whether or not such facilities may serve more than one property. Only the public sewer main and any portion of sewer lateral located outside of the foregoing areas or within any established (of record) sewer easement shall be the responsibility of the Village to maintain, repair and replace. The Village Department of Public Works Superintendent or any other authorized Village official, with such owner's consent and solely in order to diagnose the cause and/or origin point of a particular defect and/or damage in the public sewer line, may authorize the Department of Public Works to perform diagnostic testing on or from private property, including measures such as plunging and snaking to determine the location of damaged or defective sewer lines. In such event, the owner shall be deemed to have granted a license to the Village for such purpose on the private property of owner and shall in any event, except for damage relative to the work performed by Village, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Village from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by any such diagnostic testing and measures, the installation and connection or maintenance, replacement and repair of the building sewer. The foregoing notwithstanding, in connection with any of its work hereunder the Village shall be responsible for repair or replacement of any sidewalk, pavement or curbing and shall reseed any disturbed earth.
[Amended 7-22-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]
Separate and independent building sewers required per building; exception. A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building, except that, where one 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 building sewer.
Use of old building sewers. Old building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings only when they are found, on examination and test by the Superintendent, to meet all the requirements of this article.
Standards for construction and installation. The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction of a building sewer and the methods to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe, jointing, testing and backfilling the trench shall all conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Codes or other applicable rules and regulations of the Village.[1] In the absence of code provisions or in amplification thereof, the materials and procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Water Pollution Control Federation Manual of Practice No. 9 shall apply.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 53, Enforcement of Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
Connection of building drain with building sewer. 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.
Prohibited connections with building sewers. No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, 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.
Standards for connection of building sewer to public sewer. The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the Building and Plumbing Codes or other applicable rules and regulations of the Village or the procedures set forth in appropriate specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Water Pollution Control Federation 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 Superintendent before installation.
Notification and supervision of connection to public sewer. The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Superintendent when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Superintendent or his representative.
Safety precautions during excavation; restoration of property. All excavations for building sewer installations 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 Village.
Discharge of stormwater and unpolluted drainage or industrial process waters.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
Stormwater 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 Village Board. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process waters may be discharged, on approval of the Village Board, to a storm sewer, combined sewer or natural outlet.
Prohibited discharges generally. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewers:
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or 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 cyanides in excess of two milligrams per liter as CN in the wastes as discharged to the public sewer.
Any waters or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works.
Solid or viscous substances in such quantities or of such size as to be 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, milk containers, etc., either whole or ground by garbage grinders.
Acceptability of certain harmful substances or wastes.
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 as follows:
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.).
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oils, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 milligrams per liter, or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° and 150° F. (0° and 65° C.).
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded. The installation and operation of any garbage grinder equipped with a motor of 3/4 horsepower (0.76 horsepower metric) or greater shall be subject to the review and approval of the Superintendent.
Any waters or wastes containing strong acid iron pickling wastes or concentrated plating solutions, whether neutralized or not.
Any waters 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 at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Superintendent for such materials.
Any waters or wastes containing phenols or other taste- or odor-producing substances in such concentrations as may exceed limits which may be established by the Superintendent as necessary after treatment of the composite sewage to meet the requirements of the state, federal or other public agencies of jurisdiction for such discharge to the receiving waters.
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.
Any waters or wastes having a pH in excess of 9.5.
Materials which exert or cause the following:
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids, such as but not limited to fuller's earth, lime slurries and lime residues, or of dissolved solids, such as but not limited to sodium chloride and sodium sulfate.
Excessive discoloration, such as but not limited to dye wastes and vegetable tanning solutions.
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
Unusual volume of flow or concentration of wastes constituting slugs, as defined herein.
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed or are amenable to treatment only to such degree that the sewage treatment plant effluent cannot meet the requirements of other agencies having jurisdiction over discharge of the receiving waters.
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 C(1) of this section and which, in the judgment of the Superintendent, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Village Board may:
Reject the wastes.
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers.
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge.
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 H of this section.
If the Village Board 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 Village Board and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, local laws, ordinances and laws.
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 so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
Operation and maintenance of pretreatment facilities. 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.
Manholes. When required by the Village Board, 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 Village Board. 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.
Measurements, sampling and tests. All measurements, tests and analyses of the characteristics of water and wastes to which reference is made in this article 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-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 solids analyses are obtained from twenty-four-hour composites of all outfalls whereas pHs are determined from periodic grab samples.)
Special agreements between Village and industrial concerns. No statement contained in this section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the Village and any industrial concern whereby an industrial waste of unusual strength or character may be accepted by the Village for treatment, subject to payment therefor by the industrial concern.
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, destroy, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest.
Right of entry.
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the Village 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 article. The Superintendent or his representatives shall have no authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic or 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.
The Superintendent and other duly authorized employees of the Village bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the Village holds a duly negotiated easement for the purpose 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.
Indemnification and liability. While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in Subsection A above, the Superintendent or duly authorized employees of the Village shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the owner, and the owner shall be held harmless for injury or death to the Village employees, and the Village shall indemnify the owner against loss or damage to its property by Village employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the owner and growing out of the gauging and sampling operation, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the owner to maintain safe conditions as required in § 90-7F of this article.
Any person found to be violating any provision of this article, except § 90-8 of this article, shall be served by the Village 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.
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided for in Subsection A above shall be guilty of an offense and, on conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a maximum fine of $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 3-7-1989 by L.L. No. 2-1989]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall become liable to the Village for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the Village by reason of such violation.
[Adopted 2-3-1970 by L.L. No. 1-1970]
Pursuant to Article 14-F of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, there is hereby established and imposed sewer rents as a means of producing revenue for the sewer system of the Village of Camillus, New York.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A single-family dwelling, which shall constitute one "household unit."
One or more persons maintaining separate living quarters and having separate plumbing facilities and cooking facilities for the persons occupying such separate living quarters, irrespective of whether or not such separate living quarters may be part of what is commonly known as a "two-family" or "multiple-dwelling house."
A house in which a room or rooms are rented to a person and the room or rooms so occupied by the person do not have both separate toilet facilities and cooking facilities.
As used in relation to the term "sewer system," all lateral sewers or all branch sewers or all interceptor sewers or all trunk sewers and any sewage treatment and disposal works, each part with necessary appurtenances, including sewage pumping stations.
The water carrying human or animal waste and permissible industrial waste from residences, buildings, industrial establishments or other places.
A unit method of annual charges established and imposed in the Village of Camillus for the use of the sewer system or any part or parts thereof.
All sewer pipes and other appurtenances which are used or useful, in whole or in part, in connection with the collection, treatment or disposal of sewage, industrial waste and other wastes and which are owned and operated or maintained by the Village of Camillus, including sewage pumping stations and sewage treatment and disposal works.
Sewer rents shall be based upon a determination of equivalent household units assigned to various properties in the Village, categorized by code numbers and equivalent unit determinations as follows:
Code Number
Equivalent Units
One-family residence
Two-family residence
1.0, plus 0.5 per household unit
Multiple dwelling, over 2
1.0, plus 0.5 per household unit
Combined business and residential
Exempt, except school
Equivalent units for Code Nos. 7, 10, 12, 15 and the public school are based upon specific formulas. These formulas determine equivalent units for property based upon whether the property includes a "dry" business or "wet" business. For proper computation of equivalent units in these cases, consult Village records on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
The sewer rents are hereby established and imposed for the sewer system in the Village of Camillus now existing, hereafter created or extensions thereof.
On or before the first day of March of each year, the Village Board shall compute the monetary rate per household unit and the annual sewer rent to be charged to each sewer user in the Village of Camillus in accordance with this article. Such computation may be based upon facts obtained from its own investigation or certified statements furnished by sewer rental users containing pertinent facts or information based upon the period ending on May 31 of the previous year as to the number of employees, pupils, teachers, number of rooms or apartments or separate dwellings or other necessary facts or information which may be applicable. Such information shall be furnished by sewer users to the Village Board upon a five-day written notice requesting such information.
Revenues derived from sewer rents shall be credited to a special fund known as the "Sewer Rent Fund." Moneys in such fund shall be used only in the manner and for the purpose specified by the Sewer Rent Law of the State of New York.
Sewer rents shall become due and payable annually on June 1 in each year, and the amount due shall be set forth as a separate item on the annual Village tax bill, and the amounts so due shall be collected and enforced in the same manner and at the same time as provided by law for the collection and enforcement of Village taxes.