Township of Collier, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 674, 6/11/2014]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FOOD PREPARATION FACILITY
Includes any food establishment in any building, room or place, or any portion thereof or appurtenance thereto, where human food or drink is mixed, cooked, or otherwise prepared, offered for sale, sold, served or given with or without charge to patrons, customers or guests for consumption on the premises; provided, however, that this does not include the mixing, cooking or other preparation and serving of food in single-family dwellings to the resident family or its guests.
GREASE INTERCEPTOR
An interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 35 gpm and which is located underground outside the building and generally intercepts all flows from kitchen/food processing areas.
GREASE TRAP
An interceptor whose flow rate is 35 gpm or less and which is located inside the building and generally intercepts flows from three compartment sinks only. Grease traps shall be rated for a minimum of 22.5 gpm.
RESTAURANT
Includes any public eating place where regular meals are prepared, offered for sale, sold and served to patrons, customers or guests for compensation based on the price charged for and generally paid at the conclusion of each meal. The words "regular meals," as used herein, mean meals generally consisting of courses embracing some kind of meat or its equivalent, vegetables, bread, pastry, beverage and accompaniments, served at more or less regular intervals.
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Every building or room occupied or used as a public eating place or restaurant shall be well drained. All soil pipes, drains or other plumbing fixtures shall be of adequate size to enable passage of any waste intended to pass through it to the main public sewer. All drains, sewers, waste and soil pipes, traps and water and gas pipes shall, at all times, be kept in good repair and order so that no gases or odor shall escape therefrom and so that the same shall not leak, and all vent pipes shall be kept in good order and repair and free from obstruction.
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1. 
Every owner or occupant of any building, room or space or part thereof used as a restaurant or food preparation facility, whether new or existing, shall install or cause to be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap. The type of installation shall be determined by the total fixture flow-through rate of potential grease-laden fixtures discharging through the building sewage lines as determined by the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Division. For flow-through rates of 35 gpm or less, an internal grease trap may be installed in certain existing structures used as restaurants and food preparation facilities. For flow through rates exceeding 35 gpm, an external, underground grease interceptor must be installed in all new structures or changes of use involving restaurants or food preparation facilities.
2. 
Said grease trap or interceptor shall be installed at an appropriate location along the sewer line between the restaurant and/or food preparation facility and the lines entry into the main public sewer line. An inspection site tee shall be installed between the interceptor discharge and the connection to the public sewer system. All installations shall be in accordance with Article 15 of the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Code and Regulations.
3. 
No solid waste devices, such as waste grinders, disposals, potato peelers, etc., shall discharge through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Only potential grease-laden fixtures may discharge through the trap or interceptor.
4. 
All new restaurants or food preparation facilities shall be required to install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum 1,000 gallons' capacity, regardless of flow-through rate.
5. 
In all existing restaurants or food preparation facilities, there shall be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap as determined by flow-through rate, as detailed above.
6. 
In existing facilities where it is determined by the Township that a grease trap is not sufficient, the Township may require that a grease interceptor (as detailed above) be installed. Such insufficiency shall be evidenced by excessive amounts of grease being discharged into the public sewer system by a facility. All existing restaurants or food preparation facilities shall, at a change of ownership or alteration, install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum 1,000 gallons' capacity. In all existing structures, buildings or parts thereof in which there is an increase in size, change of use or occupancy to that of a restaurant or food preparation facility, there shall be installed a grease interceptor, minimum 1,000 gallons' capacity, regardless of flow-through rate.
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All grease interceptors and grease traps shall be maintained and kept in good working order at all times. The interceptor or trap shall limit the amount of grease discharged into the public sewer system to levels not exceeding those permitted by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). Oil/grease discharges shall not exceed 100 ppm downstream of the interceptor or trap.
2. 
It shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner, lessee or agent of any restaurant or food preparation facility to, at a minimum of, annually inspect the grease interceptor or trap. A written record shall be kept of all inspections. The inspection record shall, at a minimum, list the name (inspector and company), address, and phone number of the inspection/disposal company, the method and frequency of cleaning schedule, and the date of the cleaning/inspection. Additionally, there shall be maintained a copy of the disposal schedule, disposal location and the quantities of grease disposed of by the licensed hauler that cleans and disposes of the accumulated material from each grease trap or grease interceptor. Such records shall be presented to the Township at least annually or more frequently if determined by the Township. A more-frequent cleaning/inspection schedule may be ordered to be performed by the facility when it is determined by the Township that the facility is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the public sewer system.
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Any person or user who is found to have failed to comply with the provisions of this Part regarding grease traps may be fined up to $1,000 per day per violation. Each day of violation shall be a separate offense.
2. 
Wherever a user has been notified of violation of the provisions of this Part and has not abated the violation within the deadline as ordered by the Township, the Township may arrange with the water supplier for water service to the user to be severed and for service to recommence, at the user's expense, after the user has satisfactorily come into compliance. The user shall pay all water-termination-related charges of the water supplier.
3. 
In addition to the penalties and remedies contained herein, the Township may take any action at law or in equity to seek redress for violation of this Part.
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In the discharge of duties, the Township Code Enforcement Officers, Consulting Engineer or other authorized representative shall have the authority to enter, at any reasonable hour, any restaurant or food preparation facility in the jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this Part.
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The Board of Commissioners may, by resolution adopted at a public meeting, adopt rules and regulations for the administration, implementation and enforcement of the grease trap requirements of this Part, including amending or adding technical requirements, procedures for recordkeeping or notices and adopting a schedule of fees applicable to property owners or occupants under this Part.
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Should the Township determine any user to be in violation of these regulations, it may, in addition and not in lieu of filing a citation with the District Justice seeking fines for violation, serve upon such person a written notice stating the nature of the violation. Within 20 days from the date of said notice, the user must supply to the Township a written explanation for the violation and a plan for the satisfactory correction of the violation and a schedule for coining into full compliance. Submission of such a plan does relieve the user of liability for any violation occurring before or after receipt of the notice of violation.
2. 
Any person aggrieved by the issuance of a violation notice under this Part may file a written appeal to the Township Secretary within 20 days of such notice of violation requesting a Local Agency Law hearing. Upon the filing of such appeal, the Board of Commissioners will provide for such a hearing and may assign a hearing officer to conduct a hearing, make findings of fact and recommendations, and/or to issue a determination. Any request for an appeal hearing shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable hearing fee of $50, and the applicant shall be responsible for payment of all costs incurred by the Township in connection with the hearing, including, but not limited to, court reporter costs, costs of transcripts, cost of publication of notices, etc.
3. 
Upon written request from any person, the Township Engineer may approve a modification of any substantive requirement herein, provided that such modification is needed to avoid undue hardship, adequate measures are taken to preserve the proper operation of the sanitary sewer system, and the modification poses no danger to the public health.
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All applications for the installation of a credit meter or auxiliary meter service must be first submitted to Collier Township, and they will be forwarded to ALCOSAN for approval and the initial reading and inspection. Copies of each application must include the required attachments at the time they are submitted to the Township.
2. 
The customer is responsible for the payment of any and all charges established by ALCOSAN for the processing of the application for auxiliary meter service and/or the inspection of the installation of the auxiliary meter.
3. 
The property owner shall be responsible, on an annual basis, for reading of the auxiliary meter and submitting to the Township, in writing, on a form provided by the Township, the actual credit meter reading.
4. 
Each property owner must, on or before October 31 of each year, submit in writing to the Township, and on the form provided by the Township, the credit meter reading in order to be eligible for consideration of a credit for the current calendar year.
5. 
The failure of the property owner to submit, in writing on the Township form, the meter readings on or before the above-listed dated (October 31) shall be treated as full and complete waiver of any credit due or owing the property owner for that current year and any prior years. This self-reading procedure places the entire responsibility for the timely submission of the written credit application on the property owner, and any failure of the property owner to timely deliver the credit request form shall constitute a complete waiver of any refund that the property owner may be able to claim.
6. 
The Township reserves the right to inspect and read the credit meter as often as the Township believes that a physical reading of the meter is necessary.
7. 
The property owner agrees that, by the installation of the credit meter and the request for credit, the Township, its agents, servants and employees, or designated representatives have the unconditional and absolute right to enter onto and go upon the property of the customer for the purposes of reading the credit meter, which must be accessible from the outside of the property.
8. 
Collier Township establishes an annual charge of $25 as a service fee for the recordkeeping and processing credit forms and credit applications for each credit meter installed within the service area of Collier Township, which fee may be changed by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
9. 
The annual fee shall be deducted from any credit amount established by the credit meter reading. Should the credit meter reading not be in excess of the annual charge, the property owner shall be responsible for the balance, which shall be invoiced on an annual basis.
10. 
A property owner may, at any time, discontinue the credit meter by notifying the Township, in writing, that the credit meter application is being discontinued.
11. 
Should the property owner discontinue the utilization of the credit meter, any request for reinstating of a credit meter for the property address where the credit meter has been withdrawn must be returned to the Township by the close of business on March 31 and shall be subject to approval by the Township and shall be subject to a charge in the amount of $50 for actual reading of the meter and administrative costs. No credit meter will be reactivated if the Township determines that the owner or prior owner inaccurately submitted credit readings to the Township unless and until the applicant refunds the full amount of any improper credit refunded to the owner or prior owner.
12. 
The sale or transfer of the property, after the discontinuance of the credit meter, shall not guarantee the new purchaser with the opportunity of having installed, or putting in place, a residential, commercial or industrial sewage meter.
13. 
The Township will physically read the credit meter prior to the issuance of any no-lien letter for the sale or transfer of the property in question. The property owner shall be responsible for any excess credit made to the property owner and which was based on the property owner's self-reading of the meter.
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All sanitary sewer lateral connections shall conform to the detail and specifications set forth in Exhibit A attached to this Part.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is included as an attachment to this chapter.