Township of Leet, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 1]
The word "person" as used in this Part shall mean any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation. The singular shall include the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 2]
All owners of property accessible to the sanitary sewers leased by the Township from the Authority are hereby directed and required to make connection with such sewer for the purpose of discharging therein all fecal matter, human excrement, kitchen and laundry waste and other sewage from such premises. All such sewage shall, after such connection, be conducted into such sewer. Every such property shall be connected separately and independently with the sewer through the house connection branch directly opposite the building or nearest in a downstream direction.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 3]
If the owner of any property, after 60 days notice from the Township to make connection with such sewer, shall fail to make such connection, the Township may make such connection and may collect the cost thereof or in an action of assumpsit, as provided by law.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 4]
All work of making connection to any sewer shall be done under the personal supervision of the Township Engineer, or his authorized agent, and shall conform to the following requirements. All sewer connections shall be made at the place where the "Y" in the sewer is provided, but if no "Y" is provided in the sewer, then the property owner making such connection shall, at his expense, put in the "Y" in making such connection. All joints shall be sealed and made airtight, and shall be made smooth and clean inside, with all sewers in straight alignment and of proper grade, so as to provide free flow of sewage matter without any obstructions and to be made in accordance with the Township's specifications for its sewers. All work pertaining to the connection with the sewer shall be, financially and otherwise, the responsibility of the owner of the property with which connection is made, subject to the right of supervision hereby reserved by the Township or its agents.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 5; as amended by Ord. 170, 12/11/1978, § 1]
No person shall connect or cause to be connected or suffer to remain connected to, with, and of the sanitary sewers of the Township, directly or indirectly, any steam exhaust, boiler blow-off, sediment drip, any storm drain, or any pipe carrying or constructed to carry hot water or acid, germicide, grease, brewery mash, gasoline, naphtha, benzine, oil, connected rain water or surface water or run-off or any other substance detrimental to the sewers or the sewage disposal works of the Borough of Leetsdale or the Leet Township Municipal Authority, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, or the Borough of Ambridge or Borough of Ambridge Municipal Authority, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 6]
No privy vault, cesspool or similar receptacle or human excrement shall hereafter be maintained upon any premises from which connection with any sewers shall have been made. Every such privy vault, cesspool or other receptacle shall, within 30 days after final enactment of this Part in case of premises not connected with a sewer and within 30 days after connection with the sewer in the case of premises hereafter so connected, be abandoned, cleansed and filed under the direction and supervision of the Township Engineer.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961, § 7; as amended by Ord. 260, 3/11/1996, § 18-107; and by Ord. 2016-01, 3/14/2016]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 120, 11/1/1961; as added by Ord. 260, 3/11/1996, § 18-108; and amended by Ord. 2016-01, 3/14/2016]
1. 
The covering of sewer system manhole lids is prohibited in the Township of Leet.
2. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
The purpose of this Part is to establish procedures for the use and maintenance of holding tanks designed to receive and retain sewage, whether from residential or commercial uses, and it is hereby declared that the enactment of this Part is necessary for the protection, benefit and preservation of the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this municipality.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
Unless the context specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings of terms used in this Part shall be as follows:
HOLDING TANK
A watertight receptacle which receives and retains sewage and is designed and constructed to facilitate ultimate disposal of the sewage at another site. Holding tanks include but are not limited to the following:
A. 
A toilet using chemicals that discharge to a holding tank.
B. 
A holding tank where sewage is conveyed to it by a water-carrying system.
C. 
A holding tank designed to receive sewage where water under pressure is not available.
IMPROVED PROPERTY
Any property within the municipality upon which there is erected a structure intended for continuous or periodic habitation, occupancy or use by human beings or animals and from which structure sewage shall or may be discharged.
MUNICIPALITY
The Township of Leet, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
OWNER
Any person vested with ownership, legal or equitable, sole or partial, of any property located in the municipality.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, company, association, corporation or other group or entity.
SEWAGE
Any substance that contains any of the waste products or excrement or other discharge from the bodies of human beings or animals and any noxious or deleterious substance being harmful or inimical to the public health or to animal or aquatic life or to the use of water for domestic water supply or for recreation.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
The municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to undertake within its borders the control and methods of holding tank sewage disposal and the collection and transportation thereof.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
The municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt such rules and regulations concerning sewage which it may deem necessary from time to time to effect the purposes herein.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
All such rules and regulations adopted by the municipality shall be in conformity with the provisions herein, all other ordinances of the municipality and all applicable laws and applicable rules and regulations of administrative agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
The municipality shall have the right and power to fix, alter, charge and collect rates, assessments and other charges in the area served by its facilities at reasonable and uniform rates as authorized by applicable law.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
The collection and transportation of all sewage from any improved property utilizing a holding tank shall be done by a properly bonded and approved hauling agency, and the disposal thereof shall be made only at such site or sites as may be approved by the Department of Environmental Resources of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
1. 
The owner of an approved property that utilizes a holding tank shall:
A. 
Maintain the holding tank in conformance with this Part and all other ordinances of this municipality, the provisions of any applicable law and the rules and regulations of the municipality, and any administrative agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B. 
Permit the municipality, or anyone acting under the permission or direction of the municipality, to inspect holding tanks on an annual basis.
C. 
Permit only a properly bonded and licensed hauling agency to collect, transport, and dispose of the contents of a holding tank in a disposal site approved by the Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
D. 
Deposit with the municipality the sum of $1,500. Said deposit shall be used by the municipality to reimburse the municipality for all costs incurred by the municipality in connection with inspections of the holding tank and/or its design prior to its operation. In the event the initial deposit is insufficient for the above-stated purposes, the owner will, at the request of the municipality, deposit additional funds to defray such additional costs and expenses. Any excess funds shall be returned to the owner within 90 days from the receipt of the certificate and plan which are to be provided to the municipality pursuant to Subsection 1F below.
E. 
Secure from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection all permits (hereinafter "DEP permits") necessary to construct and operate the holding tank and to maintain such DEP permit in full force and effect so long as the holding tank is used to receive sewage. Until the owner obtains a DEP permit for the holding tank, no work on the holding tank shall be conducted.
F. 
Supply the municipality with the following:
(1) 
A certification from the installer that all work has been completed in accordance with the plans and specifications approved by the Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP");
(2) 
A certification from the Allegheny County Health Department and Township Engineer that the holding tank has been constructed in accordance with all the requirements of the municipality; and
(3) 
An "as-built" plan showing the final locations of all sewer lines and the holding tank as actually constructed.
G. 
Construct the holding tank in accordance with rules, regulations and requirements and specifications of the DEP and the municipality. In the event the rules, regulations, requirements, and specifications of the municipality concerning the operation, maintenance, and repair of the holding tanks are different from those of the DEP, for the same requirement, then the provisions more protective of public health, safety and welfare shall be adhered to by the owner.
H. 
Permit the holding tank to only serve the improved property.
I. 
Be responsible for the proper operation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of the holding tank as required by the DEP and the municipality, and that such responsibility shall be a covenant attached to the improved property.
J. 
Deposit with the municipality, prior to construction of the holding tank, in a form acceptable to the municipality, financial security in an amount equal to 110% of the cost of the holding tank. The purpose of this security shall be to insure the installation of the holding tank in accordance with the requirements of the municipality. For the purposes of this subsection, the cost of the holding tank shall include all costs of installation and construction of the sanitary lines (if any), all costs of installation and construction of the holding tank itself, all costs of installation and construction of any lines deemed necessary by the municipality's Engineer for future connection into the public sewer system, and all costs of installation and construction of any other requirements which the municipality's Engineer determines necessary.
In the event that the holding tank is not installed in accordance with the provisions of this Part within 18 months after the aforementioned deposit is made, then all financial security deposited with the municipality shall be automatically forfeited to the municipality. The municipality shall release or return the remaining amount of the owners' financial security only after certification by the municipality's Engineer that the holding tank has been properly installed.
K. 
Deposit with the municipality the estimated annual cost of operating and maintaining the holding tank for a period of two years. Two years from the date of deposit, the sum required under this subsection shall be reduced to 10% of the cost of the installation and equipment, and this 10% shall be maintained by the municipality for the life of the holding tank. The balance of the deposit shall be refunded to the owner when said holding tank is no longer in service.
L. 
Pay an annual maintenance fee, which sum shall be set each year by the municipality. The fee for the first year shall be $100 and shall be paid prior to the holding tank being utilized. In the event a fee is not set in a given year, the fee shall remain the same as the fee in the previous year. All fees paid pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into an interest-bearing account (the "account") in the name of the municipality for use by the municipality should the owner fail to properly operate, repair, replace, or maintain the holding tank in accordance with the requirements of the DEP or the municipality.
If at any time the account contains an amount less than the sum of the permit fee and annual permit maintenance fees then due, the owner shall, within 30 days of notice to do so, deposit with the municipality the amount necessary to eliminate such deficit. In the event the owner connects the improved property to a public sewer such that the holding tank is no longer necessary, all funds remaining in the account, including any accrued interest, less any outstanding amounts due to municipality, shall be refunded to the owner.
M. 
Not occupy structures served by the holding tank, or utilize the holding tank, until such time as an occupancy permit is issued by the municipality.
N. 
Permit the municipality the right to enter the improved property at any time for the purpose of inspecting the work performed in connection with the construction or operation of the holding tank, but the municipality shall not have the duty or obligation to perform such inspections.
O. 
Notify the municipality seven days prior to the installation of the holding tank, and such notice shall contain the date upon which installation is to begin.
P. 
Construct the holding tank so as to facilitate connection into a public sewer if it becomes available. Such connection shall be mandatory within 60 days of such connection becoming available. If such connection occurs, the owner shall abandon and properly dispose of the holding tank, and funds held in the account shall be returned to the owner less any expense incurred by the municipality for the administration of the account or the operation, repair, replacement, or maintenance of the holding tank.
Q. 
Remove the septate or other solids from the holding tank, as necessary, through a properly bonded and licensed hauling agency for collection, transport, and disposal of the septate or other solids in a disposal site approved by the Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. No overflows or spillage is permitted.
R. 
Execute and provide such instruments and documents as shall be reasonably required to comply with and effectuate the provisions of this Part and the requirements of regulatory authorities to which the holding tank is subject.
S. 
Indemnify and hold harmless the municipality from any and all loss or damage suffered by anyone arising from or related to the holding tank caused by the negligence of the owner.
T. 
Notify any purchaser of the improved property of their obligations hereunder.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
Any person who violates any provisions of § 18-208 shall, upon conviction thereof by summary proceedings, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs, and, in default of said fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment in the Allegheny County Prison for a period not in excess of 30 days.
[Ord. 2016-06, 11/14/2016]
1. 
In addition to any other remedies provided in this Part, any violation of § 18-208 above shall constitute a nuisance and may be abated by the municipality by either:
A. 
Seeking appropriate equitable or legal relief from a court of competent jurisdiction; or
B. 
Assuming the operation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of the holding tank, in which event the owner shall grant the necessary easements for the municipality to do so and shall surrender/transfer all DEP permits to the municipality.
2. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the municipality shall not have an obligation to abate any violation of § 18-208.