City of Chicopee, MA
Hampden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen (now City Council) of the City of Chicopee 6-18-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 9-1-2009]
The Sealer of Weights and Measures, appointed according to law, shall receive such salary as may be fixed in amount and time of payment by the City Council, which shall be payment in full for all services rendered by him in the performance of his official duties. He shall account for and pay to the City Collector at the end of each month all adjusting and sealing, plumbing and building fees received by him by virtue of his office and at the same time shall render to said Collector a written statement thereof in detail. Said position may be less than full-time. If less than full-time, the position shall require five hours' work per day.
[Amended 9-1-2009]
The Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures, appointed according to law, shall receive such salary as may be fixed in an amount and time of payment by the City Council, which shall be payment in full for all services rendered by him in the performance of his official duties. He shall account for and pay over to the City Collector at the end of each month all adjusting and sealing, plumbing and building fees received by him by virtue of his office and at the same time shall render to said Collector a written statement thereof in detail. Said position may be less than full-time. If less than full-time, the position shall require five hours' work per day.
In accordance with state laws, regulations and municipal ordinances, the Sealer of Weights and Measures:
A. 
Supervises and/or participates in adjusting, sealing, testing and condemning any weighing or measuring devices involved with public sale such as commercial scales; liquid and dry capacity measures; linear, area, fabric and cordage measuring devices; and commercial meters.
B. 
Inspects prepacked food and merchandise and its labels.
C. 
Calibrates vehicle tank trucks.
D. 
Checks vendors for licenses and issues transient vendor, hawker and peddler licenses.
E. 
Collects and accounts for sealing fees.
F. 
Investigates complaints of short weights, measures and counts and prepares evidence of such for courts.
G. 
Seizes unsealed weighting or measuring devices or those not conforming to legal requirements.
H. 
Plans, directs, supervises, lends assistance to and reviews work of Deputies.
I. 
The Sealer shall also be responsible for the duties required under either Subsection I(1) or (2) below, but not both.
(1) 
The Sealer inspects buildings under the provisions of the General Laws; enforces the provisions of the Building Code and local zoning laws; examines or approves plans for new buildings and the repair, alteration and safety conditions of existing buildings; inspects egress facilities of buildings; may see that elevators are inspected; performs supervision over lower-grade personnel and related administrative duties; maintains records of permits granted and inspections; and coordinates all activities in the area with the Building Commissioner.
(2) 
The Sealer inspects and tests new and existing plumbing systems and water-heating systems for conformance with laws; inspects and tests water-circulation, piping, fixtures, equipment, air conditioning and water-storage systems; examines plans for plumbing systems and advises plumbers and builders; issues permits for installation, alteration, repair and connecting plumbing to sewers; investigates complaints of violations, issues orders for corrections and keeps necessary records and coordinates all activities in the area with the Plumbing Inspector.
Under supervision of the Sealer or Inspector of Weights and Measures, the Deputy Sealer:
A. 
Tests, adjusts, seals or condemns computing scales, liquid and dry capacity measures, linear and area measuring devices, taximeters, rental car speedometers, cordage and fabric measuring devices, gas and oil meters, pumps and trucks.
B. 
Inspects prepackaged goods and their labels for correctness.
C. 
Reweighs commodities in transit to determine short weight.
D. 
Collects fees for sealing, weighing and measuring devices.
E. 
Investigates complaints of short weight and gathers evidence of such for courts.
F. 
Checks hawkers, transient vendors and peddlers for their licenses and inspects their measuring and weighing devices.
G. 
Reports in writing and orally to the Sealer or Inspector of Weights and Measures of inspections made, conditions found, devices sealed and fees collected.
H. 
The Deputy Sealer shall also be responsible for the duties required under either Subsection H(1) or (2) below, but not both:
(1) 
The Deputy Sealer inspects buildings under the provisions of the Building Code and local zoning laws; examines or approves plans for new buildings and the repair, alteration and safety conditions of existing buildings; inspects egress facilities of buildings; may see that elevators are inspected; performs supervision over lower-grade personnel and related administrative duties; maintains records of permits granted and inspections; and coordinates all activities in the area with the Building Commissioner.
(2) 
The Deputy Sealer inspects and tests new and existing plumbing systems and water-heating systems for conformance with laws; inspects and tests water-circulation, piping, fixtures, equipment, air-conditioning and water-storage systems; examines plans for plumbing systems and advises plumbers and builders; issues permits for installation, alteration, repair and connecting plumbing to sewers; investigates complaints of violations, issues orders for corrections and keeps necessary records; and coordinates all activities in the area with the Plumbing Inspector.
A. 
For those duties relating to the inspection of buildings, the Inspector shall have at least five years of experience in the supervision of building construction or design or, in the alternative, a four-year undergraduate degree in a field related to building construction or design. In addition, such persons shall have had general knowledge of the accepted requirements for building construction, fire prevention, light, ventilation and safe egress; as well as a general knowledge of other equipment and materials essential for safety, comfort and convenience of the occupants of a building or structures; plus whatever other requirements of experience and knowledge that are deemed necessary by the City of Chicopee.
B. 
For those duties relating to plumbing, the Inspector shall have at least five years of experience in the inspection of plumbing or be a licensed plumber; plus whatever other requirements of experience and knowledge that are deemed necessary by the City of Chicopee.