[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of West Hartford 9-12-1972 (Ch. 24 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SANITARY SEWAGE
- For the purpose of § 147-1, the common wastewater and water-carried waste from human buildings and from toilets and lavatory fixtures, kitchens, laundries and similar facilities of business and industrial buildings. In general, sanitary sewage shall not include stormwater from roofs, yards, streets or open spaces; water from land surfaces or brooks; clean waste or overflow from springs, wells or subsoil drainage; large volumes of clean water from air-conditioning or other cooling or condensing facilities; or clean wastewater from hydraulically operated contrivances and industrial waste.
The Building Inspector shall inspect, supervise, control and enforce compliance with § 147-1 and shall not certify for issue any building, plumbing or other permit or certificate of occupancy in the absence of full compliance with such section. He or she may order the discontinuance of any use of a sewer or drain, or connection therewith, contrary to such section.
The Director of Community Services or authorized agent, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, shall locate and supervise the construction of all sewers and drains laid under the provisions of §§ 147-6 and 147-7 or Article II of this chapter from their connection at the main sewer or curbline, shall give line and grade therefor on the ground and shall keep on file in the Director's office a record of all work done under the provisions of such sections and article.
No sewer calculated to serve more than one house and no sewer likely to be the main sewer of a proposed street shall be constructed other than by the agents of the Town or under the supervision of the Director of Community Services. Nothing herein shall be so construed as to limit the powers of the Town regarding the construction of sewers.
The Director of Community Services shall require all persons using the sewers in the Town to discontinue the use of any sewer for any surface or roof water drainage whenever, in the Director's judgment, such use of such sewer is an encroachment upon or injury thereto and in all such cases shall give the person or persons holding, occupying or having possession of such premises 15 days' written notice by registered mail to discontinue such use, and any person failing to comply with such order within such time shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-8 of Chapter 1 of the Code.
No person shall make any connections with the public sewers or lay any sewer or drain to be connected with such sewers or open any street or public way for the purpose of laying or repairing any sewer or drain in connection with such sewers unless such person shall be licensed as a drain layer.
Each applicant for a license required by § 147-8 shall state in the application the applicant's actual place of business, together with the name under which the business is done, and shall notify the Director of Community Services of any change in either thereafter.
Every person making application for a license as a drain layer as required by § 147-8 must file with the Director of Community Services and maintain during the duration of said license a public liability insurance endorsement describing coverage for any activity within the rights-of-way of the Town of West Hartford, including but not limited to excavation, grading, modification of the Town's existing infrastructure and installation of extensions or improvements thereto and a satisfactory bond in the sum of $10,000, conditioned substantially that:
The applicant shall indemnify and save harmless the Town and the Director and agents from all suits and actions of every name and description brought against the Town or any officers of the Town for or on account of any injuries or damages received or sustained by any person in consequence of or resulting from any work performed by the applicant, the applicant's servants or agents or of or from any negligence in guarding the work or of or from any act or omission of the applicant, the applicant's servants or agents.
The applicant shall faithfully perform the work in all respects and shall also replace and restore that portion of any street in which the applicant, the applicant's servants or agents shall make any excavation to as good condition as that in which the same was before the work was performed and shall also keep and maintain such street in like good condition to the satisfaction of the Director of Community Services for the period of not less than six months; that the Director may, within said period, with or without notice to the applicant, repair the street; and that part of the cost thereof caused by the applicant's negligence shall be paid within 30 days by such applicant.
The applicant shall comply in all respects with the rules and regulations established by the Director of Community Services relative to such work and with the terms of the permits that may be issued to the applicant and shall also pay all fines imposed for violation of any such rule or regulation.
The Director of Community Services may license as a drain layer any person believed by the Director to be entirely suitable and competent, who shall apply on forms provided for the purpose and shall comply with the conditions governing said license.
Whenever, in the opinion of the Director of Community Services or the Director's authorized agent, any person licensed as required by § 147-8 violates any of the provisions of this chapter or of the rules, regulations and specifications adopted by the Director of Community Services, the Director may revoke the license of any such drain layer.
All licenses required by § 147-8 shall expire on December 31 next following their date of issue unless sooner revoked.
Each person licensed as required by § 147-8 shall give personal attention to the work done under the license and shall employ none but competent workers.
No person licensed as a drain layer as required by § 147-8 shall lay any new drain or sewer tile or make any opening in or connection with a sewer or a drain connecting or to be connected with the public sewer system or make any excavation in a public street until such person shall have applied for and secured from the Director of Community Services a permit for doing such work.
Applications for permits required by § 147-15 must be made on forms provided for the purpose and signed by the drain layer or authorized agent. They shall specify the ownership and location of the property to be drained and the location of the sewer connection and shall contain an agreement to be signed by the drain layer that said drain layer will do the contemplated work in accordance with this chapter and the rules of the Director of Community Services, will properly restore and maintain the street surface disturbed for period of six months, in which period the winter months of December, January and February shall not be reckoned, or, if not kept in condition satisfactory to the Director of Community Services, will pay all costs of repairs thereto which may be made by the Director and will indemnify and save harmless the Town from all damages caused by the drain layer's acts or omissions while acting under the permit applied for.
The permit required by § 147-15 must be on the grounds during the continuance of the work for which it was issued and must be shown to all authorized persons.
No permit required by § 147-15 shall be issued unless the owner shall have paid all assessments levied against the property benefitted by the proposed work or shall have given the Director of Community Services satisfactory guaranty that such assessment will be paid when and under such conditions as the Director may require.
[Added 5-13-1980; amended 5-10-2005]
The Director of Community Services shall establish a schedule of fees to be charged for any license or permit required by this chapter.