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Public Notice - Amending regulations related to On-lot Sewage Disposal Systems

PUBLIC NOTICE 

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township, County of Bucks, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will hold a public hearing on June 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Southampton Free Library, lower level meeting room, 947 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966 to consider adoption of the following ordinance:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AMENDING CHAPTER 142 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON TITLED “SEWER” AMENDING REGULATIONS RELATED TO ON-LOT SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS

The full text of the proposed ordinance may be examined at the office of the Township Manager, 939 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966.  The full text is also available on the Township’s website at www.ustwp.org.  The public is invited to attend and provide comment.

 

TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON 

                                                                                   ORDINANCE #

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AMENDING CHAPTER 142 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON TITLED “SEWER” AMENDING REGULATIONS RELATED TO ON-LOT SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township established On-Lot Sewage Disposal System Regulations; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton has determined that it is necessary to amend the regulations in order to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents and property owners of the Township.

NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township does hereby enact and ordain the following:

Section 1.  Section 142-15 of Chapter 142 is hereby amended by the deletion of the definitions of “CERTIFIED SEPTIC INSPECTOR” AND “LICENSED SEWAGE HAULER”.

Section 2.  Section 142-15 of Chapter 142 is hereby amended by the addition of the following definitions for “PUMPER/HAULER OF ON-LOT SEPTIC SYSTEMS” AND “PUMPERS REPORT”:

“PUMPER/HAULER OF ON-LOT SEPTIC SYSTEMS” – Any person, as that term is defined in the Article, who engages in the cleaning of community or individual on-lot sewage systems and/or transports the sewage removed from these systems for disposal and is licensed by the Bucks County Department of Health.  For the purposes of this Article, persons identified herein shall be hereinafter referred to as “pumper/hauler”.

“PUMPERS REPORT” – The form which shall be used by all licensed pumper/hauler to report each pumping of an on-lot sewage system in the Township.

Section 3.  Section 142-16 of Chapter 142 is hereby amended by the deletion of Section 142-16 in its entirety.  In place of said deleted section, the following Section 142-16 shall be inserted:

§142-16.  Responsibilities of persons who own properties served by individual on-lot sewage systems

  1. On lot sewage system pumping and inspection

(1)    All on-lot sewage systems in the Township shall be maintained in good and operating condition and in conformance with the accepted standards in the trade and industry, and shall be visually inspected and pumped out by a licensed pumper/hauler selected by the property owner, at least once every three (3) years.  The three-year time period and cycle shall be determined by the Township.

(2)    Properties with on-lot sewage systems making use of a septic tank, cesspool and/or dry well, if the same receive solids for the structures served, and pump tank, if present, shall have such systems inspected and pumped.  Said inspection and pumping shall occur once every three (3) years.  Furthermore, removal of excess amounts of solids or scum shall be required and the baffles of the septic tank shall be inspected by the licensed pumper/hauler in order to determine that the baffles are functioning properly.  All costs of excavation, if necessary, shall be borne by the property owner. 

(3)    Within 10 days after each inspection and pump-out, the licensed pumper/hauler shall generate Pumper’s Report, on the form provided by the Township.  The Pumper’s Report shall include the findings of the inspection and note any observed malfunctions and/or deficiencies.  The Township shall notify the Bucks County Department of Health of any potential malfunctions of the sewerage system.

(4)    Any deficiencies and/or malfunction identified shall be repaired within 60 days for the date the condition was identified, weather permitting.

(5)    Upon repair of the deficiencies ad/or malfunctions, property owner shall submit a receipt documenting the date when the sewage system was repaired along with a  copy of the Bucks County Department of Health permit authorizing such repair.  Such receipt and permit must be submitted to the Township within 30 days after the repair.

Section 4.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

Section 5.  It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton that the provisions of this Ordinance shall become and be made a part of the Code of the Township and sections of this Ordinance may be renumbered or relettered and the word “ordinance” may be changed to “section” or “article” or such other appropriate word or phrase in order to accomplish the intention of the Board of Supervisors.

Section 6.  This Ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect five (5) days after adoption by the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township.

DULY ENACTED AND ORDAINED this 9th day of June 2020, by the Township of Upper Southampton in public session duly assembled.

                                                              TOWNSHIP OF UPPER SOUTHAMPTON

                                                               COUNTY OF BUCKS, PENNSYLVANIA

 

                              By: _________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raymond M. Grossmuller, Chairman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Attest: ____________________________________

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stephen A. Wallin, Secretary/Treasurer