Sec. 19-31. Fees for removal of water from basements.
(a) If the fire department is requested on more than two (2) occasions to pump water from the same basement and the fire department believes that the basement flooding has been caused by the same problem, the property owner or tenant, as the case may be, may be required to submit information to the fire chief to demonstrate that reasonable efforts have been made to correct the problem causing the flooding. If the property owner or tenant is unable to demonstrate that reasonable efforts have been made to rectify the problems causing the flooding, the fire chief, at his discretion, will either charge a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each incident of basement pumping or basement pumping may be discontinued at such location. In making his decision, the fire chief shall consider the cause of the flooding, the measures that must be taken to correct the problem and the cost of the repair work. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to furnish the fire chief with all information necessary to make a decision regarding basement pumping. The property owner or tenant shall furnish the fire chief with a written statement from a licensed contractor setting forth the cause of the basement flooding and the estimated cost of the necessary repairs.
(b) This fee would be the responsibility of the resident and/or owner. In the case of rental property the owner of the property would be responsible.
(c) No fee would be charged in the event of natural disasters.
(d) No substance, other than uncontaminated water, will be pumped from a basement by fire department personnel. (Ord. No. O-84-181, § 1, 6-12-84, eff. 7-1-84; Ord. No. O-87-095, § 1, 5-26-87)
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