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(a) Plans for sanitary sewerage and storm sewerage improvements which are proposed for construction in the City to connect to or proposed to connect directly to any City-maintained sewer or district sewer, shall be prepared by a professional engineer licensed to practice in the State and shall be submitted to the Director of Engineering for approval. Such plans shall then be submitted to the Sanitation Committee of Council with easement, if any, for acceptance by the City prior to beginning of any construction. Plans for the following classes of improvements must be submitted:
(1) Class A. Proposed public sanitary sewerage or storm sewerage, including lift stations, treatment plants, sanitary sewage or storm conveyance systems and any changes in existing structures or methods of treatment within the City or other lands outside the City connecting with any City-maintained system. A public sanitary sewerage system means a system serving dwellings, buildings, structures or sanitary sewerage improvements which are constructed on public lands, in public highways, dedicated roadways, streets or alleys or in easements granted or to be granted to the City.
(2) Class B. Proposed sanitary sewerage or storm sewerage improvements, including treatment facilities of industrial or commercial establishments which discharge their wastes into a sanitary sewerage system or sewerage system operated and maintained by the City.
For the purposes of this chapter, an industrial establishment shall be one engaged in the manufacture of a product. A commercial establishment shall be one which is engaged in selling goods or services to either public or private clientele.
(b) Three satisfactory copies of detailed plans with profiles and specifications and three copies of all equipment manufacturers' catalog data, pump performance curves, etc., for all improvements provided for under subsection (a) hereof shall be submitted to the Director of Engineering for his approval and shall be accompanied by a report prepared by the design engineer, giving all pertinent data regarding the project.
(c) Any plans and specifications which are improperly prepared or accompanied by insufficient or inaccurate information may be rejected by the Director of Engineering stating reasons for rejection, whereupon revised plans and specifications or more sufficient data shall be submitted as required. No approval authorizing the construction of the improvements will be issued until satisfactory plans and data are submitted and approved by the Director.
(d) The submission for approval of plans and specifications for sanitary sewerage improvements by the City will not relieve the owner from requirements of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with reference to the approval of plans and specifications for certain improvements.
(e) The authorization to construct any sanitary sewer or storm sewer improvements shall be by letter to the owner from the Director of Engineering stating that permission to commence construction has been granted. Such letter shall not be sent until the approval of the Sanitation Committee of Council has been granted and necessary easements have been accepted by the City and where necessary, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approval has been secured.
(f) No sanitary sewerage or storm sewerage construction included under the classifications of subsection (a) hereof shall be started until after the plans have been approved by the Director of Engineering, the Sanitation Committee of Council and where necessary by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and authorization has been granted by the Director to proceed with construction as herein provided. The installation shall be in strict accordance with the approved detailed plans and specifications, shop drawings, etc.
(g) If any major change or modification is deemed necessary or desirable by the persons, firm or corporation having charge of the work, previous to or during the construction, such change or modification shall be incorporated in revised plans, which shall be submitted for approval in the same manner as required for original plans.
(h) No person shall make an excavation in any street, highway or road right of way until he has obtained a permit therefor pursuant to Section 901.02.
(i) All material and workmanship not covered by the standards in subsection (m) hereof shall conform in all respects to the requirements of the Standard Construction Details for the City which is available for public inspection in the Department of Engineering.
(j) Improvements as enumerated in this section shall be constructed under the direct supervision of the Director of Engineering or his duly authorized representative and all expenses to be incurred in connection with such supervision shall be paid to the City by the owner. The amount to be so paid to the City for such purpose will be estimated by the Director and shall be deposited with the City prior to the authorization for the construction work to commence. If the cost of such supervision exceeds such deposits, the owner shall pay the difference to the City. If a balance is left, it shall be refunded to the owner without interest.
(k) No construction work in connection with the improvements as enumerated in this section shall be done except in the presence of an inspector authorized by the Director of Engineering. Forty-eight hours notice of the intention to begin work shall be given to the Director to enable him to arrange to place an inspector on the work.
(l) If the Director of Engineering has proof or evidence that any sewer work is being improperly done, he may order all work stopped and the owner or his contractor shall thereupon stop and shall not resume construction until authorized in writing by the Director to do so after such work not approved has been corrected as directed.
(m) The design and construction of all sewers and all repairs to sewers, shall be in accordance with the Uniform Standards for Sewerage Improvements of the combined agencies of the City of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cuyahoga County Sanitary Engineering Division, the Municipal Engineers Association of Northeast Ohio and Ohio EPA Northeast District Office.
(1) All service connections, storm and sanitary sewers shall have a minimum of three feet of cover to the pavement subgrade within sites and a minimum of seven feet of cover in street sewers. Variation may be approved by the Director of Engineering.
(2) All computation for sewer sizing including outline of drainage and subdrainage areas shall be furnished for approval of plans for tap-in or connection permits.
(3) In a residence service connection for a storm sewer, pipes shall be a minimum of six inches in diameter.
(4) Service connection sewers to all properties shall be provided in areas served by sewers.
(5) All proposed improvements submittals shall be coordinated with abutting existing approved improvements.
(6) Cleanouts in service connection sewers shall be provided at all deflections or bends of thirty degrees and over.
(7) Where service connections are required to be drilled under existing street pavement, cast iron pipe shall be used and shall be American Standards Association thickness Class No. 22 with standard rubber slip-on joints, or Transite nonpressure sewer pipe or any other type of pipe may be used if approved by the Director.
(8) Sewer easements shall be a minimum of twenty feet wide.
(9) Radial sewer pipe alignment radius shall conform to manufacturer's recommended minimum radius for the pipe size involved. Variations may be approved by the Director.
(10) A manhole shall be used for commercial or industrial service connection sewer tie-ins to the street sewer where no street sewer connection is available or if service connection sewer is too large for street sewer connection.
(11) The individual residential service connections to sewer tie-ins to street sewers should not be into manholes, except at the end of a cul-de-sac.
(12) Where service sewer "Y" braces were not initially provided in street sewers, and street sewer diameters are less than two and one-half times the diameter of proposed service connection sewers, a standard manhole shall be installed in lieu of "Y" saddles, except in the case of residential connections and as approved by the Director.
(13) Street sewers with dead-end manholes shall be extended to a minimum of ten feet beyond the nearest property line in order to make the service connection.
(14) Service connection sewers from wash racks, grease racks, loading docks, etc., and all types of commercial or industrial installations where grease, oil and all petroleum waste products are discarded shall be connected to appropriate grease separators and/or sand or oil traps before connecting to the sanitary sewer. Service connection sewers from commercial kitchens shall be connected to appropriate grease traps before connecting to the sanitary sewers.
(15) Service connection sewers from swimming pools shall be connected to storm sewers in accordance with County Health Department requirements.
(16) A City standard drop manhole shall be installed in sanitary sewers where the vertical distance between inverts is two and one-half feet or more.
(n) All laying of sewers for the building sewer portion of a service connection shall be at all times under the supervision of a sewer builder that is licensed with the City to do such work. The provisions of this chapter shall not prevent any licensed sewer builder from building sewers as part of any contract job being done under contract with the City. Any competent person, firm or corporation shall, on application to the Director of Inspections, be granted a sewer builder's license pursuant to the terms of Chapter 1321 of the Building Code.
(o) If any sewer builder neglects or refuses to do anything required by the provisions of this chapter within a reasonable time after being notified by the Director of Inspections to do so, the Director may cause such work to be done and charge the same to the sewer builder. Unless such charges are paid, the sewer builder's license shall be revoked forthwith with costs foreclosed against the license bond.
(p) Connections with sewer mains constructed under this chapter shall be subject to all the requirements of this chapter.
(q) Nothing in this section shall be deemed or construed to require the application for or the issuance of a permit for the purpose of removing stoppages in any house connection sewer, except when it is necessary to replace any part or all of the sewer connection or to excavate in any street or sidewalk or sewer easement in connection therewith.
(Ord. 2012-128. Passed 12-6-12.)