Ordinance 2501: Grease Traps 2.0

A second attempt to deal with grease traps used by businesses is being considered by the governing body at tonight’s municipal meeting.

In May, Ordinance 2485 was tabled after questions from residents during the public hearing with regard to wording and vagueness in the bill caused the governing body to review the proposed law.

Talks were held with the health department as well as local businesses to get input from various interested parties so as to tighten up the language.

Significant changes between Ordinance 2485 and 2501 included the removal of the Control Plan for (FOG) and food waste from 2485 while adding subsection A.1 to the General Criteria section. The periodic inspections clause was removed as a separate section and incorporated to the Inspections clause while adding specific fees. The ordinance now clearly notes that “the owner and/or operator of the eating and drinking food establishment shall be subject to additional fees for any borough labor associated with correcting a blockage.”

The ordinance is a result of issues with excessive grease in the borough’s sewer lines over the last couple of years that has cost the municipality spending between $10,000 and $20,000 to clean lines that were clogged with grease.

A copy of the ordinance is included below:

Download RP Ordinance 2501