Windsor sets fine structure for grease program violations
January 24, 2018
Windsor has implemented new consequences for failing to comply with the town's grease policy, which requires restaurants, car washes and other businesses to keep fats, oils, grease, petroleum, grease and sand from entering the town's sewer system.
Because some businesses were continuously failing inspections, the policy was reviewed by the town's legal department and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, who recommended steeper fines and the option to suspend water and/or sewer services to any facility failing to comply, according to a memo to the town board from Public Works Director Terry Walker.
Walker said the change gives the town more and clearer options for enforcing the code.
"What we found out is in our current code there's nothing we could do but arrest a person for not complying, but we didn't want to do that," he said. "Rather than arresting someone, we figured putting in a fine would be more appropriate."
The regulations are necessary, Walker said, because if the greases and oils enter the sewer they can cause blockages.
"It creates havoc in our system," Walker said.
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The failed inspection penalties and enforcement procedures are as follows, according to documents submitted to the Windsor Town Board:
➤ Regular inspections shall occur semi-annually. Upon the first failed inspection, the facility shall undergo with more frequent inspections.
➤ Re-inspections will occur until compliance is achieved. If the facility is in compliance upon re-inspection, no further action will be taken until the next regular inspection.
➤ If there are two or more failed inspections within any one year period, a Notice of Violation will be issued.
➤ After the violation is issued, upon two more failed inspections, a $200 administrative fine will be assessed in the water/sewer bill.
➤ Upon three failed inspections within a one-year period, a $350 administrative fine will be assessed in the water/sewer bill.
➤ Upon four failed inspections, water/sewer services will be suspended until compliance is achieved, and a $500 administrative fine/reinstatement fee shall be assessed and paid before services are reinstated.