Chapter 4 - Buildings

CHAPTER 4

 

BUILDINGS

 

 

[See Chapter 5, Codes]

 

PART 1

 

NUMBERING BUILDINGS

 

 

§101. Legislative Intent

§102. Definitions

§103. Development of Identification System

§104. Building Identification Mandatory; Owner's Responsibility

§105. Notice of Identification Number to Existing Building Owners

§106. New Building

§107. Specifications of Building Numbers and Location

§108. Maintenance of Building Numbers

§109. Enforcement

§110. Penalties for Violation; Disposition of Fines

 

 

PART 2

 

                                                                       (Reserved)

 

PART 3

 

INSTALLATION OF SIGNAL ENHANCING EQUIPMENT

 

§301  Purpose and Legislative Intent

§302  Definitions

§303  Minimum Radio Coverage Requirements

§304  Enforcement, Violation and Penalties

Appendix A

Appendix  B

 

 

PART 4

 

PAYMENT, ESCROW AND USE OF FIRE LOSS CLAIMS

 

 

§401  Legislative Intent, Legal Authority and Background

§402  Definitions

§403  Prohibition on Payment of Claims

§404  Certificate of Amount and Transfer of Insurance Proceeds:  Delinquent Taxes, Assessment, Penalties and/or User Charges

§405  Certificate of Amount and Transfer of Insurance Proceeds:  Municipal Costs for Removal, Repair or Securing Fire Damaged Structures

§406  Additional Procedures and Regulations by Resolution

§407  Violations and Penalties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PART 1

 

NUMBERING BUILDINGS

 

 

§101. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.

 

The Board of Township Commissioners hereby declares its legislative intention and the purpose of this Part based upon the following background, facts, intention and purpose.  Because of rapid and diverse growth, it is necessary to identify all existing and future buildings within the Township of Hampden by a central numbering system in order to facilitate the direction of public and emergency services to specific geographical locations.  Since health, welfare, safety and life itself may depend upon swift response, it is necessary to have a system of building numbers which are keyed and relate to a central directory.  Therefore, the owners of all buildings now in existence and hereafter constructed in this Township are required to display a building identification number as assigned by Township officials in accordance with specifications which will make said numbers visible and meaningful to the user thereof. 

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §1)

 

 

§102. DEFINITIONS.

 

For the purposes of this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning ascribed thereto, as follows:

 

BUILDING - any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business or industry, now in existence or hereafter constructed or erected.

 

BUILDING NUMBER - the identification number assigned to a building in accordance herewith.

 

OWNER - the owner of any building, whether an individual, corporation, partnership or other entity, feminine or masculine, singular or plural.

 

TOWNSHIP - the Township of Hampden.

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER - the Manager in and for the Township as appointed from time to time by Township's Board of Township Commissioners.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §2)

 


§103. DEVELOPMENT OF IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM.

 

The Township Manager is hereby authorized and directed to develop a numbering system for building identification which shall include a central registry or directory, said system to be approved by the Township's Board of Township Commissioners.

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §3)

 

 

§104. BUILDING IDENTIFICATION MANDATORY; OWNER'S RESPONSIBILITY.

 

Every owner of every building within this Township shall cause the same to be identified by a building number as assigned by the Township Manager pursuant to the system developed under §103 hereinabove.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §4)

 

 

§105. NOTICE OF IDENTIFICATION NUMBER TO EXISTING BUILDING OWNERS.

 

The Township Manager shall send to the owner of existing building to which an identifica¬≠tion number has been assigned, notice of said building number, directing that said number be affixed to the building or otherwise established on the land of said building in the manner prescribed in §107 of this Part within 30 calendar days after the mailing of such notice by regular first class United States mail, postage paid, addressed to the owner as determined by the real estate tax assessment records of the County of Cumberland applicable to Township. Said notice shall be in writing and shall contain a copy of this Part.  Any owner who shall fail to comply with said notice within the stated time shall be guilty of a violation of this Part.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §5)

 

 

§106. NEW BUILDINGS.

 

Whenever any building shall hereafter be erected within the Township, a building number shall be assigned upon the issuance of a building permit as required under other applicable ordinances and regulations of this Township. The owner shall cause such building number to be displayed as required under §106 hereinabove upon commencement of any building activity, including excavation.  Upon completion of construction, said building number shall be displayed permanently as required under §107 hereinbelow.  The assignment of a building number in the permitting process shall constitute notice to the applicant of the need to comply with this Section and no further notice shall be required to take enforcement action under §109 hereinbelow.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §6)

 

 

 

§107. SPECIFICATIONS OF BUILDING NUMBERS AND LOCATIONS.

 

Building numbers assigned as aforesaid shall be affixed permanently or indelibly painted upon or carved upon the appropriate building or upon a permanent standard, base or support between the building and any street, road, lane or highway along or leading to the land occupied by said building.  Each such building number shall be of such size, color and material so as to be clearly visible and readable from the street, road, lane or highway along or leading to the land occupied by said building.  In interpreting the foregoing specifications, the type and location of said building number shall be clearly and readily visible and readable by emergency service personnel responding to any such building by the most direct route.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §7)

 

 

§108. MAINTENANCE OF BUILDING NUMBERS.

 

Each owner of a building shall be responsible for the constant maintenance of the building number in a complete and legible form in accordance with the requirements of §107 aforesaid.  Any owner who shall fail to comply with this Section shall be guilty of a violation of this Part.

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §8)

 

 

§109. ENFORCEMENT.

 

The Township Manager is authorized and directed to enforce this Part.  He shall have the authority and power to delegate such authority to other employees of the Township. 

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §9)

 

 

§110. PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; DISPOSITION OF FINES.

 

Any owner who or which shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.  Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. 

 

(Ord. 93-11, 7/6/1993, §10; as amended by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 2

 

(Reserved)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 3

 

INSTALLATION OF SIGNAL ENHANCING EQUIPMENT

 

§301.  PURPOSE AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT.

 

This Part is implemented for purposes of enhancing communications as part of the Cumberland County emergency communications network for all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service providers.

 

 

§302.  DEFINITIONS.

 

The following words and phrases when used in this Part shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section: 

 

800 MHZ BAND – Radio frequencies between 806 and 870 MHz.

 

APPROVED VENDOR – A vendor capable of installing a BDA or DAS who has a current FCC license (or equivalent) for two-way radio on file with the Department of Public Safety, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  

 

BDA – Bi-directional Amplifier.

 

CCDPS – Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, Technical Systems.

 

DAS – Distributed Antenna System.

 

DELIVERED AUDIO QUALITY (DAQ):

 

  1. DAQ1:Unusable.Speech present but not understandable.
  2. DAQ2:Speech understandable with considerable effort.Requires frequent

    repetition due to noise or distortion.

  3. DAQ3:Speech understandable with slight effort.Requires occasional repetition

    due to noise or distortion.

  4. D.DAQ3.4: Speech understandable without repetition.Some noise or distortion

    present.

  5. DAQ4:Speech easily understandable.Little noise or distortion.
  6. F.DAQ4.5: Speech easily understandable.Rare noise or distortion.
  7. DAQ5:Perfect.No distortion or noise discernible.

 

 

ECC – Emergency Communications Center.

 

FCC – Federal Communications Commission.

FREQUENCY RANGE – Frequency range(s) being used will be determined by the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety Technical Systems (CCDPS).

 

LARGE BUILDING – Buildings that meet one or more of the following characteristics:

 

  1. Gross building size of 32,000 square feet or more.
  2. High concentration of steel or machinery.
  3. Nursing Homes.
  4. Schools or colleges, including elementary, secondary, post-secondary, public and private.

 

MINIMAL SIGNAL STRENGTH FOR PUBLIC SAFETY – Minus (-) 95 dBm (milliwatts) or as set forth by Cumberland County Department of Public Safety.

 

NFPA – National Fire Protection Association.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL – Police, fire and emergency medical personnel, and others as may be identified by the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

 

TIA/TSB – Telecommunications Industry Association/Telecommunications Systems Bulletin.

 

 

§303.  MINIMUM  RADIO COVERAGE  REQUIREMENTS.

 

  1. All large buildings must have a minimum ninety-five percent (95%) radio coverage with a reliability factor of ninety-five percent (95 %) on each floor of the building, at a minimum strength in the 800 MHz band or other frequency range as approved by the CCDPS.  The owner(s) and/or building contractor shall provide Hampden Township with written certification that the building has the minimum radio coverage meeting the requirements of this Section 303.A.
  1. Whenever it is determined that the characteristics of a large building are such that the signal strength is not sufficient to allow public safety personnel to communicate reliably with the ECC, Hampden Township shall require the owner(s) and/or building contractor of said large building to install bi-directional amplifiers in or on the building to remedy the communications problem and reach the coverage criteria set forth in this Part or otherwise required by the integrated public safety radio system.
  2. The use of any signal enhancing devices, including, but not limited to, signal boosters, that are proposed to be utilized as part of Cumberland County’s 800 MHz (or any later installed or utilized) emergency communications network, shall be subject to approval by Cumberland County in accordance with the requirements of Cumberland County Ordinance No. 2017-2, as amended, including the Public Safety Communication In Building Coverage Ordinance Guideline (the “Guideline”), as approved and amended by Cumberland County from time to time.The owner(s) and/or building contractor shall not use or connect any signal enhancing device to Cumberland County’s emergency communications network except after compliance with the requirements of this Part and written approval from CCDPS provided to Hampden Township noting compliance with the requirements of Ordinance No. 2017-2 and the Guideline.
  3. Appendix A, “Emergency Radio Communications System In-Building Certification Requirements” and Appendix B “Coverage/Acceptance Test Plan”, which Appendixes are incorporated by reference in this Part, and may be amended from time to time by Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Hampden Township, are adopted as the radio communications system in-building certification requirements, coverage/acceptance test plan and rules and regulations for Hampden Township.

 

§304.  ENFORCEMENT, VIOLATION  AND  PENALTIES.   

 

  1. The Hampden Township Director of Community Development and the Assistant Director of Community Development are hereby designated the officials responsible for carrying out all responsibilities and duties, including enforcement, with respect to this Part.

 

  1. Upon a determination by the Director of Community Development or the Assistant Director of Community Development that a bi-directional amplifier must be installed in a large building in accordance with this Part, the Director of Community Development or the Assistant Director of Community Development shall give notice to the owner(s) of the large building to install a bi-directional amplifier or amplifiers. In the event of failure of the large building owner(s) to install the required amplifier(s) within thirty (30) days of such notice, the owner(s) shall be in violation of this Section 304.B.

 

  1. Any person who violates any provision of this Part shall be subject to a civil fine, and pay a fine, of not more than $1,000.00 plus all court costs, together with the Township's reasonable attorney's fees incurred as a result of such action.  Such fines, costs and fees shall be collected by suit brought before the Magisterial District Judge.  Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offence. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APPENDIX A

 

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP

 

Emergency Radio Communications system

In-Building Certification Requirements

 

 

  1.  Scope and Purpose.

 

                  1.1    These rules and regulations ensure the quality of the Township’s emergency communications system by maintaining quality in-building communications to prevent “dead zone” areas.  This helps to protect the citizens of the Township so emergency public safety personnel can communicate during a response to an emergency situation. 

 

                  1.2    These rules and regulations apply to all existing and new commercial buildings    in excess of 32,000 square feet.

 

      2.     Reference.

 

The Hampden Township Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Part 3, as amended.

 

  1.  

    1. 800 MHZ BAND – Radio frequencies between 806 and 870 MHz

       

    2. APPROVED VENDOR – A vendor capable of installing a BDA or DAS who has a current FCC license (or equivalent) for two-way radio on file with the Department of Public Safety, Cumberland County, PA.

       

    3. BDA – Bi-directional Amplifier

       

    4. CCDPS – Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, Technical Systems

       

    5.  

    6. DAS – Distributed Antenna System.

       

      3.7   DELIVERED AUDIO QUALITY (DAQ):

       

      3.7.1 DAQ1:     Unusable.  Speech present but not understandable.

       

      3.7.2  DAQ2:     Speech understandable with considerable effort.  Requires

            frequent repetition due to noise or distortion.

       

                                 3.7.3  DAQ3:     Speech understandable with slight effort.  Requires occasional

            repetition due to noise or distortion.

       

                                 3.7.4  DAQ3.4:  Speech understandable without repetition .  Some noise or

            distortion present.

       

      1. DAQ4:Speech easily understandable.Little noise or distortion.

         

      2. 3.7.6DAQ4.5:Speech easily understandable.Rare noise or distortion.

         

      3. DAQ5:Perfect.No distortion or noise discernible.

         

         

        3.8   FREQUENCY RANGE – Frequency range(s) being used will be determined by

                the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, Technical Systems

                (CCDPS).

         

  2. In-Building System Architectures:

     

      Systems can consist of, but are not limited to, simple passive systems (an internal

      antenna system with a FCC certified Bi-Directional Amplifier).

     

     

     

  3. Interference:

     

    If a flaw in the system design or installation causes interference to other systems the building owner or their representative will make necessary adjustments.

     

  4. Alarm and Control:

     

    1. Systems shall be capable of sensing a primary failure in the system, and reporting this failure to an approved monitoring company.The alarm unit shall provide reporting, at a minimum, for the following conditions:

       

  5. Power Source:

     

    1. All systems shall be connected to a dedicated power source from the building’s AC power distribution panel.

       

    2. If any part of the installed system or systems contains an electrically powered component, the system shall be capable of operating on an independent battery and/or generator system for a period of at least two (2) hours without external power input.The battery system shall automatically charge in the presence of external power input.If a generator system is used, the back-up power should ensure the equipment remains operational during switch-over to the generator system in the event of primary AC failure.

       

    3. All electrically powered components of the system shall be fully encased within a NEMA 4 (or equivalent) dust/waterproof case to protect against water damage (due to sprinkler activation or fire hose water spray).

       

  6. Environmental Controls:

     

    1. Systems must have adequate environmental controls to meet the heating, ventilation, cooling and humidity requirements of the equipment that will be utilized to meet the coverage requirements.

       

    2. All systems, cables and antenna systems shall be grounded with a single point ground system of five (5) ohms or less.

       

    3. System transient suppression for the telephone circuits, AC power, radio frequency (RF) cabling is required.

       

  7. Initial Coverage Testing and Acceptance:

     

    1. All new and existing commercial buildings in excess of 32,000 feet, including new additions and tenant fit-outs, and those that do not increase the total square feet, are required to be tested.

       

    2. Initial testing and acceptance will be completed as described in Appendix A.

       

    3. The owner or their representative shall contact the CCDPS to verify the person or entity conducting the testing is an approved vendor.The building owner or their representative shall receive all necessary approvals and/or permits required by CCDPS prior to commencement of any testing.
    4. A copy of the test and CCDPS’s approval and/or permit shall be retained on the inspected premises.(Official testing form can be found at Appendix B.)

       

       

    5. A copy of the test and the CCDPS’s approval and/or permit shall be sent to:

       

      Hampden Township

      Community Development Department

      230 South Sporting Hill Road

      Mechanicsburg, PA  17050

       

  8. Reliability and Coverage Level:

     

         10.1    The building(s) must meet ninety-five percent (95%) radio coverage with a reliability factor of ninety-five percent (95%) on each floor of building, at minimum strength in the 800 MHz band or other frequency range as approved by the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, Technical Systems (CCDPS). 

     

         10.2    In order to enhance network coverage, signal enhancing equipment may be utilized in structures to ensure adequate network coverage for public safety personnel.  To ensure no degradation to the County’s emergency communications network by the addition of signal enhancing equipment, the owner or their representatives of such commercial building shall be required to obtain consent of the County prior to installing any signal enhancing equipment.  County guidelines and consent procedures are outlined in Cumberland County Ordinance 2017-2, as amended.  A copy of the County’s consent notice shall be sent to the Township:

     

     

    Hampden Township

    Community Development Department

    230 South Sporting Hill Road

    Mechanicsburg, PA  17050

     

  9. Annual Test:

     

          11.1    When an in-building system is installed, or whenever structural changes occur in or around the complex including additions or remodels that could materially change the original field performance tests, the building owner or their representative shall have an approved vendor test all active components of the system, including, but not limited to, every antenna point, the amplifier, power supplies and back-up batteries, a minimum of once every twelve (12) months.  Annual testing will include: 

     

    1. Amplifiers shall be tested to ensure that the gain is the same as it was upon initial installation and acceptance.

       

    2. Back-up batteries and power supplies shall be tested under load for a period of one (1) hour to verify that they will operate during an actual power outage.

       

    3. All other active components shall be checked to determine that they are operating within the manufacturer’s specifications for their intended purposes.

       

    4. Test results shall be reported using the attached tabulation form.

       

    5. Test results must be completed within 395 days of the previous annual inspection.

       

      1. A copy of the tabulated test results shall be retained on the inspected premises.

         

      2. An original, signed copy of the tabulated test results shall be sent to the

                                     Township:

         

        Hampden Township

        Community Development Department

        230 South Sporting Hill Road

        Mechanicsburg, PA  17050

         

      3. The approved vendor shall provide a copy of the final test report to the

          CCDPS. 

         

      4. If any area(s) of the system fail to meet the coverage requirements herein

         during the annual testing, the building owner or their representative will make

         necessary adjustments.

         

  10. Testing Qualification:

     

    All tests shall be conducted by an Approved Vendor with a valid FCC license, or equivalent, for two-way radio.

     

  11. Township or Public Safety Personnel Inspections:

     

          13.1    Township or public safety personnel or their designated representatives, after providing reasonable notice (24 hours) to the owner or representative, shall have the right during normal business hours to enter onto the property to verify compliance coverage is present in any area of the building.  This inspection will be performed at no cost to the owner.  Any noted deficiencies shall be provided in an inspection report to the owner or the owner’s representative.

     

                      13.2  If any area(s) of the system fail to meet the coverage requirements herein

                                during the Township inspection, the building owner or their representative will

                                make necessary adjustments.

     

  12. Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for New Structures, Alterations or Additions:

     

    1. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) may be issued in the event the

       initial coverage test fails.  To receive a consideration for a TCO, the facility

       owner or designated representative must submit a plan of corrective action (PCA) to Hampden Township, Community Development Department for review and approval.  A TCO may be valid for up to six (6) months from date of issue.  The Township may extend the TCO with an approved PCA, in the event of extenuating circumstances outside the owner’s control.

       

    2. In the event signal enhancing equipment must be installed to meet the

       minimum reliability factor, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) shall not be issued

       until such time as the County gives consent and all other requirements of this

       Ordinance and Appendix A are met. 

       

  13. Maintenance Responsibilities:
  1. LARGE BUILDING – Buildings that meet one or more of the following

        characteristics:

     

    1. Gross building size of 32,000 square feet or more.

       

    2. High concentration of steel or machinery.

       

    3.  

    4. Nursing Homes.

       

    5. Schools or colleges, including elementary, secondary, post-

        secondary, public and private.

       

  2. MINIMAL SIGNAL STRENGTH FOR PUBLIC SAFETY – Minus (-) 95

       dBm (milliwatts) or as set forth by Cumberland County Department of Public

       Safety.

     

  3. PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL – Police, fire and emergency medical

       personnel, and as identified by the Hampden Township Board of

       Commissioners.

     

  1. Main power disruption

     

  2. Back-up power failure

     

  3. Transmitter/Receiver failure

     

    1. The monitoring company must notify the Township Community Development Department within 24-hours in the event of a BDA alarm.

       

 

The owner or their representative shall be responsible for maintenance of the system and upgrades or replacements to the system should the system fail, or a portion of the system fail at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP

 

Coverage/Acceptance Test Plan

 

 

Test Plan Overview:

 

The purpose of this test plan is to determine if a building in excess of 32,000 square feet will allow emergency personnel to send and receive communications from within all areas of building; or alternately, to verify the performance of a building equipped with emergency communications equipment (e.g., radiating cable, passive antennas, bi-directional amplifiers, distributed antenna systems) so that emergency personnel can send and receive communications from all areas within the building.

 

A Grid Acceptance Test (GAT) will be used to demonstrate that the required reliability of communication is provided among 95% of the total number of grid cells at a Delivered Audio Quality 3.4 (i.e., “Speech understandable with repetition only rarely required.  Some Noise/Distortion.”).

 

Terms and testing methodology described within the GAT are based on Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Telecommunications Systems Bulletin TSB-88-B, “Wireless Communications System – Performance in Noise and Interference-Limited Situations – Recommended Methods for Technology – Independent Modeling Simulation, and Verifications.”

 

Grid Acceptance Test:

 

  1. For new commercial buildings, including new additions, the facility owner is responsible to have a Grid Acceptance Test (GAT) prior to requesting a certificate of occupancy (CO).

 

  1. The GAT shall be performed by an Approved Vendor (AV).

 

  1. The approved vendor shall be responsible to submit the results of the GAT directly to Hampden Township Community Development Department and the CCDPS. 

 

  1. If the facility has passed the GAT or the appropriate Township Code Official determines that the facility is worthy of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO), the Township shall issue an approval letter or certificate. 

 

  1. If the Building Code Official issues a TCO, the facility owner or their representative will be required to have the approved vendor submit a passed GAT to the Township Community Development Department prior to receipt of a CO.

 

  • In the case of a shell and core – tenant fit-out construction arrangement, the process shall be as follows:

     

    1. The facility owner shall commission a completed GAT test for shell and

            core CO.

       

    2. The approved vendor shall submit the results of the shell and core GAT to the Township Community Development Department for a pass/fail designation.

       

    3. If the facility has passed the GAT, the Township Community Development Department shall issue an approval letter.

       

    4. The facility owner shall commission an additional, complete GAT test for each “initial” tenant “fit-out” following the same processes discussed above.

       

      The test will be conducted after exterior walls, roof, windows and doors have been constructed/installed and all interior rooms, their walls and ceilings, are in place and doors have been hung as appropriate for the CO application being sought, i.e., shell and core or complete tenant fit-out.

       

      The test will be conducted using portable radios which operate on the Cumberland County Emergency Radio Communications System.

       

      The test team will verify that the test radios are functioning properly and meet minimum manufacturer’s performance standards prior to test execution, to include coordination with CCDPS prior to commencement of any testing. 

       

      All testing will be performed in accordance with the requirements set forth by Cumberland County Ordinance 2017-2, as amended. 

       

      The building floor plan for all floors shall be overlaid with a uniform grid pattern.  The test grid shall be established with each grid unit measuring 25 feet by 25 feet.  A grid side shall not exceed 25’ and must not be less than 15’.  Each grid unit (cell) shall be uniquely identified and the results will be recorded in the Grid Acceptance Test Log (GAT Log, Appendix B).  The grid map must be attached to the grid acceptance test log. 

       

      Grids in areas where electromagnetic interference (EMI) will interfere with the efficient operation of equipment sensitive to EMI’s will be excluded from the test and reliability calculations.  When determining the coverage percentage, the total number of grids to be tested will be based on the total number of grids in a building minus the number of grids in EMI areas.

       

      Stairwells and elevators are critical areas where communication on both forward and reverse (transmit, “Tx” & receive, “TRx”) paths must meet or exceed the DAQ 3.4 level to pass the requirements of this test.  If an elevator fails in a grid area the grid and elevator will be tested separately. 

       

      When acceptance testing is performed in elevators, the internal and external doors shall be closed, and the test will be repeated on each floor. 

       

      The test procedures shall require the quality of communication to be judged by a stationary tester and mobile tester while the mobile tester moves from grid unit (cell) to grid unit (cell), throughout the building, covering all grid units (cells) on all floors.  The procedure has the following attributes:

       

      • The test requires two testers.One tester shall be stationary and located in a known good reception area (the stationary tester).The mobile tester shall systematically roam all floors throughout the building.

         

      • From each grid unit (cell), at least one (1) test call shall be made by the mobile operator to the stationary operator.

         

      • Tests will be conducted at the center of the grid.If the centermost point of the grid is not accessible the next closest area to the center of the grid will be used.Any grids not accessible will be excluded from the test and reliability calculations.

         

      • The mobile tester shall verbally count from one (1) to five (5) and five (5) to one (1) (for a total of ten numbers verbalized).The stationary receiver shall be required to acknowledge the DAQ and whether call quality is or is not acceptable.

         

      • The stationary tester shall then verbally count from one (1) to five (5) and five (5) to one (1) (for a total of ten numbers verbalized).The mobile receiver shall be required to acknowledge the DAQ and whether call quality is or is not acceptable.

         

      • The test will consider both forward and reverse (Tx & TRx) communication paths.Communication on both paths shall meet or exceed the DAQ 3.4 level to meet the requirements of this test.

         

      • The tester initiating the call from within each grid unit (cell) shall determine the success or failure of the call.Results will be recorded in the GAT Log with a pass/fail rating system by the stationary tester.

         

      • The mobile tester must issue a “pass” decision to constitute a successful result for each tested grid unit (cell).This process will be repeated for each grid unit (cell) that is part of the grid acceptance test.

         

      • Once all data is collected, coverage percentage (CP), will be determined by Equation One (1):

 

CP=(Tp)/(Tc) x 100%

 

CP = Coverage Percentage

Tc= Total Number of Grid Units (cells)

Tp= Total Number of Grid Units Passed (cells)

 

Note:  CP is a function of the Pass/Fail results for each grid unit tested within the building, not the ratio of successful calls to unsuccessful calls within each specified grid unit.

           

Township Emergency Services Personnel may, at their discretion, witness coverage testing.

 

In the event Cumberland County’s testing requirements are more stringent than the requirements set forth in Chapter 4, Part 3, to include Appendix A and Appendix B, the County’s requirements shall apply. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX B

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP

Emergency Radio Communications System

In-Building Coverage Grid Acceptance Test Log

Building Name/Unit: Building Owner of Record:

Building Address: City: State: Zip:

Parcel ID# Building Point of Contact:

Testing Contractor: FCC License No.:

Test Date(s): Page of

Signature of Test Professional: _________________________________ I hereby certify that this test was conducted in accordance with FCC and Township guidelines as outlined in the In-Building Coverage Regulations.

NOTE: Completed grid map must be attached to this log when submitted for approval.

Tester

Name

Affiliation

Comments

Stationary 1

 

 

 

Mobile 1

 

 

 

Mobile 2

 

 

 

Grid Point

Result P/F

Comments

Coverage %

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

Pass – This facility has met Township requirements and is approved for

Certificate of Occupancy subject to Code Official’s approval.

 

 

Fail w/Temp CO – This facility has NOT met Township requirements but is suitable for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy subject to Code Official’s approval.

 

 

Fail no/Temp CO – This facility has NOT met Township requirements and is not suitable for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy subject to Code Official’s approval.

 

Date:                                                     Code Official Authorization:                                                                                        

APPENDIX B

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP

Emergency Radio Communications System

In-Building Coverage Grid Acceptance Test Log

Building Name/Unit: Building Owner of Record:

Building Address: City: State: Zip:

Parcel ID# Building Point of Contact:

Testing Contractor: FCC License No.:

Test Date(s): Page of

Signature of Test Professional: _________________________________ I hereby certify that this test was conducted in accordance with FCC and Township guidelines as outlined in the In-Building Coverage Regulations.

NOTE: Completed grid map must be attached to this log when submitted for approval.

Tester

Name

Affiliation

Comments

Stationary 1

 

 

 

Mobile 1

 

 

 

Mobile 2

 

 

 

Grid Point

Result P/F

Comments

Coverage %

21

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

32

 

 

 

33

 

 

 

34

 

 

 

35

 

 

 

36

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

38

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

Please return all forms to Community Development Department:

Hampden Township

230 South Sporting Hill Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

 

[Ord. 2018-07, 04/26/2018]

PART 4

 

PAYMENT, ESCROW AND USE OF FIRE LOSS CLAIMS

 

§401.  Legislative Intent, Legal Authority and Background.

            The legislative intent, legal authority and background of this Part are as follows:

            A.    The Township of Hampden is a municipal corporation organized and existing under the Pennsylvania First Class Township Code.

           

            B.    As such, it is a municipality as defined in the Act of May 17, 1921, P.L. 682, No. 284, known as the Insurance Company Law of 1921, added July 9, 1992, P.L. 678, No. 98, as amended October 13, 1994, P.L. 609, No. 93, 40 P.S. § 638 (herein the "Act").

 

            C.    The Board of Commissioners intends to ensure the payment of delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties and user charges out of the payment by insurers of fire loss claims involving structures and buildings within Hampden Township.

 

            D.    The Board of Commissioners desires to insure the payment of costs incurred by the Township in the removal, repair or securing of buildings or structures damaged by fire out of fire loss claims paid by insurers for structures and buildings within Hampden Township.

 

            E.     It is the purpose of this Part to deter the commission of arson and related crimes, to discourage the abandonment of property and to prevent urban blight and deterioration. 

           

            F.     The Board of Commissioners has determined that it is in the best interest of its citizens that the economic consequences of fire damage to buildings and structures in the Township not be borne by it, nor be paid out of its financial resources.

 

§402.  Definitions.

 

            In the interpretation and construction of this Part, the following definitions shall

control:

 

ASSOCIATION – Individuals, partnerships or associations of individuals, authorized to engage in the business of insurance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as insurers on the Lloyd's Plan.

 

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS – The duly elected or appointed governing body of the Township of Hampden.

BUILDING – Any enclosed or open structure.

 

COMPANY – Incorporated insurance companies and corporations possessing the power to insure owners of real property, mortgages and others interested in real property from loss, whether incorporated under the laws of this Commonwealth or of any other state, territory or district or under the laws of any foreign country.

 

EXCHANGE – Individuals, partnerships and corporations authorized by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to exchange with each other interinsurance or reciprocal insurance contracts.

 

FIRE LOSS CLAIM – Any claim arising out of fire damage to a building or structure situated in the Township of Hampden where the amount recoverable for the fire loss, under all applicable coverages, exceeds $7,500.

 

INSURER – Any person, association, company, exchange, foreign stock company, mutual company or other entity authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide fire and marine insurance in the Township of Hampden.

 

MUNICIPALITY – The Township of Hampden (Hampden Township).

 

MUNICIPAL OFFICER – The Secretary of Hampden Township.

 

STRUCTURE – Any man-made object having an ascertainable stationary location on or in land or water, whether or not affixed to the land.  Without limitation of the foregoing, this term shall include concrete sidewalks, concrete slabs, concrete curbs, parking lots and other paved surfaces.

 

§403.  Prohibition on Payment of Claims.

 

            No insurer shall pay a fire loss claim, unless the insurer and the named insured comply with the provisions of this Part.

 

§404.  Certificate of Amount and Transfer of Insurance Proceeds:  Delinquent Taxes,   Assessments, Penalties and/or User Charges.

 

            A.    No insurer doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall pay a fire loss claim of a named insured unless the insurer and the named insured comply with the provisions of this Part.

 

 

            B.    The Municipal Officer shall, upon the written request of the insurer or named insured, specifying the tax description of the property, name and address of the insurer and the date agreed upon by the insurer and the named insured as the date of the receipt of a loss report of the claim, furnish the insurer either of the following within 14 working days of the request:

 

                    (1)     A certificate, or at the discretion of Hampden Township, a verbal notification which shall be confirmed in writing by the insurer to the effect that, as of the date specified in the request, there are no delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties or user charges against the property.

 

                    (2)     A certificate and bill showing the amount of delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties and user charges against the property as of the date specified in the request that have not been paid as of the date of the certificate.  A tax, assessment, penalty or user charge becomes delinquent at the time and on the date a lien could otherwise have been filed against the property by Hampden Township under applicable law.

 

            C.    Upon the receipt of a certificate pursuant to Subsection B.(1) of this section, the insurer shall pay the claim of the named insured in accordance with the policy terms.

 

            D.    Upon the receipt of a certificate and bill pursuant to Subsection B.(2) of this section, the insurer shall return the bill to the Municipal Officer and transfer to the Municipal Officer an amount from the insurance proceeds necessary to pay the taxes, assessments, penalties, charges and costs as shown on the bill, or the full amount of the insurance proceeds whichever is the lesser amount.  The Township of Hampden shall receive the amount and apply or credit it to payment of the items shown in the bill.

 

  1. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the ability of Hampden Township to recover any deficiency.

 

            F.  The transfer of proceeds to the Municipal Officer shall be on a pro rata basis when a fire loss claim is covered by more than one insurer or more than one policy.

 

§405.  Certificate of Amount and Transfer of Insurance Proceeds: Municipal Costs for Removal, Repair or Securing Fire Damaged Structures.

 

            A.    No insurer doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall pay a fire loss claim of a named insured unless the insurer and the named insured comply with the provisions of this Part.

 

 

            B.    The Municipal Officer shall, upon the written request of the insurer or named insured specifying the tax description of the property, name and address of the insurer and the date agreed upon by the insurer and the named insured as the date of the receipt of a loss report of the claim, furnish the insurer either of the following within 14 working days of the request:

 

                    (1)     A certificate, or at the discretion of Hampden Township, a verbal notification which shall be confirmed in writing by the insurer to the effect that, as of the date specified in the request, Hampden Township has not certified any amount as total costs incurred by the Township of Hampden for the removal, repair or securing of a building or other structure on the property.

 

                    (2)     A certificate and bill showing the amount as of the date specified in the request that, as of the date of the Municipal Officer's certificate, the amount of the total costs, if any, certified to the Municipal Officer that has been incurred by Hampden Township for the removal, repair or securing of a building or other structure on the property.  For the purposes of this provision, Hampden Township shall provide to the Municipal Officer the total amount, if any, of such costs, if available, or the amount of costs known to the Township at the time of the Municipal Officer's certificate.

 

            C.   After full compliance with the requirements of Section 405.B, above, the insurer shall pay the claim of the named insured, provided however, that if the loss agreed upon by the named insured and the insurer equals or exceeds 60% of the aggregate limits of liability on all applicable fire policies, the following procedures shall be followed:

 

                  1.        The insurer shall transfer from the insurance proceeds to the Municipal Officer the aggregate of $2,000 for each $15,000 or a claim and for each fraction of that amount of a claim, provided:

 

                   (a)    This section is to be applied such that if the claim is $15,000 or less, the    amount transferred to Hampden Township shall be $2,000.

 

                            (b)    That, if at that time of a loss report the named insured has submitted a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure in an amount less than the amount calculated under the foregoing transfer formula, the insurer shall transfer to Hampden Township from the insurance proceeds the amount based upon the estimate.

 

                  2.        The transfer of proceeds shall be on a pro rata basis by all insurers and on all applicable policies.  Policy proceeds remaining after the transfer to Hampden Township shall be disbursed in accordance with the policy terms.  

 

  1. After the transfer of proceeds to the Municipal Officer pursuant, the named insured may submit a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure and the Municipal Officer shall return to the named insured the amount of the funds transferred to Hampden Township in excess of the estimate, provided that Hampden Township has not commenced to remove, repair or secure the building or other structure.

 

            E.  Upon the receipt of proceeds under this section, Hampden Township shall do the following:

 

                  1.   The Municipal Officer shall place the proceeds in a separate fund to be used solely as security against the total costs which are incurred by Hampden Township for removing, repairing or securing the building or structure.  Such costs shall include, without limitation, any engineering, legal or administrative costs incurred by Hampden Township in connection with such removal, repair or security of the building or any proceedings related thereto.

 

                  2.   At the time of transfer of such proceeds, the insurer shall provide Hampden Township with the name and address of the named insured.  Upon receipt of the transferred funds and the name and the address of the named insured, the Municipal Officer shall contact the named insured, certify that the proceeds have been received by Hampden Township and notify the named insured that the procedures under this section shall be followed.

 

                  3.   When repairs, removal or securing of the building or other structure have been completed in accordance with all applicable regulations and orders of Hampden Township and the required proof of such completion received by the Municipal Officer and if Hampden Township has not incurred any costs for repairs, removal or securing, the fund shall be returned to the named insured.  If Hampden Township has incurred costs for repairs, removal or securing of the building or other structure, the costs shall be paid from the fund and if excess funds remain, Hampden Township shall transfer the remaining funds to the named insured.

 

                  4.   To the extent that interest is earned on proceeds held by Hampden Township pursuant to this section, and retained by it, such interest shall belong to Hampden Township.  To the extent that proceeds are returned to the named insured, interest earned or such proceeds shall be distributed to the named insured at the time that the proceeds are returned. 

 

 

            F.  Nothing in this Part shall be construed to limit the ability of Hampden Township to recover any deficiency.  Furthermore, nothing in this Part shall be construed to prohibit Hampden Township and the named insured from entering into an agreement that permits the transfer of funds to the named insured if some reasonable disposition of the damaged property has been negotiated.

 

§406.  Additional Procedures and Regulations by Resolution. 

 

            The Board of Commissioners may, by resolution, adopt additional procedures and regulations to implement this Part and may, by resolution, fix reasonable fees to be charged for Municipal activities or services provided pursuant to this Part including, but not limited to, issuance of certificates and bills, performance of inspections and opening separate fund accounts.

 

§407.  Violations and Penalties.

 

            Any person who shall violate any provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.

 

(Ord. 07-07, 04/26/2007)


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