Texas Councilman Caught In Grease Trap Ordinance Enforcement

Texas Councilman Caught In Grease Trap Ordinance Enforcement

The Montgomery Texas City Council heard a report regarding local business compliance with city ordinances, specifically the required installation of backflow prevention devices and the operation of grease traps.

The report stated the monthly inspections of grease traps installed in local restaurants, schools, and establishments that provide daily food preparation are performed by the Public Works staff at a cost of $50 per month to each owner.

The report stated that some grease trap owners have multiple failed inspections, for which the Public Works Department must reinspect. However, the business owner is not currently charged for the reinspection.

If the City were to start outsourcing the monthly inspections, the cost of the inspections would increase because any third-party would charge for the re-inspections.

The City currently has 26 locations with grease traps subject to monthly inspections. It is the business owner’s responsibility to ensure the grease trap sufficiently handles the volume of grease and to perform routine maintenance on the grease interceptor.

The report states that there can be multiple reasons a trap fails inspection. Sometimes the pump schedule can vary from the inspection time. Therefore, the trap may need to be pumped, but the business is scheduled for the trap to be pumped next week. A full grease interceptor that needs to be pumped isn’t an automatic fail. It also depends on whether grease is getting into the outflow pipes.

When a business fails an inspection, they are notified by mail and told a reinspection will occur in 10 days.

Montgomery City Councilman Tom Cronin is the owner of the Cozy Grape Wine Bar and his establishment has failed the grease trap inspection in 4 of the last 6 months. Upon reinspection, the required corrections were completed. But the establishment is still considered one of the habitual violators of the City of Montgomery’s grease trap ordinance.

Councilman Cronin has not yet recused himself from Council’s conversations on grease traps.

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