City Ordinances: Chapters 123-135

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CHAPTER 123: HOUSE MOVERS

123.01    HOUSE MOVER DEFINED.  A “house mover” means any person who undertakes to move a building or similar structure upon, over or across public streets or property when the building or structure is of such size that it requires the use of skids, jacks, dollies or any other specialized moving equipment.

123.02    PERMIT REQUIRED.  It is unlawful for any person to engage in the activity of house mover as herein defined without a valid permit from the City for each house, building or similar structure to be moved.  Buildings of less than 120 square feet are exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

123.03    APPLICATION.  Application for a house mover’s permit shall be made in writing to the Clerk.  The application shall include:

  1. Name and Address. The applicant’s full name and address and if a corporation the names and addresses of its principal officers.
  2. Building Location. An accurate description of the present location and future site of the building or similar structure to be moved.
  3. Routing Plan. A routing plan approved by the Police Chief, street superintendent, and public utility officials.  The route approved shall be the shortest route compatible with the greatest public convenience and safety.

123.04    BOND REQUIRED.  The applicant shall post with the Clerk a penal bond in the minimum sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) issued by a surety company authorized to issue such bonds in the State.  The bond shall guarantee the permittee’s payment for any damage done to the City or to public property, and payment of all costs incurred by the City in the course of moving the building or structure.

123.05    INSURANCE REQUIRED.  Each applicant shall also file a certificate of insurance indicating that the applicant is carrying public liability insurance in effect for the duration of the permit covering the applicant and all agents and employees for the following minimum amounts:

  1. Bodily Injury – $50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident.
  2. Property Damage – $50,000 per accident.

123.06    PERMIT FEE.  A permit fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be payable at the time of filing the application with the Clerk.  A separate permit shall be required for each house, building or similar structure to be moved.

123.07    PERMIT ISSUED.  Upon approval of the application, filing of bond and insurance certificate, and payment of the required fee, the Clerk shall issue a permit.

123.08    PUBLIC SAFETY.  At all times when a building or similar structure is in motion upon any street, alley, sidewalk or public property, the permittee shall maintain flag persons at the closest intersections or other possible channels of traffic to the sides, behind and ahead of the building or structure.  At all times when the building or structure is at rest upon any street, alley, sidewalk or public property the permittee shall maintain adequate warning signs or lights at the intersections or channels of traffic to the sides, behind and ahead of the building or structure.

123.09    TIME LIMIT.  No house mover shall permit or allow a building or similar structure to remain upon any street or other public way for a period of more than twelve (12) hours without having first secured the written approval of the City.

123.10    REMOVAL BY CITY.  In the event any building or similar structure is found to be in violation of Section 123.09 the City is authorized to remove such building or structure and assess the costs thereof against the permit holder and the surety on the permit holder’s bond.

123.11    PROTECT PAVEMENT.  It is unlawful to move any house or building of any kind over any pavement, unless the wheels or rollers upon which the house or building is moved are at least one (1) inch in width for each one thousand (1,000) pounds of weight of such building.  If there is any question as to the weight of a house or building, the estimate of the City as to such weight shall be final.

123.12    OVERHEAD WIRES.  The holder of any permit to move a building shall see that all telephone, cable television and electric wires and poles are removed when necessary and replaced in good order, and shall be liable for the costs of the same.

 

CHAPTER 124: ADULT ENTERTAINMENT

124.01    DEFINITIONS.  For use in this chapter, the following terms are defined:

  1. “Adult amusement or entertainment” means an amusement or entertainment which is distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on acts or material depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, as defined in this section, including, but not limited to, topless or bottomless dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators or similar entertainment.
  2. “Adult book store or gift shop” is an establishment having as a substantial and significant portion of its stock in trade books, magazines and other periodicals or goods and items held for sale which are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on matters depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, as defined in this section.
  3. “Adult hotel or motel” means a building with accommodations used for the temporary occupancy of one or more individuals and is an establishment wherein a substantial and significant portion of the materials presented are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on matters depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, as defined in this section, for observation by the individuals therein.
  4. “Adult photo studio” is an establishment which, upon payment of a fee, provides photographic equipment and/or models for the purpose of photographing specified anatomical areas or specified sexual activities, as defined herein.
  5. “Adult theater” is a theater wherein a substantial and significant portion of the materials presented are distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on acts or material depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, as defined in this section, for observation by the patrons therein.
  6. “Adult uses” includes adult amusement or entertainment, adult book store or gift shop, adult hotel or motel, adult photo studio, adult theater and massage parlor.
  7. “Massage parlor” is any building, room, place or establishment, where manipulated massage or manipulated exercise is practiced for pay upon the human body with an emphasis on specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas, as defined herein, by anyone not a duly licensed physician, osteopath, chiropractor, registered nurse or practical nurse operating under a physician’s direction, physical therapist, podiatrist, registered speech pathologist and physical or occupational therapist who treats only patients recommended by a licensed physician and operates only under such physician’s direction, whether with or without the use of mechanical, therapeutic or bathing devices, and includes Turkish bath houses. The term does not include a regular licensed hospital, medical clinic or nursing home, duly licensed beauty parlors or barber shops.
  8. “Specified anatomical areas” means less than completely and opaquely covered human genitalia, pubic region, buttocks; and a female breast below a point above the top of the areola; and human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state — even if completely and opaquely covered.
  9. “Specified sexual activities” means patently offensive acts, exhibitions, representations, depictions or descriptions of:
  10. Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal;
  11. Fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breast;
  12. Intrusion, however slight, actual or simulated, by an object, of any part of an animal’s body or any part of a person’s body into the genital or anal openings of any person’s body;
  13. Cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, masturbation, bestiality, lewd exhibition of genitals or excretory function, actual or simulated;
  14. Flagellation, mutilation or torture, actual or simulated, in a sexual context.

124.02    REGULATIONS.

  1. An adult use shall not be located within 1,000 feet of another adult use, nor shall the adult use be located within 1,000 feet of any public or parochial school, regularly scheduled school bus stop, licensed day care facility, church, public park, or any dwelling (one-family, two-family or multiple dwelling) or within 1,000 feet of City Hall.  The 1,000-foot restriction shall be computed by measurement from the nearest property line of the land used for another adult use or in the case of any regularly scheduled school bus stop, public or parochial school, licensed day care facility, church, public park, dwelling or City Hall, by measurement to the nearest entrance of the building in which adult uses are to occur, using a route of direct horizontal distance.
  2. All building openings, entries, windows, etc., of an adult use shall be covered or screened in such a manner as to prevent a view into the interior from any public or semi-public area.  Advertisements, displays or other promotional materials shall not be shown or exhibited so as to be visible to the public from pedestrian sidewalks, walkways or from other public or semi-public areas.
  3. No minor shall be permitted in any establishment in which adult uses are permitted.
  4. No alcohol shall be permitted in any establishment in which adult uses are permitted, unless such is specifically allowed pursuant to the Code of Iowa.  This prohibition applies equally to the proprietor and the patrons of the establishment involved.
  5. Public Exposure. Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall expose those parts of his or her body which are hereinafter listed to another in any public place, in any privately owned place open to the public, or in any place where such exposure is seen by another person or persons located in any public place:
  6. A woman’s nipple, the areola thereof, or full breast, except as necessary in the breast-feeding of a baby.
  7. The pubic hair, pubes, perineum or anus of a male or female, the penis or scrotum of a male or the vagina of a female, excepting such body parts of prepubescent infants of either sex.

This subsection does not apply to limited or minimal exposures incident to the use of public restrooms or locker rooms or such other places where such exposures occur incident to the prescribed use of those facilities.  This subsection also does not apply to exposures occurring in live stage plays, live theatrical performances or live dance performances conducted in a theater, concert hall or similar establishment which is primarily devoted to theatrical performances.

124.03    VIOLATION.  A violation of the provisions of this chapter is a violation of this Code of Ordinances, subject to the Standard Penalty under Section 1.14 or a Municipal Infraction under Chapter 3.  Each day a violation continues to exist is a separate violation.

 

CHAPTER 135: STREET USE AND MAINTENANCE

135.01    REMOVAL OF WARNING DEVICES.  It is unlawful for a person to willfully remove, throw down, destroy or carry away from any street or alley any lamp, obstruction, guard or other article or things, or extinguish any lamp or other light, erected or placed thereupon for the purpose of guarding or enclosing unsafe or dangerous places in said street or alley without the consent of the person in control thereof.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)

135.02    OBSTRUCTING OR DEFACING.  It is unlawful for any person to obstruct, deface, or injure any street or alley in any manner.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)

135.03    PLACING DEBRIS ON.  It is unlawful for any person to throw or deposit on any street or alley any glass, glass bottle, nails, tacks, wire, cans, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter, offal, leaves, grass or any other debris likely to be washed into the storm sewer and clog the storm sewer, or any substance likely to injure any person, animal or vehicle.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.369)

135.04    PLAYING IN.  It is unlawful for any person to coast, sled or play games on streets or alleys, except in the areas blocked off by the City for such purposes.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2])

135.05    TRAVELING ON BARRICADED STREET OR ALLEY.  It is unlawful for any person to travel or operate any vehicle on any street or alley temporarily closed by barricades, lights, signs, or flares placed thereon by the authority or permission of any City official, police officer or member of the fire department.

135.06    USE FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES.  It is unlawful to park, store or place, temporarily or permanently, any machinery or junk or any other goods, wares, and merchandise of any kind upon any street or alley for the purpose of storage, exhibition, sale or offering same for sale, without permission of the Council.

135.07    WASHING VEHICLES.  It is unlawful for any person to use any public sidewalk, street or alley for the purpose of washing or cleaning any automobile, truck equipment, or any vehicle of any kind when such work is done for hire or as a business.  This does not prevent any person from washing or cleaning his or her own vehicle or equipment when it is lawfully parked in the street or alley.

135.08    BURNING PROHIBITED.  No person shall burn any trash, leaves, rubbish or other combustible material in any curb and gutter or on any paved or surfaced street or alley.

135.09    EXCAVATIONS.  No person shall dig, excavate or in any manner disturb any street, parking or alley except in accordance with the following:

  1. Permit Required. No excavation shall be commenced without first obtaining a permit therefor.  A written application for such permit shall be filed with the City and shall contain the following:
    1. An exact description of the property, by lot and street number, in front of or along which it is desired to excavate;
    2. A statement of the purpose, for whom and by whom the excavation is to be made;
    3. The person responsible for the refilling of said excavation and restoration of the street or alley surface; and
    4. Date of commencement of the work and estimated completion date.
  2. Public Convenience. Streets and alleys shall be opened in the manner which will cause the least inconvenience to the public and admit the uninterrupted passage of water along the gutter on the street.
  3. Barricades, Fencing and Lighting. Adequate barricades, fencing and warning lights meeting standards specified by the City shall be so placed as to protect the public from hazard.  Any costs incurred by the City in providing or maintaining adequate barricades, fencing or warning lights shall be paid to the City by the permit holder/property owner.
  4. Insurance Required. Each applicant shall also file a certificate of insurance indicating that the applicant is carrying public liability insurance in effect for the duration of the permit covering the applicant and all agents and employees for the following minimum amounts:
    1. Bodily Injury – $50,000.00 per person; $100,000.00 per accident.
    2. Property Damage – $50,000.00 per accident.
  5. Restoration of Public Property. Streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored to the condition of the property prior to the commencement of the work, or in a manner satisfactory to the City, at the expense of the permit holder/property owner.
  6. All work shall be subject to inspection by the City.  Backfill shall not be deemed completed, nor resurfacing of any improved street or alley surface begun, until such backfill is inspected and approved by the City.  The permit holder/property owner shall provide the City with notice at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the time when inspection of backfill is desired.
  7. Completion by the City. Should any excavation in any street or alley be discontinued or left open and unfinished for a period of twenty-four (24) hours after the approved completion date, or in the event the work is improperly done, the City has the right to finish or correct the excavation work and charge any expenses therefor to the permit holder/property owner.
  8. Responsibility for Costs. All costs and expenses incident to the excavation shall be borne by the permit holder and/or property owner.  The permit holder and owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by such excavation.
  9. At least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the commencement of the excavation, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, the person performing the excavation shall contact the Statewide Notification Center and provide the center with the information required under Section 480.4 of the Code of Iowa.
  10. Permit Issued. Upon approval of the application and filing of insurance certificate, a permit shall be issued.  A separate permit shall be required for each excavation.
  11. Permit Exemption. Utility companies are exempt from the permit application requirement of this section.  They shall, however, comply with all other pertinent provisions.

135.10    MAINTENANCE OF PARKING OR TERRACE.  It shall be the responsibility of the abutting property owner to maintain all property outside the lot and property lines and inside the curb lines upon the public streets, except that the abutting property owner shall not be required to remove diseased trees or dead wood on the publicly owned property or right-of-way. Maintenance includes timely mowing, trimming trees and shrubs and picking up litter. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2c])

135.11    FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PARKING OR TERRACE.  If the abutting property owner does not perform an action required under the above section within a reasonable time, the City may perform the required action and assess the cost against the abutting property for collection in the same manner as a property tax. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2e])

135.12    DUMPING OF SNOW.  It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of commercial sidewalks or drives in the business district it is necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent and in accordance with Section 135.13.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2])

135.13    BUSINESS DISTRICT COMMERCIAL SNOW REMOVAL.  For purposes of assisting the City with an orderly street snow removal process and when predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the City Superintendent may authorize an owner or tenant to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed any ice or snow from commercial sidewalks or drives located in the business district onto the traveled way of a street or alley. The Superintendent may make such rules, not in conflict with this chapter, which may include required participation in a notification system and specified time by which the ice or snow must be thrown, pushed, or placed on said street or alley.  Any violation of the rules established by the Superintendent shall constitute a municipal infraction and may be enforced under the procedures applicable to municipal infractions.  For purposes of this section, “Business District” shall be defined as those commercial businesses located along: Main Street from 16th Street to 13th Street; along 14th Street from 15th Avenue to 17th Avenue; and along 17th Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street.

135.14    DRIVEWAY CULVERTS.  The property owner shall, at the owner’s expense, install any culvert deemed necessary under any driveway or any other access to the owner’s property, and before installing a culvert, permission must first be obtained from the City.  In the event repairs are needed at any time with respect to culverts, it shall be the responsibility of the property owner to make such repairs, and, in the event the owner fails to do so, the City shall have the right to make the repairs.  If the property owner fails to reimburse the City for the cost of said repairs, the cost shall be certified to the County Treasurer and specially assessed against the property as by law provided.

135.15 CURB AND GUTTER REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT.  No person shall remove or replace curb or gutter without first obtaining a permit from the City.  All curb and gutter work must be completed in accordance with the curb and gutter removal and replacement policy on file at City Hall.  The work must be inspected by the City, and if the work is improperly done, the City may finish or correct the work with the expense charged to the property owner.  Such assessment shall be collected with and in the same manner as general property taxes.

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