City Ordinances: Chapters 22-24


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22.01   PUBLIC LIBRARY.  The public library for the City is known as the Rock Valley Public Library.  It is referred to in this chapter as the Library.

22.02   LIBRARY TRUSTEES.  The Board of Trustees of the Library, hereinafter referred to as the Board, consists of eight resident members and one nonresident member.  All resident members are to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council.  The nonresident member is to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the County Board of Supervisors.

22.03   QUALIFICATIONS OF TRUSTEES.  All resident members of the Board shall be bona fide citizens and residents of the City.  The nonresident member of the Board shall be a bona fide citizen and resident of the unincorporated County.  Members shall be over the age of eighteen (18) years.

22.04   ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD.  The organization of the Board shall be as follows:

  1. Term of Office. All appointments to the Board shall be for six years, except to fill vacancies.  Each term shall commence on July 1.  Appointments shall be made every two years of one-third the total number or as near as possible, to stagger the terms.
  2. Vacancies. The position of any resident Trustee shall be vacated if such member moves permanently from the City.  The position of a nonresident Trustee shall be vacated if such member moves permanently from the County or into the City.  The position of any Trustee shall be deemed vacated if such member is absent from six (6) consecutive regular meetings of the Board, except in the case of sickness or temporary absence from the City or County.  Vacancies in the Board shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment except that the new Trustee shall fill out the unexpired term for which the appointment is made.
  3. Compensation. Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services.

22.05   POWERS AND DUTIES.  The Board shall have and exercise the following powers and duties:

  1. To meet and elect from its members a President, a Secretary, and such other officers as it deems necessary.
  2. Physical Plant. To have charge, control and supervision of the Library, its appurtenances, fixtures and rooms containing the same.
  3. Charge of Affairs. To direct and control all affairs of the Library.
  4. Hiring of Personnel. To employ a Library Director, and authorize the Library Director to employ such assistants and employees as may be necessary for the proper management of the Library, and fix their compensation; provided, however, that prior to such employment, the compensation of the Library Director, assistants and employees shall have been fixed and approved by a majority of the members of the Board voting in favor thereof.
  5. Removal of Personnel. To remove the Library Director, by a two-thirds vote of the Board, and provide procedures for the removal of the assistants or employees for misdemeanor, incompetence or inattention to duty, subject however, to the provisions of Chapter 35C of the Code of Iowa.
  6. To select, or authorize the Library Director to select, and make purchases of books, videos, games, periodicals, papers, maps, journals, other Library materials, furniture, fixtures, stationery and supplies for the Library within budgetary limits set by the Board.
  7. Use by Nonresidents. To authorize the use of the Library by nonresidents and to fix charges therefor unless a contract for free service exists.
  8. Rules and Regulations. To make and adopt, amend, modify or repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this Code of Ordinances and the law, for the care, use, government and management of the Library and the business of the Board, fixing and enforcing penalties for violations.
  9. To have exclusive control of the expenditure of all funds allocated for Library purposes by the Council, and of all moneys available by gift or otherwise for the erection of Library buildings, and of all other moneys belonging to the Library including fines and rentals collected under the rules of the Board.
  10. To accept gifts of real property, personal property, or mixed property, and devises and bequests, including trust funds; to take the title to said property in the name of the Library; to execute deeds and bills of sale for the conveyance of said property; and to expend the funds received by them from such gifts, for the improvement of the Library.
  11. Enforce the Performance of Conditions on Gifts. To enforce the performance of conditions on gifts, donations, devises and bequests accepted by the City by action against the Council. (Code of Iowa, Ch. 661)
  12. Record of Proceedings. To keep a record of its proceedings.
  13. County Historical Association. To have authority to make agreements with the local County historical association where such exists, and to set apart the necessary room and to care for such articles as may come into the possession of the association.  The Trustees are further authorized to purchase necessary receptacles and materials for the preservation and protection of such articles as are in their judgment of a historical and educational nature and pay for the same out of funds allocated for Library purposes.

22.06   CONTRACTING WITH OTHER LIBRARIES.  The Board has power to contract with other libraries in accordance with the following:

  1. Contracting. The Board may contract with any other boards of trustees of free public libraries, with any other city, school corporation, private or semiprivate organization, institution of higher learning, township, or County, or with the trustees of any County library district for the use of the Library by their respective residents. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.5 & Ch. 28E)
  1. Termination. Such a contract may be terminated at any time by mutual consent of the contracting parties.  It also may be terminated by a majority vote of the electors represented by either of the contracting parties.  Such a termination proposition shall be submitted to the electors by the governing body of a contracting party on a written petition of not less than five percent (5%) in number of the electors who voted for governor in the territory of the contracting party at the last general election.  The petition must be presented to the governing body not less than forty (40) days before the election.  The proposition may be submitted at any election provided by law that is held in the territory of the party seeking to terminate the contract.

22.07   NONRESIDENT USE.  The Board may authorize the use of the Library by persons not residents of the City or County in any one or more of the following ways:

  1. By lending the books or other materials of the Library to nonresidents on the same terms and conditions as to residents of the City, or County, or upon payment of a special nonresident Library fee.
  2. By establishing depositories of Library books or other materials to be loaned to nonresidents.
  3. By establishing bookmobiles or a traveling library so that books or other Library materials may be loaned to nonresidents.
  4. Branch Library. By establishing branch libraries for lending books or other Library materials to nonresidents.

22.08   EXPENDITURES.  All money appropriated by the Council for the operation and maintenance of the Library shall be set aside in an account for the Library.  Expenditures shall be paid for only on orders of the Board, signed by its President and Secretary. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.20 & 392.5)

22.09   ANNUAL REPORT.  The Board shall make a report to the Council immediately after the close of the fiscal year.  This report shall contain statements as to the condition of the Library, the number of books added, the number circulated, the amount of fines collected, and the amount of money expended in the maintenance of the Library during the year, together with such further information as may be required by the Council.

22.10   INJURY TO BOOKS OR PROPERTY.  It is unlawful for a person willfully, maliciously or wantonly to tear, deface, mutilate, injure or destroy, in whole or in part, any newspaper, periodical, book, map, pamphlet, chart, picture or other property belonging to the Library or reading room. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)

22.11   THEFT.  No person shall take possession or control of property of the Library with the intent to deprive the Library thereof. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 714.1)

22.12   NOTICE POSTED.  There shall be posted in clear public view within the Library notices informing the public of the following:

  1. Failure to Return. Failure to return Library materials for two months or more after the date the person agreed to return the Library materials, or failure to return Library equipment for one month or more after the date the person agreed to return the Library equipment, is evidence of intent to deprive the owner, provided a reasonable attempt, including the mailing by restricted certified mail of notice that such material or equipment is overdue and criminal actions will be taken, has been made to reclaim the materials or equipment.   (Code of Iowa, Sec. 714.5)
  1. Detention and Search. Persons concealing Library materials may be detained and searched pursuant to law.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 808.12)



23.01   PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.  The City Planning and Zoning Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, consists of nine members, seven of whom are residents of the City.  The resident members shall be appointed by the Council and shall not hold any elective office in the City government.  The additional two members of the Commission are one member of the County Board of Supervisors, or a person designated by the Board, and one resident of the area outside the City over which the zoning jurisdiction of the City has been extended, both appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.  A person designated by the Board shall also be a resident of the County in which such extended area is located. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 414.6, 414.23 & 392.1)

23.02   TERM OF OFFICE.  The term of office of the members of the Commission shall be five years.  The terms of not more than one-third of the members will expire in any one year. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

23.03   VACANCIES.  If any vacancy exists on the Commission caused by resignation, or otherwise, a successor for the residue of the term shall be appointed in the same manner as the original appointee. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

23.04   COMPENSATION.  All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except their actual expenses, which shall be subject to the approval of the Council. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

23.05   POWERS AND DUTIES.  The Commission shall have and exercise the following powers and duties:

  1. Selection of Officers. The Commission shall choose annually at its first regular meeting one of its members to act as Chairperson and another as Vice Chairperson, who shall perform all the duties of the Chairperson during the Chairperson’s absence or disability. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Adopt Rules and Regulations. The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations governing its organization and procedure as it may deem necessary. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Zoning. The Commission shall have and exercise all the powers and duties and privileges in establishing the City zoning regulations and other related matters and may from time to time recommend to the Council amendments, supplements, changes or modifications, all as provided by Chapter 414 of the Code of Iowa.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 414.6)
  1. Recommendations of Improvements. No statuary, memorial or work of art in a public place, and no public building, bridge, viaduct, street fixtures, public structure or appurtenances, shall be located or erected, or site therefor obtained, nor shall any permit be issued by any department of the City for the erection or location thereof until and unless the design and proposed location of any such improvement shall have been submitted to the Commission and its recommendations thereon obtained, except such requirements and recommendations shall not act as a stay upon action for any such improvement when the Commission after thirty (30) days’ written notice requesting such recommendations, shall have failed to file same. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Review and Comment on Plats. All plans, plats, or re-plats of subdivision or re-subdivisions of land embraced in the City or adjacent thereto, laid out in lots or plats with the streets, alleys, or other portions of the same intended to be dedicated to the public in the City, shall first be submitted to the Commission and its recommendations obtained before approval by the Council. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Review and Comment of Street and Park Improvements. No plan for any street, park, parkway, boulevard, traffic-way, river front, or other public improvement affecting the City plan shall be finally approved by the City or the character or location thereof determined, unless such proposal shall first have been submitted to the Commission and the Commission shall have had thirty (30) days within which to file its recommendations thereon.   (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Fiscal Responsibilities. The Commission shall have full, complete and exclusive authority to expend for and on behalf of the City all sums of money appropriated to it, and to use and expend all gifts, donations or payments whatsoever which are received by the City for City planning and zoning purposes.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Limitation on Entering Contracts. The Commission shall have no power to contract debts beyond the amount of its original or amended appropriation as approved by the Council for the present year. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)
  1. Annual Report. The Commission shall each year make a report to the Mayor and Council of its proceedings, with a full statement of its receipts, disbursements and the progress of its work during the preceding fiscal year.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)



24.01   PURPOSE AND ESTABLISHMENT.  The purpose of this chapter is to facilitate the enjoyment of the campground facilities by the general public by establishing rules and regulations governing the use of the campground facilities and to organize a committee to oversee the facilities and the enforcement of such rules and regulations.  A Campground Committee is hereby established to oversee and organize the enforcement of the campground facilities, rules, and regulations.

24.02   ORGANIZATION.  The Campground Committee shall consist of six members.  One member shall be a member of the City Council.  Three members shall be City employees.  Two members shall be volunteer residents of the City.  All members shall be appointed by the City Council.

24.03   BYLAWS.  The Campground Committee shall adopt Bylaws as they deem appropriate to accomplish the purpose herein.  The Bylaws and any change or amendment to such Bylaws before being effective, must be approved the City Council.  The Bylaws shall authorize the campground to establish the rules and regulations of the campground facilities subject to City Council approval.

24.04   CAMPGROUND FACILITIES DEFINED.  For purposes of this chapter, “campground facilities” shall be defined as the Rivers Bend Campground facility.

24.05   ENTRANCE PERMITS.  Vehicle entrance into the campground facilities is allowed only with the proper permit.  The City reserves the right to refuse or rescind any and all entrance permits.  “Vehicle” for purposes of this chapter shall include, but not be limited to, all motorized vehicles, motorcycles, and motorized bikes.

24.06   USE PERMITS.  Use of the campground facilities for camping purposes is allowed only with the proper permit.  The City reserves the right to refuse or rescind any and all use permits.

24.07   PERMIT FOR SPECIAL USE.  The City Council may provide by resolution a permit for special use of the campground facilities as it deems appropriate and reasonable.

24.08   PERMIT FEES ESTABLISHED AND COLLECTION.  Permit fees for the use of and entrance into the campground facilities shall be established by resolution of the Council.  Actions for collection of fees and related charges shall be brought in the name of the City, after authorization of commencement of action by the City Council, in the same manner as other actions at law.


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