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CHAPTER 36: EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE
36.01 PURPOSE. The purpose of this chapter is to provide for emergency ambulance service to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
36.02 AMBULANCE SERVICE ESTABLISHED. There is hereby established an ambulance service owned and operated by the City and known as the Rock Valley Ambulance Service and also known as the Rock Valley Ambulance Association.
36.03 ORGANIZATION. The ambulance service shall be under the general supervision of the City Council. The Council shall ensure that the service is operated in accordance with high standards and meets all requirements of the State of Iowa and the Federal Government. Personnel for the ambulance service shall be made up of a group of volunteers who are qualified and have met the minimum education and training requirements. The volunteers, in cooperation with the Council, shall adopt a constitution and bylaws as deemed necessary to provide for the good operation and coordination of the service. The constitution and bylaws shall be approved by the Council.
36.04 COMPENSATION. Compensation for volunteers of the ambulance service shall be a stipend in an amount set by resolution of the Council upon recommendation of the ambulance service. Compensation shall be paid only for the actual time spent making ambulance runs. In addition, the City shall reimburse volunteer members for the following:
- In the event of a special circumstance, such as a patient transfer, actual expenses incurred during such an ambulance run for food, lodging, and vehicle fuel and maintenance.
- Training expenses incurred to meet minimum requirements for serving as a volunteer on the ambulance service, including mileage to and from training sessions held outside of the City.
- Clothing and other personal articles damaged while on a run with the ambulance service.
36.05 EMPLOYMENT STATUS. Members of the ambulance service shall be considered to be employees of the City while in the performance of all duties and services reasonably connected with the operation of the ambulance service, for the purpose of the application of worker’s compensation statutes and for the purpose of the application of liability insurance coverage.
36.06 WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY INSURANCE. The City shall purchase sufficient insurance to cover all personnel providing ambulance service under the Worker’s Compensation statutes of Iowa and shall purchase sufficient insurance to protect the City against loss from damages or public liability, resulting from the operation of the ambulance service. The amount of such insurance shall be determined by the Council.
36.07 PROVIDING SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS. The ambulance service herein established is authorized to respond to calls outside the corporate limits of the City and provide mutual aid to other ambulance services as required by agreements with other services. The ambulance service is authorized to transport patients to such locations as may be necessary in each individual circumstance.
36.08 FEES ESTABLISHED. Fees for the use of the ambulance service and reasonably related emergency services furnished within or without the City shall be established by resolution of the Council upon the recommendation of the ambulance service. The fees shall be adequate to cover all of the operating costs of the service except the replacement of vehicles.
36.09 CALCULATION OF FEES. Pursuant to the schedule of fees recommended by the ambulance service and fixed by the Council, the ambulance service treasurer shall calculate and deliver bills for ambulance service and all reasonably related services to the City for reconciliation purposes.
36.10 PAYMENT OF FEES. All ambulance service fees and fees and charges for reasonably related emergency services shall be due and payable upon presentation of a statement for said fees and charges to the user and/or recipient of the service, and shall be paid to the City. Any payments paid or delivered directly to the ambulance service shall be remitted to the City upon receipt for deposit. Actions for collection of fees and charges shall be brought in the name of the City, after authorization of commencement of action by the Council, in the same manner as other actions at law.
CHAPTER 40: PUBLIC PEACE
40.01 ASSAULT. No person shall, without justification, commit any of the following:
- Pain or Injury. Any act that is intended to cause pain or injury to another or that is intended to result in physical contact that will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.1)
- Threat of Pain or Injury. Any act that is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.1)
An act described in subsections 1 and 2 shall not be an assault under the following circumstances: (i) if the person doing any of the enumerated acts, and such other person, are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, and such act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace; (ii) if the person doing any of the enumerated acts is employed by a school district or accredited nonpublic school, or is an area education agency staff member who provides services to a school or school district, and intervenes in a fight or physical struggle or other disruptive situation that takes place in the presence of the employee or staff member performing employment duties in a school building, on school grounds, or at an official school function, regardless of the location, whether the fight or physical struggle or other disruptive situation is between students or other individuals, if the degree and the force of the intervention is reasonably necessary to restore order and to protect the safety of those assembled. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.1)
40.02 HARASSMENT. No person shall commit harassment.
- A person commits harassment when, with intent to intimidate, annoy or alarm another person, the person does any of the following:
- Communicates with another by telephone, telegraph, writing or via electronic communication without legitimate purpose and in a manner likely to cause the other person annoyance or harm. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.7)
- Places any simulated explosive or simulated incendiary device in or near any building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine or railroad car, or boat occupied by the other person. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.7)
- Orders merchandise or services in the name of another, or to be delivered to another, without such other person’s knowledge or consent.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.7)
- Reports or causes to be reported false information to a law enforcement authority implicating another in some criminal activity, knowing that the information is false, or reports the alleged occurrence of a criminal act, knowing the same did not occur. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 708.7)
- A person commits harassment when the person, purposefully and without a legitimate purpose, has personal contact with another person, with the intent to threaten, intimidate or alarm that other person. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “personal contact” means an encounter in which two or more people are in visual or physical proximity to each other. “Personal contact” does not require a physical touching or oral communication, although it may include these types of contacts.
40.03 DISORDERLY CONDUCT. No person shall do any of the following:
- Engage in fighting or violent behavior in any public place or in or near any lawful assembly of persons, provided that participants in athletic contests may engage in such conduct which is reasonably related to that sport. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- Make loud and raucous noise in the vicinity of any residence or public building which causes unreasonable distress to the occupants thereof. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- Abusive Language. Direct abusive epithets or make any threatening gesture which the person knows or reasonably should know is likely to provoke a violent reaction by another. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- Disrupt Lawful Assembly. Without lawful authority or color of authority, disturb any lawful assembly or meeting of persons by conduct intended to disrupt the meeting or assembly. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- False Report of Catastrophe. By words or action, initiate or circulate a report or warning of fire, epidemic, or other catastrophe, knowing such report to be false or such warning to be baseless. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- Disrespect of Flag. Knowingly and publicly use the flag of the United States in such a manner as to show disrespect for the flag as a symbol of the United States, with the intent or reasonable expectation that such use will provoke or encourage another to commit trespass or assault. As used in this subsection:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- “Deface” means to intentionally mar the external appearance.
- “Defile” means to intentionally make physically unclean.
- “Flag” means a piece of woven cloth or other material designed to be flown from a pole or mast.
- “Mutilate” means to intentionally cut up or alter so as to make imperfect.
- “Show disrespect” means to deface, defile, mutilate, or trample.
- “Trample” means to intentionally tread upon or intentionally cause a machine, vehicle, or animal to tread upon.
- Obstruct Use of Street. Without authority or justification, obstruct any street, sidewalk, highway, or other public way, with the intent to prevent or hinder its lawful use by others. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4)
- Funeral or Memorial Service. Within 1,000 feet of the building or other location where a funeral or memorial service is being conducted, or within 1,000 feet of a funeral procession or burial:
- Make loud and raucous noise which causes unreasonable distress to the persons attending the funeral or memorial service or participating in the funeral procession.
- Direct abusive epithets or make any threatening gesture that the person knows or reasonably should know is likely to provoke a violent reaction by another.
- Disturb or disrupt the funeral, memorial service, funeral procession, or burial by conduct intended to disturb or disrupt the funeral, memorial service, funeral procession, or burial.
This subsection applies to conduct within 60 minutes preceding, during, and within 60 minutes after a funeral, memorial service, funeral procession, or burial. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.5) (Ord. 452-15 – Jun. 18 Supp.)
- Public Nudity Prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to make a public display of nudity or to participate in an act of “streaking” in any place frequented by the general public. This prohibition includes, all public places and in parks, pools and campground areas, public nudity outside the confines of campers or tents or designated shower and bathroom areas.
40.04 UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY. It is unlawful for three or more persons to assemble together, with them or any of them acting in a violent manner, and with the nt that they or any of them will commit a public offense. No person shall willingly join in or remain part of an unlawful assembly, knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe it is such. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.2)
40.05 FAILURE TO DISPERSE. A peace officer may order the participants in a riot or unlawful assembly or persons in the immediate vicinity of a riot or unlawful assembly to disperse. No person within hearing distance of such command shall refuse to obey. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.3)
40.06 DISORDERLY HOUSE.
- Any room, house, building, structure, place or premises wherein or upon any unlawful or illegal acts are committed in violation of local, State or Federal law, or which are kept in such a manner as to disturb and annoy the public generally, or persons within a particular neighborhood is hereby declared to be a disorderly house.
- Any room, house, building, structure, place or premises which are kept, maintained, used, erected, established or run for any of the following purposes is hereby declared to be a disorderly house, provided, however, that this shall not be deemed or construed to be conclusive, limiting or restrictive:
(1) Prostitution, pandering or public indecency as those terms are defined in the statutes of Iowa;
(2) Unlawful manufacture, cultivation, growth, production, processing, sale, distribution, storage, use or possession for any unlawful manufacture, or use of any controlled substance as that term is defined in the statutes of Iowa;
(3) Gambling as that term is defined in the statutes of Iowa, or the keeping of gambling devices as that term is defined in the statutes of Iowa;
(4) Acts of disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct as those terms are defined elsewhere in this Code of Ordinances;
(5) The reception, retention or disposition of stolen moveable property of another;
(6) Consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of twenty-one (21).
- Prohibited; Nuisance. It is unlawful for the owner, lessee, renter, proprietor or any other person or persons to keep, run or maintain a disorderly house, or to knowingly collect or permit to be collected therein persons who are engaging in any unlawful act or to knowingly make, cause or permit, or suffer to be made therein any loud or improper noise to the annoyance or disturbance of any person or neighborhood. A disorderly house is declared to be a public nuisance.
- Inmate; Visiting; Prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to become or remain an inmate of any disorderly house, or to frequent or visit with knowledge of, and participation in, the illegal activities occurring therein.