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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.10 Public Drinking Fountains

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Chapter 11.10
Public Drinking Fountains

Sections:

11.10.010 Compliance.
11.10.020 Application.
11.10.030 Location.
11.10.040 Construction.
11.10.050 Supplementary fountain.
11.10.060 Drainage.
11.10.070 Charges.
11.10.080 Acceptance to be filed.
11.10.090 Conditions for discontinuance.
11.10.100 Exceptions.
11.10.110 Humane society may establish fountains.
11.10.120 Open air assembly unit.

11.10.010 Compliance.

No public drinking fountain shall be hereafter erected or placed upon any street or other public place in the city except upon the authority and under the terms and conditions prescribed.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (part): 1960 C. 497.010.)

11.10.020 Application.

The owner of any lot of ground abutting upon any such street or other public place, desiring to erect or place a public drinking fountain in front of his premises and on such street or other public place, shall submit to the board of public service a written application for authority so to do. Application shall be accompanied by full and detailed plans and specifications, showing the proposed location and the form, character and dimensions of such fountain. The board of public service, if it approve such plans and specifications, may, in its discretion, grant to such owner a permit for the erection of a public drinking fountain in conformity therewith.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (a): 1960 C. 497.020.)

11.10.030 Location.

No public drinking fountain shall be erected within three hundred yards of any public drinking fountain now authorized, or which may hereafter be authorized.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (b): 1960 C. 497.030.)

11.10.040 Construction.

Every public drinking fountain so authorized and erected shall be constructed and equipped with a separate bowl or basin for the convenient accommodation and supply of men and beast, respectively, with drinking water. It shall at all times have attached thereto and in effective operation an automatic valve or shutoff satisfactory to the water commissioner of the city and subject to his approval. It shall be constructed and attached and shall so operate that when the bowl or basin intended for the use of beasts is full, the supply of water to such basin shall be automatically shut off, and water shall not again flow into such bowl or basin until a portion of the water therein has been withdrawn.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (c): 1960 C. 497.040.)

11.10.050 Supplementary fountain.

Every such fountain authorized and erected shall be constructed and equipped with a supplementary fountain and sanitary drinking device for the use of man. The size, form and character of this device shall be subject to approval by the board of public service, be equipped and shall at all times so operate that the waste water from the supplementary fountain for the public shall flow into the bowl or basin provided for the use of beasts.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (d): 1960 C. 497.050.)

11.10.060 Drainage.

The waste water from the bowl or basin provided for beasts shall be so constructed, equipped, placed and connected as to effectively drain into a sewer; provided, that the board of public service may, in its discretion, permit such waste water to be drained into the gutter if the street thereat is an improved street.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (e): 1960 C. 497.060.)

11.10.070 Charges.

The water commissioner shall allow water to be furnished to every such fountain authorized without any charge therefor.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (f): 1960 C. 497.070.)

11.10.080 Acceptance to be filed.

Before beginning the erection of any such public drinking fountain authorized, the person authorized to erect such fountain shall first file with the city register an acceptance, in writing, of all the terms and conditions of this chapter in a form to be approved by the city counselor. This acceptance shall contain an agreement on the part of owner that he will erect, equip and place in effective operation such fountain within thirty days from the date whereon the erection of such fountain is authorized by the board of public service; that he will keep and maintain the fountain and its equipment at all times in good condition and repair and in effective operation; that he will maintain and operate the fountain to the satisfaction of the water commissioner; that he will at any time, upon notice from the water commissioner, make any repairs in or upon such fountain, its equipment, attachments or connections, which may be required by the water commissioner; that on his failure so to do, or his failure effectively so to operate the fountain, he will on five days notice from the water commissioner remove the fountain at his own cost and expense restore the street or public place where such fountain may have been erected to a condition good and safe and uniform with the surrounding portions of the street or public place and to the satisfaction of the street commissioner; that upon his failure to comply with such notice and to do such work effectively and satisfactorily, such fountain may be removed and all such work of restoration may be made by the street commissioner, and that the owner will thereupon pay to the city all costs and expenses thereof, to be recovered of him by the city by suit in any court of competent jurisdiction; provided, that the provisions of this chapter relating to a supplementary fountain for the use of the public shall not apply to such public fountains as may be authorized to be erected on streets or other public places which are so located that they cannot be conveniently reached and used by persons standing on the sidewalk.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 59 (g): 1960 C. 497.080.)

11.10.090 Conditions for discontinuance.

Any person maintaining a public drinking fountain, or who may hereafter erect any such as herein provided for, may discontinue such fountain and remove the same at his own cost and expense from the streets and public places of the city, on notice to the water commissioner of the city, and by complying with the requirements of the water commissioner in reference thereto, and shall then, in addition to all other requirements now or hereafter provided by law, restore, at his own cost and expense, the street or public place to as good condition as it was before the erection of the public drinking fountain, to the satisfaction of the street commissioner and failing to do so, the street shall be restored by the street commissioner and the cost and expense of so doing shall be recovered against the person maintaining such fountain by the city in any court of competent jurisdiction. The same procedure shall be had in all cases where the person erecting or maintaining such public drinking fountain fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of this chapter or with the provisions of any ordinance now existing or that may hereafter be adopted relating to public drinking fountains.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 60: 1960 C. 497.090.)

11.10.100 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any public drinking fountain erected pursuant to the provisions of the following ordinances: Ords. 11752, 11874, 13666, 14079, 16104, 16862, 17222, 17913, 18082, 18161.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 61: 1960 C. 497.100.)

11.10.110 Humane society may establish fountains.

The humane society of Missouri is authorized to erect public drinking fountains in the streets of the city at such points and upon such plans as shall be approved by the board of public service. These fountains, when completed and connected with the waterworks system, shall thereafter be supplied with water by the city; provided, however, that these fountains shall not exceed ten in number.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 62: 1960 C. 497.110.)

11.10.120 Open air assembly unit.

After January 23, 1950 every structure used as a permanent open air assembly unit to which an admission fee is charged, shall be provided with drinking fountains in the ratio of one fountain for every one thousand five hundred stationary seats or the major fraction thereof. The drinking fountains shall be located in easily accessible places at convenient locations within said units.

Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined the sum of not less than five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.
(Ord. 44752 1, 2, 1948: 1960 C. 497.120.)

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