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BULLETSt. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.56 Disease and Disease Prevention Part I

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Chapter 11.56
Disease and Disease Prevention

PART I GENERAL PRVISIONS

Sections:
 
11.56.010 Definitions.
11.56.020 Public Health Laboratory Director--Powers and duties.
11.56.030 Use of common towels.
11.56.040 Drinking vessels for common use.
11.56.050 Decayed or dangerous articles--Destruction.
11.56.060 Decayed or dangerous articles--Payment by City.
11.56.070 Sink, basin and tub traps.
11.56.080 Allowing filthy water or nauseous liquid waste to accumulate or be discharged.
11.56.090 Allowing putrid meat, vegetables or offal to accumulate.
11.56.100 Notice for Sections 11.56.080and 11.56.090.
11.56.110 Liability of owner or agent.
11.56.120 Dead animals or filth.
11.56.130 Green or unsalted hides.
11.56.140 Foul liquids.
11.56.150 Collection and use of putrid fat or grease.
11.56.160 Enforcement.

11.56.010 Definitions.

The following words, when used in this chapter, shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section:

A. The words "filthy ash heaps," whenever used in this part, shall be held to include cinders, coal and everything that usually remains after fires and that has been mixed with garbage or filth of any kind.

B. The word "garbage" shall be held to include every accumulation of both animal and vegetable matter, liquid or otherwise, that is received from kitchens, and also putrid and unsound meat, beef, pork, fish, decayed or unsound vegetables or fruits.

C. The word "rubbish" shall be held to include all loose and decayed material and dirt-like substances that attends use or decay or which accumulates from building, storing or cleaning.

D. The words "tenement house" shall be taken to mean and include every house, building or portion thereof which is rented, leased or hired out to be occupied as the home or residence of more than two families living independent of one another.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.020 Public Health Laboratory Director--Powers and duties.

The Public Health Laboratory Director shall make all tests and analyses of water, and of any and all materials, medicines, food and food products, or make arrangements for a competent laboratory to perform such tests when ordered so to do by the Health Commissioner, or that he may be required to do by any rule prescribed by the Health Commissioner for the government of his office. He shall keep a record of every analysis or test that may be made in his office. He shall make a weekly report to the Health Commissioner of the transactions of his office, with such information as the Health Commissioner may require. He shall control, direct, regulate, supervise and manage the operation of the Public Health Laboratory and for that purpose is authorized to make such rules and regulations, with the approval of the Health Commissioner, as may be necessary for the execution of his orders or proper administration of the office.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.030 Use of common towels.

No person owning, in charge of or in control of any public toilet, public lavatory, public washroom or public comfort station, swimming pool, exercise room or club, or health facility shall maintain in or about such public toilet, public lavatory, public washroom or public comfort station any towels for use in common. The term "public lavatory, public toilet, public washroom or public comfort station," as used herein, shall be construed to mean any such place to which the general public is invited or not forbidden access or use. The term "for common use," as used herein, shall be construed to mean for use or intended to be used by more than one person.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.040 Drinking vessels for common use.

No drinking vessel used in common or to be used in common shall be exposed, kept, provided or permitted in any railroad station, public or private school, public playground, public park, public building or in any part of any other building or premises to which the public is admitted.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.050 Decayed or dangerous articles--Destruction.

Whenever any household goods, bedding, clothing, putrid or unsound meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, hides or skins of any kind or any other article is found within the City which, in the opinion of the Health Commissioner, is dangerous to the health of the inhabitants thereof, he shall have the power and authority to cause the same to be destroyed in such manner as he may direct and he may employ such persons as he sees fit for that purpose. Resistance or hindrance of any persons so employed by the Health Commissioner shall be a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.060 Decayed or dangerous articles--Payment by City.

Before destroying any household goods, bedding or clothing in accordance with Section 11.56.050, the Health Commissioner shall cause the value of such articles to be appraised, and he shall prepare a voucher in favor of the owner of such property, whereupon the Comptroller shall draw his warrant upon the Treasurer therefor.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.070 Sink, basin and tub traps.

All sinks, basins and stationary tubs in every hotel, lodging, tenement, boarding house or other dwelling in the City shall be provided with proper stench traps, directly under each sink, basin or stationary tub, so connected with waste or soil pipe, and so constructed, and with the traps so adjusted as to prevent the escape therefrom of foul odors and gases to the annoyance, injury or inconvenience of any person within the City. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.080 Allowing filthy water or nauseous liquid waste to accumulate or be discharged.

Any person being the owner, agent, tenant, lessee, occupant or manager of any hotel, boarding house, lodging house, dwelling house, tenement house, manufactory, hide house, tannery, pork house, market house, laundry, fish house, soap factory, brewery, distillery, butcher shop, dyeing establishment, soap boiling works, rendering works, oil factory, bone works, glue factory, sausage house, dairy, cow stable, cow lot, cattle pen or livery stable, built or maintained on any lot of ground, who shall allow to accumulate or be discharged from such places onto or in any public street, alley or private property in the City, urine, liquid waste from stables, swill, water from privy vaults, waste water from sinks, wash water, or any foul or nauseous liquid waste of any kind whatever, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

City Counselor Ops.: 10325

11.56.090 Allowing putrid meat, vegetables or offal to accumulate.

Any person or owners, agent, lessees or occupants of any building, yard or lot of ground, who shall allow to accumulate or remain in or on such building, yard or lot of ground, any putrid and unsound meat, pork, fish, hides, decayed vegetables or food, manure, filthy ash heaps, garbage, offal, rubbish, dirt or filth of any kind, which, by its decay or putrefaction, could or would become offensive to human beings or detrimental to health, or shall create a nuisance, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

Charter:

Art. I 1 (25) Nuisances

City Counselor Ops.: 9419

11.56.100 Notice for Sections 11.56.080 and 11.56.090.

In the trial of any person charged with a misdemeanor, as defined by Sections 11.56.080 and 11.56.090, it must be shown that such party has been notified by the officers of the Health Department or by a notice served by the City Marshal to remedy the matter complained of, and that he has failed to obey such notice.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.110 Liability of owner or agent.

Whenever any owner or agent of any building in the City shall rent, lease or hire out to be occupied any building or part thereof as a home or residence of more than two families living independent of one another, or a building to different persons for stores and offices in such building, giving to each family or person the common right to halls, yard, water closets or privies, or some of them, then such owner or agent shall be liable for the condition of such halls, yard, water closets or privies, and the owner or agent may also be made a defendant in a prosecution for the violation of the provisions of this chapter and be subject to fine, the same as the occupant of the premises, and any prosecution for violation of this chapter may be maintained against the occupants, owner or agent of the premises or either or all of such parties.

Owners or agents shall only be held responsible under the provisions of this chapter where buildings are rented to different persons, as described in this section.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.120 Dead animals or filth.

No person shall deposit any dead animal or excrements or filth from privies or any hay, straw, dirt or rubbish of any kind or description, any filthy water or manure upon any streets, alleys or public or private property in the city. Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, that nothing in this section shall be construed as to include manure deposited upon any private property for the purpose of cultivating the same.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9419

11.56.130 Green or unsalted hides.

No person shall keep in the City any green or unsalted hides for a period exceeding six hours.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.140 Foul liquids.

No distiller, butcher, soap boiler, tallow chandler or dyer in the City shall himself, or by any other, discharge out of or from any still house, slaughterhouse, or workshop, foul or nauseous liquid of any kind whatever, into a pond or adjacent ground or into any street or public place.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

McQuillin:

31.27, 53.137 Water pollution

11.56.150 Collection and use of putrid fat or grease.

No soap boiler, butcher or tallow chandler shall keep, collect or use, or cause to be kept, collected or used in the City, or within one mile thereof, any stale, putrid or stinking fat or grease or other matter, or render or fry out the same, unless done in an inoffensive manner.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

11.56.160 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of all police officers to watch for any violation of the provisions of this chapter and to report at once all the facts to the office of the Health Commissioner.
(Ord. 63633 3 (part), 1996.)

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