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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 20.50 Abatement of Dangerous Conditions

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Chapter 20.50
Abatement of Dangerous Conditions

Sections:

20.50.010 Barricades--Investigation.
20.50.020 Notice to owner.
20.50.030 Repair by City.
20.50.040 Contracts.
20.50.050 Costs.
20.50.060 Owner's duty.
20.50.070 Fund--Created.
20.50.080 Fund--Use.
20.50.090 Penalty for violation.

20.50.010 Barricades--Investigation.

In the event it is determined by the Director of Streets that a hole, depression, cave-in or other similar condition in a street or alley causes the street or alley to be in such condition as to constitute an immediate danger to the lives and property of the citizens of St. Louis and a hazard to public safety, then the Director shall cause fences, walls, plates, or barricades to be placed around the hole, depression, cave-in or other similar condition and shall immediately cause an investigation to be made to determine the cause of the dangerous condition.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.020 Notice to owner.

In the event the Director of Streets determines that the condition described in Section 20.50.010 is caused by a defective or faulty private sewer lateral and the property is not eligible for the sewer lateral repair program, then the Director will notify, in writing, the owner of the premises served by the private sewer lateral to make the repairs as are necessary to abate the defective or faulty condition which causes the hole, depression, cave-in or other similar condition in a street or alley; or to appear before the Director at a time and place specified within five days after notification in order to show cause why the owner should not be required to make repairs.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.030 Repair by City.

In the event the owner does not cause the private sewer lateral to be repaired and made safe within five days and does not appear before the Director of Streets to show cause why he should not be so required then, the Director of Streets shall cause the same to be repaired and the expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be paid out of the revolving fund created in Section 20.50.070.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.040 Contracts.

The Director of Streets is authorized to cause repairs to be made by employees of the Street Department or any other City employees qualified to perform the repairs. In the event the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has available personnel who are qualified, the Director may make arrangements for the use of personnel as are agreeable to the Director and Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. In the event the Director determines that the above sources of manpower and equipment are unavailable or inadequate, then he may let for bid or otherwise award contracts with the approval of the Comptroller to private firms qualified to perform repairs to private sewer laterals to abate the dangerous condition in the street or alley. The Comptroller is authorized and directed to draw his warrant upon the fund established in this chapter upon the written request of the Director of Streets.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.050 Costs.

The Director of Streets shall notify in writing the owner of the premises of the amount of the said costs and that he is responsible for same. The owner shall make payment thereof within thirty days after the notification. In the event the owner fails to make a full payment of the costs within the thirty days or make other suitable arrangements for the payment thereof acceptable to the Comptroller, then the Comptroller shall notify the Law Department. The Law Department shall take appropriate legal steps to obtain a final judgment in the amount of the cost with interest against the owner and shall take all further steps necessary to obtain full and complete payment of the judgment and any interest thereon.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.060 Owner's duty.

No person who is the owner or occupant of a premise shall allow the private sewer lateral serving the premises to be in such condition that the condition of the sewer lateral causes holes, depressions, cave-ins or other dangerous conditions to exist in a street or alley in the City.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.070 Fund--Created.

There is created a revolving fund to be known as the "Private Sewer Repair Fund." The moneys in the fund are to be kept apart from any and all other moneys of the City. The purpose of the private sewer repair fund shall be to enable the City to repair, cause to be repaired and do all other things necessary with respect to private sewer laterals which are in such condition as to cause holes, depressions, cave-ins and other dangerous conditions to exist in a street or alley in the City.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.080 Fund--Use.

All moneys collected and paid to the City in pursuance of the term and conditions of this chapter shall be deposited in the private sewer repair fund and shall be used only for the purposes set forth in this chapter.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

20.50.090 Penalty for violation.

Each person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than ninety days or by both fine and imprisonment. Each day that any violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 68604, 19, 3-16-2010.)

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