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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 25.66 Fire, Explosion or Other Casualty Loss—Costs

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Chapter 25.66
Fire, Explosion or Other Casualty Loss—Costs

Sections:

25.66.010 Condemned buildings declared public nuisance.
25.66.020 Order--Failure to comply--Special tax bill.
25.66.030 Insurance proceeds.
25.66.040 City not a party to insurance contract.
25.66.050 Penalty for violation.

25.66.010 Condemned buildings declared public nuisance.

Any building or structure located within the City of St. Louis which is damaged by any fire, explosion, or other casualty loss to the extent that it is condemned by the Building Commissioner shall be declared a public nuisance for purposes of this chapter.
(Ord. 63838 1, 1996.)

25.66.020 Order--Failure to comply--Special tax bill.

If upon making an inspection and examination, the Building Commissioner finds that a building or structure has become a public nuisance under Section 25.66.010 of this chapter, he shall order the owner(s) to proceed to properly demolish, repair, and secure or correct all conditions causing condemnation of said building, structure within seven (7) days. The Building Commissioner may, upon the failure of the owner(s) to comply with this order, when the public interest may so require, correct, remove or abate the conditions set forth in his order. All costs attending such action in such cases shall be paid from the appropriate fund. The cost shall be certified to the Office of the Comptroller, who shall cause a special tax bill against the property to be prepared and collected in the same manner and procedures as other real estate tax bills. Said special tax bill shall be deemed a personal debt against the property owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid. These bills or liens shall not be forgiven except by the City Counselor, who shall, in writing, instruct the building official to forgive such bills or liens. Further, demolition and/or board-up bills may be waived when ownership of said property, for which the bill or lien was issued, is accepted by Land Reutilization Authority, Saint Louis Development Corporation or any other City agency, department, or division.
(Ord. 63838 2, 1996.)

25.66.030 Insurance proceeds.

A. If there are proceeds of any insurance policy based upon a covered claim payment made for damage or loss to a building or structure caused by or arising out of any fire, explosion, or other casualty loss, and if the covered claim payment for such damage or loss exceeds fifty (50) percent of the face value of the policy on such building or structure, then the insurance carrier for such building or structure shall pay twenty-five (25) percent of such insurance claim proceeds to the Office of the Comptroller, who shall hold such money in an interest bearing account. If a bill or special tax bill is issued under Section 25.66.020 of this chapter such shall be paid from the money held by the Comptroller, and if there is any excess, such shall be paid by the Comptroller to the insured.

B. If within 30 days of the receipt of such insurance proceeds the Building Commissioner has not conducted an inspection as required in Section 25.66.030 of this chapter, then the Comptroller shall release such proceeds and any interest which has accrued on such proceeds to the insured.

C. If such building or structure is repaired or demolished pursuant to this chapter without cost to the City of St. Louis, then any insurance proceeds paid to the Comptroller and any interest thereon shall be paid to the insured.

D. Upon presentation of satisfactory proof that the insured has removed or will remove debris and repair, rebuild, otherwise make the insured building or structure safe and secure, the Building Commissioner shall issue a certificate, within 30 days after receipt of such satisfactory proof, to permit the payment of any insurance proceeds directly to the insured without deduction of the amount payable to the City of St. Louis under subsection A of this section.
(Ord. 63838 3, 1996.)

25.66.040 City not a party to insurance contract.

This chapter does not make the City a party to any insurance contract and does not make the insurer liable to any party for any amount in excess of the proceeds otherwise payable under its insurance policy.
(Ord. 63838 4, 1996.)

25.66.050 Penalty for violation.

Any person, firm, or corporation who shall violate a provision of this chapter or who shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) day; or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
(Ord. 63838 5, 1996.)

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