ORDINANCE NO. 877
AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE DISPLAY OF A STREET ADDRESS NUMBER ON HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 874.
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of the City of Meade, Kansas has determined the need for a set of rules requiring the display of street address numbers to ensure the continued health and safety of the general public; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of the City of Meade, Kansas was told by Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services that it is difficult to locate some residences or business in the City because there are no street address numbers or, if present, are incorrect, or are inadequate for identification; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of the City of Meade, Kansas has determined that without adequate street address numbers, emergency service responses could be slower, potentially making emergency situations even more serious;
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF MEADE, KANSAS:
SECTION 1: Definitions. For the purposes of this ordinance, the following words shall mean:
Business and/or Industry is an establishment located in some structure which is a purveyor of goods or services.
City is the City of Meade, Kansas.
Emergency Services includes Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services.
House is considered as a structure which may contain one or more residences but does not include apartment complexes.
Residence is any structure wherein persons live as distinguished from a business or industry but does not include apartment complexes.
Street Address Numbers are those identifying numerals which are consistent with identification and are recognized by the United States Postal Service and which are the correct numerals to properly identify the location of the property within the City of Meade.
SECTION 2: Minimum Requirements.
a) Every residence, house, business and industry within the City shall display assigned street address numbers.
b) Street address numbers must be easily seen when viewed from the street or road when traveling in either direction in an Emergency Services vehicle. Obstructions preventing the street address numbers from being seen by Emergency Services workers are prohibited.
c) The minimum size for street address numbers is three (3”) inches in height and one and one-half (1 ˝”) inches in width.
d) Street address numbers can be permanently installed in one of the following locations to best aid Emergency Services workers:
a. Mounted on the wall to the right side of the primary entrance door with the bottom of the address approximately five (5’) feet above the top step or floor of the porch/landing; or
b. Mounted on the right side of the porch or other roofed structure attached to the front of the building with the bottom of the address approximately five (5’) feet above the top step or floor of the porch/landing; or
c. Mounted on a mail box located next to the street; or
d. Mounted on a stake or pole adjacent to the driveway near the street.
e. Nothing in this Ordinance shall prevent a property owner from displaying a second house number of the type or location of their choosing.
SECTION 3: Property Owner’s Responsibility.
a) The property owner is solely responsible for any injury, damage or death resulting from Emergency Service workers being unable to expeditiously locate the proper building if street address numbers are missing or not in compliance with the above requirements.
b) Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, in the event the street address number relied upon for the house, residence, business or industry was incorrectly assigned by the City or the United States Postal Service, then the property owner is responsible for prompt notification to the City.
SECTION 4: Implementation Period. Property owners shall have street address numbers displayed in accordance with this Ordinance within ninety (90) days of the adoption of this Ordinance.
SECTION 5: Penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be deemed responsible for a municipal infraction, subject to payment of a fine of not less than $10.00 and not more than $500 per day for each and every day that the property owner has failed to comply with the requirements of this Ordinance.
SECTION 6: Severability. The provisions and sections of this Ordinance shall be deemed separable and the invalidity of any portion of this Ordinance shall not affect the validity of the remainder.
SECTION 7: Effective Date. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption and summary of publication in the Meade County News.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED THIS 11TH DAY OF JULY, 2016.
RICHARD KNOTT, Mayor
TIFFANY NEEL, City Clerk
On July 11th, 2016, the City of Meade, Kansas, passed Ordinance No. 877. An ordinance requiring the display of street address numbers on homes and businesses and repealing Ordinance No. 874. A complete copy of the ordinance is available at www.cityofmeade.org or in the office of the city clerk, 132 S Fowler, free of charge. This summary is certified by the city attorney to be legal, accurate and sufficient.
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