No contractor, builder or other person shall encumber or obstruct any street, alley or sidewalk in the city with building or other like materials, including, but not limited to, dumpsters, without a written permit from the public works director therefor; nor shall any contractor, builder or other person, except in cases of necessity, and for a short time only, encumber or obstruct more than one-third (1/3) of any street or alley, or one-half (1/2) of any sidewalk at any time; nor shall any such obstruction in any case continue longer than may be necessary in the diligent erection of such building, or the prompt execution of the work. The aforementioned written permit shall be issued by the public works director at his discretion as it is the intent of the city council that no permits shall be issued under this section if the placing of any obstruction as mentioned above may cause damage to any public street, alley and/or sidewalk or if an unreasonable obstruction of same will be created.
The fee for the aforementioned permit shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00) and shall be good for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of its issue. Said permit may be renewed for good cause shown by the party holding said permit one time for an additional thirty (30) day period after the original thirty (30) day period has expired. Should additional time beyond the permit period and renewal period be needed, a contractor, builder or other person must seek a new permit and pay the permit fee.
Any obstruction of a street, alley or sidewalk existing without permit may be removed by the city upon twenty four (24) hours' posted notice. Any contractor, builder, or other person who creates an obstruction of a street, alley and/or sidewalk without a permit, with said obstruction having been removed by the city, shall not be entitled to possession of the property removed by the city without first having paid to the city all fees for removal and storage of said property. Anyone who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the general penalty found in section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord. 6474, 4-26-2000)