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A. Permit Required; Application:
1. No person, firm, corporation or association shall deposit, store, keep or place upon or over the sidewalks, streets or alleys of the city any goods, wares, merchandise, signs, awnings or obstructions of any kind whatsoever without first obtaining a permit therefor from the city council.
2. All applicants for such a permit shall petition the council in writing, minutely describing the article or thing sought to be placed upon or over said streets, sidewalks or alleys and the manner of placing the same, and all obstructions so placed in accordance with any permit granted shall be placed upon the direction and to the satisfaction of the city engineer, street commissioner or city superintendent.
B. Order Repair Or Removal Of Dangerous Obstructions, Articles:
1. Any obstructions, articles or things on, over or above the streets, sidewalks or alleys of the city which may become dangerous or unsafe may be ordered removed by the city engineer, street commissioner or city superintendent by giving notice thereof to the owner, agent of an owner, or tenant maintaining the same.
2. In the event the same is not repaired or removed within twenty four (24) hours after receiving such order, the said owner, agent or tenant shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code, and the city engineer or city superintendent shall remove or repair said obstructions, articles or things. (Ord. 13.20; amd. Ord. 2.32; 2006 Code)
C. Display Of Merchandise Prohibited: Each separate article of merchandise that is displayed upon the sidewalk shall constitute a separate offense and each period of twenty four (24) hours beginning at one minute after six o'clock (6:01) A.M. and ending at six o'clock (6:00) A.M. the following day shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord. 13.32; amd. 2006 Code)
D. Loading Or Unloading Merchandise Upon Or Across Sidewalks:
1. Prohibition: It shall be unlawful for any person to load or unload any goods, wares or merchandise of any kind upon or across the sidewalks of the city, or to stand such goods, wares or merchandise upon the sidewalks while waiting to be loaded or unloaded to or from the premises fronting the sidewalk.
2. Exceptions; Permit Required:
a. Whenever new equipment, furniture or fixtures are being installed in any store or place of business which cannot conveniently be moved in or out of such store or place of business from the back door and the alley, an application for a permit for such loading or unloading shall be made to the chief of police, and the application shall specify the approximate time during which the use of sidewalks by pedestrians shall be obstructed. The chief of police may grant such permit if he believes the application to be reasonable and necessary.
b. Whenever supplies are to be delivered to a store or place of business, other than merchandise to be displayed for sale, and the arrangement and the construction of the premises make it very difficult or impossible to deliver such supplies through the rear door of the place of business, an application to load and unload and carry such supplies upon or across the sidewalks shall be made to the chief of police; and the application shall specify the approximate length of time during which the use of the sidewalk by pedestrians will be obstructed. The chief of police may grant such application whenever he believes the application to be reasonable and necessary.
3. Moving Household Goods: This section shall not be construed so as to make it unlawful to load or unload household goods or carry household goods upon or across public sidewalks when being moved into or out of premises being, or to be used, for residential purposes. (Ord. 13.36; amd. 2006 Code)