Article 6 Other Improvements

City Charter Article

Section 9-601 Fire Stops.

As used in this Article, "fire stop" includes any fireproof wall or other device to prevent the spread of fire. The Council has authority by agreement or by condemnation to acquire property, easements and rights needed for the construction of fire stops; to perform the work of erecting fire stops either by direct employment of labor or by awarding contracts; and to provide for the payment of the costs thereof by the levy and collection of local assessments according to benefits for the improvement. Before fire stops are constructed an estimate shall be made of the probable cost and of the probable saving in fire risks and insurance expenses. Where a fire stop is to be constructed at the expense of property benefitted and assessed therefor, the Council shall take proceedings similar to those required for constructing sewers. The method of making and collecting assessments shall be the same as for other local improvements. The cost of acquiring property, easements or rights shall be included in the cost of the fire stop. [June 7, 1915, new sec. 294; 1928 pub., sec. 294; 1942 recod., sec. 9-601; rev. Nov. 8, 1966; am. Nov. 3, 1992.]

Section 9-602 Lighting Districts.

Whenever the owners of fifty percent or more in area of the property within any district make and file with the Auditor a petition to establish a special street lighting system within that district, the Council has authority to install, operate and maintain such a system as a local improvement and to furnish electrical current therefor. The improvement may include initial installation, continuance or change of an existing installation, substitution of different materials or special styles or locations of lights or related facilities within the district, replacements, or any combination of those items. The Council may award contracts for all or a portion of the work, maintenance or electrical energy. The Council may levy and collect local assessments on property benefitted thereby for all or a portion of the cost. The Council may authorize contribution from City funds to the cost of energy, operation and maintenance in the amount it finds an appropriate allowance for regular street lights rendered unnecessary by the special lighting system. Whenever all or part of the cost of a system is to be assessed to property benefitted, the Council shall take proceedings similar to those required for street improvement districts. [Nov. 4, 1924, new sec. 338; 1928 pub., sec. 338; 1942 recod., sec. 9-602; rev. Nov. 8, 1966; am. Nov. 3, 1992.]

Section 9-603 Other Local Improvements.

When the Council determines that a local improvement as defined by this Charter or by ordinance affords a special and peculiar benefit to property within a particular district different in kind or degree from that afforded to the general public, the Council may classify it as a local improvement and provide for the payment of all or a portion of the cost thereof by levy and collection of local assessments on the property benefitted. The procedure for street improvements shall be followed. Jurisdiction of the Council shall depend upon the extent and strength of remonstrance; provided, however, if the Council determines that the public health or public safety demands immediate construction, the Council may overrule any and all remonstrances and shall proceed as provided for sewer improvements. The Council may combine in one proceeding a street improvement, sewer improvement, street lighting improvement, and any other improvement allowed by this Charter. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966; am. Nov. 3, 1992.]

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