City of Shrewsbury, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 525.010 Construction Requirements.

[CC 1976 §530.010; Ord. No. 619 §§1—2, 10-13-1953; Ord. No. 947 §1, 11-14-1967; Ord. No. 2179 §1, 11-10-1998]
A. 
All sidewalks constructed within a public or private street, avenue, drive, lane, court, place and/or thoroughfare of like nature shall be Portland cement concrete and shall be constructed as herein below specified.
1. 
Width and thickness. Sidewalks herein proposed shall be of One-Course Type construction, and shall be four (4) feet wide, unless a greater width is deemed necessary by the City Building Commissioner, and shall be a minimum thickness of four (4) inches except in driveways where the minimum thickness shall be six (6) inches.
2. 
Grade. The grade and alignment of all sidewalks herein shall be set by a competent licensed Engineer and shall have the approval of the City. All walks shall have a slope of one-quarter (¼) inch per foot of width from the back of said walk toward the center line of the street.
3. 
Proportions for the concrete. The concrete mixture for all sidewalks shall be proportioned by volume so that a cubic yard of finished concrete contains not less than six (6) bags of cement (94 lbs. each, net). The proportions of fine and course aggregate shall be varied to produce the most dense concrete obtainable. The volume of water used in gauging the mix shall not exceed six-and-one-half (6½) gallons of water per bag of cement. The method employed to measure the water shall be such as to take into full account the amount of water contained in the fine and course aggregate.
Bags of Cement
Cubic feet of Sand
Cubic feet of Course Aggregate
For 1 inch Gravel Aggregate
1
2.5
3.2
For 2 inch Gravel Aggregate
1
2.3
3.4
For 1 inch Stone Aggregate
1
3.0
2.9
For 2 inch Stone Aggregate
1
2.7
3.1
Water to be used in accordance with the above paragraph. Measurements of aggregate are damp loose volume.
4. 
Water. All water used for mixing concrete shall be clean fresh water from the mains of the St. Louis County Water Company.
5. 
Mixing and placing the concrete. A pre-mixed concrete may be purchased from a reliable company provided, however, such concrete shall comply with these specifications. Where the concrete is mixed on the site of the job it shall be thoroughly mixed in a rotary batch mixer. The period of mixing shall not be less than two (2) minutes after all ingredients have been placed in the mixer. Mixed concrete shall be of uniform consistency and the mixing period shall be increased if necessary to acquire thoroughly mixed concrete. Concrete shall be transported to the forms in clean wheelbarrows and placed in the forms by dumping, care being taken not to mix the concrete with the subgrade.
6. 
Finish. The concrete shall be carefully tamped in place and finished without the addition of mortar. Joints shall be edged and the walk finished by belting and floating. When necessary dry mortar mixed in the same proportions as the mortar in the concrete may be sprinkled on the surface to aid in finishing.
7. 
Joints. The sidewalk shall be marked with dummy joints at five (5) foot intervals and every tenth joint shall be made by placing, between forms, at right angles to the forms, one-half (½) inch premolded asphalt expansion joint, made to the cross-section of the walk. Where the walk is placed against the curb a one-half (½) inch premolded asphalt expansion joint, the depth of the walk, shall be placed between the sidewalk and the curb. Where sidewalks fill a space between a wall or building and a curb, a one-half (½) inch premolded asphalt expansion joint shall be placed between the sidewalk and the wall or building and the sidewalk and curb. In sidewalks placed against concrete curbs the joints shall match those of the curb, as nearly as practicable, except that the space between joints in the sidewalk shall be not greater than six (6) feet or less than four (4) feet. One-half (½) inch expansion joints shall be placed on all sides of the square formed by intersecting sidewalks.
8. 
Forms. All forms for this work shall be straight, free from warp, and of sufficient strength, when staked, to resist the pressure of the concrete with out springing. All forms shall be thoroughly cleaned and greased before the concrete is placed against it. Forms shall be neatly and tightly joined and securely staked to line and grade and the expansion placed before any of the concrete is placed.
9. 
Curing. As soon after final finishing operation is completed and the concrete has set sufficiently to prevent marring, the top surface of the sidewalk shall be entirely covered with thoroughly wetted burlap. Burlap shall be handled in such manner that it will not come in contact with earth or other deleterious substances. New burlap and burlap that has been used for purposes other than curing of concrete shall be washed before being used. The burlap shall be kept thoroughly wet and remain in place for a period of not less than three (3) days. At no time shall the top or side edges of the sidewalk remain unprotected for more than one-half (½) hour. Forms shall remain in place for twenty-four (24) hours and immediately upon their removal the spaces on either side of the sidewalk shall be filled with suitable material.
10. 
Repair of sidewalks. Broken or damaged portions of sidewalks shall be removed evenly at dummy or expansion joints. Forms shall be placed evenly from remaining section to remaining section of walk, overlapping the old sections with the forms. The same care shall be exercised in placing the forms for replacing a portion of walk as in placing forms for new sidewalks. Methods of finishing and curing the concrete shall be as hereinbefore stated for new sidewalks.
11. 
Work in freezing weather. Concrete laid in freezing weather shall be protected so as to prevent damage to the concrete, the method of protection used shall suit the degree of exposure.
12. 
Protection of the work. Contractors and/or all others constructing sidewalks shall take the proper precautions to protect all water, sewer, gas pipes or other conduits and walls or other property from damage. He/she shall take the necessary precautions to protect persons, animals, and vehicles at all times. Should a suit for damages be instigated this City assumes no responsibility.
13. 
Cleaning. Upon the completion of this work all materials not used shall be removed, and all litter shall be disposed of, and the site of the work shall be cleaned to the entire satisfaction of the City.
14. 
This Section does not apply to any part of sidewalks constructed from private residences to the public walk.

Section 525.020 Owners Responsibility.

[CC 1976 §530.020; Ord. No. 629 §1, 2-9-1954]
It shall be the duty of every owner of real estate to keep the sidewalks, curb and gutter and driveway entrances adjacent to his/her property and in the City, in good repair at all times and free from irregularities and offsets in the surface thereof which may render the same unsafe for use.

Section 525.030 Notice From Board.

[CC 1976 §530.030; Ord. No. 629 §2, 2-9-1954]
Whenever the Board of Aldermen shall by ordinance order the construction, reconstruction or repair of any sidewalk or approaches, including the necessary grading, filling and parking, the Street Commissioner or other person designated by the Board of Aldermen shall make out a written notice to the owner or owners of the property lying along or adjacent to such sidewalk to have the same constructed, reconstructed or repaired and the necessary grading, filling or parking done, as the case may be, which notice shall be served on the parties by the City Marshal by delivering a copy thereof to the said owner or owners or his/her or their representatives. If such owner or owners and his/her or their representatives are not residents of the City, or the City Marshal shall make return that he/she is unable to find such owner or owners or his/her or their representatives within the City, the Street Commissioner or other person designated by the Board to perform such work shall cause the notice to be published in some newspaper, published in the City, for at least one (1) week. If such owner or owners or his/her or their representatives fail or refuse to begin the work specified in such notice, within fifteen (15) days after being served as aforesaid, or after the last publication of such notice, the Street Commissioner or other person designated by the Board shall notify the contractor having the annual contract for the building of sidewalks, or other persons to be designated by the Board, to construct or reconstruct such sidewalk or the approaches, together with the necessary grading, filling and parking, and in those cases where the Board has ordered the repair of any sidewalk or approaches, the Street Commissioner or other person designated by the Board shall repair such sidewalk or approaches. The cost of such work shall be levied as a special assessment and special tax bills issued therefor in the manner provided by law and ordinance.

Section 525.040 Advertisement For Bids — Bids — Special Assessment.

[CC 1976 §530.040; Ord. No. 629 §3, 2-9-1954]
A. 
If the Board has not let the work of constructing or reconstructing sidewalks in an annual contract as above provided, and the Board shall order the construction or reconstruction of any sidewalk or approaches as above provided and the property owner or owners or his/her or their representatives have been notified as above provided and have failed to begin the work in the time specified, the Street Commissioner or other person designated by the Board by ordinance shall cause an advertisement for bids for the doing of such work to be published in at least one (1) issue of a weekly newspaper or at least two (2) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper published in said City, or, if there be no paper published in said City, in some newspaper published in St. Louis County, and the date for the opening of said bids shall be at least ten (10) days after the date of the first publication of said advertisement for bids; and,
B. 
Provided further, that before said bids are opened the said Street Commissioner or other proper person designated by the Board by ordinance shall prepare and file an estimate showing the estimated quantities of grading and filling and of the various materials required for the sidewalk in front of each separate lot, tract or parcel of ground, and an estimate of the cost of said work per cubic yard or per square yard, as the case may be, and an estimate of the cost of the removal of any obstruction, and no contract shall be let for a price in excess of said estimate of the cost. After the bids are opened by the Board, the said Board shall let the contract for said work to the lowest and best responsible bidder and, in case there are no bids received or that all bids are rejected for any reason, the Board may readvertise for bids for said work or may, by ordinance, order and require the Street Commissioner or other proper person to build and construct said sidewalk or do the other work as herein contemplated according to the specifications adopted therefor.
C. 
Provided however, the cost of said work shall not exceed the estimate previously filed. An accurate account shall be kept of the cost, of the separate items thereof and the Board shall pay any funds which they may have on hand available for such purpose and, at the completion of said work either by contract or by the City as last provided, shall levy the cost thereof as a special assessment against the lot, tract or parcel of ground along which each of said sidewalks or other improvements is made in the manner as herein provided.
D. 
All work of constructing, reconstructing or repair of sidewalks, curb and gutter, and driveway entrances shall be done under the supervision of the Director of Streets and Sewers or City Engineer.

Section 525.050 Special Tax Bills — Interest.

[CC 1976 §530.050; Ord. No. 629 §4, 2-9-1954]
All special tax bills for any of the work or improvement mentioned in this Chapter shall bear interest after thirty (30) days from the date of issue at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.

Section 525.060 Failure To Comply — Penalty.

[CC 1976 §530.060; Ord. No. 629 §5, 2-9-1954]
Any person who shall fail, neglect or refuse to construct, reconstruct or repair any sidewalk lying along or adjacent to his/her or their property after having been notified to do such work as herein provided, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Section 525.070 Contractor's License Required.

[CC 1976 §530.070; Ord. No. 629 §6, 2-9-1954]
No person shall do the work of constructing, reconstructing or repairing any sidewalk, curb and gutter or driveway entrances in the City, without first having obtained a contractor's license so to do, and the violation of the provision shall constitute a misdemeanor. Such license shall be issued by the City Clerk or Collector on payment of a fee of two dollars ($2.00), and shall be good during the calendar year for which issued subject to revocation by the Board of Aldermen for failure to observe any of the provisions of this Chapter relating to the construction, reconstruction or repairs of sidewalks, curb and gutter and driveway entrances. At the time of obtaining such license, said contractor shall give bond to the City in the sum of three hundred dollars ($300.00), to be approved by the Director of Streets and Sewers conditioned that he/she will comply with all laws and ordinances of the City relating to sidewalks, maintaining warning signs and protection while the work is in progress, to hold the City and property owner harmless from all liens, claims, demands and actions against it or them arising out of said work, to replace any faulty work and remove all debris and clean up after said work is completed. The City Clerk or Collector shall keep a record of permits issued hereunder in a permanent book, and he/she shall pay over all permit fees collected hereunder when received to the City Treasurer.

Section 525.080 Faulty Construction.

[CC 1976 §530.080; Ord. No. 629 §7, 2-9-1954]
If any sidewalk shall become out of repair within one year after the work has been accepted, on account of faulty construction, the contractor shall replace or repair the same when ordered to do so by the Board and, on his/her or their failing to replace or repair the same when ordered to do so by the Board within fifteen (15) days after having been notified, the City shall cause such work to be done and the contractor and his/her or their sureties upon his/her or their bond as licensed sidewalk layer shall be liable for the cost thereof and, in addition thereto, his/her license may be revoked by the Board.

Section 525.090 Report of Cost — Liability — Separate Tax Bills.

[CC 1976 §530.090; Ord. No. 629 §8, 2-9-1954]
When the Director of Streets and Sewers, or other proper officer of committee, has made report to the Board of Aldermen of the cost of the construction, reconstruction or repair of any sidewalk or sidewalks in the City under the provisions of this Chapter, the Board of Aldermen in its discretion may levy said cost as a special assessment against each lot and piece of ground abutting said sidewalk and each such lot and piece of ground shall be liable for its part of the cost of the work done or made along or in front of such lot or piece of ground as reported to the Board of Aldermen, and the City Clerk shall issue separate tax bills therefor against each such lot or piece of ground as reported to the Board of Aldermen for its share of the cost.

Section 525.100 When No Bids Are Received.

[CC 1976 §530.100; Ord. No. 629 §9, 2-9-1954]
When on proper advertisement as herein provided, no bid is received for construction of sidewalks, the Board of Aldermen may order the Director of Streets and Sewers to cause the work to be done. In such case, the Director of Streets and Sewers shall keep an accurate account of the amount expended for labor and materials, including grading and filling, opposite each lot or piece of ground and present such account to the Board of Aldermen for assessment as provided in this Chapter.

Section 525.110 Violation and Penalty.

[CC 1976 §530.110; Ord. No. 629 §10, 2-9-1954]
Any person constructing, reconstructing or repairing, or causing to be constructed, reconstructed or repaired, sidewalks, alley and street crossings, entrances to private driveways and curbs and gutters, in the manner and of the materials other than provided for in City ordinances, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and each and every day any sidewalk, alley and street crossings, entrances to private driveways, and curb and gutters constructed, reconstructed or repaired in violation of the provisions and specifications of this Chapter or any other ordinance relating hereto, is allowed to remain, shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) or more than three hundred dollars ($300.00)