Section 625.020 Enforcement — Duty of Health Officer, Chief of Police and Fire Department Inspector.
[CC 1983 §49.010]
For the purposes of this Chapter, certain terms and words are hereby defined as follows:
- Any unit or combination of units set aside as a rental unit.
- Any building occupied as the abiding place of persons, who are lodged with or without meals, in which, as a rule, the rooms are occupied singly for hire, and in which there are more than fifteen (15) sleeping rooms.
- A motel shall mean a series of attached, semi-attached, or detached dwelling units with separate entrances, operated as a single business, containing individual sleeping units with bathrooms and closet space, with or without kitchens, designed for or used by automobile tourists and transients, and includes tourist courts, auto courts, and motor lodges; with convenient access to a parking space for the use of the unit's occupants, and direct and convenient access to a travelled road; and maintained and held out to the public as accommodations for auto tourists and transients by the day, week or month, whether a charge is made or not.
- OWNER or OPERATOR
- Shall mean and include the owner, manager, tenant or any person owning or in charge of the motel or hotel.
- A room or suite of rooms in a hotel or motel designed for occupation for living or sleeping purposes.
Section 625.020 Enforcement — Duty of Health Officer, Chief of Police and Fire Department Inspector.
[CC 1983 §49.020; Ord. No. 05-14, 5-19-2005]
It is hereby made the duty of the Health Officer, the Chief of Police and the Fire Department Inspector to enforce all of the provisions of this Chapter as prescribed herein or such provisions as may hereafter be enacted. For the purpose of securing such enforcement, any of the above-named officials or their duly authorized representatives shall have the right, and are hereby empowered, to enter upon any premises upon which any hotel or motel is located or about to be located and to inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith at any reasonable time. They, acting individually or collectively, are further empowered to issue orders to the License Officer affecting the granting, renewing, revoking or suspension of such permits and licenses as are provided for in this Chapter.
Whenever, upon such inspection, it shall be found that such business and property so inspected is not being conducted or is not equipped in the manner and condition required by the provisions of this Chapter herein, it shall thereupon be the duty of the Health Officer, Chief of Police and Fire Department Inspector to notify the owner, operator, proprietor or agent in charge of such business, or the owner or agent of the building so occupied, of such changes or alterations as may be necessary to effect a complete compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.
It shall thereupon be the duty of such owner, operator, proprietor or agent of the building so occupied to make such alterations or changes as may be necessary to put such building and premises in a condition that will fully comply with the provisions of this Chapter; all permanent repairs and alterations to the building and premises, including installation of smoke alarms to existing hotels and motels, to be made by the owner, operator, proprietor or agent thereof shall be made within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice as provided herein. If such repairs or alterations are not made and completed within said thirty (30) day period; or if said owner, operator, proprietor or agent fails or refuses to comply with the requirements of said notice within said thirty (30) day period, then it shall be the duty of the Health Officer, Chief of Police and Fire Department Inspector to close said motel or hotel until such requirements are met and full compliance is made.
[CC 1983 §49.030; Ord. No. 04-32, 7-1-2004; Ord. No. 05-15, 5-19-2005]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to establish, operate, maintain or permit to be established, operated or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him/her or it a motel or hotel without first having secured a license therefor from the City Clerk of the City. Such license shall expire June thirtieth (30th) and may be renewed under the provisions of this Chapter for additional periods of one (1) year. Licenses issued hereunder shall not be transferable from one person to another or from one location to another.
The application for a license hereunder or the renewal thereof shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be accompanied by the appropriate license fee as provided in Section 625.040 of this Chapter.
The application for a license or a renewal thereof shall include the name and address of the owner in fee of the tract (if the fee is vested in some person other than the applicant); a duly verified statement by that person that the applicant is authorized to construct or maintain a motel or hotel and make the application; the name and address of the person, persons, firm or corporation expecting to operate such motel or hotel; the location of same; the number of rooms available for guests; and the capacity thereof in number of guests which can be accommodated.
Upon receipt of an application for a license or for the renewal thereof, the City Clerk shall refer a copy of same to the Health Officer, the Chief of Police and the Fire Department Inspector, which said officers shall make an investigation and inspection concerning the contents of the application from the standpoint of health, sanitation, safety and zoning. Each officer shall make a report of his/her investigation and inspection which, together with the application, shall be referred to the City Clerk for action.
[CC 1983 §49.040; Ord. No. 04-33, 7-1-2004]
The annual license fee for motels and hotels shall be as follows: Ten dollars ($10.00) per room, not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) total.
[CC 1983 §49.050; Ord. No. 04-34, 7-1-2004]
The operator shall in the month of June of every year make application for renewal of said license, at which time inspection shall be made as upon original application and the annual license fee be paid. The Board of Aldermen may at any time require the inspection of any hotel or motel by the City Officials or any one (1) of them to whom the enforcement of this Chapter is delegated; and may order any alterations or changes made or the installation made of any safety appliance which may be necessary to render the premises sanitary, safe or suitable for the purposes for which they are used. In the event of failure to comply with any such requirements within a period of thirty (30) days, then the license may be revoked by the Board of Aldermen after notice and public hearing.
[CC 1983 §49.060]
Every motel or hotel, and every part thereof, shall be kept clean and free from any accumulation of dirt, filth, garbage or other matter in or upon the same or in the yard, court, passage, area or alley connected with or belonging to the same. No litter or other material or articles shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises in such a manner as to cause a fire hazard; nor shall any object or condition be allowed which would block the easy egress of all the inhabitants in case of fire. The occupant or lessee of any motel or hotel or part thereof, shall thoroughly cleanse all the rooms, passages, stairs, floors, windows, doors, walls, ceilings, privies, cesspools and drains thereof of the above referenced of which he/she is the owner or lessee, to the satisfaction of the Health Officer, as often as shall be required by or in accordance with any regulation or order of the Health Officer, and shall well and sufficiently and to the satisfaction of the Health Officer whitewash or paint the walls and ceilings thereof, twice at least in each year, in the months of April and October, unless the Health Officer shall otherwise direct.
[CC 1983 §49.070]
All hotels and motels shall provide each bed, bunk, cot or other sleeping place for the use of guests with pillow slips, under and top sheets, and blankets; all such sheets and pillow slips after being used by one (1) guest must be washed before being used by another guest, a clean set being furnished each succeeding guest.
[CC 1983 §49.080]
All bedding, including mattresses, quilts, blankets, pillows, sheets and comforters, used in any hotel or motel in this City must be thoroughly aired, disinfected and kept clean. No bedding, including mattresses, quilts, blankets, pillows, sheets or comforters shall be used which is worn out or is unfit for further use. Any room in any motel or hotel infested with vermin, bugs or insects of any type shall be fumigated, disinfected and renovated until such vermin, bugs or insects are exterminated. All carpets and equipment used in any hotel or motel in this City, as well as all walls and ceilings, must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
[CC 1983 §49.090; Ord. No. 05-16, 5-19-2005]
All notices to be served by the Health Officer, Chief of Police or Fire Department Inspector as provided for in this Chapter shall be in writing and shall be either delivered personally or by registered letter to the owner, operator, proprietor or agent of such building and premises.
[CC 1983 §49.100]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall operate a motel or hotel in this City, or who shall let a building used for such business without having first complied with the provisions of this Chapter or who violates any of the provisions of same shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each such violation. Each and every day of such non-compliance shall constitute a separate violation.
[CC 1983 §49.110]
Any owner, proprietor, agent, manager or other person in charge of a motel or hotel who shall obstruct or hinder an inspector in the proper discharge of his/her duties as set forth in this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00), nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or imprisoned in the Taney County Jail for not less than ten (10) days nor more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.