City of Fredericktown, MO
Madison County
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Section 230.010 Fire Zones.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.010; Ord. No. 77-27 §§ 1 — 3]
A. 
All owners, occupants or tenants of commercial establishments in the City who have installed, or in the future will install sprinkler fire protection equipment in their business, buildings and upon their property, or who have parking lots which are privately owned but which are used by the public for the benefit of such business, shall mark and designate certain areas upon their property or parking lots as fire zones and as no parking areas and shall erect signs, paint such areas or otherwise clearly designate such areas as fire zones and no parking zones to insure access to the buildings and establishments by the City Fire Department in the event of fire or other major disaster.
B. 
The Chief of the Fire Department shall be and is hereby authorized to designate and select the areas which are to serve as fire zones and no parking zones. The Chief of the Fire Department shall thereupon notify the owner, occupant or tenant of the property of his/her designation and selection of fire zones and no parking zones. If the owner, occupant or tenant of the property disagrees with the decision of the Fire Chief in the selection and designation of the area of such owner's, property which is to be used as a fire zone or no parking zone, the owner, occupant or tenant shall within thirty (30) days of receiving notice from the Fire Chief, file a written notice of his/her disagreement with the Board of Aldermen. Thereafter, the Board of Aldermen shall conduct a hearing on the dispute and determine what portion of the owner's property, if any, should be designated as a fire zone or no parking zone. All owners shall comply with this Section before a building permit shall be issued on any new construction.
C. 
Upon the designation and marking of a no parking zone in accordance with this Section, it shall be unlawful and is hereby declared to be an ordinance violation for any person to park a motor vehicle in the area so marked and designated and the City Police Department shall be and they are hereby authorized to enforce this said Section. Any person convicted of violating this Section, shall upon conviction, be fined or otherwise punished in the same manner as provided for other parking violations in the City.

Section 230.020 Periodic Inspections.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.020; Ord. No. 67-8]
It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department to inspect, or cause to be inspected by Fire Department Officers or members, all public buildings and places of public assembly not less than once each year and all other buildings, premises and public thoroughfares, except private dwellings, as often as may be necessary, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire. A written report of every such inspection shall be filed with the City Clerk by the inspector. Such inspector may, at any reasonable hour, enter any building or premises for the purpose of making any inspection which, under the provisions of this Chapter, he/she may deem necessary to be made.

Section 230.030 Fire Hazards To Be Remedied.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.030; Ord. No. 67-8]
Whenever any inspector may find combustible or explosive matter or dangerous accumulation of rubbish or unnecessary accumulation of waste paper, boxes, shavings or any other highly flammable materials especially liable to cause fire and which is so situated as to endanger property, or shall find obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or the egress of occupants in case of fire, he/she shall order such fire hazards to be removed or remedied. Such order shall be complied with within forty-eight (48) hours by the owner or occupant of such premises or building.

Section 230.040 Burning Trash, Lumber, Leaves, Etc.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.040; Ord. No. 67-8]
Burning of trash, lumber, leaves or other combustible material, where deemed a hazard by the Chief of the Fire Department, is prohibited, except under the safeguards as he/she may specify.

Section 230.050 Hot Ashes And Other Dangerous Materials To Be Stored In Non-Combustible Receptacles.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.050; Ord. No. 67-8]
Ashes, smoldering coals or embers and greasy or oily substances liable to spontaneous ignition shall not be deposited or allowed to remain within ten (10) feet of any combustible materials, except in metal or other non-combustible receptacles.

Section 230.060 Accumulations Of Combustible Materials On Roofs Or In Yards, Stores, Factories, Etc.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.060; Ord. No. 67-8]
No person shall permit to remain upon any roof or in any yard any accumulation of waste paper, hay, grass, straw, weeds, litter or combustible or flammable waste or rubbish of any kind. All such materials in stores, apartment buildings, factories or similar places shall be compactly baled, stacked and removed from the premises or stored in suitable vaults or receptacles to the satisfaction of the Chief of the Fire Department.

Section 230.070 Flammable Decorations.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.070; Ord. No. 67-8]
Cotton, batting, straw, dry vines, leaves, trees, celluloid or other highly flammable materials shall not be used for decorative purposes in stores or show windows, except where deemed satisfactory by the Chief of the Fire Department. Paper and other readily flammable materials shall not be used for decorative purposes in any place of public assembly, unless such materials have been flameproofed to the satisfaction of the Chief of the Fire Department.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 245.080, Matters Not Covered by Chapter, of the 2013 Revised Ordinances, which immediately followed this Section, was repealed 7-25-2011 by Ord. No. 11-33 § 13.

Section 230.080 Appeals.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.090; Ord. No. 67-8]
A. 
An owner, lessee, agent, operator or occupant aggrieved by any order issued pursuant to this Chapter may file an appeal to the Board of Aldermen within ten (10) days from the service of such an order, and the Board of Aldermen shall fix a time and place not less than five (5) days nor more than ten (10) days thereafter when and where it may hear such appeal. Such appeal shall stay the execution of such order until it has been heard and reviewed, vacated or confirmed.
B. 
The Board of Aldermen shall at such hearing affirm, modify, remove or vacate such order. Unless revoked or vacated, such order shall then be complied with.
C. 
Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to deny the right of any person to appeal from an order or decision of the Board of Aldermen to a court of competent jurisdiction. Such appeal shall stay the execution of such order until it has been heard, reviewed and vacated or confirmed.

Section 230.090 Penalty.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.100; Ord. No. 67-8]
Any person who shall fail to comply with the provisions of this Chapter or with an order of the Fire Chief or designated Building Inspector issued pursuant thereto and from which no appeal has been taken, or with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Board of Aldermen or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed therein, shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). The imposition of one penalty for the violation of such order shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue.

Section 230.100 Outdoor Fireplaces And Outdoor Cooking Facilities.

[R.O. 2013 § 245.110; Ord. No. 11-64 § 1, 11-14-2011]
A. 
Permanent outdoor grilles, braziers, and similar appliances intended for the preparation of food shall be located and constructed in a manner approved by the Fire Chief and Chief Building Inspector.
B. 
Portable braziers, grilles, and similar appliances used for the preparation of food may be used in any location which is not hazardous to life or property. No portable braziers, grilles, or similar appliances shall be permitted on or under any above grade combustible balcony or rescue platform.
C. 
Permanent outdoor fireplaces or fire pits shall be located and constructed in a manner approved by the Fire Chief and the Chief Building Inspector.
D. 
Portable fireplaces intended for the purpose of outdoor recreational fires shall only be used on non-combustible surfaces, such as dirt, grass, or concrete.
E. 
The use of all outdoor fireplaces or fire pits shall adhere to the following:
1. 
Outdoor burning shall be prohibited when local circumstances make the fires potentially hazardous. Local circumstances include, but are not limited to, thermal inversions, wind, ozone alerts, and very dry conditions;
2. 
Materials and fuels used in outdoor fireplaces may not include rubbish, garbage, trash, lawn debris, carcass, construction waste, any material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather, hazardous chemical, or petroleum based materials, or any material that produces offensive smoke or odors. Only clean, dry wood is permitted to be burned;
3. 
Fireplaces shall include a bowl with supports to ensure clearances to combustibles;
4. 
Pits shall have an enclosure, heavy screen or spark arrestor to control and contain embers and sparks;
5. 
Fireplaces or pits shall not be used within fifteen (15) feet of a building or lot line;
6. 
Fireplaces or pits shall be used on a stable level surface;
7. 
Fireplaces or pits shall not be used on any combustible deck, porch or patio;
8. 
If the fireplace is a propane unit, only propane shall be burned;
9. 
The fuel area shall not be larger than three (3) feet in diameter with a height of no more than three (3) feet;
10. 
A fire extinguisher, garden hose or other method of fire control shall be readily available;
11. 
The fireplace or pit must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. The fire must be completely extinguished before the fireplace or pit is left unsupervised;
12. 
Manufactured outdoor fireplaces and pits shall be operated in accordance with the manufacturer's assembly, safety and operating instructions;
13. 
Fires must be completely extinguished and embers cooled prior to 11:00 P.M.; and
14. 
Barrels, half barrels, drums, or pits dug into the ground or similarly constructed devices are not fire pits.
F. 
Any fire in an outdoor fireplace or cooking facility which a reasonable person might consider to be smoky, a hazardous or unpleasant condition to occupants of surrounding property and/or otherwise offensive may be ordered extinguished by an officer of the Police or Fire Department.