CHAPTER V. BUSINESS REGULATIONSCHAPTER V. BUSINESS REGULATIONS\ARTICLE 5. MOBILE HOME COURTS AND PARKS

(a)   When used in this article, the word, “building,” includes the word “structure.”

(b)   For the purpose of this article certain words and terms are herewith defined as follow:

(1)   House-Car Trailer/Mobile Home - is any mobile structure intended for or so constructed that it will be primarily suitable for living or sleeping quarters or for office purposes, mounted upon wheels, or any other device upon which it may readily be transported, either by its own power or some externally applied tractive effort.

(2)   Towing Unit - is 'any vehicle furnishing traction effort for a house-car trailer.

(3)   Area Unit is an area of ground space set aside for the accommodation of one house-car trailer and towing unit.

(4)   Person - refers to any individual, firm, partnership, association or corporation.

(5)   Trailer Camp or Park - is any plot of ground where house-car trailers are invited or allowed to be located regardless of whether or not any charge is made for the use of such plot of ground.

(6)   Parking Lot - is any plot of ground used for temporary storage of automobiles.

(7)   Street - is any recognized thoroughfare in the city.

(8)   Mobile Home Park - means a parcel (or contiguous parcels) of land divided into two or more mobile home lots for rent or sale for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lot on which the mobile home is to be affixed (including, at a minimum, the installation of utilities either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads, and the construction of streets.

(Code 1962, 10-501; Code 1985, 5-801)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or occupy a house-car trailer in the city outside of licensed trailer camp or park, except as may be specifically permitted in this article.

(b)   Removal of the wheels or other transporting device, except the temporary detachment of a towing unit, from any house-car trailer shall be construed as converting the same into a permanent structure, subject to all requirements of the building, electrical, plumbing and gas ordinances, sanitary ordinances and other ordinances of the city.

(c)   It shall be permissible hereunder for a bona fide guest of any householder to park a house-car trailer in the rear yard of any dwelling house for a period of time not to exceed 15 days, however, such house-car trailer may be used only for sleeping purposes during such 15 day period.

(d)   A house-car trailer may be parked subject to the city traffic laws or stored in the city, regardless of the other provisions hereof, provided that such trailer shall not be used for living or sleeping purposes during such time it is so stored or parked; provided further, that such trailer shall not become a nuisance or does not constitute or become a fire hazard.

(e)   No house-car trailer shall be maintained in the city as a permanent office, unless such office is compatible with the demonstration and sale of such articles or services as may be readily transported in a house-car by a distributor or salesman may be permitted in a house-car trailer or a legally located parking lot for a period of time not exceeding seven continuous days; provided however, that such house-car trailer is not used for living or sleeping purposes during such time.

(Code 1962, 10-502; Code 1985, 5-802)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain, or operate within the corporate limits of the city any trailer camp unless such person shall first obtain a license as provided in this article.

(b)   Any person desiring to establish a trailer camp shall file with the city clerk plans to show fully the location of the camp and the location therein of all buildings, toilet, bath, and washing facilities, water faucets, or hydrants, electrical wiring, sewer connections and driveways, or other improvements, proposed or existing.

(c)   The city manager shall issue, after finding the proposed camp outlined on such plans will comply with this article, a permit to erect or construct such required facilities as are not already in existence.

(d)   After the completion of such construction, the site shall be inspected by the city officers having jurisdiction, who, after finding that all requirements of this article and other laws regulating construction and equipping of buildings are complied with, shall so certify to the city clerk. Upon such certification together with written application by the owner or lessee of such trailer camp stating the name and address of such owner or lessee, the location of the trailer camp, the maximum number of house-car trailers the camp will accommodate, and the name of the manager who will be directly responsible for the maintenance and operation of the trailer camp, and upon presentment of the receipt of the city treasurer for the proper fee as hereinafter provided, the city clerk shall issue a license for the operation of such trailer camp.

(e)   The fee to be paid at the time of issuance of a trailer camp license shall be fixed as follows:

(1)   For each area unit, each six months, the sum of $1.00. A minimum license fee of $10.00 shall in every case be paid for each trailer camp operated within the city.

(f)   Each such license shall expire on June 30 and December 31 of the year of issuance, and shall be renewable upon payment of the required fee to the city clerk .and after such trailer camp shall have been inspected and approved.

(g)   Such license shall be conspicuously posted on the premises of the trailer camp at all times.

(h)   Any trailer camp license may be transferred upon the presentment to the city clerk of a written application of the holder of such license approved by the city board of health or its duly authorized representative.

(Ord. 1008; Sec. 14; Code 1985, 5-803)

(a)   Each area unit shall be at least 20 feet by 40 feet, clearly defined by appropriate markers, and shall be so graded as to provide adequate and proper drainage.

(b)   No house-car trailer shall be permitted to park closer than five feet to the side line of its area unit, nor shall it be so parked that it is closer than 10 feet to any other house-car trailer or any building located in the trailer camp.

(Code 1962, 10-504; Code 1985, 5-805)

(a)   An adequate supply of pure water from the public supply of the city shall be furnished to meet the requirements of each trailer camp.

(b)   Water shall be supplied from faucets or approved type thinking fountains only. Faucets or drinking fountains shall not be farther in distance than 80 feet from any area unit. The use of common thinking cups and towels shall be prohibited.

(c)   Each trailer camp shall provide toilets, shower baths, and garbage containers under the following conditions and construct or supplied under the provisions of city laws relating thereto:

(1)   At least one toilet of the flush type shall be provided for each sex for every 10 units or fraction thereof; except, that urinals for men may be provided in community toilet facilities for that sex. Entrances to all toilet facilities shall be screened fly-tight and provided with sufficient lights to provide ample illumination at night. No trailer unit shall be farther than 200 feet from a toilet. The use of any chemical closet or any water flush toilet in a house-car trailer shall be forbidden while such house-car trailer is located within the city limits, except that water flush toilets in house-car trailers may be used under the conditions of subsection (d) of this section.

(2)   One shower shall be provided for each sex for every 10 units or fraction thereof; provided that tubs may be substituted for one-tenth of the required number of showers. One wash basin shall be provided for each sex for each five units or fractions thereof. Such showers or bathtubs and basins shall be located in buildings or structures in accordance with the laws of the city and constructed of such materials as shall permit satisfactory cleaning. The floors of each such building shall be of concrete or other non-porous material. Lights for all such buildings shall be such as to provide ample illumination at night.

(3)   All waste water and sewage from toilets, showers, bathtubs, wash basins, and other plumbing fixtures in the trailer camp shall be carded to the city sewers by means of appropriate drains, except that when a city sewer is greater than 300 feet in a horizontal distance from the nearest point to the trailer camp or when resort would have to be made to pumps to gain access to the city sewers, such other means of sewage disposal may be provided as may be approved by the city board of health.

(4)   A tightly covered metal garbage can shall be provided for each occupied area unit, and such means of transferring garbage therefrom to larger containers shall be provided as is acceptable to the city sanitarian.

(d)   When any trailer camp shall have made provision for the disposal of sewage and polluted water by a sewer drain or drains connected to the city sewer system with an individual connection to the drain, properly trapped for each area unit and properly equipped for capping and protection when not in use, and a supply of water is available for flushing, the requirements of subsection (c)(1), (2), and (3) of this section may be disregarded as to the showers or urinals. However, any camp of 20 area units or less shall be provided with at least one flush toilet and one shower for each sex and a like number of toilets and showers for each additional IS units or fraction thereof and one wash basis for each 10 area units.

(Code 1962, 10-505; Code 1985, 5-805)

(a)   Every trailer camp shall be equipped at all times with at least one fire extinguisher of a type of at least two and one-half gallon capacity, of a foam type, in good working order at all times and adequately protected from freezing, for every 10 units or fraction thereof. Such extinguishers shall be so located as to be not further than 100 feet from any area unit.

(b)   All refuse, papers, boxes, and rubbish of every kind shall be accumulated and deposited daily in containers provided for such purpose which shall not be located within 15 feet of any combustible structure. No open or unguarded fire or burning shall be permitted within any trailer camp.

(Code 1962, 10-506; Code 1985, 5-806)

Adequate provision shall be made for the safe supply of electric current to each area unit in all cases where the same shall be made available for use of trailer houses in any trailer camp. In general, the following requirements shall govern all such service:

(a)   The service or drop lines shall be strung on poles immediately adjacent to the area units to be served.

(b)   The lines shall be strung on brackets not less than 10 feet above ground, and in no instance shall be lower or nearer than six feet to any trailer coach or vehicle.

(c)   Each service line shall be grounded at the pole and each vehicle grounding from the frame or service box or entrance of the same by a grounding device or connection entering the ground.

(d)   Receptacle outlets for the service of each trailer shall be provided at the service pole.

(e)   The wiring requirement and standards of the city electrical code shall, where applicable, govern the wiring and installation of all such electric service.

(Code 1962, 10-507; Code 1985, 5-807)

It shall be the duty of the owner, his or her agent or caretaker, to keep a register and to record therein all house-car trailers and occupants which occupy space at his or her trailer camp. The register shall specify dates and time of arrival, the name of the owner of the house-car trailer and towing unit and the state in which the house-car trailer and towing unit are registered and the numbers of the vehicle licenses. Such a record shall be open for the inspection of law enforcement officers of the city at all times.

(Code 1962, 10-508; Code 1985, 5-808)

(a)   It shall be the duty of each person licensed under this article to maintain and operate the trailer camp subject to this article in compliance with the terms and conditions thereof. When any such camp shall become unsafe to the occupants because of defective sanitary facilities or electrical wiring or unsanitary and hazardous to the health of inhabitants of the city or any occupant of the camp, the city manager may require the licensee, within not more than 10 days, to correct or remove all conditions complained of in violation of this article.

(b)   If, after such notice and time, the aforesaid licensee shall fail or refuse to comply with the orders of the city manager, the city council shall be authorized to suspend or revoke such license upon reasonable notice to and an opportunity for a hearing before the council. In no case shall any license fee paid hereunder be refunded or prorated after the suspension or revocation of any license.

(Code 1962, 10-509; Code 1985, 5-809)