2016 Budget Ordinance

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It shall be the duty of every occupant or owner of the premises within the City to remove all snow and ice from the sidewalk abutting said premises as soon after same has accumulated as can reasonably be removed.

It shall be unlawful for any person to leave a motor vehicle parked on an alley or street within the City in such a manner as to interfere with the clearing of alleys and streets of snow between the 1st day of October each year through the 1st day of May in the following year. Members of the street department are authorized to have any motor vehicle removed from an alley or street that interferes with snow removal and the cost of towing and storage of the motor vehicle shall be assessed against the owner.

City Ordinance 2-2-1 provides that any person desiring to raze or move any building or structure across, along or upon any alley, public ground, sidewalk or street within the city limits shall obtain a permit for a fee of $25.00 to move such building or structure. The applicant shall also file with the Finance Officer a deposit in the sum of $1,000.00 to cover any damages done to any alley, property, public ground, sidewalk or street within the city limits. The deposit amount will be refunded upon the City determining that no damages occurred during the process.

    Building Permits
City Ordinance 2-1-3 states a building permit is required to alter, construct or repair any building, improvement or other structure, including blacktop or cement work for a driveway, patio, or sidewalk which has a cost or value in excess of $100.00.  The permit may be obtained from the city finance officer and the applicant must provide an estimated cost of the construction, together with such other information, plans and specifications as requested by the city building inspector.  The minimum fee for residential permits is $30 and the minimum fee for commercial permits is $100. However, no permit is required for shingling, siding or painting any building or structure.

    Mandatory Curb and Gutter
All construction over 1,500 square feet or $50,000.00 within the municipality, including but not limited to commercial, industrial and residential (including garage), shall have curb and gutter installed on all borders of the lot or tract adjacent to an avenue, road or street within 12 months after completing the construction on the premises.

    Sump Pumps
All sump pumps MUST be discharging outside, and not into the City’s sanitary sewer system.

      Animal Licenses       
City Ordinance 3-1-3 provides that ALL cats and dogs must be licensed each year. The license fee is $5.00 per cat or dog, and $20.00 for any unsprayed female cat or dog over the age of one. Every cat and dog must be vaccinated for rabies. A description of each cat or dog must be provided to the City Finance Officer, plus the name and street address of the owner. If any cat or dog is captured while running at large and is not licensed, then the license fee must be paid, together with any fine and costs incurred. The annual license fee must be paid and the tag displayed on the cat or dog no later than the 31st day of January each year.

    Animals running at large
City Ordinance 3-1-8 states that no person shall allow any animals to run at large other than on the owner’s premises. Nor shall any person allow their pets to disturb the peace of the city. The term “at large” shall mean off the premises of the owner and not under control.

    Clean up after your pet
City Ordinance 3-1-24 states that no owner of any cat or dog shall allow the animal to defecate on private or public property other than their own property. It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pets.

    It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to ride any bicycle upon any of the sidewalks on Third Avenue unless such person is physically handicapped as determined by a licensed physician.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to park overnight at any time on Third Avenue (Main Street), and any person so parking a vehicle thereon shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined accordingly.

City Ordinance 7-1-5 states that no motor vehicle shall be parked on any alley, avenue, public parking lot, street or on municipal property for longer than 24 hours at one location, nor shall any unlicensed motor vehicle or junked cars be parked on private property in the open for a period longer than 7 days at one location.

No parking within 15’ of a fire hydrant, or wherever the curb is painted yellow or red, or anywhere designated for handicap parking only.

No semi- truck, semi-trailer or trailer shall be parked on the avenue or street in a residential district for a period in excess of two hours.

Any vehicle parked in violation of an ordinance may be removed at the direction of a public law enforcement officer, placed in public storage, and the owner will be responsible for the towing charges and storage fees, together with any fine and penalty which may be imposed for such violation.

    Peddler's Permit
City Ordinance 5-1-8 defines a peddler as a person engaged in the selling of personal property by going from place to place or house to house to sell the personal property.  A fee shall be paid to the Finance Officer by all peddlers before any sales are attempted in the city limits.  Additionally, each peddler shall provide the Finance Officer with a photo ID which includes the person’s name and address.  Also, each peddler shall provide the Finance Officer with a copy of their South Dakota Sales Tax license number.  Furthermore, no peddler shall approach any structure displaying a sign indicating “No Soliciting”, or “No Peddling” or similar language indicating door-to-door sales are not welcome at the location.  All sales by a peddler shall be done after 9:00 a.m. and before 5:00 p.m.  This ordinance shall also apply to a transient merchant which is defined as any person selling goods, merchandise or wares from one or more locations within the city limits.

City Ordinance 5-1-6 provides that no minor under the age of 18 years shall be or remain in or upon the public alleys, parks, playgrounds, public grounds, public places, public buildings, public places of amusement and entertainment, streets, vacant lots or other unsupervised public places within the city between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on a weekday, or between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday.

    Overhanging Trees
No person shall permit their tree branches to become a hazard or nuisance to either garbage disposal equipment or street maintenance. It shall be the duty of the property owner to keep all trees and overhanging branches trimmed to a clearance of 15 feet over sidewalks and streets.


For a list of all City Ordinances, contact the City Office.