ORDINANCE NO. 277
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 5, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 5.7, OF RENTAL DWELLING REGULATIONS IN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE ORDAINS:
Section 1. Section 5.7.5.4 shall be deleted in its entirety and there inserted in its place shall be the following Section 5.7.5.4:
“5.7.5.4 Ventilation. Guestrooms and habitable rooms within a dwelling unit shall be provided with natural ventilation by means of openable exterior openings with an area of not less than 4 percent of the floor area of such rooms with a minimum of 4 square feet. Exterior openings for natural ventilation shall be provided with tight fitting insect screens and maintained in good condition. Bathrooms, water closet compartments and similar rooms shall be provided with natural ventilation by means of openable exterior openings with an area not less than 4 percent of the floor area of such rooms with a minimum of 1’/2 square feet. In lieu of required exterior openings for natural ventilation in bathrooms containing a bathtub, shower or combination thereof; and similar rooms, a working mechanical ventilation system connected directly to the outside.”
Section 2. Section 5.7.7. shall be amended.to include the following subsections:
“5.7.7.1.4 Domestic Clothes Dryer Ducts. Exhaust ducts for domestic clothes dryers shall be constructed of metal and shall have a smooth interior finish. The exhaust duct shall be a minimum nominal size of four (4) inches in diameter. The entire exhaust system shall be supported and secured in place. The male end of the duct at over lapped duct joints shall extend in the direction of air flow. Clothes dryer transition ducts used to connect the appliance to the exhaust system shall be limited to single lengths not to exceed eight (8) feet and shall be listed and labeled for application. Transition ducts shall not be concealed within construction.”
“5.7.7.1.5 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves and Piping.
No check valve or shutoff valve shall be installed between any safety device and the hot water equipment used, nor shall there be any shutoff valve in the discharge pipe from the relief valve. The discharge pipe shall be full size and run to within eighteen (18) inches of the floor or a safe place of disposal. The discharge end of discharge pipes shall be free from hose threading.”
Section 3. Section 5.7.7.3.4 shall be deleted in its entirety and there inserted in its place shall be the following:
“5.7.7.3.4 Contamination The water supply shall be maintained free from contamination, and all water inlets for plumbing fixtures shall be located above the flood-level rim of the fixture as required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code. Hose bibs or faucets to which hoses may be attached and left in place, shall be protected by an approved atmospheric-type vacuum breaker or an approved permanently attached hose connection vacuum breaker.”
Section 4. The following shall be added as a subsection to Section 5.7.7.3.4:
“5.7.7.3.4.1 Rental properties with boilers must have approved backflow prevention devices installed. Boilers serving three (3) or more units must have a RPZ (Reduced Pressure Zone) valve installed on the potable water line. RPZ valves must be inspected annually and rebuilt every five (5) years by a licensed RPZ inspector. In lieu of backflow prevention, boilers may be permanently disconnected from the potable water line so that they are operating in a closed system separate from the public water supply.”
Section 5. Section 5.7.8.4 shall be deleted in its entirety and there inserted in its place shall be the following:
“5.7.8.4 Escape Windows. Sleeping room below the fourth story shall have at least one operable window or exterior door approved for emergency escape or rescue. The approved window or door shall be operable from the inside to provide a full clear opening without the use of separate tools or special knowledge and shall open directly onto a public way or a yard or court located on the same lot as the building.”
Section 6. The following shall be added as a subsection to Section 5.7.8.5:
“5.7.8.5.1 Locks shall be installed on windows located at grade level. Window locks must be operable from the inside without the use of a key, extra knowledge, or extraordinary effort.”
Section 7. Sections 5.7.9.2, 5.7.9.3, 5.7.9.4, and 5.7.9.5 shall be deleted in their entirety and there inserted in its place shall be the following:
“5.7.9.2 Smoke Detectors. Single station smoke detectors shall be installed on each floor and basement. A detector shall also be located in each sleeping room and the room or hallway located directly outside of the sleeping room. The inspector may require additional smoke detectors where additional protection may be needed.”
“5.7.9.3 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors.
1. Effective August 1, 2008, all existing single-family homes shall be equipped with an approved carbon alarm meeting U/L specifications. Effective August 1, 2009, all other multifamily or apartment-dwelling units shall be provided with an approved CO alarm.
a. CO alarms are required to be installed within ten (10) feet of each room lawfully used for sleeping purposes.
b. It shall be the owners responsibility of the multifamily dwelling that is required to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms to:
i. Provide and install one approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm within ten (10) feet of each room lawfully used for sleeping,
and
ii. Replace any required carbon monoxide alarm that has been stolen, removed, found missing, or rendered inoperable during a prior occupancy of the dwelling unit and which has not been replaced by the occupant prior to the commencement of a new occupancy of a dwelling unit.
c. An exception may be granted to owners who can demonstrate that there are NO sources of Carbon Monoxide in the building or garage.”
“5.7.9.4 Fire Extinguishers. All rental units shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A:10B:C. The extinguisher shall be located within the individual dwelling unit or in a common hallway, or corridor, on the same level and within 50 feet of the dwelling unit door.”
“5.7.9.5 Fire Sprinkler Systems and Fire Alarm Systems. All existing fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems shall be maintained in accordance to the current Fire Code.”
“5.7.9.6 Inadequate Fire-protection or Firefighters Equipment.
Buildings or portions thereof shall be considered substandard when they are not provided with the fire-resistive construction or fire-extinguishing systems or equipment required by this ordinance, except those buildings or portions thereof that conformed with all applicable laws at the time of their construction and whose fire-resistive integrity and fire-extinguishing systems or equipment have been adequately maintained and improved in relation to any increase in occupant load, alteration or addition, or any change in occupancy.”
Section 8. This ordinance shall take force and be in effect from and after its passage and publication.
Adopted this 7th day of July, 2008.
CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE
Andrew Heimerl, Its Mayor
ATTEST:
Marilyn L. Pawelk, Its City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal July 14, 2008.


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