Chapter 13.04
SPECIFICATIONS FOR PUBLIC WORKS

Sections:

13.04.010    Definitions.

13.04.020    Purpose.

13.04.030    Compliance required.

13.04.040    Authorization to adopt standards.

13.04.050    Adoption by reference.

13.04.060    Alternate specifications—Authorized.

13.04.070    Alternate specifications—Findings required.

13.04.080    Alternate specifications—Appeal.

13.04.090    Violation—Penalty.

13.04.010 Definitions.

The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:

“Design standards” means drawings, method of design, shapes, and sizes, for public works facilities as defined herein and as adopted by the city as provided in this chapter.

“Public works facilities” means all street pavement, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, industrial waste sewers, stormwater inlets, manholes, flushing inlets, permanent survey monuments, street lights, street signs, traffic signs and signals, and all other publicly owned facilities, located within public streets, easements, or rights-of-way, or located on, under or above land owned by the city.

“Standard specifications” means the directions, provisions and requirements for construction, alterations, repair, removal, conversion, lengthening, widening and maintenance of public works facilities as defined herein and as adopted by the city as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 78-3 § 1, 1978)

13.04.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter and any rules, regulations and specifications adopted pursuant thereto is to establish Standard Specifications and Design Standards for regulating the construction, alteration, repair, removal, conversion, lengthening, widening and maintenance of all public works facilities. (Ord. 78-3 § 2, 1978)

13.04.030 Compliance required.

It is unlawful for any individual, firm, association, syndicate, copartnership, corporation, trust, or any other legal entity, as a principal, agent or otherwise, to construct or have constructed public works facilities which do not conform to the Standard Specifications and Design Standards established in accordance with the terms of this chapter. (Ord. 78-3 § 3, 1978)

13.04.040 Authorization to adopt standards.

The city council is authorized to adopt Standard Specifications and Design Standards for the construction of public works facilities within the city by resolution. (Ord. 78-3 § 4, 1978)

13.04.050 Adoption by reference.

The adoption of Standard Specifications and Design Standards for public works facilities may be by reference; provided, that three copies of each document so adopted shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk for the period said document is in effect, plus one year. (Ord. 78-3 § 5, 1978)

13.04.060 Alternate specifications—Authorized.

The director of public works is authorized to approve and report to the city council alternate construction specifications or design standards for the construction of public works facilities when adherence to the specifications and standards adopted pursuant hereto would be unreasonable and not in the best interest of the city. (Ord. 78-3 § 6, 1978)

13.04.070 Alternate specifications—Findings required.

Before giving approval to any alternate construction specifications or design standards under Section 13.04.060, the director of public works must examine the facts in each case and make one or more of the following findings:

A.    That because of the particular shape or topography of the land adjacent to that upon which the public works facility is to be constructed, substantial damage or harm will be done to that land by the strict application of the city’s Standard Specifications and Design Standards;

B.    That it is not practically feasible to construct the improvements according to the adopted standards due to the peculiar shape or topography of adjacent streets or other existing public works facilities;

C.    That adequate provision has been made for the replacement or improvement, according to adopted specifications and standards, within a reasonable period of time of the public works facility for which alternate specifications and design standards are sought. Said replacement or improvement shall be at the expense of the person or entity seeking the variance from the adopted specifications and/or standards and shall be guaranteed by a sufficient bond. (Ord. 78-3 § 7, 1978)

13.04.080 Alternate specifications—Appeal.

Any person aggrieved by the decision of the director of public works to approve alternate construction specifications and/or design standards may appeal said decision to the city council. The city council shall then hear the appeal and may affirm, modify or reverse the decision of the director of public works. The decision of the city council shall be final. (Ord. 78-3 § 8, 1978)

13.04.090 Violation—Penalty.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an infraction. (Ord. 78-3 § 9, 1978)