Chapter 12.05
IN GENERAL

Sections:

12.05.010    Violations of title.

12.05.020    Certain ordinances relating to streets not affected by code.

12.05.030    Required acceptance by council of dedicated street, alley, etc.

12.05.040    Regulations for street work by city forces.

12.05.050    Report required prior to certain changes in elevation or grade or realignment.

12.05.060    Property owner’s waiver of damages prior to improvements.

12.05.070    Width and height of sidewalks.

12.05.080    Street numbers for buildings.

12.05.090    Water and sewer pipes to be run directly to street.

12.05.100    Running of wastewater or water from wash racks or drains upon streets or sidewalks.

12.05.110    Obstructions generally.

12.05.120    Obstructions during building operations.

12.05.130    Prohibition of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, etc.

12.05.140    Duty of property owners or occupants to keep sidewalks clean.

12.05.150    Duty of property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.

12.05.160    Deposit of snow in streets.

12.05.010 Violations of title.

Unless otherwise specifically provided, a violation of any provision of this title shall constitute a Class 4 misdemeanor. (Code 1985, § 26-1).

Cross reference – Penalty for Class 4 misdemeanor, SCC 1.05.100.

12.05.020 Certain ordinances relating to streets not affected by code.

Nothing in this code or the ordinance adopting this code shall affect any ordinance opening, relocating, closing, altering or naming any street, and all such ordinances are hereby recognized as continuing in full force and effect to the same extent as if set out at length in this code. (Code 1985, § 26-2).

12.05.030 Required acceptance by council of dedicated street, alley, etc.

The city shall not be or become responsible for the opening or maintenance of, or for any damages resulting from the use of, any street, alley or other public way or grounds laid out and dedicated to the public use by any person, until the same shall have been accepted by the council. (Code 1964, § 25-10; Code 1985, § 26-3).

12.05.040 Regulations for street work by city forces.

The city manager may prescribe regulations for work done on city streets by city forces. (Code 1964, § 25-1; Code 1985, § 26-4).

12.05.050 Report required prior to certain changes in elevation or grade or realignment.

If any street or sidewalk improvements proposed to be made in the city involve the changing of elevations or grades or the realignment of such street or sidewalk, which will have an appreciable effect upon abutting or adjacent properties, such changes or realignment shall be reported, through the city manager, to the city council, prior to commencement of the project. Such changes or alignment shall be accurately reported with reference to such abutting or adjacent properties. (Code 1964, § 25-17; Code 1985, § 26-5).

12.05.060 Property owner’s waiver of damages prior to improvements.

Whenever street or sidewalk improvements are to be undertaken, a written waiver of all damages shall be obtained from all owners of property to be affected by such improvements, before commencing the project. If the affected property owners fail or refuse to sign such waiver, such failure or refusal shall be reported to the city council by the city manager, before the project is commenced. (Code 1964, § 25-18; Code 1985, § 26-6).

12.05.070 Width and height of sidewalks.

The city manager is hereby empowered to so regulate the width and height of the sidewalks of any street as will, in his judgment, be most conducive to the convenience and interest of the city. (Code 1964, § 25-9; Code 1985, § 26-7).

12.05.080 Street numbers for buildings.

(1) It shall be the duty of the building official to see that each building in the city is numbered, making the intersection of Augusta and Beverley Streets the initial point, thence running north, south, east and west.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, alter, deface or destroy the number affixed to any building in this city pursuant to this section. (Code 1964, §§ 25-15, 25-16; Code 1985, § 26-8).

12.05.090 Water and sewer pipes to be run directly to street.

No person shall run, or cause to be run, a water or sewer pipe through or from one lot or sublot or from any structure thereon into another separate lot or sublot or structure thereon. Every water service pipe shall be run from the public street main, directly to the building, lot or premises and all house sewers shall be run directly from the public street sewer, where it is practical so to do. (Code 1964, § 25-2; Code 1985, § 26-9).

Cross references – Water supply, Title 13, Division II; sewers, Title 13, Division III.

12.05.100 Running of wastewater or water from wash racks or drains upon streets or sidewalks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to run wastewater or water from wash racks or any drain upon the streets or sidewalks of the city. (Code 1964, § 25-6; Code 1985, § 26-10).

Cross reference – Circumstances under which above section not applicable to roof drains, downspouts or similar facilities, SCC 13.35.50(4).

12.05.110 Obstructions generally.

No person shall obstruct a public street or sidewalk or the space vertically above the same, by placing therein anything whatsoever which will hinder or obstruct the passage of persons or vehicles in any manner whatsoever, except as otherwise specifically provided. (Code 1964, § 25-12; Code 1985, § 26-11).

12.05.120 Obstructions during building operations.

It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any street or sidewalk during building operations, with building materials, ladders, scaffolds or ropes or in any other manner, regardless of the character or extent of the obstruction, unless he shall first have obtained a permit therefor from the office of the chief of police. A permit authorizing the storage of building materials of any character or description in any part of a street shall limit the amount of space to be occupied and the period of time for such storage. (Code 1964, §§ 25-13, 25-14; Code 1985, § 26-12).

Cross reference – Building regulations, Title 15.

12.05.130 Prohibition of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, etc.

(1) The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, scooters (powered or not), is prohibited upon all sidewalks and/or crosswalks situated in the “sidewalk restriction area” (defined below), and such prohibition extends also to the use of such devices in the parking garages located in said area.

(2) The sidewalk restriction area subject hereof is defined as beginning at the intersection of Oakenwald Street and High Street, thence south along High to the intersection of High Street and Churchville Avenue, thence west with Churchville to the intersection of Churchville Avenue and North Lewis Street, thence south with North Lewis to the intersection of Lewis Street and Middlebrook Avenue, thence east along Middlebrook to the intersection of Middlebrook Avenue and South Augusta Street, thence north along South Augusta to the intersection of South Augusta Street and Johnson Street, thence east along Johnson Street to the intersection of Johnson and South New Street, thence south along South New to the intersection of South New Street and Mill Street, thence east along Mill to the intersection of Mill Street and Greenville Avenue, thence southeast along Greenville to the intersection of Greenville Avenue with South Coalter Street, thence north with Coalter to the intersection of Coalter Street and Frederick Street, thence west along Frederick to the intersection of Frederick Street and North New Street, thence north along North New to the intersection of North New Street and Augusta Street, thence north with Augusta to the intersection of Augusta Street and Oakenwald Street, thence with Oakenwald north to the intersection of Oakenwald and High Street, the point of beginning. The restriction area defined herein applies to all sidewalks within the area and on either side of the boundaries thereof.

(3) A violation of the prohibition contained herein shall be punishable by a civil penalty of not more than $50.00. (Code 1985, § 26-13; Ord. 1-9-03).

12.05.140 Duty of property owners or occupants to keep sidewalks clean.

It shall be the duty of every person occupying property abutting on a paved sidewalk to cause such sidewalk to be kept clear of dirt, filth and dangerous or obnoxious matter and substances. If any such property is unoccupied, it shall be the duty of the owner or the person having charge thereof to comply with the requirements of this section. (Code 1964, § 25-6; Code 1985, § 26-14).

12.05.150 Duty of property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.

It shall be the duty of every person occupying any property abutting on a paved sidewalk to remove snow, sleet or ice from such sidewalk, within six hours after the snow or sleet ceases to fall or the ice ceases to form, unless the snow or sleet fell or the ice formed during the night, in which case it shall be removed by 12:00 noon on the following day. If any such property is unoccupied, it shall be the duty of the owner or the person having charge thereof to comply with the requirements of this section. (Code 1964, § 25-7; Code 1985, § 26-15).

State law reference – Authority of city to require removal of snow from sidewalks, Code of Virginia, § 15.1-867.

12.05.160 Deposit of snow in streets.

It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any snow from private premises and deposit such snow in any street. (Code 1964, § 25-8; Code 1985, § 26-16).