[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 2-17-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers on every building fronting on any street in the City of Meriden in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency or otherwise.
All dwelling houses, stores or other principal buildings erected or to be erected within the City of Meriden shall display numbers assigned by the Engineering Division and in conformity with the specifications provided for herein.
The owner, occupant or lessee of each and every house, store or other building which now fronts or which may hereafter front upon any public or private street within the City of Meriden shall, at his own expense, within three months after the adoption and publication of this chapter, cause the authorized and assigned number of such house or building to be permanently and conspicuously placed in accordance with the specifications set forth herein.
House or building numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches.
Mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building or other fixed appurtenance in the front of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street.
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
At least 30 inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
If said house or building has such a setback location that the provisions cannot be complied with, then the owner, occupant or lessee shall provide a post, rod or other type of fixture of a substantial nature, including a mailbox, with the number affixed thereon and so located on the premises that the number shall be conspicuous and visible from the street upon which the building fronts.
House numbers shall be assigned by the Engineering Division of the City of Meriden. Every owner, occupant or lessee of a building constructed or to be constructed in the City of Meriden shall apply to the Engineering Division for an authorized number in accordance with this chapter and applicable provisions of the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Meriden.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter may, in addition to other remedies, including but not limited to criminal prosecution, be fined $50 to $90, and each day's failure to comply with any such provision shall constitute a separate violation.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by citation, in addition to other remedies. The following persons have authority to issue citations for violations pursuant to this section: NPP/Housing Manager, Housing Code Inspector, Director of Development and Enforcement, Zoning Enforcement Officer, Building Official, Electrical Inspector, Plumbing and Heating Inspector and Rehabilitation Specialist.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 146-7, which pertained to affixing numbers to buildings by the City, and former § 146-8, which pertained to violations and penalties.