City of Poplar Bluff, MO
Butler County
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Public Documents
Cross Reference — As to traffic regulations applicable to emergency vehicles, §§310.060310.070.
State Law References — Provisions applicable to emergency services, §190.000, RSMo.; provisions applicable to emergency vehicles, §§300.100, 300.105, RSMo.
Editor's Note — Ord. no. 7385 §1, adopted January 7, 2013, repealed ch. 620 and enacted new provisions set out herein. Former ch. 620 derived from R.O. 2007 §§5½-1 — 5½-22; and ord. no. 3863 §1 art. 1 — 22, 9-7-71.

Section 620.010 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
The following words and phrases shall have the meanings set out herein whenever used in this Chapter.
AMBULANCE
Any privately owned vehicle equipped or used for transporting the wounded, injured, sick or ill and shall include, but is not restricted to, emergency vehicles used for such purposes.
AMBULANCE BUSINESS
The owning, operating, managing or maintaining as principal or agent of any ambulance as herein defined.
AMBULANCE OPERATOR
Any person who, as owner, agent or otherwise, furnishes or operates, advertises or otherwise professes to be engaged in the business of furnishing or operating ambulances.
CERTIFICATE HOLDER
Any person to whom a certificate of public convenience and necessity has been issued under the provisions of this Chapter and which certificate has not been revoked or suspended.
CITY
The City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
EMS
Title 19, Division 30, Chapter 40 of the Code of State Regulations.
LICENSE OFFICER
The City Clerk or his/her authorized representative.
OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY OF POPLAR BLUFF
The receiving, picking up or admitting within the City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, of ill or injured person or persons for transportation or conveyance to any point within or without the corporate limits of said City.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

Section 620.020 Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Required.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
No person shall engage in the ambulance business without first obtaining a certificate of convenience and necessity from the License Officer for each vehicle to be operated as an ambulance. This certificate shall be in addition to any business or occupation license required by ordinance.

Section 620.030 Application for Certificate — Contents.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Application for certificates hereunder shall be made upon blank forms prepared and provided from the License Officer and shall contain:
1. 
The name of the applicant and trade name, if any, under which the applicant intends to conduct business; if a corporation, its name, date and place of incorporation, address of its principal place of business and the name or names of its principal officers, together with their respective residence addresses; and if a partnership, association or unincorporated company, the names of the partners or other persons comprising such association or company and the business and residence address of each partner or person.
2. 
The address of the premises within the City from which it is proposed to maintain and operate such ambulance business.

Section 620.040 Application for Certificate — Additional Information Required.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
The applicant shall furnish any and all additional information as may be required by the License Officer to insure that the applicant is qualified and capable of operating such business in the public interest.

Section 620.050 Fee to Accompany Application for Certificate, Renewal.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
The application shall be accompanied by a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00). The certificate fee shall be in addition to any business license fee which applicant is required by ordinance to pay. Said fee shall be collected annually upon yearly renewal of the certificate.

Section 620.060 Effect of False Information in Application.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
Any false information contained in any application so filed in accordance with this Chapter shall be considered sufficient grounds for revocation or suspension of any issued certificate. At the discretion of the License Officer, when a new certificate is being applied for by said application, any false information contained in such application shall be considered sufficient grounds for denial of said certificate.

Section 620.070 Action by Council Upon Application for Certificate.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Generally. The City Manager, within thirty (30) days after receipt by the License Officer of an application for a certificate of convenience and necessity, shall bring before the Council the written reports of the License Officer concerning the subject application. The Council shall consider said application and may direct the License Officer to issue a certificate hereunder when it finds that the public convenience and necessity require the proposed ambulance service for which application has been submitted.
B. 
Standards. In determining whether public convenience and necessity require the licensing of a proposed ambulance service, the Council shall consider:
1. 
Will provide a benefit to public health that outweighs the associated costs;
2. 
Will maintain or enhance the public's access to ambulance services;
3. 
Will maintain or improve the public health and promote the continued development of the regional emergency medical service system;
4. 
Has demonstrated the appropriate expertise in the operation of ambulance services; and
5. 
Has demonstrated the financial resources necessary for the operation of the proposed ambulance service.

Section 620.080 Liability Insurance Prerequisite to Issuance of Certificate — Amount — Conditions.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
A. 
Before a certificate of public convenience and necessity can be issued, the applicant must file with the License Officer a certificate proving insurance coverage for each vehicle to be used as an ambulance for injury to or death of persons in accidents resulting from any cause of which the owner of the vehicle would be liable on account of any liability imposed upon him/her by law, regardless of whether the ambulance was being driven by the owner, his/her agent or lessee and against damage to the property of another including personal property, under like circumstances, in the sum of not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) for any one (1) person, one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for any one (1) accident and five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) for property damage in any one (1) accident.
B. 
The applicant must also file a certificate providing minimum passenger coverage in the sum of not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for injury to any one (1) passenger and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) passenger injury coverage for any one (1) accident.
C. 
Every insurance policy required shall extend for the period covered by the license applied for and the insurer shall be obligated to give not less than thirty (30) days' notice in writing to the License Officer before cancellation date. The cancellation or termination of any such policy shall automatically terminate and revoke the license issued to the ambulance service covered by such policy unless another policy complying with the provisions of this Section shall be provided and in effect at the time of such cancellation or termination.

Section 620.090 Suspension or Revocation of Certificate.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
A. 
A certificate of public convenience and necessity may be revoked by the City Council for any or all of the following reasons:
1. 
The certificate holder, knowingly and after written notice from the License Officer, fails to operate his/her business in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, other ordinances of the City and any and all State and Federal laws applicable to ambulance business.
2. 
The certificate holder has committed acts or carried on a course of conduct which the license officer finds, after hearing, establishes a lack of good moral character.
3. 
The certificate holder has abandoned his/her operation of the ambulance business for a period of thirty (30) days; provided however, that interruption of business due to mechanical failures, labor disputes or acts of God shall not be considered an abandonment.
4. 
Continued failure of any holder or employee of a certificate holder to obey and abide by any and all rules of the traffic code of the City of Poplar Bluff shall constitute grounds for revocation or suspension of a certificate.

Section 620.100 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 7385 §§1 — 2, 1-7-2013]
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof may be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense.