[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Seward as Ch. 10, Art. 5, of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:
- DEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
- A trailer coach which does not have a toilet and a bathtub or shower.
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The Board of Health of the City or its authorized representative.
- INDEPENDENT TRAILER COACH
- A trailer coach that has a toilet and a bathtub or shower.
- A written permit issued by the Health Officer permitting the trailer court to operate under this article and regulations promulgated thereunder.
- SERVICE BUILDING
- A building, housing toilet facilities for men and women, with slop-water closet and laundry facilities, and with separate bath or shower accommodations.
- TRAILER COACH
- Any vehicle used, or so constructed as to permit its being used, as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and duly licensable as such, and constructed in such a manner as will permit occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons.
- TRAILER COACH SPACE
- A plot of ground within a trailer court designated for the accommodation of one trailer coach.
- TRAILER COURT
- Any lot of ground upon which two or more trailer coaches, occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located.
It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, maintain, operate, or alter any trailer court within the limits of the City unless he holds a valid permit issued annually by the Health Officer in the name of such person for the specific trailer court. The Health Officer is authorized to issue, suspend, or revoke permits in accordance with the provisions of this article and regulations promulgated thereunder.
The Health Officer is hereby authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the condition of the trailer courts located within the City in order that he may perform his duty of safeguarding the health and safety of occupants of trailer courts and of the general public. The Health Officer shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of this article or of regulations promulgated thereunder.
The Health Officer is hereby authorized to make and, after public hearing, to adopt such written regulations as may be necessary for the proper enforcement of the provisions of this article; provided that such regulations shall not be in conflict with the provisions of this article. Such regulations shall have the same force and effect as the provisions of this article.
The trailer court shall be located on a well-drained site, shall be so located that its drainage will not endanger any water supply, and shall be in conformity with a plan approved by the Health Officer. The Health Officer shall promulgate regulations for trailer court location and plan approval, which shall provide for adequate drainage, space, lighting, safety, service buildings and other sanitary facilities necessary to protect the public health and prevent nuisances.
Each trailer coach space shall contain a minimum of 1,000 square feet and shall be at least 25 feet wide, and shall abut on a driveway or other clear area with unobstructed access to a public street. Such spaces shall be clearly defined, and trailer coaches shall be parked in such spaces so that there will be a minimum of 20 feet between trailer coaches and so that no trailer coach will be less than 10 feet from the exterior boundary of the trailer court.
It shall be unlawful to park a trailer coach less than 25 feet from any street or highway, or so that any part of such trailer coach will obstruct any roadway or walkway.
It shall be unlawful to allow any trailer coach to remain in a trailer court unless a trailer coach space is available.
Access roads shall be provided to each trailer coach space. Each access road shall be continuous, shall connect with a street or highway, and shall have a minimum width of 25 feet.
Areas shall be provided for the parking of motor vehicles. Such areas shall accommodate at least the number of vehicles equal to the number of trailer coach spaces provided.
Playground areas shall be provided and shall be restricted to such use. These areas shall be protected from the main highway and from parking areas. A minimum of 100 square feet per coach space shall be made available in one or more places for such playground areas.
Each trailer court shall be provided with one or more service buildings adequately equipped with flush-type toilet fixtures. No service building shall contain less than two toilets for women, one toilet for males, one lavatory and shower for each sex, one urinal for males, one laundry tray, and one slop-water closet. Dependent trailer coaches shall be parked not more than 200 feet from the service building.
Service buildings shall:
Be located 10 feet or more from any trailer coach space.
Be of permanent construction, and be adequately lighted.
Be of moisture-resistant material, to permit frequent washing and cleaning.
Have sufficient toilet and laundry facilities, according to requirements promulgated by the Health Officer, to serve adequately both males and females.
Have adequate heating facilities to maintain a temperature of 70° F. during cold weather, and to supply a minimum of three gallons of hot water per hour per coach space during times of peak demand.
Have all rooms well-ventilated, with all openings effectively screened.
Have at least one slop-water closet, supplied with hot and cold water, in a separate room.
An accessible, adequate, safe, and potable supply of water shall be provided in each trailer court, capable of furnishing a minimum of 125 gallons per day per trailer coach space. Where a public supply of water of such quality is available, connection shall be made thereto and its supply shall be used exclusively. The development of an independent water supply to serve the trailer court shall be made only after express approval has been granted by the Health Officer.
All plumbing in the trailer court shall comply with state and local plumbing laws and regulations.
Trailer courts shall be serve by a public sewer system, or by a private disposal system which has the approval of the Health Officer. Each trailer coach space shall be provided with a satisfactory sewer connection. All sewage disposal apparatus, including appurtenances thereto, shall be provided, maintained, and operated so as not to create a nuisance or health hazard.
The storage, collection, and disposal of refuse in the court shall be so managed as to create no health hazard, rodent harborage, insect breeding areas, accident hazards, or air pollution. All refuse shall be stored in flytight, watertight, rodentproof containers, which shall be provided in sufficient number and capacity to prevent any refuse from overflowing. Satisfactory container racks or holders shall be provided and shall be located not more than 150 feet from any trailer coach space.
Insect and rodent control measures to safeguard public health, as recommended by the Health Officer, shall be applied in the trailer court.
An electrical outlet supplying at least 110 volts shall be provided for each trailer coach space. The installation shall comply with all state and local electrical codes. Such electrical outlets shall be weatherproof. No power line shall be permitted to lie on the ground or to be suspended less than 18 feet above the ground.
Liquefied petroleum gas for cooking purposes shall not be used at individual trailer coach spaces unless the containers are properly connected by copper or other suitable metallic tubing. Liquefied petroleum gas cylinders shall be securely fastened in place and adequately protected from the weather. No cylinder containing liquefied petroleum gas shall be located in a trailer coach nor within five feet of a door thereof.
The court area shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the City fire prevention authority.
No permanent additions of any kind shall be built onto, nor become a part of, any trailer coach. Skirting of coaches is permissible, but such skirting shall not permanently attach the coach to the ground, provide a harborage for rodents, or create a fire hazard. Jacks or stabilizers may be placed under the frame of the coach to prevent movement on the springs while the coach is parked and occupied.
No owner or person in charge of a dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or to commit any nuisance within the limits of any trailer court.
Every trailer court owner or operator shall maintain a register containing a record of all trailer coaches and occupants using the trailer court. Such register shall be available to any authorized person inspecting the court, and shall be preserved for the period required by the Health Officer. Such register shall contain:
Every owner, operator, attendant, or other person operating a trailer court shall notify the local Health Officer immediately of any suspected communicable or contagious disease within the trailer court. In the case of diseases diagnosed by a physician as quarantinable, such owner, operator, attendant or other person operating a trailer court shall not permit the departure of a trailer coach or its occupants, or the removal therefrom of clothing or other articles which have been exposed to infection, without approval of the Health Officer.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park any trailer coach on any street, alley, highway or other public place or upon any private lot or tract of land within the corporate limits of the City, or within the two-mile zone beyond the corporate limits, outside any approved trailer court except on a trailer sales lot of a regularly licensed dealer on which unoccupied trailer coaches are parked for purposes of inspection and sale, except on premises for which a special limited permit has been granted as hereinafter provided, and except camping trailers of less than 28 feet in length, which shall not be occupied or used as a dwelling or for sleeping purposes in the prohibited area.
Emergency or temporary stopping or parking of trailer coaches may be permitted for no longer than 24 hours, subject to any other and further prohibitions, regulations or limitations imposed by traffic and parking regulations elsewhere in this Code.
A permit may be granted by the Chief of Police for emergency or temporary parking of trailer coaches, subject to the provisions of this article and subject to regulations of a temporary nature prescribed by the Mayor and City Council.
Any person who violates the prohibitions or provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a violation. The penalty for such violation shall be an amount not to exceed $500 for any one offense, recoverable with costs, and in default of said payment the offender shall stand committed to the County Jail until such fine and costs are paid. Each period of 24 hours during or on which a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense.