[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 10, Arts. 10 and 18 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to operate, have control of, manage, or take charge of any stationary or portable steam boiler, or any portion of a steam plant in the Village of Shorewood when operating, except an operator who has been duly licensed as provided herein so to do and who shall exhibit a certificate thereof as hereinafter provided.
The licensing regulations of this chapter shall not apply to the following:
Boiler plants consisting of one or more low-pressure steam boilers with a total capacity of less than ten-boiler horsepower.
Steam boiler plants consisting only of one or more miniature steam boilers which are used as separate units. "Miniature steam boiler" means any high-pressure steam boiler which does not exceed any of the following dimensions or limitations:
Steam engines which are supplied with steam from a miniature steam boiler.
All persons desiring to perform the duties of operating stationary or portable boilers shall make application therefor to the Planning and Development Department and shall present therewith a receipt from the Village for the fees hereinafter required.
The Planning and Development Department shall have the power to determine whether the applicant is qualified, to grant licenses and to suspend or revoke licenses for cause.
Every application for license must be made on printed blanks furnished by the Planning and Development Department.
Each applicant hereunder must file a sworn statement in which he lists the extent of his experience, states that he is at least 18 years of age, and supplies any other information required by said application or the Planning and Development Department.
In addition, each applicant hereunder must be of temperate habits and of good moral character.
If said application is found to meet the requirements of this chapter, said applicant shall then be examined as to his fitness to be licensed as an engineer of a stationary or portable steam boiler in one of the two classes hereinafter provided and shall pay an examination fee and a license fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule; no fee required hereunder shall be refundable.
A license issued by the City of Milwaukee or any other municipality within the State of Wisconsin using an examining board for the purpose of licensing boiler operators will be accepted by the Village as evidence of qualification, provided that said license is valid and current; a Village boiler operator's license will be issued to such applicant producing a boiler operator's license issued by another community as aforesaid, without need for any further examination of said applicant, if the applicant meets the other requirements set forth in Subsections A and B hereof.
If an applicant after said examination by the Planning and Development Department is found to have the requisite knowledge and experience in operating steam machinery, he shall be granted a license from the date of final approval of his examination until the following first day of July.
Such license shall be renewed on the first day of July each year without examination, upon presentation of a receipt from the Village for the payment of the required fee, provided that it is presented for renewal within 30 days after the expiration thereof. The Village shall waive any fees due hereunder for the renewal of a license for Shorewood School District employees.
If after 30 days said license is not renewed, the applicant must comply with the requirements for original issuance of said license and be reexamined.
It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector or his duly authorized assistant to see that each license is properly applied for each year.
Stationary engineer licenses so granted shall be graded into two classes:
Persons holding a high-pressure stationary engineer license may take charge of and operate any steam or motive power plant.
Persons holding a low-pressure stationary engineer license may take charge of and operate any steam or motive power plant which does not exceed 15 pounds of pressure per square inch.
It shall be the duty of the Planning and Development Department or its duly authorized agents to inspect annually and when necessary steam boilers and appurtenances connected therewith; they are hereby authorized to enter any building or premises in the Village of Shorewood without hindrance of anyone in performance of their duties and for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter in accordance with law; the engineer or operator having charge of such boilers shall assist such examiners so that they will be able to make a thorough inspection of operating conditions.
It shall be the duty of the licensed engineer hereunder to keep the boiler room in his charge in a reasonably clean condition, free of miscellaneous waste material, rubbish and debris; all such rubbish, waste material and debris shall be cleaned up, stored in approved metal or fireproof containers with tight-fitting covers and removed from the premises as often as is necessary to meet the requirements of this section.
All steam or motive power plants for which licenses have been issued hereunder shall be visited at least twice a day by the licensee.
In any case where a stationary engineer in charge of a plant is temporarily unable to report for duty because of sickness, personal injury, or for any other reason or cause, the employer of the stationary engineer shall immediately obtain the services of a substitute stationary engineer. The employer shall notify the Building Inspector within 24 hours that a substitute stationary engineer has taken charge of the plant.
If the employer is unable immediately to obtain the services of a stationary engineer having the class of license required for the plant, he may apply to the Building Inspector for a permit to allow one of the following persons to take charge of the plant:
A stationary engineer having a lower class of license than that required for the plant, for a period not to exceed 30 days.
After the period of time specified in Subsection D(1) has elapsed, the employer shall provide the services of a stationary engineer having the proper class of license to take charge of the plant.
It shall be the duty of every licensed stationary engineer who is in charge of a boiler plant to notify the Building Inspector in writing of any accident in which such equipment is involved within 24 hours after such accident occurs and report any serious defects or hazards in such equipment which might be contributory to a serious accident.
It shall be the duty of every person licensed hereunder to notify the Building Inspector when he changes his place of employment as a stationary engineer within three days from the date of such change.
Every person licensed hereunder shall display his license certificate under glass or other transparent material in a conspicuous place in the boiler room.
The Planning and Development Department shall have the power to suspend or revoke the license of any stationary engineer for any one or more of the following violations:
Permitting the water to get too low in the boiler.
Carrying a higher steam pressure than that fixed by the Planning and Development Department.
Failure to visit the plant at least twice per day.
Failure to report in writing to the Planning and Development Department any defect in or accident to any boiler under his care.
Any other neglect or incapacity.
When the license of a stationary engineer is to be suspended for the first time, such suspension shall be for a period of 30 days; the second suspension shall be for a period of 90 days; after the second suspension, further violation of any regulation of this section shall be considered cause for permanent revocation of the license. However, no license shall be suspended or revoked without first giving the accused person the opportunity to be heard in his own defense.
When the license of an engineer shall be revoked, no license shall be issued to the same person for a period of at least six months after said revocation.
After revocation, renewal shall be granted only upon full compliance with the conditions and provisions prescribed for the issuance of an original license.
In the case of revocation of a license, the fee therefor shall be forfeited to the Village.
Subject to other provisions of this chapter, any person aggrieved by an administrative ruling, judgment or decision may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Appeals within 10 days after the issuance of such ruling, judgment or decision. A nonrefundable appeal fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule shall accompany each and every appeal brought hereunder. The Village Clerk shall give notice of a hearing to the appellant, to be held within 30 days after service of the notice on the appellant, said service to be served either personally or by certified mail addressed to the appellant's last known address. All other interested parties may be given written notice of said hearing by regular mail. Upon conclusion of the hearing held by the Board of Appeals, the Board shall make a ruling. The written decision of the Board shall be mailed to the appellant by the Village Clerk within 10 days of said decision. Any determination by the Board of Appeals may be appealed to the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County as provided by law.
[Amended 2-4-1991 by Ord. No. 1596]