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Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 10, Arts. 8 and 18 of the 1986 Code; amended 2-4-1991 by Ord. No. 1596; 6-7-1993 by Ord. No. 1657. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 535.
No person, firm or corporation shall install or operate any dry-cleaning equipment in any building located in the Village of Shorewood unless he or it holds a valid license issued by the Village Board in the name of the operator and for the specific building within which the dry-cleaning equipment is contained.
The hours of operation under this license shall between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Any person, firm or corporation intending to install or operate dry-cleaning equipment shall file in duplicate an application for such license in the office of the Village Clerk on the application forms prepared by said Clerk. The operator shall file with the license application an occupancy permit issued by the Building Inspector for the operation of the dry-cleaning establishment in the building designated on the license application filed with the Village Clerk.
[Amended 5-6-1996 by Ord. No. 1729; 12-5-2005 by Ord. No. 1899]
When the operator shall have shown compliance with all applicable provisions of this chapter and all rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the Village Clerk shall issue a license upon payment of a fee as enumerated in the Village Fee Schedule for each machine or unit of such machine. All licenses issued shall expire on the 30th day of June following the date of issuance, unless sooner revoked as hereinafter provided. Whenever any person, firm or corporation to whom or to which a license has been issued sells, leases, or otherwise relinquishes control of the dry-cleaning establishment, the license shall be considered to be terminated.
Whenever inspection of any establishment containing dry-cleaning equipment indicates that there is a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules or regulations of the Village Code or of the Building Inspector adopted pursuant thereto, the Building Inspector shall give a twenty-day notice to the operator to correct such violation. The Village Board may after this time revoke the license if said violation is not eliminated.
The Building Inspector or his duly authorized agent is hereby authorized to enter any part of the premises in which dry-cleaning equipment is located at any reasonable time for the purpose of inspecting the installation and operation of said equipment and the building in which the same is located.
Dry-cleaning equipment shall not be installed in any building a part of which is occupied as a dwelling nor in any building except a single-story structure unless such equipment incorporates a closed system in which all venting and filtering is contained within the units themselves, thereby keeping all vapors, fumes and odors confined therein. In all other cases, all exhaust vents shall be not less than 60 feet in distance from any window of a habitable building above the first floor line or any air intake for any building. The floor of every dry-cleaning establishment shall be constructed of materials which are impervious to solvents. Every such building shall be structurally sound, in a good state of maintenance and repair, and of fireproof construction.
Unless otherwise provided herein, dry-cleaning equipment shall be installed and operated in accordance with the following requirements:
A copy of the detailed installation, operation and maintenance manual of the manufacturer making the machine shall be filed with the Building Inspector for each type or model of machine located on the premises.
Only the front or customer side of attendant-operated dry-cleaning equipment shall be exposed in the area to which customers have access. The remaining portions of the equipment shall be separated from the areas to which customers have access by a ceiling height partition which is solid, except as provided hereinafter.
The partition or the dry-cleaning machine housing shall contain grill openings for ventilation adjacent to each machine, through which air shall be conducted from the customer side through the partition at the following minimum flow rates:
Number of Machines
Minimum Flow Rate Per Machine
(cubic feet per minute)
1 to 3
4 to 8
9 to 16
17 or more
The above exhaust ventilation rates shall be maintained on a continuous basis at all times while the establishment is open for business. The exhaust system wiring shall be installed in such manner as to prevent the dry-cleaning equipment from operating unless the exhaust system is in operation.
Access to storage, equipment and maintenance areas shall be prohibited to customers.
A fan to provide general ventilation, in combination with the ventilation required in Subsection B above, at the rate of 1,000 cubic feet per minute per machine and vented to the outside atmosphere shall be provided in the storage, equipment and maintenance areas so that such fan may be used in case of serious solvent leakage.
The cleaning equipment shall be provided with an exhaust system capable of maintaining a minimum face velocity of 100 feet per minute through the loading whenever this door is open. The duct work connections from the system shall be sealed (soldered or taped) and the discharge stack extended to the outdoor atmosphere at least five feet above the roofline of the structure or adjacent structures.
A satisfactory method of preventing liquid leaks from escaping the storage, equipment and maintenance areas to the customer area shall be provided. This may include diking of the floor of the enclosure or machine base to hold a liquid volume equal to the maximum quantity of solvent which might escape. A means shall be provided for draining and containment of solvent in the event of a leak. This may be accomplished by gravity flow to a holding tank. Every such holding tank shall be vented to the outside atmosphere.
An interlock system shall be provided on all attendant-operated machines to prevent the loading door from being opened during the entire cleaning cycle. This system may be either electrical and/or mechanical and so connected that, in the event of a power failure, only the operator or his trained attendants can open the loading door.
A step-by-step instruction list shall be posted in a conspicuous location near the attendant-operated machine(s).
A competent, trained attendant shall be present on the premises and operate the equipment whenever the premises are open for business. A telephone number shall be posted for use by the operator or attendant in the event that he requires assistance in case of emergency. The Village may from time to time require all attendants to satisfactorily complete an examination as may be prescribed by the Village.
The machine design and operation shall be such that no solvent is retained in the cleaned items upon completion of the full dry-cleaning cycle.
Only nonflammable solvents shall be used on the premises for cleaning and spotting purposes and in all cleaning machines.
Only the solvent or solvents specified by the manufacturer shall be used in the dry-cleaning machine(s).
A supply of tempered makeup air equal to or greater than the total volume of air exhausted from the plant shall be provided.
Exhaust ventilation stacks shall be located as far as possible from all air intakes of combustion devices, driers and ventilators located on the establishment premises or adjoining premises and shall be so located as to prevent any odor or noise, nuisance or health hazard to adjoining premises.
Dry-cleaning machines shall be maintained in a good state of repair.
Solvent control shall be such that under normal conditions of operation and use no solvent odor can be detected in the customer area.
Solvent shall be stored in closed containers and shall be transferred from the containers in a line free of leaks.
Filter residues and other residues containing solvents shall be disposed of so as not to create a health hazard or nuisance. An airtight, covered metal container, located outside of the customer area, shall be used for temporary storage of such residues. All such residues shall be disposed of by the licensee.
Respiratory protective equipment, meeting Bureau of Mines Standards for Organic Vapors, shall be provided for maintenance personnel and must be kept in good repair and available for immediate use.
No heating devices having an open flame or incandescent surfaces shall be placed in any room in which dry-cleaning solvents are stored or used. Air intakes of all combustion equipment shall be placed so that solvent-contaminated air cannot enter.
Fire extinguishers shall be provided so as to meet the approval of the Shorewood Fire Department.
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 either served 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.
Except where a penalty is otherwise prescribed, the penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as set forth in § 115-1 of the Village Code.[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
In addition to the provisions of Subsection A hereunder, compliance with the provisions of this chapter may be enforced by Village officers by injunctional order issued upon the suit of the Village or of any owner of real estate within the Village.