City of Royal Oak, MI
Oakland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Royal Oak 10-20-1930 by Ord. No. 244. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Farmers Market Committee — See Ch. 39, Art. III.
Christmas tree sales — See Ch. 244.
General licensing — See Ch. 425.
Merchants and mercantile establishments — See Ch. 458.
Pawnbrokers — See Ch. 521.
Peddling, soliciting and transient merchants — See Ch. 526.
Precious metals and gems — See Ch. 547.
Secondhand goods; junk — See Ch. 593.
The "Royal Oak City Market" is herein defined to be the County- and City-owned and regulated marketplace, together with buildings thereon, designed for the sale of farm products and the accommodation of producers, and hereinafter designated as the "Public Market."
The general administration of said market shall be under a joint market committee of the County and City. The City members shall consist of the City Manager and two City Commissioners, designated by the City Commission. Said Committee is charged with the enforcement of this chapter and is hereby empowered to make or amend from time to time such additional market rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary for the proper management and control of said market, subject to the provisions of this chapter, and subject to the provisions of any rules and regulations made by the Board of Supervisors of Oakland County governing the conduct of said market.
[Added 5-4-1942 by Ord. No. 409]
[Amended 3-4-1940 by Ord. No. 377; 5-4-1942 by Ord. No. 409]
The word "producer" is herein defined to be any person or persons who are actually engaged in the business of producing farm products. Producers shall be allowed to sell on the Public Market wholesome, fresh, sound, canned, dried, preserved or prepared food products either raised by the producer or processed, manufactured or otherwise prepared by him in whole or chiefly from products raised by him, but shall not be permitted to sell processed or manufactured food or other articles, the major ingredients of which have been purchased or otherwise acquired for such processing or manufacture. Producers shall also be allowed to sell certain other products of their farm, greenhouse, apiary, rabbit hutch, such as live or dressed poultry and rabbits, and flowers, plants, nuts, herbs, shrubbery, Christmas trees and other trees; provided that in so doing they comply with all the rules and regulations in force in said City; and provided further that all live poultry and rabbits brought to the market shall be confined in suitable crates, and that dressed poultry and rabbits shall be kept in iced containers covered with glass. The sale of all meat or meat products except those herein mentioned is hereby prohibited, and the sale of all baked goods shall be limited to those under conditions prescribed by the Market Master.
[Added 3-4-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
Producers must keep a price list of all items offered for sale, evidenced by legible price tags conspicuously placed either on the articles offered for sale, or otherwise posted, to inform prospective customers of such prices. The indicated price must be maintained until prices are changed and tagged or posted accordingly.
Market Masters and their duly authorized assistants, acting themselves, shall have the authority to direct the arrangement of all vehicles on the market grounds, and persons in charge of such vehicles shall conform to the directions so given. No person on the Public Market shall refuse to comply with the direction of or interfere with the Market Masters or their assistants in carrying out the provisions of these rules and regulations, nor shall any such person seek to evade or refuse payment of the proper market fees when called upon to do so.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377; 5-4-1942 by Ord. No. 409]
Stalls at the Royal Oak City Market may be rented by the year, the season, the month or the day, in accordance with the schedule of fees adopted by the Market Committee and approved by the City Commission. Such schedule of fees shall be kept posted in the Market Building. In case of any change in the schedule of prices, notice of such change shall be posted in the Market Building at least 15 days before said change takes effect.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
The Market will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 1:00 p.m. except that on Saturdays it will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. The times for opening and closing may be changed by the Market Master as conditions may arise to make a better market for producers and buyers. The Market Master may set the time that rented stalls must be occupied by the renter, and if said stall is not occupied at the time so set the Market Master may rent it for the day.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
No persons renting a stall on the Public Market shall sell, sublet or assign such space or any privileges pertaining thereto. Exchanges of rented stalls may be made with the price approval of the Market Master.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
Any producer selling products or renting a stall space on either a daily, annual or six-month basis on the said Public Market shall be required to have a license therefor. Application for such license shall be made to the Market Master and shall contain under oath a statement by the producer of his name, address, the character, nature and extent of his business, the kind and amount of the products produced by him which he proposes to sell on the public market, and such other data as may be deemed necessary for the protection of the public health and for the proper administration of the Public Market. The fee for said license shall be $1 which shall be paid to the City Treasurer. Upon payment of the fee and the filing of the application approved by the Market Master, the City Clerk shall issue to the applicant a license, together with a metal license plate. Either this plate or an acceptable sign shall be conspicuously displayed at all times by the producers.
No person shall deposit vegetable refuse or other garbage, broken crates, boxes, barrels or pieces thereof, paper, or other rubbish on the Public Market.
No person shall distribute, scatter about or post on the Public Market any advertising pamphlet, car, handbill or other printed matter, nor shall any person beg, loiter, solicit patronage for any business, or sell or attempt to sell, display or demonstrate any goods, merchandise, real estate, animals, vehicles or other materials or things whatsoever on the Public Market, except as herein provided.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
Any producer buying and selling farm produce will not be permitted to sell any of such products on the Market.
[Amended 5-4-1942 by Ord. No. 409]
Attempts to establish or the establishment of abnormal or artificial prices for products sold on the Public Market, by agreement between sellers or between buyers, or by other unfair and irregular means; repeated verified complaints against any producer who sells on the Public Market giving reasonably conclusive evidence that such person has practiced deception in his or her dealings on the Market by displaying or selling his or her produce so packed and faced as to misrepresent the average quality or condition of the produce of the package, or by knowingly giving false information regarding the origin, variety, quality, condition or value of the products which he or she sells, or by similar sharp practices shall, in addition to any other penalties which may be inflicted, be cause for the Market Master to bar such guilty person from the privileges and grounds of the Public Market for such period of time as may be deemed advisable by him. Any such action shall be preceded by a hearing at which the person involved shall have a chance to fully present his defense in any charges made against him. Any person who is barred from the Public Market by order of the Market Master for violation of these rules shall have the right to appeal for reinstatement to the joint Market Committee. Such appeal shall be in writing and addressed to the Chairman of the Board of County Auditors, who shall designate a day for the hearing of said appeal within 10 days from the receipt of said request and shall notify the appellant of the time and place of said hearing.
Any person barred from the Public Market privileges and grounds for a specified period of time, not exceeding one year, under the provisions of these rules he or she shall not, during such time, sell or buy through himself or any other person, on the Public Market, nor shall he or she, his or her vehicle enter upon the Public Market property during the market hours. No other person shall sell on the Public Market products belonging to any person barred from the Market.
[Amended 3-14-1940 by Ord. No. 377]
Anyone found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not to exceed $100 and costs, or imprisoned in the Oakland County Jail or Royal Oak City Prison not to exceed 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.