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City Code CHAPTER VII. FIRE

CHAPTER VII. FIRE

CHAPTER VII. FIRE

June 09, 2010

 

Article 1. Fire Department Article 2. Fire Prevention Article 3. Fireworks

Article 4. Fire Insurance Proceeds Fund

Article 5. Auxiliary Fire Department

Article 6. Firefighters Relief Association

 

 

 

ARTICLE 1. FIRE DEPARTMENT

7-101. CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED. The fire department of the city is hereby established and

the department shall be organized to consist of a fire chief, an assistant fire chief and not less than 20 nor more than 25 firefighters. Members of the fire department shall be appointed by the mayor and council.

(Code 1965, 6-201; Code 1993)

 

7-102. MEMBERSHIP; FIRE DRILL. Members of the fire department shall all be volunteers. They shall meet at least once each month for practice and drill. The chief of the fire department shall keep a record of attendance of such meetings. Any member who shall fail to attend six consecutive meetings shall automatically become expelled from membership unless previously excused by the chief of the department. (Code 1993)

 

7-103. SUPERVISION OF DEPARTMENT. The chief of the fire department shall be under the supervision of the mayor and shall have immediate superintendency and control over and be responsible for the care and condition of the fire apparatus and equipment. It shall be the chief's duty to see that all such apparatus and equipment is ready at all times for immediate use. It shall also be the chief's duty to submit a written report as to the condition of all fire apparatus and equipment to the governing body at their first meeting in October of each year. (Code 1993)

 

7-104. FIRE CHIEF; POWERS. (a) The fire chief shall be responsible for the discipline of the members and is hereby given authority to suspend or expel any member for refusal to obey orders or for misconduct or failure to do his or her duty at a fire.

(b) The chief shall also have the right to summon any and all persons present to aid in extinguishing a fire or to aid in removing personal property from any building on fire or in danger thereof and in guarding the same.

(c) At fires the chief shall have full power, control and command of all persons present and shall direct the use of the fire apparatus and equipment, and command the fire fighters in the discharge of their duties. He or she

shall take such measures as he or she shall deem proper and necessary in the preservation and protection of property and extinguishing of fires.

(Code 1965, 6-202:203; Code 1993)

 

7-105. SAME; RECORDS. The chief of the fire department shall keep in convenient form a complete record of all fires. Such information shall include the time and location, construction of building, owner, occupancy, how extinguished, value of building and contents, loss on building and contents, insurance on building and contents, members responding to the alarm, and any other information deemed advisable. (Code 1993)

 

7-106. ASSISTANT CHIEF. In the absence of the chief, the assistant fire chief shall perform all the duties and have all the authority and responsibility of the chief as conferred by this chapter. (Code 1993)

 

7-107. PRIVATE USE OF FIRE EQUIPMENT. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to take away or use any fire apparatus or equipment for any private purpose or for any person willfully and without proper authority to remove, take away, keep or conceal any tool, appliance, equipment or other article used in any way by the fire department. (Code 1965, 6-304; Code 1993)

 

7-108. FIRE EQUIPMENT; EMERGENCY RIGHT-OF-WAY AND USE. (a) All fire apparatus and equipment is hereby given and granted the exclusive right-of-way over and through all streets, avenues, alleys and public thoroughfares in the city while en route to fires or in response to any alarm, and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to in any manner obstruct or hinder the apparatus or equipment.

(b) All emergency vehicles of the fire department, while proceeding on official business, shall be operated in strict accordance with the requirements of the Kansas Statutes regarding the operation of emergency vehicles, and each departmental member assigned to the operation of emergency vehicles shall familiarize himself or herself with the requirements of the law and govern himself or herself accordingly. Any operator violating the provisions of the state law shall be liable for disciplinary action.

(Code 1993)

 

7-109. SAME; FIRE HOSE. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to drive any vehicle over any fire hose laid on any street, alley or lot. This section shall not apply to any apparatus or vehicle being driven by members of the fire department.

(Code 1993)

7-110. OBSTRUCTION OF FIRE HYDRANT. It shall be unlawful for any person to place or cause to be placed upon or about any fire hydrant any rubbish, building material, fence or other obstruction of any character, or in any manner obstruct, hinder, or delay the fire department in the performance of its duties in case of fire. Nor shall any person fasten to any fire hydrant any guy rope or brace, nor stand any vehicle within 15 feet of any such hydrant. (Code 1965, 6 305; Code 1993)

 

7-111. FALSE ALARM. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make or sound or cause to be made or sounded, or by any other means, any false alarm.

(Code 1965, 6-303; Code 1993)

 

7-112. BURNING STRUCTURES FEE. There is hereby established a charge of $500.00 for structures burned by the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department.

(Ord. 4062, Sec. 1; Code 2007)

 

ARTICLE 2. FIRE PREVENTION

 

7-201. FIRE PREVENTION CODE INCORPORATED. There is hereby adopted by the governing body of the city, for the purpose of prescribing regulations, governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain code and standards known as the Uniform Fire Code, edition of 2003, including all the Appendix chapters, and the Uniform Fire Code Standards, and the National Fire Codes of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2003 and amendments hereafter, Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2003 land amendments hereafter, published by the Western Fire Chiefs Association and the International Conference of Building Officials, being particularly the 2003 editions thereof and the whole thereof, save and except such portions as hereinafter deleted, modified or amended by section 7-203 of this article three copies which Code and Standards have been and are now filed in the office of the clerk of the City of Eureka, Kansas, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this ordinance shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the limits of the city. (Code

2006)

 

7-202. SAME; ENFORCEMENT. The code hereby adopted shall be enforced by the chief of the fire department. (Code 1993)

 

7-203. SAME; AMENDMENTS. (a) Wherever the word municipality is used in the code hereby adopted, it shall be held to mean the City of Eureka.

(b) All sections of the Uniform Fire Code relating to fireworks are hereby deleted in its entirety.

(Code 1993)

 

7-204. BURNING OF GRASS AND LEAVES. It shall be unlawful to burn grass, leaves or any other substance unless an adult person remains with the fire until the same has been completely extinguished. (Ord. 2423, Sec.

2)

 

7-205. ACCUMULATION OF RUBBISH AND TRASH. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow to accumulate or to keep in any part of any building or outside of and adjacent to any building or in any alley, sidewalk, street or premises within 30 feet of any building any rubbish, trash, waste paper, excelsior, empty boxes, barrels or other combustibles which shall constitute a fire hazard. (Code 1993)

 

7-206. STACKING OF HAY OR STRAW. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, stack or store any hay or straw within 500 feet of any building located inside the fire limits of the city. (Code 1993)

 

 

7-207. KEEPING OF PACKING MATERIALS. It shall be unlawful to keep excelsior or other packing material in any other than metal or wood metal line boxes or bins having self-closing or automatic covers. All refuse and trash from rooms where packing or unpacking is done shall be removed daily. (Code 1993)

 

7-208. STORAGE OF ASHES. It shall be unlawful to store ashes inside of any non-fireproof building unless they are stored in a noncombustible container or receptacle, and a clearance of at least five feet shall be maintained between such container or receptacle and any combustible materials not placed therein. Ashes

shall not be stored outside of any building in wooden, plastic, or paper product receptacles or dumped in contact with or in close proximity to any combustible materials. (Code 1993)

 

7-209. FILLING GASOLINE TANKS OF MOTOR VEHICLES. The engines of motor vehicles shall be stopped when the gasoline tanks of such vehicles are being filled with gasoline at service stations or other places where gasoline is supplied to motor vehicles. The driver or person in control of such vehicle when the gasoline tank of same is being filled who refuses, neglects or fails to stop the engine of such vehicle shall likewise be guilty of a violation of this code. (Code 1993)

 

7-210. FIRE HAZARDS GENERALLY. It is unlawful for any person to cause or create anywhere within the city, or to permit on any premises under his or her control, any situation or condition that is conducive to or likely to cause or permit the outbreak of fire or the spreading of fire. Any situation or condition conducive to the outbreak of or spreading of fire, is declared to be a fire hazard. The violation of or failure to comply with any law

pertaining to the storage, handling or use of inflammable oils, explosives, liquefied petroleum gases, or fertilizers and all wires and other conductors charged with electricity, is declared to be a fire hazard. The placing of stools, chairs or any other obstruction in the aisles, hallways, doorway, or exit of any theater, public hall, auditorium, church or other place of indoor public assemblage, or the failure to provide any such place of public assemblage with sufficient, accessible and unobstructed fire exits and escapes is also declared to be a fire hazard. The obstruction of any street, avenue, alley, fire hydrant or any other condition that might delay the fire department in fighting fire is declared to be unlawful. (Code 1993)

 

7-211. SAME; INSPECTIONS TO DISCOVER. It shall be the duty of the fire chief to inspect or cause to be inspected by fire department officers or members, as often as may be necessary all buildings, particularly all mercantile buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses, garages, hotels, boarding houses, rooming houses, theaters, auditoriums and all places of public assemblage, for the purpose of discovering the violation of any fire preventive law or any fire hazard and ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fires and to see that all places of public assemblage, hotels and rooming houses have sufficient and unobstructed facilities for escape therefrom in case of fire.

(Ord. 2421, Sec. 2; Code 1993)

 

 

7-212. ABATEMENT OF FIRE HAZARDS; ISSUING ORDER. Whenever any officer or member of the fire department shall find or discover any fire hazard or shall find in any building or upon any premises combustible or explosive material or dangerous accumulation of rubbish or unnecessary accumulation of paper, boxes, shavings or any other inflammable material, so situated as to endanger property by the probability of fire, or shall find or discover any violation of this chapter or any other law hazardous to public safety from fires, the fire chief shall order the fire hazard or danger from the fire forthwith abated and remedied and such order shall be complied with immediately by the owner or occupant of such buildings or premises. If the hazard or condition ordered abated and remedied is a violation of, or a failure to comply with any law, the fire chief shall report the matter to the city attorney and he or she shall, if he or she deems it advisable, prosecute the offender. (Code

1965, 6-302; Code 1993)

 

7-213. SAME; SERVICE OF ORDER; RECORDS. Any order made under section 7-212 shall be in writing and may be served personally upon the owner or occupant of the premises or by leaving it with any person in charge of the premises or if the premises are unoccupied and the owner is a nonresident of the city, then by mailing a copy to the owner's last known post-office address. One notice to either the occupant or owner shall be sufficient. The fire chief shall keep a record of and copies of all such orders and notices and shall follow up such notices at the expiration of the time for compliance therewith and when complied with make proper entry, and if not complied with, file complaint with the municipal court against the property owner and/or occupant. (Code 1993)

 

7-214. GASOLINE STORAGE. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or store or cause to be kept or stored in any building in this city any gasoline, naphtha, benzine or any other like product of crude petroleum or fuel oil in quantities exceeding five gallons, except that contained in tanks of automobiles, tractors, motorcycles or

other self-propelled vehicles. All flammable liquids not stored in underground tanks, other than in tanks of automobiles, tractors, motorcycles or other self-propelled vehicles shall be kept in tight and entirely closed metal cans, free from leak, and painted red. Vendors of gasoline in quantities of 250 gallons or less are hereby required to put all gasoline hereafter kept for sale in a red can, tank, barrel or other receptacle, which

 

receptacle shall be labeled "gasoline"; and vendors of kerosene in quantities of 250 gallons or less shall not put kerosene in any red can, tank, barrel, or other receptacle. Underground tanks must be provided with screened vents and their locations and the pumps connected therewith must be approved by the chief of the fire department. (Ord. 2908, Sec. 1)

 

7-215. OPEN STORAGE. No person shall store or cause to be stored in the open upon any premises in this city any gasoline, naphtha, benzine or any other like product of crude petroleum or fuel oil in quantities exceeding one barrel, except as otherwise provided in this article. Provided, however, the Greenwood County Hospital shall be permitted to install a tank on its premises for the storage of propane in a quantity not exceeding 1,000 gallons, provided that said storage shall otherwise be in compliance with all state and local requirements. Provided further, however, the city council may by special permit grant a person the right to store propane in a quantity not exceeding 1,000 gallons upon a finding that said storage shall otherwise be in compliance with state and local requirements and that said storage shall not create a special hazard to person or property within the city.

(Ord. 3920, Sec. 1; Code 2006)

 

 

7-216. STANDARDS. The chief of the fire department is hereby authorized to establish standards for the issuance of a permit for storage in the open upon premises in this city of gasoline, naphtha, benzine or any other like product of crude petroleum or fuel oil in quantities exceeding one barrel but less than 300 gallons. Two such permits may be issued for any one premise but in that event each permit issued shall authorize the storage of a different product. Any person desiring to obtain a permit for such storage shall make application on a prescribed form to the chief of the fire department for a permit and shall pay a fee of $5 at the time of making such application. If the chief of the fire department finds that such storage will be in compliance with the

standards previously established a permit shall be issued. The standards established for the issuance of such a

permit shall be subject to review and approval by the city council. A copy of the standards shall be filed both in the office of the city clerk and in the office of the chief of the fire department and shall be open to review by an interested party during reasonable business hours. (Ord. 2908, Sec. 3)

 

7-217. FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS; VENTS AND FILL OPENINGS. Vent and fill pipes from underground tanks containing gasoline, benzine, naphtha or other light products of crude petroleum shall not be located within five feet of any building having the nearest wall constructed of combustible material or within five feet of any opening in any wall of any building. (Code 1965, 6 307)

 

ARTICLE 3. FIREWORKS

 

7-301. FIREWORKS DEFINED. For purposes of this article, the term fireworks shall mean those items as defined by the rules and regulations of the Kansas state fire marshal, and shall include but not be limited to: firecrackers, torpedoes, sparklers, Roman candles, sky rockets, pin wheels, cap or toy pistols (except such pistols or any like device designed to discharge paper caps containing not more than .25 grains of explosive mixture), canes, bombs, cannons or other like devices and all classes of fireworks that may be shot into the air or propelled over the ground by explosive discharges or any device using blank cartridges.

(Ord. 2557, Sec. 3; Code 1993)

 

7-302. FIREWORKS PROHIBITED. (a) Except as provided in sections 7-303:306; it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, store, display for sale, fire, discharge or explode any fireworks.

(b) Nothing in this article shall be construed as applying to:

(1) Toy paper caps containing not more than .25 of a grain of explosive composition per cap;

(2) The manufacture, storage, sale or authorized use of signals necessary for the safe operation of railroads or other classes of public or private transportation;

(3) The military or naval forces of the United States or of this state while in the performance of official duty; (4) Law enforcement officers while in the performance of official duty; or

(5) The sale or use of blank cartridges for ceremonial, theatrical or athletic events. (Code 1993)

 

7-303. SAME: EXCEPTIONS; DISCHARGES. (a) Section 7-302 of this article shall not apply to the firing or discharge of fireworks in the city between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on June 27th through July

5th.

 

(b) The governing body of the city may, in its discretion, grant permission at any time for the public display of fireworks by responsible individuals or organizations when such display or displays shall be of such a character and so located, discharged and fired as shall not be a fire hazard or endanger persons or surrounding property. (c) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to give any public display of fireworks without having first obtained a permit thereof.

(Code 1993)

 

7-304. SAME: EXCEPTION; SALE OF FIREWORKS. Any person who has first obtained a valid permit to sell fireworks within the city may do so between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight commencing June 27th and through July 5th of each year. (Code 2006)

 

 

7-305. PERMIT FOR SALE OF FIREWORKS REQUIRED; FEE; ISSUANCE. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, display for sell, offer to sell or give away any type of fireworks within the city without first paying a fee of $500.00 to the city clerk and applying for and securing a permit thereof on or before June 25th of the permit year. (Ord. 4050, Sec. 1; Code 2007)

 

7-306. PERMIT FOR PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY REQUIRED. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to give or provide a fireworks display for the public or for organized groups without first obtaining a permit to do so by making application at least 30 days in advance of the desired display. Approval of the permit shall be by the governing body. No permit shall be approved unless the applicant furnishes a certificate of public liability insurance for the display in a minimum amount of $500,000 written by an insurance carrier licensed to do business in Kansas, conditioned as being non-cancelable except by giving 10 days advance written notice to the city clerk. In the event of cancellation of the insurance prior to the display, the permit shall automatically be revoked and void. The application for the permit shall clearly state:

(1) The name of the applicant.

(2) The group for which the display is planned. (3) The location of the display.

(4) The date and time of the display.

(5) The nature or kind of fireworks to be used.

(6) The name of the person, firm or corporation that will make the actual discharge of the fireworks. (7) Anticipated need for police, fire or other municipal services.

(b) No permit shall be issued if the location, nature of the fireworks or other relevant factor is such as to create an undue hazard or risk of harm or damage to persons or property.

(Code 1993)

 

7-307. APPROVED FIREWORKS; BOTTLE ROCKETS PROHIBITED. (a) All fireworks offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the state by the state fire marshal.

(b) Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled firework or fireworks devices consisting of a tube and

attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city. (Code 1993)

 

7-308. DISCHARGE ON STREETS AND PUBLIC PROPERTY PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or public place within the city. (Code 1993)

 

7-309. THROWING PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any animal, person or group of persons, or from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind. (Code 1993)

 

 

7-310. SALE OF FIREWORKS; WHERE PROHIBITED. (a) It shall be unlawful for fireworks to be stored, sold or displayed for sale in a place of business where paint, oils, varnishes, turpentine or gasoline or other flammable substances are kept, unless such fireworks are in a separate and distinct section or department of the premises.

(b) Where the fire chief deems there is a fire hazard, he or she is hereby authorized to have such hazard

 

abated. (Code 1993)

 

7-311. RETAIL DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS. (a) All retailers are forbidden to expose fireworks where the sun shines through glass on the merchandise displayed, except where such fireworks are in the original package. (b) All fireworks displayed for sale must remain in original packages, except where an attendant is on constant duty at all times where such fireworks are on display; provided, that fireworks in open stock may be kept in show cases or counters out of the reach of the public without an attendant being on duty.

(c) Signs reading "Fireworks for Sale--No Smoking Allowed" shall be displayed in the section of a store or premises set aside for the sale of fireworks.

(Code 1993)

 

7-312. FIRE EXTINGUISHES REQUIRED. (a) Two functioning and approved fire extinguishes must be provided and kept in close proximity to the stock of fireworks in all permanent buildings where fireworks are stored, sold or displayed for sale.

(b) Small stands, temporarily erected to be used as a place for storing and selling fireworks only, shall have one such fire extinguisher, or in lieu of the fire extinguisher, a pressurized water hose with nozzle end within five feet of the fireworks stand.

(Code 1993)

 

7-313. RESTRICTIONS AS TO GASOLINE INSTALLATIONS. It shall be unlawful to store, keep, sell, display for sale or discharge any fireworks within 50 feet of any gasoline pump, gasoline filling station, gasoline bulk station or any building in which gasoline or volatile liquids are sold in quantities in excess of one gallon, except in stores where cleaners, paints and oils are handled in sealed containers only.

(Code 1993)

 

7-314. LOCATION OF STANDS. Stands erected for the sale of fireworks shall not be located within a radius of

50 feet of any existing retail establishment. (Ord. 2557, Sec. 6)

 

7-315. TYPE OF FIREWORKS. No person shall sell or offer for sale fireworks in the city except such fireworks as are approved for retail by the State Fire Marshal Department. (Ord. 2557, Sec. 7)

 

7-316. SUPERVISION. Fireworks shall not be sold or offered for sale unless the sale or offer of sale is made under the supervision of a person who is at least 18 years of age and who is present at the time the sale or

offer of sale is made which person has been designated by the owner of the merchandise as being in charge of this sale. (Ord. 2557, Sec.8)

 

7-317. LIGHTING FIREWORKS. Fireworks shall not be lighted within a radius of 100 feet of any fireworks retail establishment. (Ord. 2557, Sec. 9)

 

7-318. LIGHTING FIREWORKS; PUBLIC PROPERTY. Fireworks shall not be ignited on public property

without first having obtained a permit for the same from the fire chief of the Eureka fire department or his or her designated representative and payment of the fee therefore to be designated from time to time by the city council of the city by resolution. All fireworks ignited on public property under a permit obtained as herein provided shall be ignited under the direct supervision and control of the fire chief or his or her designated representative.

(Ord. 2557, Sec. 10)

 

7-319. STATE REGULATIONS. Those regulations designated Regulations Governing the Storage, Sale and Handling of Fireworks in the State of Kansas adopted by the State Fire Marshal Department, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk and the office of the fire chief of the city are hereby adopted by reference

and made a part of this article. (Ord. 2557, Sec. 11)

 

7-320. AUTHORITY OF FIRE CHIEF. The chief of the fire department is authorized to seize and confiscate all fireworks which may be kept, stored or used in violation of any section of this article, and all of the rules of the state fire marshal. He or she shall dispose of all such fireworks as may be directed by the governing body. (Code 1993)

 

 

ARTICLE 4. FIRE INSURANCE PROCEEDS FUND

 

7-401. SCOPE AND APPLICATION. The city is hereby authorized to utilize the procedures established by K.S.A. 40-3901 et seq., whereby no insurance company shall pay a claim of a named insured for loss or damage to any building or other structure located within the city, arising out of any fire or explosion, where the amount recoverable for the loss or damage to the building or other structure under all policies is in excess of 75 percent of the face value of the policy covering such building or other insured structure, unless there is compliance with the procedures set out in this article. (Code 1993)

 

7-402. LIEN CREATED. The governing body of the city hereby creates a lien in favor of the city on the proceeds of any insurance policy based upon a covered claim payment made for damage or loss to a building or other structure located within the city, caused by or arising out of any fire or explosion, where the amount recoverable for all the loss or damage to the building or other structure under all policies is in excess of 75 percent of the face value of the policy(s) covering such building or other insured structure. The lien arises upon any unpaid tax, special ad valorem levy, or any other charge imposed upon real property by or on behalf of the city which is an encumbrance on real property, whether or not evidenced by written instrument, or such tax, levy, assessment, expense or other charge that has remained undischarged for at least one year prior to the filing of a proof of loss.

(Code 1993)

 

7-403. SAME; ENCUMBRANCES. Prior to final settlement on any claim covered by section 7-402, the insurer or insurers shall contact the county treasurer, Greenwood County, Kansas, to determine whether any such encumbrances are presently in existence. If the same are found to exist, the insurer or insurers shall execute and transmit in an amount equal to that owing under the encumbrances a draft payable to the county treasurer, Greenwood County Kansas. (Code 1993)

 

7-404. SAME; PRO RATA BASIS. Such transfer of proceeds shall be on a pro rata basis by all insurance companies insuring the building or other structure.

(Code 1993)

 

7-405. PROCEDURE. (a) When final settlement on a covered claim has been agreed to or arrived at between the named insured or insureds and the company or companies, and the final settlement exceeds 75 percent of the face value of the policy covering any building or other insured structure, and when all amounts due the holder of a first real estate mortgage against the building or other structure, pursuant to the terms of the policy and endorsements thereto, shall have been paid, the insurance company or companies shall execute a draft payable to the city treasurer in an amount equal to the sum of $5,000 or 10 percent of the covered claim payment, whichever is less, unless the chief building inspector of the city has issued a certificate to the insurance company or companies that the insured has removed the damaged building or other structure, as well as all associated debris, or repaired, rebuilt, or otherwise made the premises safe and secure.

 

(b) Such transfer of funds shall be on a pro rata basis by all companies insuring the building or other structure. Policy proceeds remaining after the transfer to the city shall be disbursed in accordance with the policy terms. (c) Upon the transfer of the funds as required by subsection (a) of this section, the insurance company shall provide the city with the name and address of the named insured or insureds, the total insurance coverage applicable to said building or other structure, and the amount of the final settlement agreed to or arrived at between the insurance company or companies and the insured or insureds, whereupon the chief building inspector shall contact the named insured or insureds by registered mail, notifying them that said insurance proceeds have been received by the city and apprise them of the procedures to be followed under this article. (Code 1993)

 

7-406. FUND CREATED; DEPOSIT OF MONEYS. The city treasurer is hereby authorized and shall create a fund to be known as the "Fire Insurance Proceeds Fund." All moneys received by the city treasurer as provided for by this article shall be placed in said fund and deposited in an interest-bearing account. (Code 1993)

 

7-407. BUILDING INSPECTOR; INVESTIGATION, REMOVAL OF STRUCTURE.

(a) Upon receipt of moneys as provided for by this article, the city treasurer shall immediately notify the chief

building inspector of said receipt, and transmit all documentation received from the insurance company or

 

companies to the chief building inspector.

(b) Within 20 days of the receipt of said moneys, the chief building inspector shall determine, after prior investigation, whether the city shall instigate proceedings under the provisions of K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq., as amended.

(c) Prior to the expiration of the 20 days established by subsection (b) of this section, the chief building

inspector shall notify the city treasurer whether he or she intends to initiate proceedings under K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq., as amended.

(d) If the chief building inspector has determined that proceedings under K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq., as amended shall be initiated, he or she will do so immediately but no later than 30 days after receipt of the moneys by the

city treasurer.

(e) Upon notification to the city treasurer by the chief building inspector that no proceedings shall be initiated

under K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq., as amended, the city treasurer shall return all such moneys received, plus accrued interest, to the insured or insureds as identified in the communication from the insurance company or companies. Such return shall be accomplished within 30 days of the receipt of the moneys from the insurance company or companies.

(Code 1993)

 

7-408. REMOVAL OF STRUCTURE; EXCESS MONEYS. If the chief building inspector has proceeded under the provisions of K.S.A. 12-1750 et seq., as amended, all moneys in excess of that which is ultimately necessary to comply with the provisions for the removal of the building or structure, less salvage value, if any, shall be paid to the insured. (Code 1993)

 

 

7-409. SAME; DISPOSITION OF FUNDS. If the chief building inspector, with regard to a building or other structure damaged by fire or explosion, determines that it is necessary to act under K.S.A. 12-1756, any proceeds received by the city treasurer under the authority of section 7-405(a) relating to that building or other structure shall be used to reimburse the city for any expenses incurred by the city in proceeding under K.S.A.

12-1756. Upon reimbursement from the insurance proceeds, the chief building inspector shall immediately

effect the release of the lien resulting therefrom. Should the expenses incurred by the city exceed the insurance

proceeds paid over to the city treasurer under section 7-405(a), the chief building inspector shall publish a new lien as authorized by K.S.A. 12-1756, in an amount equal to such excess expenses incurred. (Code 1993)

 

7-410. EFFECT UPON INSURANCE POLICIES. This article shall not make the city a party to any insurance contract, nor is the insurer liable to any party for any amount in excess of the proceeds otherwise payable under its insurance policy.

(Code 1993)

 

7-411. INSURERS; LIABILITY. Insurers complying with this article or attempting in good faith to comply with this article shall be immune from civil and criminal liability and such action shall not be deemed in violation of K.S.A. 40-2404 and any amendments thereto, including withholding payment of any insurance proceeds pursuant to this article, or releasing or disclosing any information pursuant to this article. (Code 1993)

 

ARTICLE 5. AUXILIARY FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

7-501. CREATION AND ESTABLISHMENT. There is hereby created and established an auxiliary fire department, which shall consist of members the number of which are to be determined from time to time by the city council.

(Ord. 2590, Sec. 1)

 

7-502. APPOINTMENT AND DUTIES. Members of the auxiliary fire department shall be appointed by the chief of the fire department and shall perform such duties as are prescribed by him or her or by the city council. (Ord.

2590, Sec. 2)

 

7-503. COMPENSATION. Members of the auxiliary fire department shall serve without compensation. Provided, however, the city may purchase at its expense for the benefit of the members an accident insurance policy covering the members against accidental death or injury while the members are traveling to or from a fire or assisting in putting out a fire or performing such other duties as are directed by the chief of the fire department. (Ord. 2590, Sec. 3)

 

ARTICLE 6. FIREFIGHTERS RELIEF ASSOCIATION

 

7-601. MEMBERS; ORGANIZATION. The firefighters' relief association of the city shall consist of the members of the volunteer fire department of the city. The officers of the association shall consist of a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer who shall be chosen as provided by the bylaws of the association.

(Code 1965, 6-401)

 

7-602. TREASURER'S BOND; REPORT. The treasurer shall give bond for the safekeeping of the firefighters' relief fund and for the faithful performance of his or her duty in such sum with such sureties as may be

approved by the governing body. The treasurer, with the assistance of the secretary, shall before the 1st day of

March of each year, make out and verify an account showing in full the receipts and disbursements and

general condition of the firefighters' relief fund for the year ending on the preceding December 31st, and such account shall be submitted to the state commissioner of insurance on or before the 1st day of March.

(K.S.A. Supp. 40-1706; Code 1965, 6-402)

 

7-603. FUNDS; USE. All moneys received by the treasurer of the firefighters' relief association shall be set apart and used by the firefighters' relief association solely and entirely for the objects and purposes of this

article and as set forth in chapter 40, article 17, Kansas Statutes Annotated, and shall be paid to and distributed

by the firefighters' relief association. (Code 1965, 6-403)

 

 
 

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