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Mequon, Wisc., Housing Code § 10-154(9)(current through July 13, 2019)
Brief Summary
This policy establishes adequate heating standards for communal kitchens, in addition to other dwelling units, in rental housing locations.
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Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Make
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Mequon
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. This policy establishes adequate heating requirements for communal kitchens in rental housing. Rental housing is a very common form of multi-unit housing.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. The law itself doesn't mention health but the intent and purpose section includes a lack of proper heating as a contributing factor in blighted buildings detrimental impact on "the health ...or welfare of the people of the city." Also see refernces to "disease" and "infant mortality." § 10-148.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. The law itself does not mention the community's economy, however the findings section declares that blighted buildings in the city cause an "excessive and disproportionate expenditure of public funds." § 10-148.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Findings describe blighted buildings, their potential to detrimentally impact the "health, safety, morals, or welfare of the people of the city ...[by] contribut[ing] to ..disease, infant mortality, crime and juvenile delinquency ..." and cause an "excessive and disproportionate expenditure of public funds." The findings conclude with a declatation that enactment and enforcement of a housing code is essential to the public interest." § 10-148.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The enactment and enforcement of the [Buildings and Building Regulations] chapter is essential to the public interest ..." and the code should be liberally interpreted to achieve this purpose. § 10-148.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 10-149.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. "Any person violating any provision of this chapter or any order of the city sanitarian based on the provisions of this chapter, or any provision of any rule or regulation adopted by the city sanitarian an pursuant to authority granted by this chapter, shall be guilty of an offense." § 10-63. Section 1-7 seems to indicate that violations of sec. 10 are treated as Class 1 offenses with associate penalties, but this is not clear. §§ 1-7(a),(c)(1), and (c)(3).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Mequon, Wisconsin Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10 Buildings and Building Regulations, Article V Housing Code. History: Code 1957, § 14.07.