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Policy Summary

This policy establishes adequate heating standards for communal kitchens, in addition to other dwelling units, in rental housing locations.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Mequon
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Make;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

This policy establishes adequate heating requirements for communal kitchens in rental housing. Rental housing is a very common form of multi-unit housing.

Health-related goal?
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.

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
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.

Includes findings?
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.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 10-149

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
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).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.