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City Ordinance 16-38
Placement and Maintenance of NewsRacks


16-38.7 Installation and Maintenance

Newsracks shall be of a sturdy material and installed or otherwise placed in accordance with the following provisions:
  1. Each newsrack shall prominently display the newsrack sticker issued by the Commissioner pursuant to the provisions of this section.
  2. Each newsrack shall be:
    1. Installed or placed on the pavement in an upright, sufficiently weighted and secure position; and
    2. Of a type that is completely enclosed, with a self-closing door that is either self-latching or otherwise requires manual or mechanical release at each use; and
    3. Maintained in a state of good repair and in a neat and clean condition;and
    4. Maintained in a condition that is free of accumulations of outdated printed materials, trash, rubbish, or debris.
  3. Each Newsrack shall be regulary serviced so that:
    1. It is kept reasonable free of graffiti; and
    2. It is kept reasonable free of chipped, faded, peeling and cracked paint in the visible painted areas thereof; and
    3. It is kept reasonable free of rust and corrosion in the visible unpaintedmetal areas thereof; and
    4. The clear glass or plastic parts thereof, if any, through which the printed material being dispensed are not broken and kept reasonably free of tears, peeling and fading; and
    5. The structural parts of the newsrack are not broken or unduly misshapen.

(Ord. 1996 c.12)

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