ORDINANCE NO. 306, 2nd Series AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.08

ORDINANCE NO. 306, 2nd Series
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA,
AMENDING CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.08

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Section 3.08, of the City Code of the City of Ely, Minnesota is amended to read as follows:
SECTION 3.08. POINT OF SALE CERTIFICATION.

Subd. 1. Scope and Intent. The provisions of this Section shall apply to all real estate which is connected to the City’s sanitary sewer and located within the City. It is the intent of this ordinance to identify and eliminate inflow and infiltration resulting from cracked and leaking pipes, foundation drain connections, roof drain connections, and sump pump connections.

Subd. 2. Definitions. For the purpose of this Section, the following terms are defined as follows:

A. Buyer: Any person or entity who purchases a Property or to whom title to a Property is conveyed.

B. Building Official: The Building Official appointed by the City Council and/or the Building Official’s designee.

C. City Clerk-Treasurer: The City Clerk-Treasurer appointed by the City Council and/or the City Clerk- Treasurer’s designee.

D. Seller: The current owner of real estate as identified in the property records on file at the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office or by Court Order.

E. Point of Sale Certification or Certification: The certificate provided to the City evidencing compliance with this Section.

F. Qualified Person: A person qualified to complete an inspection and Certification under Subd. 4. C. of this Section.

G. Sale or Sold: The transfer of title to a property.

Subd. 3. Requirements.

Sanitary Sewer Lines. All sanitary sewer lines serving property, from the house to the main line, shall be in a safe and functional condition and shall be free from all leaks, failures including but not limited to sags, partially collapsed sections or tree root intrusion.
In addition, all sanitary sewer lines shall meet the standards and specifications established in City Code Section 3.30.

Subd. 4. Point of Sale Certification Required and Monies Escrowed for Deficincies.

A. No property which is connected to the City’s sanitary sewer shall be sold within the City unless the Owner or Buyer has provided a Point of Sale Certification to the Building Official at least 2 business days prior to the sale. The Certification shall certify that the property has been inspected and is in compliance with the requirements of this Section. Certifications shall be valid for five (5) years from the date of signature.

B. The Certification shall be in the form provided by the City and requires one digital copy of the televising report be provided to the City along with the written report.

C. The inspection and certification of sanitary sewer lines must be completed by a Qualified Person. A Qualified Person is a plumber licensed by the State of Minnesota or another sewer professional pre-approved by the City.

D. The fee for inspection and preparation of the Certification by the Contractor shall be paid by the buyer or seller. There is no fee paid to the City.

E. Any deficiencies discovered during the inspection shall be disclosed at the point of sale and shall be corrected within (6) six months of the point of sale. The Owner shall provide proof of disclosure of the deficiencies prior to the point of sale. The Owner shall also provide proof that funds were placed in an escrow account to cover the required repairs.

Subd. 5. Exceptions. Certifications Are Not Required for the following:

A. A property where the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued by the Building Official within three years prior to the sale of the Dwelling Unit.

B. A property sold or transferred by a court ruling including wills, probate actions, divorce, and estate settlements.

C. A property that is without buildings or contains no dwelling or other buildings with plumbing fixtures.

D. A property which is sold to a foreclosing mortgagee which holds a mortgage on the Dwelling Unit.

E. The transfer does not require the filing of an Certificate of Real Estate Value, as described in Minnesota Statutes, Section 272.115, subdivision 1.

Subd. 6. Penalties.

A. Criminal Remedies. The failure of any Owner or Buyer to comply with the provisions of this Section or to comply with an order issued by the City pursuant to this Section shall be a misdemeanor.

B. Civil Remedies. In addition to the criminal remedies, this Section may be enforced by injunction, action for abatement or other appropriate civil remedy.

Subd. 7. Warranty Disclaimer by City. By enacting and undertaking to enforce this Section, neither the City nor its council, agents or employees warrant or guarantee the safety, fitness or suitability of any property in the City

Subd. 8. Severability. If any provision of this Section or the application of any provision to a particular situation is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining portions of the Section and the application of the Section to any other situation shall not be invalidated.

SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.

First Reading: September 20, 2016 Second Reading: December 20, 2016

Chuck Novak, Mayor Harold R Langowski, City Clerk-Treasurer

Publication Date: January 7, 2017
Newspaper: Echo