Fayette City Hall will close at 12:30PM and the Fayette Community Library will close at 5PM on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.  Fayette City Hall and the Fayette Community Library will be closed all day Wednesday (December 25, 2019), Thursday (December 26, 2019), Wednesday (January 1, 2020) for the holidays. 

The Fayette City Council has adopted a new Solar Energy Systems Ordinance. 

CHAPTER 162

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

162.01    Purpose                                              162.03      Permit Process   

162.02    Definitions                                           162.04      Solar Energy System Requirements    

162.01 PURPOSE. The purpose of this chapter is to provide regulations for construction, instillation, and operation of solar energy systems in the city limits of Fayette, Iowa.

162.02 DEFINITIONS. For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

  1. Accessory Structure: A structure which is on the same lot or parcel of property as a principal structure and the use of which is incidental to the use of the principal structure.
  2. Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System: Solar energy system that is free standing, directly installed to the ground, and is not supported by any building, accessory, or dwelling. For the purposes of this chapter, solar powered lights used to illuminate exterior areas shall not be included in this definition.
  3. Passive Solar Energy System: A system that captures solar light or heat without transforming it to another form of energy or transferring the energy via heat exchanger.
  4. Principal Structure: The main structure or building on a lot or parcel in which the primary permitted use by right occurs.
  5. Roof-Mounted Solar Energy System: A solar energy system mounted directly abutting the roof or as modules fixed to frames which can be tilted toward the south t an optimal angle.
  6. Solar Energy System: A device or structural design feature, a substantial purpose of which is to provide daylight for interior lighting or provide for the collection, storage and distribution of solar energy for space heating or cooling, electricity generation or water heating.

162.03 PERMIT PROCESS. All owners of residential or commercial property shall acquire a building permit from the City of Fayette and provide a shade report or equivalent documentation from a licensed solar installer prior to construction of solar energy systems. Those failing to acquire a building permit are subject to fines as noted in the code of ordinances. Roof-mounted Solar Energy Systems need only an approved building permit as long as all requirements are met. Ground-Mounted Solar Energy Systems require approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, then approval from the City Council. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall hold a public hearing with the same requirements as in Chapter 22 in the Fayette Code of Ordinances. This shall also include notification of all property owners within 250 feet.  If a variance is needed for any part of the solar energy system to be installed on the property, after approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, the owners of the property will also need approval from the Board of Adjustment, as stated in Chapter 165.

162.04 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS.

  (A) Height: Roof-mounted solar energy systems in residential applications shall not be higher than 10 inches above the roof at any point. Ground-mounted solar energy systems in residential applications shall not exceed 15 feet in height from grade at total extended height.

  (B) Location: The locations of ground mounted systems should avoid being in eyesight from the street. Roof-mounted systems must be placed on rear or side-facing roofs, which do not front any public street, unless a shade report or equivalent documentation from a licensed solar installer can be shown that such locations would be ineffective or impractical.

  (C) Setbacks: Ground-mounted solar energy systems shall meet all set back requirements for the applicable zoning district for accessory structures. Roof-mounted systems shall not extend beyond the exterior perimeter of the building on which the system is mounted.

  (D) Easements: Solar energy systems shall not encroach on any platted public easement.


  (E) Screening: Solar energy systems shall be screened from street view to the extent possible without reducing their efficiency. The applicant shall submit a landscaping plan with building permit application for ground-mounted solar energy systems.

  (F) Aesthetics: All solar energy systems shall use colors that blend with the surrounding settings. Reflection angles from collector surfaces shall be oriented away from neighboring windows.

  (G) Maximum Area of unit. Ground-mounted solar energy systems shall be treated as an accessory structure and thus are limited in area to the accessory structure limitations as set by the City Code. The total size of all solar energy systems may not produce any amount of energy, addition to other alternative energy systems beyond the average annual consumption.

  (H) Compliance with International Building Code: Building permit applications for ground-mounted solar energy systems shall be accompanied by standard drawings of the solar energy system structure, including the panels, base, and footings. For roof-mounted applications, standard drawings showing the capability of a roof to support such a proposal shall be submitted for review. An engineering analysis of the system showing compliance with the International Building Code and certified by a licensed professional engineer shall also be submitted. This analysis is frequently supplied by the manufacturer. Wet stamps shall not be required.

  (I) Compliance with Federal Regulations: Solar energy systems must comply with applicable Federal regulations.

  (J) Compliance with National Electric Code: Building permit applications for solar energy systems shall be accompanied by a line drawing of the electrical components in sufficient detail to allow for a determination that the manner of installation conforms to the National Electrical Code

  (K) Utility Notification: No solar energy system shall be installed until evidence has been given that the electric utility provider has been informed of the customer's intent to install an interconnected customer-owned generator and the customer can show proof that they have received, understand and agree to abide by the utility's requirements for net metering and distributed generation installation. A disconnect will be required at the time of installation and the electric utility provider shall be notified of this installation. A written statement from the utility company shall be presented at the time of applying for a construction building permit showing compliance with the disconnect requirement.

  (L) Safety: Feeder lines, Utility connects, and any other feature shall have appropriate markings, warnings, and safety features to prevent harm to persons, wildlife, or personal property.

  (M) General Requirements on Operation: The owner of a solar energy system shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Fayette and their officials from and against any and all claims, demands, losses, suits, causes of action, damages, injuries, costs, expenses, and liabilities whatsoever including attorney fees arising out of the actions or omissions of the operator or the operator's contractors concerning the construction or operation of the solar energy facility without limitation, whether said liability is premised on contract or tort. Owner's submittal for a building permit for a solar energy system shall constitute agreement to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Fayette and their officials.

  (N) Maintenance: All solar energy facilities shall be maintained in operational condition at all times, subject to reasonable maintenance and repair outages. Operational condition includes meeting all of the requirements in this section and permit conditions for a continuous 6 month period.

  1. Notice of Abandonment: The City of Fayette may issue a Notice of Abandonment to the owner of a solar energy system that is deemed not meeting the requirements or conditions associated with the solar energy system for a continuous 6 month period. The owner shall have the right to respond to the Notice within 30 days from receipt date. The Zoning Official shall withdraw the Notice and notify the owner that the Notice has been withdrawn should the owner provide satisfactory information that demonstrates the solar energy system has not been abandoned.

       ii. Removal: If the solar energy system is determined to be abandoned, the owner, at their sole expense, shall restore site to original condition and vegetation restored within 120 days. This determination shall include the requirements or conditions associated with the solar energy system not being met for a continuous 6 month period.

Thank you to everyone for your generosity and helping to make the Fayette Police Department's Toy Drive a success! A total of 248 toys were donated. The toys were donated to Helping Services for Youth and Families and to Riverview Center who will provide them to multiple families in the area who are currently going through a tough time. Members of Upper Iowa University's Peacocks for Progress also helped with the Toy Drive.

Fayette Police Chief Ben Davis was also recognized by Helping Services for his outstanding work with domestic violence victims.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW REMOVAL

The City of Fayette would like to remind you of the Fayette City Code regarding snow removal:

135.12    DUMPING OF SNOW.  It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent.  Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

136.03    REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE AND ACCUMULATIONS.  It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours after it snows, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

The City of Fayette Public Works employees would like to request that all vehicles parallel park on Main Street when there is snow until all the snow has been removed.  A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

The last day for leaf pick-up will be this coming Tuesday, November 12th (unless it snows and the ground is covered with snow, then leaf pick-up will be over for the season). 

The last day the Fayette Yard Waste Site will be open is Wednesday, November 13th.  Then, the site will be closed for the winter and the City of Fayette will notify the citizens when it will reopen in the spring.  The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned, but burning of trash is prohibited.  You may also check-out the key to the Yard Waste Site at Fayette City Hall during office hours with a $5 deposit.  Residents will not be able to check out the key after Wednesday, November 13th.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW-MOBILES

75.04    SNOWMOBILE OPERATION.  The operators of snow-mobiles shall comply with the following restrictions as to where snowmobiles may be operated within the City:

  1. Snowmobiles shall be operated only upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season and on the following designated streets:
    1. Along Highway 150 on Iowa Department Transportation Right-of     way consistent with Iowa State Law.
    2. Main Street, from the north corporate line to Water Street.
    3. East Water Street, from Main Street to Washington Street.
    4. Washington Street, from E. Water Street to the County Road (C24) to Wadena.
    5. County Road (C24) “Wadena Road” to the east corporate line.
    6. East State Street, from Washington Street to Main Street.
    7. From the intersection of Highway 150, west of 515 E. Water Street (The Pumper) to the recreation trail east of the Highway 150 bridge and on the recreation trail to the Main Street bridge.  The portion of the      recreation trail west of the Highway 150 bridge is not allowed. 
    8. Other Streets: Snowmobiles may be operated on any street within the city for the sole and exclusive purpose of using the most direct roadway for the ingress or egress to/from the city. No snowmobile shall be driven on any roadway or right-of-way except for the provisions listed in this chapter.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4a])

  1. Exceptions. Snowmobiles may be operated on prohibited streets only under the following circumstances:
    1. Emergencies. Snowmobiles may be operated on any street in an emergency during the period of time when and at locations where snow upon the roadway renders travel by conventional motor vehicles impractical.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4c])

                 2. Direct Crossing. Snowmobiles may make a direct crossing of a prohibited street provided:

(1)  The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees (90°) to the direction of the street and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing;

(2)  The Snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before crossing the street;

(3)  The driver yields the right-of-way to all on-coming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard; and

(4)  In crossing a divided street, the crossing is made only at an intersection of such street with another street.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[2])

  1. Railroad Right-of-way. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on an operating railroad right-of-way.  A Snowmobile may be driven directly across a railroad right-of-way only at an established crossing and notwithstanding any other provisions of law may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all oncoming traffic.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.13[8])

  1. Trails. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on all-terrain vehicle trails except where so designated.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4f and g])

  1. Parks and Other City Land. Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or upon any other City-owned property without the express permission of the City.  A snowmobile shall not be operated on any City land without a snow cover of at least one-tenth of one inch.
  2. Sidewalk or Parking. Snowmobiles shall not be operated upon the public sidewalk or that portion of the street located between the curb line and the sidewalk or property line commonly referred to as the “parking” except for purposes of crossing the same to a public street upon which operation is authorized by this chapter.

75.05   HOURS OF OPERATION.  No snowmobile shall be operated in the City between the hours of ten-thirty o’clock (10:30) p.m. and eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. except for emergency situations or for loading and unloading from a transport trailer.

 

A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

The Fayette Public Works employees will begin leaf pick-up on Monday, Oct. 28th, 2019.  Pick up will be on Mondays (weather permitting). If they are unable to get to all the houses on Monday, then they will pick-up leaves at the houses they missed on Tuesday. Place raked leaves on the City parkway or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the back of the curb.  If you don’t have a curb, then place on the grassy area near the street.  Please do NOT place in the street!  No tree branches or sticks should be mixed with the leaves because they will puncture the vacuum hose. 

The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned but burning of trash is prohibited.  City Ordinance 135.08 prohibits the burning of leaves on any curb and gutter or on any paved or surfaced street or alley.  A fire burns not only the leaves, but also the tar/oil in asphalt and cracks can crack the concrete.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Fayette would like to remind you that effective November 1st through March 31st, the City of Fayette will be enforcing the Snow Removal Ordinance.  An excerpt of the Ordinance reads as follows:

     69.12  SNOW REMOVAL.  No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any City street or alley from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. or during any snow removal operations when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency to exist.  Signs indicating the November 1st through March 31st shall be posted and maintained in proper order by the Street Department at each entrance to Fayette so proper notification can be given to motorists.  All motor vehicles left parked, unattended or abandoned on any city street from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. shall be ticketed by Law Enforcement Officials or their designee and towed at the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officials or their designee at the owner’s expense to the nearest facility, garage or impound yard approved by the Police Chief.  All impounded vehicles under this ordinance may be released only after the costs of impoundment have been paid in full with cash or assurety.  All tickets issued under this ordinance must be paid within a 72 hour period unless the vehicle’s owner is otherwise granted an extension by the Mayor following a formal request for a public hearing before the City Council. 

     Following a winter storm where the accumulation of six (6) inches of snow or more has fallen, or when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency, no person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or alley, or in any off-street parking areas in the public right-of-way and lying between the property lines along the sidewalk areas and the street edge until such snow has been moved back by City Street Department crews.  In areas of town where sidewalk does not exist, the City Map indicating right of ways, which is posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall, should be used as a guide.  This is to allow the City Street Department crews to clear snow back away from the street’s edge and to promote safety through increased visibility and a roadway free of narrowing or unnecessary obstructions.

     In the event a Snow Emergency is declared by the Mayor to exist, the City Administrator/Clerk or the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the area news stations via facsimile of the declared Snow Emergency stating the time and date of the posting along with the period for which the Emergency is in force. 

     For the purpose of declaring the traveled portion areas of a street or alley, this would include all hard-surfaced areas of the street and forty-eight (48) inches from the edge of the street which is maintained by the City known as the shoulder.

A full copy of this City Ordinance is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

  

Left Picture: Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe and Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers. Right Picture: City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane and Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers.

Congratulations Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers on her retirement!  Some of the city employees, council members and Mayor Wenthe gave her a few things to do during retirement: Take care of a plant, drink some coffee and a little fun money.  Thank you, Anne, for your 17 years of service!

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