Sec. 35-87. Vaults, cellars, coalholes and other subsurface areas under sidewalks.
Any vaults, cellars, coalholes and other subsurface areas under sidewalks shall conform to the following requirements:
(a) No such vault, cellar, coalhole or other subsurface area shall extend beyond the inner line of the curbstone.
(b) The outer wall nearest the driveway shall be of good building stone laid with good cement; the sidewalks shall be of good hard brick or building stone laid in cement mortar and the top shall be formed of large, flat stones, concrete or iron plates, or arched with stone or hard brick, with the crown of the arch not less than one (1) foot below the surface of the pavement.
(c) Any opening into the sidewalk shall be located not more than ten (10) inches from the curbstone and shall not exceed eighteen (18) inches in diameter, and shall be securely covered with strong and substantial grating or doors, in which gratings and doors there are to be no openings, and all appurtenances are to be flush with the sidewalk, and the top surface to be finished so as not to become slippery, and construction of all such doors and gratings shall be approved by the city manager.
(d) Such vaults, cellars, coalholes or subsurface areas under sidewalks hereafter constructed shall be in accordance with plans first approved by the city manager as conforming to this section.
(e) No vault, cellar, coalhole or other subsurface area opening into the sidewalk shall hereafter be permitted until the person applying for a permit shall furnish the inspections division of the department of community services a certificate of insurance, on forms furnished by such division for the purpose, certifying that the owner or tenant of the premises to which such subsurface area is attached has public liability insurance for personal injuries covering such subsurface area, and its opening into the sidewalk, in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) for each person, thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00) for each accident. The certificate of insurance shall show the name of the insurance company, the name of the insured, address of insured, location of insured premises, insurance policy number, date insurance policy issued, expiration date of insurance policy, limits of policy, type of insurance and a clause providing that in the case of cancellation of the insurance policy, the city shall be given ten (10) days' notice prior to such cancellation. Any person lawfully using any existing opening into a sidewalk from a subsurface area shall, on or before January 1, 1946, comply with the provisions of this subsection. (Code 1959, § 30-8)
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