Changes to the city code now prohibit the feeding of wild animals in Bloomington year-round.
The changes do not affect feeding of birds with birdseed mixtures, as long as the feeders are at least five feet off the ground. These changes were made in an effort to reduce the occurrence of issues with wild animals foraging on feed and creating a public nuisance. For more information contact Bloomington Animal Control at 952-563-4942.
Chapter 6 FIRE PROVISIONS
Article II. FIRE PREVENTION CODE
Added by Village Ord. No. 141, 5-20-58
C. 6.21. ADDITIONAL FIRE CODE PROVISIONS.
(a)Fires or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios - Open Flame and Fuel Storage Prohibited
This provision is adopted pursuant to the authority of Minnesota Statutes, Section 299F.011, subdivision 4, and shall supersede less restrictive provisions of state law to the contrary.
(1)Open Flame Prohibited. In any two-family dwelling, townhouse or multiple-family dwelling as defined in City Code Section 19.03, no person shall kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of the structure.
(2)Fuel Storage Prohibited. In any two-family dwelling, townhouse or multiple-family dwelling as defined in City Code Section 19.03, no person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device.
(b)Exception. Listed electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the fire marshal.
FloodSafe Washing Machine Hoses
American Family Insurance has advised their policy holders that a review of their water damage claims revealed that rubber and vinyl washing machine hoses can burst without warning causing thousands of dollars in damage and cleanup.
Menards sells an easily installed WATTS brand replacement Two-Pack 60" with an automatic shutoff if it senses an increased water flow.
Information courtesy of Karen Olson
Loss Assessment Coverage
did you know...... Loss Assessment coverage is available through your homeowners insurance policy. This coverage can be added by endorsement, and is sometimes automatically included with a nominal limit. This coverage will pay for your share of a loss assessment made to individual homeowners by the association for a covered loss to the association's common property. (As an example, each individual homeowner will likely be assessed a 1/64th share of the association's property insurance deductible, which is $10,000. for the roof replacement due to last year's hail storm.)This coverage would pay for that assessment, but may be subject to your individual property deductible
Be sure to ask your insurance agent about this coverage!