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City Ordinance
An Ordinance regulating the installa
tion. arrangement, alteration, repair,
use and operation of electric wiring,
connections, fixtures and other elec'
trical appliances In building and oth
er structures in the City of Olympia.
Washington, providing a penalty for
11««• violation thereof, and repealing
all ordinances and parts of ordi
nances in conflict therewith.
The City Council of the City of Olympia
do ordain as follows:
Section 1. The word "inspector"
wherever used in this ordinance, shall
he held and construed to mean the
building inspector of the City of Olym
pia, or any of his authorized assistants.
Sec. 2. That it shall ho unlawful for
any person. Arm or corporation to
place <»r install or to cause or permit
to he placed or Installed in any build
ing, any wiring, apparatus or fixtures
for the use of electricity, or to make,
or to cause or permit to he made, any
alteration or change in or addition to
any wiring, apparatus or fixtures for
such use without first obtaining from
the building inspector of said city a
written permit so to do. Such permit
shall state the kind of work to he done
thereunder, and it shall he unlawful for
any person, Arm or corporation, to do
or perform, or to cause or permit to he
done or performed, any work other
than that designated in such permit.
Such permit shall also state the loca
tion by street and number of the build
ing where such work is to he done, and
shall be valid only for the location so
Sec. 3. Tho application for a permit
shall contain a statement of the nature
and kind of electrical machine, wiring,
apparatus, appliance or equipment to
he installed, altered or extended; the
extent of tho work to he clone; the
name of the owner and occupant of the
premises, and the location of the prem
ises by street unci number.
Sec. I. When any work under a per
mit issued by the inspector is complet
ed and ready for inspection by the in
spector, the person to whom the permit
has been issued shall within three days
after the completion of such work give
notice to the inspector that the same
has been completed and is ready for
his inspection, and said inspector shall
cause said work to he inspected within
a reasonable time thereafter.
Sec. £». When any electrical wiring l ,
apparatus or fixtures covered by any
peimit, shall he found on inspection to
conform to the rules and regulations
provided by this ordinance, tin 1 inspec
tor shall issue a certificate of inspec
tion. certifying that such wiring, ap
paratus or fixtures have been inspected
and found to comply with the terms of
this ordinance, hut no such certificate
shall he granted until such equipment
is made to conform to the rules and
regulations prescribed herein.
Sec. 6. It shall be unlawful for any
person, firm or corporation to use or to
cause or permit to be used, any electric
tun at in or through or by means of
any wiring, apparatus or fixtures in
any building until the same shall have
been inspected and approved by the in
spector and the certificate hereinbefore
provided for shall have been issued
Sec. 7. It shall he unlawful for any
person, firm or corporation furnishing
electric current for light, heat or power
to connect, or to cause or permit to be
connected, his or its fixtures in any
building without having first received
written permission from the building
inspector to furnish current for such
wiring, apparatus or fixtures. Such
permission shall he given by the build
ing inspector on demand at any time
after the certificate provided for in
this section has been issued for the
wiring, apparatus or fixtures so to be
connected. The building inspector may
also, before such certificate is issued,
give temporary permission to furnish
or use electric current through any
wiring, apparatus or fixtures, if In his
opinion such wiring, apparatus or fix
tures are in such condition that current
may safely he used therein and there
exists an urgent necessity for such use.
Sec. 8. That the installation of all
electric wiring, apparatus and fixtures
in buildings and other structures, with
in the provisions of this ordinance,
shall, except In the particulars herein
expressly provided for, be governed by
and conform to the rules and regula
tions of the National Board of Fire Un
derwriters as embodied in the National
Klectrica 1 Code as amended and pub
lished, in 1911, and as amended from
time to time, and as on file in the office
of the city clerk, and all such electric
wiring, apparatus and fixtures shall he
made to conform to the requirements
of this ordinance and of said rules and
regulations before the same shall he
finally approved and accepted by the
building Inspector. It shall he unlaw
ful for any person, firm or corporation,
either as owner, architect, contractor,
artisan or otherwise, to do or to cause
or permit to be done, any electric wir
ing or any Installing of electric ap
paratus, or fixtures in such manner
that the same shall not conform to all
the provisions of this ordinance.
Sec. 9. If the building inspector shall
find any part of any electric wiring,
apparatus or fixtures In or about any
building In the City of Olympia to
have been installed without a permit,
or not in accordance with the provi
sions of this ordinance, or to be dan
gerous to life and property,'the build
ing inspector shall have the right and
power to disconnect such work and to
place the seal upon such work so dis
connected. He shall at the same time
give written notice of such disconnec
tion to the owner or occupant of the
building in which such disconnection
has been done, or to the person using
current by means of such disconnected
wiring, apparatus or fixtures. After
such disconnected wiring, apparatus or
fixtures have been put in a condition
required by this ordinance, the seal or
seals so placed shall bo removed by
the building Inspector.
It shall be unlawful for any person,
firm or corporation to use any current
in. through or by means of such dis
connected wiring, apparatus or fixtures,
or to attach other wires for the supply
of current to such disconnected wiring,
apparatus or fixtures, or to remove,
break or deface any seal so placed.
Sec. 10. Every person, firm or eor
potation making application for any
permit to do electrical work under the
terms of this ordinance, may be re
quired, at the time of making applica
tion. to file with the building inspector,
a plan or statement showing the char
acter and amount of such work. If any
additions shall be necessary, the per
son. firm or corporation to whom the
permit is issued shall pay the building
Inspector the inspection fee therefor,
according to the terms of this ordi
nance within ten days after demand
therefor by said building inspector;
and if such person. Arm or corporation
shall fail or refuse to pay such fees
within such period of ten days, the
building inspector shall not thereafter
Issue to such person, firm or Corpora
tion any permit tor the doing of any
electrical work until such fees are paid.
Sec. 11. Approved metallic conduit
or approved armored conductors will
he required for the installation of all
wiring of basements of new buildings,
tin* rewiring of basements of old build
ings and the installation of new wires
in basements of old buildings or addi
tions thereto in the tire limits of the
city of Olympia and of wiring of new
buildings, rewiring of old buildings, or
the installation of new wires in old
buildings or avid it ions thereto used as
theaters or for the exhibition of moving
pictures in any part of the City of
Moving picture theaters must in all
respects be wired according to section
II of this ordinance and according to
the standard specifications of the Na
tional Electrical Ovale for the wiring of
moving picture theaters (Rule 3S); ami
the construction and installation of the
moving picture machine enclosure and
equipment shall be in accordance with
the rules and requirements for same as
are now on Hie in the office of the
electiicai inspector.
Sec. 12. The inspector is hereby au-
th« ri;'« <1 and empowcnMl to enter at
any reasonable hour upon any prem
ises or enter Into any building, for the
purpose* of Inspecting the* same, and It
shall he unlawful for any person to
molest, hinder, obstruct or In any way
interfere with the Inspector while In
the discharge of his duties under the
provisions of this ordinance. The au
thority of the inspector shall extend
over tho installation, alteration, exten
sion and operation of all electrical
wiring, material, appliances, apparatus
and equipment used for electrical pur
poses, in, on or attached to anv build
ing in the City of Olympla: Provided.
That none of the provisions of this or
dinance shall apply to the electrical
; equipment in central stations or sub
stations for the production or control
of electrical energy for light or power.
Sec. IS. Upon making an inspection
and accepting any electrical equipment
the inspector shall leave a notice at the
service switch or other suitable place
stating that the electrical work has
been inspected and accepted by the
building inspector.
Sec. H. It shall ho unlawful for any
person, firm or corporation to make or
to cause or permit to he made, any al
terations or changes in or additions to
any wiring which has been inspected
and approved, without first notifying
the building Inspector in writing of
such changes or additions.
Sec. 15. At the time when the appli
cation for a permit is made the appli
cant shall pay to the inspector the fol
lowing fees, and no permit shall bo is
sued until the saicl fees shall have
been paid:
For each inspection covering 20
outlets or less, excluding switch
outlets 1.00
For each additional outlet above
20 05
Minimum charge for any inspec
tion of old work 25
Minimum charge lor any inspec
tion of new work 1.00
Wiring for motors and fans of
less than 1 horse power, each.. .25
Wiring for motors or dynamos of
1 horse power or over 1.00
For each of tho first five arc
lamps or irons 20
For each additional arc lamp or
iron above five 10
For signs having twenty lights
or less 1.00
For each additional light above
twenty 02
Maximum charge for any inspec
tion 10.00
A charge of 25 cents for each addi
tional trip which may be made because
of premature notice that work is ready
for inspection, or when the wrong ad
dress is given, also a charge of 25 cents
for each additional trip which may be
made at the option of the inspector for
all cases of gross carelessness or wil
ful neglect, when it is necessary for
the inspector to make an additional
trip or trips for final inspection of the
Sec. IC. The building Inspector shall
pay all fees collected by him into the
city treasury daily.
Sec. 17. The fire limits mentioned in
this ordinance shall comprise the fire
limits as they now exist or may from
time to time he hereafter established.
Sec. 18. The ordinance shall not be
construed as relieving from or lessen
ing the responsibility of any person
owning, operating or installing any
electrical wires, appliance, apparatus
or equipment for damages to any build
tug or to any person injured by any de
fect therein; nor shall the city, its offi
cers, employes, or any agent thereof, be
held liable in damages or otherwise by
reason of the issuance of any permit or
of the inspection authorized herein, or
the certificate of inspection issued by
the inspector, or otherwise.
Sec. 19. Every person, firm or cor
poration violating any of the provi
sions of this ordinance shall be deemed
guilty of a misdemeanor and upon con
viction thereof shall be punished by a
fine of not less than one dollar ($1.00),
nor more than one hundred dollars
($100.00). and pay the costs of. prose
cution and may be imprisoned in the
city jail until such fine and costs are
Sec. 20. That nil ordinances and
parts of ordinances in conflict herewith
be, and the same hereby are, repealed.
Sec. 21. Tills ordinance shall take ef
fect and he in force thirty days after
its passage.
Passed March f», 1913.
Approved March 6, 1913.
City Clerk.
Published March 14 and 21, 1913.
City Notice
RESOLUTION' \O. 123-1.
Be it Resolved by the City Council of
the City of Olympia:
1. That it is the intention of the
City Council of the City of Olympia to
order the improvement of Water street
from Third street to Fourth street and
across the west end of Third street at
porei vol's dock by constructing a tim
ber and rip-rap bulkhead on the west
side of said Water street between Third
and Fourth streets and across the west
end of said Third street at Percival s
dock, and doing such other work as
may be necessary in connection there
with. all in accordance with plans to be
prepared by the city engineer.
2. That all persons who may desire
to object thereto are hereby notified to
appear and present such objection at a
meeting of the City Council to he held
in the council chamber in the city
building of the City of Olympia at 7:30
p. m. on the 2d day of April, 1913,
which time and place is hereby fixed
for hearing all matters relating to said
improvement, and all objections thereto,
and for determining the method of pay
ment for said Improvement.
3. That the city engineer shall sub
mit to the city council, at or prior to
said date, all data and information re
quired by law to be submitted.
1. That tlie cost nnd expense of said
improvement shall he borne by and as
sessed against tlu property liable
therefor as provided by law, and Is pro
posed to be assessed upon the west half
of blork No. 7Sylvester's Plat of the
Town (now Pity) of Olympia. and that
part of block Bs*s of tide lands lying
between snhl Water street and the Cap
itol waterway, ami also the abutting
lands between said waterway and the
west end of said Third street, and such
other property us may be specially ben
efited thereby.
Passed March 5. 1913.
Approved March 5, 1913.
City Clerk.
Published March 7 and 11, 1913.
run SAI.E.
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Arc you looking for Marshall straw
berry plants? See H. P. Brlggs. Phone
1 1024113 3-1-4
in our legislature is practically carried
on by a system of bribary and vote
trading. It is done by "you vole for
my bill and I will vote for your bill."
Bribery is a penitentiary offense and
the law should apply whether the brib
ing is done in the legislature, in a
court or by private citizens. If legis
lation must depend on vote trading it
would be better to do without it. Per
haps the law was never applied in the
case of legislators for fear of over
crowding the penitentiaries.
• * * •
I.egtslntnre nixgriiee to Suite.
(Coulee City Dispatch.)
If the statesmen (?) comprising the
house and senate at Olympia at this
time, were one-half as active serving
their constituencies honestly and im
partially, (were they capable of such
action) as they are in trying to block
the reform measures of Governor Gist-
Governor Lister wants his officials to
worth while for the state. As it is our
state legislature is a disgrace to the
name of our fair commonwealth.
• » • »
The ItlKlit Vliiii Tills Time.
(Kllensburg Dawn.)
Governor Lister has come to the
front with the edict that, any person
under liis jurisdiction who makes a
business of lobbying before the legis
lature for pet measures, will be dead
sure of losing his job.
It is a nice thing to have a man
onco more in the office who has the
courage of his conviction and the back
bone to set bis stamp of disapproval
on political tactics and methods not
for the best interests of the people and
the state.
Governor Lister wants his officials to
know their places and to stay in them,
otherwise, they will be subject to being
snatched baldheadod, and justly, too.
Governor Lister's straight forward
course deserves for hiin the everlast
ing gratitude of every citizen of the
state regardless of politics.
We need more Listers in the state of
Washington, in every city, town and
* * • •
Believe* l.lmer Illithi.
(Arlington Chronicle.)
The present session will probably
go down in history as the session
where more politics were played than
any since the formation of the state.
The governor had his ideas as to the
manner that the state should run shat
tered, through the combination of the
opposing forces, and these forces were
in accord with his plan. Most of them
were elected on the same platform, viz.,
that of economy and we believe that
the governor was right in most of his
ideas and particularly that of the veto
of the Cheney school.
• • • •
Need Few More Like Lister.
(Pasco Progress.)
The chief trouble with national,
state, county, and city a/fairs is that
the men in charge too often lose all
sense of proportion when it comes to
spending the people's money. A few
more men like Ernest Lister in the
governor's chair in this state and there
should be a noticeable reduction in the
present tax levy.
• • • •
"lllMcrrdltliiK" Governor I.lnter.
(Colfax Commoner.)
The hope of the men who are trying
to build up their own political future
by tearing down Governor Lister is
founded upon shifting sand. The men,
the party or the clique who try this
will learn, when the votes are counted
in November, 1914, who is "discredit
ed" and they will learn that it is not
Governor Lister, but themselves. It is
less than two years until the voters,
the "court of last resort" try this case
and it will be tried fairly and im
partially. Few of the men who are
trying to spend the people's money
without just cause and who hope to
"discredit" Governor Lister, will never
be returned to the legislature in which
they have proven themselves a dis
The people are keeping tab on their
officials. We have the recall, the in
itiative and the referendum now, and
some of these officials are in grave
danger, and Governor Lister is not one
of them. Washington has never had a
governor who gained the confidence
and respect of the people within two
months as has Ernest Lister and the
people are with him in his fight to re
deem his pledges made during the cam
paign and in his inaugural address.
• • • •
Fnrewrll, Wnrliy, Fnretvt-ll!
(Chehalis Ree-Nugget.)
Tuesday Stanton Warburton closed
an uneventful and uninteresting con
gressional term, as representative of
the second district. He has a long
string of nothing done to his credit.
Even at the last moment almost lie
succeeded in balling up a proposition
to get federal aid for the Rainier
national park. He was one of the
most, vociferous reformers and cann
about as near accomplishing nothing
as a straw man could. ,He did not
even maintain the respect of his col
leagues in Congress. Good-bye
Warby, we have probab'y heard the
last of you, which ought to help
<• M'AUIH.E'S ISON Mill'.
•> Compliments flew thick and
fast around the legislative halls *
Saturday, the most memorable
•> day of the session. Here is one j
Representative McArdle in his v
air of injured innocence handed •>
the governor: v
❖ "They say that the Lord loves v ,
•> a cheerful giver, and that the !
v devil hates a coward. 1 want ,
<• to state at this time, under the <♦ i
•J- question of personal privilege, ;
•> that any man who runs away
•> from responsibility and will not
accept responsiblity that is plac- j
Ed upon him by virtue of an of- *
•I* flee; that goes to a public build- ❖
ing, owned by the state of Wash- v
•:* ington which is temporarily v
•> loaned to him as a residence, <•
•> and will not, when the legislat- •>
•> ure Is in session, remain in his
•1* office to receive communications •>
from the legislature of this state
•> has not the qualifications in •>
❖ my judgment, that go with so
•> exalted an office as the govern- •>
•h orship of the state of Washing- <•
•!* ton. I want what I say put into
the records of the house."
-1- The Speaker: "It is so order- •>
❖ ed."
❖ •:* •>
Sphkcr llriiik s into SOUK HorliiK House
"K.\lH'rlt 1 net-" Meet I nic.
Poetry—the worship of the muse
that soothes men's souls —assuaged the
heart of Speaker Taylor last Friday
night, after his forces had lost in the
coup by the governor. At least we'll
have to take his word for it, for he
tacked the following bit of "verse" on
the end of the '.'testimony" he offered
during the "experience" meeting in the
house last Saturday afternoon:
"The house and senate sitting through
weary day and night;
A road bill to consider, at once both
cheap and right.
There was hours of mighty wrangling
as to where the road should go.
And which of the counties should get
the biggest dough.
There were meetings with the gover
nor, fraught with feelings deep
and strong;
There was his mighty veto, which
many thought was wrong.
At last a bill was finished and to the
governor was hurried in form
right and fine.
Alas! for earthly fortunes, where did
that poor bill go,
After all these many efforts to make it
live and grow?
I hate to tell you where that poor bill
really went,
Out into mud and darkness by a dainty
slipper sent.
There is only one thing further, and I
will say it, I'll be bound.
You've got to stop your kicking that
poor old bill around."
Carrying out still further his policy
of economy in state appropriations,
Governor Ernest Lister vetoed last
Wednesday the bill authorizing a V»
mill levy for the next two years to raise
$500,000 with which to pay the state's
share of a proposed inter-state bridge
across the Columbia river from Van
couver, Wash., to Portland, Ore.
In transmitting his veto, the gover
nor said:
"While recognizing the great advan
tages to certain portions of the state
should such a bridge be constructed, I
cannot but feel that the increased
levies necessary on account of appro
priations already made during the
present session of the legislature are
such that there is, in my opinion, not
sufficient necessity or justification for
further adding to the taxes of the
state the cost of this bridge at the
present time.
"The proper location for an inter
state bridge connecting the states of
Washington and Oregon is, without,
i doubt, at Vancouver, the location fixed
lin this bill. There is, however, at the
I present time a railroad bridge at that
| point and also a ferry of sufficient
| capacity to care for ordinary passeng
|er and vehicle transportation. This
I ferry can be used at all seasons of the
i year.
"This bill is therefore vetoed and re
turned to your honorable body for such
taction as you may deem advisable."
WASHINGTON, I). 0., March 14.
Joseph Tumulty, private secretary to
President Woodrow Wilson, announc
ed tiiis week that the newspaper men
. would have entry to his office unan
nounced and unhindered. This means
it. will be practically impossible for
anyone to see either the president or
Tumulty without the corespondents
learning the visitors' identity.
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