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The Department of Weights and Measures is home to the Weights and Measures inspector who checks scales for accurate weights for items that are purchased by the pound, liquid as measured by the gallon, non-liquid merchandise as measured by the bushal; or, distance as determined by lineal measure or the foot. He also checks to make sure gas stations pump an exact gallon when we buy gas, or a taxi meter measures a mile correctly, etc.

The following is excerpted from the Municipal Code. To view the complete document, click HERE.

120.02 STANDARDS OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ADOPTED

(A) In all agreements hereafter made in the city for the purchase, sale, exchange, or barter of merchandise by weight or measure, the following shall be the standards of the weights and measures, unless in each particular case it is otherwise agreed by the parties to the agreement. For determining the quantity of any merchandise by weight, except in dispensing medicines and weighing gold and silver, and other precious metals or precious stones, the pound avoirdupois as used in England shall be the unit weight. As such, the following weights shall
apply:

27 11/12 grains shall equal 1 dram.
16 drams shall equal 1 ounce.
16 ounces shall equal 1 pound.
25 pounds shall equal 1 quarter.
4 quarters shall equal.1 hundred weight.
20 hundred weight shall equal 1 ton.

(B) Where the quantity of such merchandise is to be determined by lineal measure, the unit of measure shall be the foot as now used in England
and generally throughout the United States, and shall be as follow:

12 inches shall equal I foot.
3 feet shall equal 1 yard.
5-1/2 yards or 16-1/2 feet shall equal I rod.

(C) The unit of measure for liquid shall be the gallon, containing 231 cubic inches. In addition, the following shall apply:

4 gills shall equal 1 pint.
2 pints shall equal 1 quart.
4 quarts shall equal 1 gallon.

(D) The unit of measure for quantity by capacity of merchandise not liquid, and not determined by any one of the other measures before mentioned, shall be the bushel, containing 2150.42 cubic inches, as follow:

2 pints shall equal 1 quart.
4 quarts shall equal 1 gallon.
2 gallons shall equal 1 peck.
4 pecks shall equal 1bushel.

§ 120.03 UNLAWFUL TO INTERFERE WITH INSPECTIONS BY CITY.

It shall be unlawful for any person or company engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, bartering, peddling, or hawking in the city any goods or merchandise to refuse to exhibit to the Inspector of Weights and Measures on demand by him, for the purpose of inspection or test under the provisions of this chapter any weights, measures, scales, beams, or other instruments or means for determining quantity used or proposed to be used by him in the business.

§ 120.04 UNLAWFUL TO USE EQUIPMENT THAT HAS NOT BEEN INSPECTED.

It shall be unlawful for any person or company engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, bartering, peddling, or hawking in the city any goods or merchandise, to use in determining by weight or measure the quantity of the goods or merchandise for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange, any weights, measures, scales, beams, or other instruments or means used therefor, unless the same shall have been inspected by the Inspector of Weights and Measures as provided in this chapter.

120.15 INSPECTOR OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES OFFICE

The Board of Public Works and Safety shall appoint an Inspector of Weights and Measures, subject to the approval of the State Division of Weights and Measures (pursuant to IC 24-6-3-4, as may be amended from time to time). The Inspector
of Weights and Measures shall, within five days after notice of his appointment shall have been given to him, take and subscribe the oath prescribed by law for other city officers, which oath shall be endorsed upon his certificate of appointment, and filed herewith, in the office of the City Clerk. He shall also
execute and file with the Mayor a bond with good and sufficient freehold surety, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his duties, in the sum of $8,500.

VIOLATIONS AND FINES

Whoever shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not less than $50 nor exceeding $2,500. Each and every use of any weight or measure in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be held a separate offense. ('68 Code, Title 570, § 13)

Code Enforcement

600 East Third Street

Mishawaka, IN  46544

Phone (574) 258-1612

Fax (574) 258-1713

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Director

Joe VanNevel

 

Weights & Measures
 Inspector

Roger Shields

Phone: 574-258-1668