City of Centralia, MO
Boone County
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Section 1-1 How Code designated and cited. [1]

The ordinances embraced in this and the following Chapters and Sections shall constitute and be designated "The Code of the City of Centralia, Missouri" and may be so cited. Such ordinances may also be cited as "Centralia City Code."
[1]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions see RSMo., § 71.940, et. seq.

Section 1-2 Definitions and rules of construction.

In the construction of this Code and of all other ordinances of the City, the following definitions and rules of construction shall be observed, unless it shall be otherwise expressly provided in any Section or ordinance, or unless inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Board of Aldermen, or unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
BOARD OF ALDERMEN
The words "Board of Aldermen" or "the Board" shall mean the Board of Aldermen of Centralia.
CITY
The words "the City" or "this City" shall mean the City of Centralia, Missouri.
COMPUTATION OF TIME
The time within which an act is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first and including the last day; and if the last day is Sunday or a legal holiday, that shall be excluded.[1]
COUNTY
Shall mean the County of Boone, State of Missouri.
GENDER
When any subject matter, party or person is described or referred to by words importing the masculine, females as well as males, and associations and bodies corporate as well as individuals shall be deemed to be included.[2]
JOINT AUTHORITY
Words importing joint authority to three (3) or more persons shall be construed as authority to a majority of such persons.[3]
MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION
Any traffic violation that does not involve an accident or injury or the operation of a commercial motor vehicle may be prosecuted as a minor traffic violation. Any traffic violation that the Missouri Department of Revenue assesses no more than four (4) points to a person's driving record upon conviction shall be a minor traffic violation for purposes of this Centralia City Code. A minor traffic violation shall not include exceeding the speed limit by more than nineteen (19) miles per hour or a violation occurring within a construction zone or school zone.
[Ord. No. 2830 § 1, 10-19-2015]
MONTH
Shall mean a calendar month.[4]
NUMBER
When any subject matter, party or person is described or referred to by words importing the singular number, the plural and separate matters and persons and bodies corporate shall be deemed to be included.[5]
OATH
Shall be construed to include any affirmation in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in such cases the words "swear" and "sworn" shall be equivalent to the words "affirm" and "affirmed."[6]
OWNER
The word "owner," applied to a building or land, shall include any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant or tenant by the entirety, of the whole or a part of such building or land.[7]
PERSON
Shall include a corporation, firm, partnership, association, organization and any other group acting as a unit as well as individuals. It shall also include an executor, administrator, trustee, receiver or other representative appointed according to law. Whenever the word "person" is used in any Section of this Code prescribing a penalty or fine, as to partnerships or associations, the word shall include the partners or members thereof, and as to corporations, shall include the officers, agents or members thereof who are responsible for any violation of such Section.[8]
PRECEDING, FOLLOWING
The words "preceding" and "following" shall mean next before and next after, respectively.[9]
PROPERTY
Shall include real and tangible and intangible personal property.[10]
PUBLIC WAY
Shall include any street, alley, boulevard, parkway, highway, sidewalk or other public thoroughfare.
REAL PROPERTY
The terms "real property," "premises," "real estate" or "lands" shall be deemed to be coextensive with lands, tenements and hereditaments.[11]
SHALL, MAY
The word "shall" is mandatory, and the word "may" is permissive.
SIDEWALK
Shall mean that portion of the street between the curb line and the adjacent property line which is intended for the use of pedestrians.
SIGNATURE
Where the written signature of any person is required, the proper handwriting of such person or his mark shall be intended.[12]
STATE
The words "the State" or "this State" shall mean the State of Missouri.
STREET
Shall mean and include any public way, highway, street, avenue, boulevard, parkway, alley or other public thoroughfare, and each of such words shall include all of them.
TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY
Shall include goods, chattels and all personal property, except intangible personal property.[13]
TENANT, OCCUPANT
The words "tenant" or "occupant," applied to a building or land, shall include any person who occupies the whole or a part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.
WRITING
The words "writing" and "written" shall include printing, lithographing or any other mode of representing words and letters.[14]
YEAR
Shall mean a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed, and the word "year" shall be equivalent to the words "year of our Lord."[15]
[1]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.040.
[2]
State Law Reference — As to plural includes the singular, masculine includes feminine, see RSMo., § 1.030.
[3]
State Law Reference — As to majority may act for all, see RSMo., § 1.050.
[4]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(10).
[5]
State Law Reference — As to plural includes the singular, masculine includes feminine, see RSMo., § 1.030.
[6]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 492.030.
[7]
Cross Reference — As to owner of dog or cat, see § 4-10; as to owner regarding weed removal, see § 13-5.
[8]
State Law Reference — Definitions of "person", see RSMo., § 1.020(11).
[9]
State Law Reference — As to use as reference to sections of statutes, see RSMo., § 1.020(14).
[10]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(15).
[11]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(16).
[12]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(21).
[13]
State Law Reference — Definition of "personal property", see RSMo., § 1.020(12).
[14]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(21).
[15]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.020(10).

Section 1-3 Catchlines of sections; provisions considered as continuations of existing ordinances.

The catchlines of the several Sections of this Code are intended as mere catchwords to indicate the contents of the Section and shall not be deemed or taken to be titles of such Section, nor as any part of the Section, nor, unless expressly so provided, shall they be so deemed when any of such Sections, including the catchlines, are amended or reenacted.
The provisions appearing in this Code, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances existing at the time of the adoption of "The Code of the City of Centralia, Missouri," shall be considered as a continuation thereof and not as new enactments.

Section 1-4 Severability of parts of Code. [1]

It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Board of Aldermen that the Sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Code are severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or Section of this Code shall be declared unconstitutional or otherwise invalid by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and Sections of this Code since the same would have been enacted by the Board of Aldermen without the incorporation in the Code of any such unconstitutional or invalid phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or Section.
[1]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.140.

Section 1-5 Repeal of ordinance not to affect liabilities, etc. [1]

Whenever any ordinance or part of any ordinance shall be repealed or modified, either expressly or by implication, by a subsequent ordinance, the ordinance or part of an ordinance thus repealed or modified shall continue in force until the ordinance repealing or modifying the same shall go into effect unless therein otherwise expressly provided; but no suit, prosecution, proceeding, right, fine or penalty instituted, created, given, secured or accrued under any ordinance previous to its repeal shall in anywise be affected, released or discharged but may be prosecuted, enjoyed and recovered as fully as if such ordinance or provisions had continued in force, unless it shall be therein otherwise expressly provided.
[1]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., §§ 1.160, 1.170 and 1.180.
Cross Reference — As to enactment of ordinances, see § 2-83, et seq.

Section 1-6 Repeal not to revive former ordinance. [1]

When an ordinance repealing a former ordinance, clause or provision shall itself be repealed, such repeal shall not be construed to revive such former ordinance, clause or provision unless it be expressly so provided, and such former ordinance, clause or provision is set forth at length.
[1]
State Law Reference — For similar provisions, see RSMo., § 1.150.
Cross Reference — As to enactment of ordinances, see § 2-83, et seq.

Section 1-7 General penalty. [1]

[Ord. No. 867 § 1, 4-24-1967; Ord. No. 965 § 1, 10-11-1971; Ord. No. 2830 § 2, 10-19-2015]
Except as hereinafter provided, whenever in this Code or in any other ordinance of the City or in any rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant to such Code or other ordinance of the City any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, or whenever in such Code or in such other City ordinance, rule, regulation or order the doing of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, where no specific penalty is provided therefor, the violation of any such provision of this Code or of any other ordinance of the City or of any rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant to such Code or of any ordinance shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for a period of not exceeding ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Whenever any provision of the Revised Statutes of Missouri or other statute of the State limits the authority of the City to punish the violation of any particular provision of this Code or other City ordinance or rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant thereto to a fine of less amount than that provided in this Section or imprisonment for a shorter term than that provided in this Section, then the violation of such particular provision of this Code or other City ordinance, rule, regulation or order shall be punished by the imposition of not more than the maximum fine or imprisonment so authorized or by both such fine or imprisonment.
Each day any violation of this Code or any other City ordinance or rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant thereto shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, unless otherwise provided.
The term "misdemeanor" wherever the same may be found in this Code or other ordinances shall be construed to mean and to stand in lieu of the words "a violation of ordinance."
The Centralia Municipal Court judge shall not assess a fine, if combined with the amount of Court costs, totaling in excess of three hundred dollars ($300.00) if the violation is a minor traffic violation. The Centralia Municipal Court judge shall not sentence a person to any confinement, if the violation is a minor traffic violation, except that the Centralia Municipal Court judge may sentence a person to confinement for violations involving alcohol or controlled substances, for violations endangering the health or welfare of others, and for violations with eluding or giving false information to a law enforcement officer. A person shall not be placed in confinement for failure to pay a fine, unless such nonpayment violates terms of probation. All other provisions of this section shall remain in effect.
[1]
State Law Reference — Authorizing City to prescribe penalty, see RSMo., § 79.470.
Cross Reference — For similar provisions, see §§ 18-2, 28-8, 28-9, 18-21, 30-37, 30.2-36, and 30.2-37. As to handicapped parking, see § 18-37.1. As to penalty for driving while intoxicated, see § 18-9.9. As to failure to vacate building, see § 5-20.7. As to violation of mayor's order or emergency regulation, see § 7-11. As to flood regulations, see § 12-8. As to penalty concerning garbage and refuse, see § 13-14.1. As to penalty concerning licensing, see § 16-38. As to driving without a driver's license or riding a motorcycle without protective headgear, see § 18-7.1. As to speed limits, see § 18-33. As to passenger restraints for children, see § 18-42.1. As to seat belts, see § 18-42.2. As to cigarettes, see § 20-8. As to consumption of alcohol in public, see § 20-10.1. As to parades, see § 20.1-13. As to penalty for violation of sewage disposal, see §§ 26-84 and 26-91. As to penalty for subdivision of land, see § 30.1-28. As to penalty for driving while suspended or revoked, see § 18-7.3.

Section 1-8 Working of prisoners; installment payment of fines.

[Ord. No. 965 § 2, 10-11-1971]
The judge sentencing under Section 1-7, whether the punishment is by fine or imprisonment, or by both, may order that the convicted person be put to work and perform labor on the public streets, highways and alleys or public works or buildings of the City, and the Chief of Police shall have power and is authorized and required to have or cause all such prisoners as may be directed by the Mayor to work out the full number of days for which the person has been sentenced, at breaking rock, or at working upon such public streets, highways or alleys or other public works or buildings of the City as may have been designated. If the punishment is by fine, and the fine is not paid, then for every ten dollars ($10.00) of such judgment the prisoner shall work one (1) day. It shall be deemed a part of the judgment and sentence of the court that such prisoner may be worked as herein provided. When a fine is assessed for a violation of this Code, or other ordinance or resolution, it shall be within the discretion of the judge, or other official, assessing the fine to provide for the payment of the fine on an installment basis under such terms and conditions as the judge or other official may deem appropriate.

Section 1-9 City seal. [1]

[Ord. No. 3 §§ 1-2, 1-8-1918]
There is hereby adopted a common seal of the City which shall be circular in form, an inch and one-half (1 1/2) in diameter, with the words, "Mayor's Office" in the center, and the words, "City of Centralia, Missouri" inscribed in Roman capital letters, encircled by a scroll on the outer edge thereof.
The City Clerk shall be the custodian of the City seal and shall keep the same in his office, and shall affix such seal to all official documents which the Mayor is required by law to sign, and which signature of the Mayor the City Clerk is required by law to attest with his own signature and the seal of the City.
[1]
State Law Reference — Authorizing the City to have and hold a common seal, see RSMo., § 79.010.

Section 1-10 Corporate limits. [1]

[Ord. No. 611 § 2, 9-3-1957; Ord. No. 1515, 12-18-1989]
The corporate limits of the City are hereby extended over territory to embrace and include all that part of Boone County, Missouri lying, being and situated within the following boundaries:
Beginning at a point on the west line of Section 22, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, twenty feet south of the northwest corner thereof; thence east parallel to the north line of such section 1331.4 feet; thence South 1° 07' East, 391.5 feet; thence parallel to the south right-of-way line of Missouri State Highway Route JJ (also known as Gano Chance Drive) East, 574.5 feet; thence North 1° 07' West, 391.5 feet; thence East parallel to the north line of Section 22, Township 51 North, Range 11 West to the north and south subdivision line thereof; then with such subdivision north twenty feet to the south line of Section 15, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence with such south line East to the east right-of-way line of Missouri State Highway Route Z (also known as Jefferson Street); thence south along the east right-of-way line of State Route Z, 209 feet; thence South 88° 35' East, 209 feet; thence parallel to the west line of the northeast one-half of Section 22, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, 209 feet to the south line of Section 15, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence along the south line of Section 15, Township 51 North, Range 11 West to the southeast corner of the west half of the southeast quarter of said Section 15; thence with the east line of the west half North to the southwest corner of the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter; thence east with the south line of the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter to the east line of said Section 15 and the west line of Section 14, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence with the west line of said Section 14 to a point on the west line of said Section 14, 1072.58 feet north of the west quarter corner of said Section 14, being on the south right-of-way line of Booth Street; thence along the south right-of-way line of Booth Street extended, South 89° 27' East, 300.00 feet; thence North 0° 00' East, 1,188.50 feet; thence along a line parallel to and 35 feet southeasterly of a drainage ditch North 59° 30' West, 136.07 feet to the south right-of-way line of the Norfolk & Southern Railroad; thence along said railroad right-of-way line 79° 07 feet West, 424.87 feet to the west line of said Section 14; thence along the west line of Sections 14 and 11, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, to the north right-of-way line of the Chicago, Missouri & Western Railroad (formerly the GM&O Railroad); thence with said right-of-way southeasterly to the east line of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 14, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence East along the south right-of-way of Missouri State Highway 22 to a point on the south right-of-way which is at a right angle across State Highway 22 from a point at Station No. 187 + 26, as identified and located in a certain deed from the City of Centralia to the State of Missouri for the use of the State Highway Commission of Missouri, dated January 11, 1954; thence at a right angle across State Highway 22 to said Station No. 187 + 26; thence along a fence North 1° 00' West, 2,496 feet to an iron bar; thence East, 1,906 feet to an iron bar; thence North 0° 45' East, 800 feet to an iron bar; thence West, 4,286 feet to the northwest corner of the east one-half of the southwest quarter of Section 11, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, thence West along the north line of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 11, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence along the south line of the northeast quarter of Section 10, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, West to the north and south subdivision line of the northeast quarter; thence with the subdivision line north nine hundred seventy-three feet; thence West parallel to the east and west subdivision line of the northeast quarter to the north and south subdivision line of Section 10; thence North with the subdivision line, 351 feet, thence West, 660 feet; thence West along the north line of the north one-half of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence South along the west line of the north one-half of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 10 to a point 21' north of the southwest corner of the north one-half of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 10; thence West parallel to the east and west subdivision line of the northwest quarter of Section 10 to the southeast corner of the west one-half of the north one-half of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 10; thence North to the northeast corner of the west one-half of the north one-half of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 10; thence West to the northeast corner of the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 9, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence South to the intersection of the west right-of-way line of Missouri State Highway 151 and the south right-of-way line of Fountain Street; thence West along the right-of-way line of Fountain Street; 300 feet; thence South along a line west of and parallel to the east line of Section 9, Township 51 North, Range 11 West, to the south right-of-way line of the Chicago, Missouri & Western Railroad; thence Northwesterly to a point where the southern right-of-way line of the Chicago, Missouri & Western Railroad intersects with the east right-of-way of Missouri Supplementary State Route B (124); thence Southwesterly with the right-of-way line of said Supplementary State Route B (124) to its intersection with the south line of the right-of-way of the Norfolk & Southern Railroad; thence with such right-of-way line Westerly to a point 418 feet directly west of the north and south subdivision line of the southeast quarter of said Section 9; thence South parallel to the subdivision line and parallel to the north and south subdivision line of the northeast quarter of Section 16 Township 51 North, Range 11 West to a point twenty feet south of the east and west subdivision line of said Section 16; thence East parallel to said east and west subdivision line to a point twenty feet east of the north and south subdivision line of the southeast quarter of said Section 16; thence South 0° 14' West, along the west line of Block I of John C. Hitts' Subdivision, 20 feet; thence North 89° 47' East, 20 feet; thence South 0° 14' West, 40 feet; thence South 89° 47' West, 60 feet; thence South 0° 14' West 860 feet; thence North 89° 47' West, 560 feet; thence North 0° 14' East to a point on the south line of Lot 2, Block I, of the John C. Hitts' Subdivision; thence with the south line of said Lot 2 East to a point 66 feet west of the east line of Section 16, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence parallel to said east section line, South to a point twenty feet south of the north line of Section 21, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence parallel to the north line of said Section 21 East 66 feet to the point of beginning; excepting however, the interior of an area described by the following boundary:
Beginning at a point which is the intersection of the north right-of-way line of Missouri State Highway 22 and the east line of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 14, Township 51 North, Range 11 West; thence North along the east line of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 14 and the east line of the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 11, Township 51 North, Range 11 West to a point 1433 feet south of the northwest corner of the east one-half of the southwest quarter of said Section 11; thence North 88° 30' East, 766 feet; thence South 1° 00' West 1551.3 feet; thence Northwesterly along the north right-of-way line of Missouri State Highway 22 to the point of beginning.
[1]
Cross Reference — As to ward boundaries, see § 8-1. As to district map, district boundaries and annexed territory, see § 31-3. As to voluntary annexation, see ord. no. 2002, 2003, 2004, 2024, 2025, 2047, 2153, 2227, 2243, 2431, 2479 and 2619 which are on file in the City Clerk's office.