City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross Reference — Obstruction of public ways by weeds and growth projecting into same, §535.030.
[Ord. No. 120 §40, 2-25-1932; Ord. No. 334 §1, 11-19-1958; Ord. No. 71-57 §1, 8-18-1971; Ord. No. 80-29 §1, 4-16-1980; Ord. No. 81-63 §1, 9-2-1981; Ord. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
No owner, lessee or occupant or any agent, servant, representative or any employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant having control of any lot or ground or part of any lot shall allow or maintain on any such lot any growth of weeds or grass to a height of over ten (10) inches.
[Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
Whenever private property abuts a public right-of-way or easement belonging to the City of Bridgeton, or any public entity, and there exists in such right-of-way or easement a parkway or grassy area between the private property line and the edge of the street pavement, then such parkway or grassy area shall be considered, for purposes of this Section requiring cutting of grass and weeds, to be a part of the private lot which abuts the right-of-way or easement, and it shall be the duty of those responsible under this Section for the maintenance of the private lot to equally maintain the parkway or grassy area within the abutting right-of-way or easement, and all of the provisions of this Section shall apply with equal force and effect to said parkway or grassy area.
[Ord. No. 334 §6, 11-19-1958; Ord. No. 80-29 §1, 4-16-1980; Ord. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to apply to farm crops.
[Ord. No. 334 §2, 11-19-1958; Ord. No. 80-29 §1, 4-16-1980; Ord. No. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
Weeds and grass, when cut down, must be removed from the lot and disposed of in such manner as to not create a nuisance and as provided by law.
[Ord. No. 90-99 §1, 10-17-1990; Ord. No. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
Whenever weeds or grass, in violation of Section 255.010 of this Chapter, are allowed to grow on any part of any lot or ground within the City, the owner of the ground or, in case of joint tenancy, tenancy by entities or tenancy in common, each owner thereof shall be liable. The Director of Public Works or his signee may, after giving the owner or, in case of joint tenancy, tenancy by entities or tenancy common, each owner thereof five (5) days' notice by posting such notice on the premises, declare the weeds or grass to be a nuisance and order the same to be abated within five (5) days; and in case the weeds or grass are not cut down and removed within the five (5) days, the Director of Public Works or his designee shall have the weeds or grass cut and removed and shall certify the costs to the City Clerk, who shall cause a special tax bill thereof against the property to be prepared and to be collected by the Finance Officer; and the tax bill from the date of its issuance shall be a first (1st) lien on the property until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity, and no mere clerical error or informality in the same, or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance, shall be a defense thereof. Such tax bills shall bear interest at the legal rate of interest.
[Ord. No. 334 §5, 11-19-1958; Ord. No. 80-29 §1, 4-16-1980; Ord. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
A. 
The Enforcement Officer shall certify the costs incurred by the City, including, but not limited to, the cost of labor and supervision and equipment and materials employed in cutting and removing weeds or grass, to the City Clerk, who shall cause a special tax bill for such costs and expenses against the property to be prepared and to be collected by the Collector, with other taxes assessed against the property. Said tax bill, from the date of its issuance, shall be a first (1st) lien on the property until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity; and no mere clerical error or informality in the same or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance shall be a defense to such special tax bill. Each special tax bill shall be issued by the City Clerk and delivered to the Collector on or before June first (1st) of each year. Such tax bills if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
B. 
The City Clerk may cause a notice of lien of such special tax bill to be recorded with the Recorder of Deeds for the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri; but the non-filing of such notice of lien shall in no way affect the validity of said special tax bill or the lien of said special tax bill.
C. 
In the event said special tax bill shall not be paid when due, the City may file suit at any time after the due date of said tax bill to enforce the lien thereunder. The owner shall pay the cost of collecting the special tax bill, including any and all attorneys' fees.
D. 
The owner of any property upon which weeds or grass are cut and removed under the provisions of this Chapter shall be liable for the costs of cutting and removal, and such costs shall be in addition to any penalty assessed under Section 100.080 of this Code for the violation of any provisions of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 120 §§14,41, 2-25-1932; Ord. No. 425 §11, 7-6-1960; Ord. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or place, or cause or permit to fall or be thrown upon any street, highway, alley, or other public place any substance that is or will be injurious to the feet of persons and animals, or to tires or wheels of any vehicle.
[Ord. No. 81-65 §1, 9-2-1981; Ord. No. 94-27 §§1 — 2, 5-4-1994; Ord. No. 11-35 §§1 — 2, 7-20-2011]
No owner, lessee or occupant or any agent, servant, representative or any employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant having control of any lot or ground within fifty (50) feet of a residential dwelling shall allow or maintain on any such lot the following noxious weeds: Poison ivy or poison oak.