City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Editor's note — Ord. no. 96-75 replaced ch. 360 with the new provisions set forth herein. Former ch. 360 derived from ord. no. 88-39 §§24.1410 — 24.1430, 7-6-1988.
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996]
A. 
Any officer of the City of Bridgeton Police Department may, as provided by Section 304.155, Subsection 1 (1996), RSMo. and Section 304.157, Subsection 1 (1996), RSMo. or as hereafter may be amended, authorize a towing company to remove to a place of safety:
1. 
Any abandoned property from the right-of-way of any interstate highway, freeway, state highway, highway, street or alley constructed and maintained by the State Highways and Transportation Commission or by St. Louis County or by the City of Bridgeton, if such abandoned property has been left unattended on the right-of-way of such interstate highway, freeway, highway, street or alley for more than twenty-four (24) hours.
2. 
Any unattended abandoned property illegally left standing upon any highway, street or alley if the abandoned property is left in such a position or under such circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic where there is no reasonable indication that the person in control of the property is arranging for its immediate control or removal.
3. 
Any abandoned property found on or in any of the waters in this City or on the banks of any waters or on any public land within the City owned, operated or leased by the City of Bridgeton or by St. Louis County or by the State of Missouri or by the United States or by any board, department, agency or commission thereof respectively, if such abandoned property has been left unattended in such place for more than forty-eight (48) hours.
4. 
Any abandoned property which has been left on any real property within the City without the consent of the owner or person in possession of such real property where the owner or person in possession of such real property requests the removal of such abandoned property and either the abandoned property has been left unattended for more than forty-eight (48) hours, or in the judgment of an Officer of the Police Department of the City of Bridgeton, the abandoned property constitutes a safety hazard or unreasonably interferes with the use of such real property by the owner or person in possession thereof.
5. 
Any abandoned property which is parked in any area marked and designated by any agency empowered to designate fire lanes in the City where the owner or person in possession of the real property upon which such fire lane has been marked and designated requests the removal of such abandoned property. Abandoned property parked in a fire lane is hereby declared to be a safety hazard.
6. 
Any abandoned property which has been reported to the Police Department of the City of Bridgeton or any other Law Enforcement Agency as stolen or taken without the consent of the owner.
7. 
Any abandoned property being operated by a person at the time such person is arrested for an alleged offense for which the officer is required to take such person into custody and where such person is unable to arrange for the property's timely removal.
8. 
Any abandoned property which, due to any other State law or local ordinance, is subject to towing because of the owner's outstanding traffic or parking violations.
9. 
Any abandoned property left unattended in violation of a State law or local ordinance where signs have been posted giving notice of the law or where the violation causes a safety hazard.
10. 
Any abandoned property illegally left standing on any waters within the State, including any body of water which has been leased to or owned by the State Department of Conservation or on any lakes constructed or maintained by the United States Corps of Engineers other than bodies of water owned by a person, corporation, association, partnership, municipality or other political subdivision, public water supply impoundments, and drainage ditches constructed by a drainage district.
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996; Ord. No. 99-80 §1, 10-20-1999]
A. 
Any owner of real property or lessee in lawful possession of the real property or the property or security manager of the real property may authorize a towing company to remove abandoned property or property parked in a restricted or assigned area without authorization by an officer of the City of Bridgeton Police Department only when the owner, lessee or property or security manager of the real property is present and only in the following circumstances:
1. 
There is displayed, in plain view at all entrances to the property, a sign not less than seventeen (17) by twenty-two (22) inches in size, with lettering not less than one (1) inch in height, prohibiting public parking and indicating that unauthorized abandoned property or property parked in a restricted or assigned area will be removed at the owner's expense, disclosing the maximum fee for all charges related to towing and storage and containing the telephone number of the City of Bridgeton Police Department where information can be obtained or a twenty-four (24) hour staffed emergency information telephone number, other than the number of a towing company, by which the owner of the abandoned property or property parked in a restricted or assigned area may call to receive information regarding the location of such owner's property;
2. 
The abandoned property is left unattended on owner occupied residential property with four (4) residential units or less, and the owner, lessee or agent of the real property in lawful possession has notified the City of Bridgeton Police Department, and ten (10) hours have elapsed since that notification; or
3. 
The abandoned property is left unattended on private property and the owner, lessee or agent of the real property in lawful possession of real property has notified the City of Bridgeton Police Department, and ninety-six (96) hours have elapsed since that notification.
4. 
A property or security manager must be a full-time employee of a business entity.
B. 
Any owner or person in lawful possession of real property that requests a towing company to tow abandoned property without authorization from an officer of the City of Bridgeton Police Department shall at that time complete an Abandoned Property Report.
C. 
Any towing company that tows abandoned property from private property without authorization from an officer of the City of Bridgeton Police Department shall deliver a copy of the Abandoned Property Report to the City of Bridgeton Police Department within two (2) hours if the tow was made from a location displaying a seventeen (17) by twenty-two (22) inch sign as previously described in Subsection (A)(1).
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996]
A. 
With respect to the removal and towing of abandoned property as provided in this Chapter and the Missouri Statutes, all the provisions of Section 304.155, Subsections 2 — 12, Section 304.156, Section 304.157, Subsections 2 — 8 and Section 304.158, shall apply and all procedures, duties, rights and immunities as provided in said Statutes shall be in effect with respect to such towing and removal, and any Officer of the Police Department of the City of Bridgeton, Missouri acting under said Statutes in this Title shall, in addition, have all other rights and immunities existing under law.
B. 
Any officer of the City of Bridgeton Police Department that authorizes a tow or receives an abandoned property report must make an inquiry with the statewide computer system and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to determine if the abandoned property has been reported stolen and must enter the abandoned property information into the statewide computer system.
C. 
Any towing company in possession of abandoned property who claims a lien on such property for the payment of towing and storage charges must notify the last known owner and/or lienholder of record that the property has been towed, which notice must contain a statement that the owner and/or lienholder has the right to request a hearing if they believe that their property was improperly towed and provide instructions for redeeming the abandoned property.
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996]
The Police Department of the City of Bridgeton and the Officers thereof shall do all things necessary to implement this Chapter and said Statutes as provided in said Statutes.
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996]
The Officers of the Police Department of the City of Bridgeton shall authorize the removal of abandoned property as provided in this Chapter and in said Statutes only by those towing companies that agree in advance in writing furnished to the Chief of Police to comply with the provisions of said Statutes, including, without limitation, the procedures and record keeping requirements specified in said Statutes.
[Ord. No. 96-75 §1, 11-6-1996]
The Chief of Police of the City of Bridgeton is hereby authorized to adopt all forms and to take and to authorize all action necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Chapter and the purposes of Sections 304.155 and 304.158, RSMo.