City of Lake Saint Louis, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 1785 §2, 11-4-2002]
The following words and phrases, when used in this Title, mean:
ABANDONED OR DERELICT MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle or principal part thereof which:
[Ord. No. 4063, 12-19-2019]
1. 
Is left unattended and/or apparently inoperable for more than two (2) business days on the right-of-way of any public street, or any public place; or
2. 
Does not properly display current registered plates issued by the State of residence of the motor vehicle owners; or
3. 
Lacks operable component parts which prevent it from being immediately operable; or is in a visible state of disrepair; or is parked on an unpaved surface for period of more than seventy-two (72) hours; or
4. 
Is so wrecked, dilapidated, burned out, stripped or vandalized as to be of no apparent value other than as scrap or for cannibalization for parts; or
5. 
One (1) or more windows are shattered or missing.
AGENCY VEHICLE
An automobile, pickup truck, van or SUV licensed to agencies or departments of the State, Federal, County or municipal governments, or special purpose jurisdictions such as fire districts or school districts, or licensed to utility companies, whether marked as such or not, so long as equipment generally associated with businesses or commercial or industrial enterprises, such as, but not limited to, ladder racks, tool boxes, plowing blades, external fuel tanks, devices for spraying chemicals and/or similar devices that indicate commercial use of the vehicle are not visible on the exterior of such automobile, pickup truck, van or SUV.
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ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY
Any street with a roadway of less than twenty (20) feet in width.
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE
Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is fifty (50) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of six hundred (600) pounds or less, traveling on three (3), four (4) or more low pressure tires, with a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and handlebars for steering control.
APPROVED CONSTRUCTION
A construction project which has been issued a permit by the City of Lake Saint Louis and said permit is valid.
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AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
A vehicle publicly owned and operated as an ambulance, or a vehicle publicly owned and operated by the State Highway Patrol, Police or Fire Department, Sheriff, Constable or Deputy Sheriff, Traffic Officer, or any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
BOX TRUCK
A motor vehicle, typically a truck, with an enclosed cargo area or box that exceeds eight (8) feet in height measured from grade, or eight (8) feet in width, measured from either the ground or across the back of the cargo area or box and where the cabin is separate from the cargo area or box. The vehicle may or may not include a door between the cabin and the cargo area or box.
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BUSINESS DISTRICT
The territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred (600) feet along the highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes including, but not limited to, hotels, banks or office buildings and public buildings which occupy at least three hundred (300) feet of frontage on one (1) side or three hundred (300) feet collectively on both sides of the highway.
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT
All streets and portions of streets within the area described by City ordinance as such.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Every motor vehicle which has one (1) or more of the following characteristics:
[Ord. No. 3782, 1-16-2018; Ord. No. 4063, 12-19-2019]
1. 
Is used, in whole or in part, for business, commercial or industrial enterprises;
2. 
Features signage advertising a commercial enterprise or business;
3. 
Is identified by the type of equipment or cargo it carries;
4. 
Carries persons or products for hire;
5. 
Is registered as a commercial vehicle;
6. 
Is equipped with equipment generally associated with a business, commercial or industrial enterprise, including, but not limited to, ladder racks, plowing blades, external fuel tanks, devices for spraying chemicals, and/or similar devices that indicate commercial use of the vehicle.
CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAY
Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over the highway, street or roadway.
1. 
That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway;
2. 
Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
CURB LOADING ZONE
A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
DRIVEWAY
A paved private way normally or customarily used for parking and to provide vehicular access from a street or public way to a parking area.
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FREIGHT CURB LOADING ZONE
A space adjacent to a curb for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of freight (or passengers).
HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
1. 
The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict;
2. 
Where a highway includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. In the event such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of two (2) roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
LANED ROADWAY
A roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any self-propelled vehicle used as a means of conveyance. The term, includes, but is not limited to, automobiles, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trucks, and vans. The term does not include bicycles, rider lawn mowers, motorized play vehicles as defined in Section 380.010 or golf course equipment, nor does it include either farm tractors or construction equipment in use on premises where located, except as specifically provided herein.
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MOTORCYCLE
Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
MOTORIZED BICYCLE
Any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than fifty (50) cubic centimeters, which produces less than three (3) gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground.
OFFICIAL TIME STANDARD
Whenever certain hours are named herein, they shall mean standard time or daylight-saving time as may be in current use in the City.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this Title placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
PARK or PARKING
The standing or transient placement of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
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PARKING OR STORAGE AREA
An area, exclusive of access drives and aisles, large enough to accommodate all the wheels or other supports of the vehicle placed upon it, but not smaller than ten (10) feet by twenty (20) feet, and entirely paved with Portland cement, concrete, asphaltic concrete, paving blocks or paving bricks that are maintained in good condition. Such parking area shall not include any portion of a street or alley but may be connected to a street or alley by access drives.
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PASSENGER CURB LOADING ZONE
A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.
PEDESTRIAN
Any person afoot.
PERSON
Every natural person, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation.
POLICE OFFICER
Every officer of the municipal Police Department or any officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.
PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY
Every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner but not by other persons.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
A vehicle designed principally for recreational purposes and including, but not limited to, the following:
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1. 
Travel Trailer. A vehicle, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a dwelling or shelter for travel, recreational or vacation uses.
2. 
Pickup Camper. A structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pickup or truck chassis to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling or shelter for travel, recreational or vacation uses. Utility caps and/or covers are exempt providing they do not exceed the cab width and height of the vehicle on which they are installed or incorporated features that would qualify them for previously noted uses.
3. 
Motorized Home. Portable structure, designed to be used as a dwelling or shelter, constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
4. 
Tent Trailer. A folding structure mounted on wheels and designed for travel and vacation use.
5. 
Boats. Boats, floats and rafts, plus the normal equipment to transport the same on the highway.
6. 
Snowmobiles.
7. 
Vehicles licensed by the State as recreational vehicles.
8. 
Jet skis or waterbikes.
9. 
Motorbikes or motorcycles.
10. 
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other motorized vehicles designed for off-road use.
RESIDENCE DISTRICT
The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of three hundred (300) feet or more is in the main improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.
RESIDENTIAL AREA
Any area zoned "SR-1," "SR-2," "SR-3," "MR," "PR" or "PD."
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RIGHT-OF-WAY
The right of one (1) vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
ROADWAY
That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder. In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" as used herein shall refer to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
SAFETY ZONE
The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for use of pedestrians.
SPECIALTY CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE
Any vehicle normally used in the industry of commercial or residential construction, including, but not limited to, backhoes, bulldozers, farm tractors, large trash dumpsters, mobile generators, bobcats, mobile cement mixers, and wheel barrows.
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STAND OR STANDING
The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
STOP
When required, complete cessation from movement.
STOP OR STOPPING
When prohibited, any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a Police Officer or traffic control sign or signal.
STORAGE
The non-transient placement of a motor vehicle upon a location.
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STREET OR HIGHWAY
The entire width between the lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the uses of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. "State highway", a highway maintained by the State of Missouri as a part of the State highway system.
THROUGH HIGHWAY
Every highway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right-of-way, and at the entrances to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to yield right-of-way to vehicles on such through highway in obedience to either a stop sign or a yield sign, when such signs are erected as provided in this Title.
TRACTOR, TRUCK TRACTOR or TRUCK-TRACTOR
A self-propelled motor vehicle designed for drawing other vehicles, but not for the carriage of any load when operating independently. When attached to a semitrailer, it supports a part of the weight thereof.
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TRAFFIC
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL
Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
TRAFFIC DIVISION
The Traffic Division of the Police Department of the City or, in the event a Traffic Division is not established, then said term, whenever used herein, shall be deemed to refer to the Police Department of the City.
TRAILER
A non-motorized vehicle designed to be hauled or pulled behind a self-propelled vehicle.
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VEHICLE
Any mechanical device on wheels designed primarily for use or used on highways, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power, or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks, cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons.
[CC 1988 §76.400]
The City of Lake Saint Louis Police Department and the City Prosecuting Attorney shall have the authority to enforce any and all ordinances of the City of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, concerning the peace, health, safety and welfare of the City's inhabitants including, but not limited to, all traffic ordinances, which violations occur upon any private street, lane, boulevard or thoroughfare located within the City.
[CC 1988 §76.410; Ord. No. 892 §1, 7-6-1993]
In the event the City initiates a civil action to cause the abatement or removal of any nuisance created by the accumulation of unsightly, dangerous, or noxious personal property as set forth in this Title, the City shall be authorized to seek the award of costs and reasonable attorney fees upon the successful prosecution of such civil action from the court.