City of Centralia, MO
Boone County
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State Law Reference — As to authority of cities of the fourth class to acquire, maintain, regulate, etc., parks, see RSMo., §§ 79.390, 90.010. As to condemnation for parks, see RSMo., §§ 88.667 and 90.020. As to recreational systems of political subdivisions, see RSMo., § 67.750, et seq. As to sales tax for park purposes, see RSMo., § 644.032.
Cross Reference — As to litter in parks generally, see § 17-8 of this Code. As to running horses in park, see § 20-34. As to park trees, see §§ 30-14 et seq. As to dogs in park, see § 4-18(B).
Editor's Note — One-half cent park sales tax, see ordinance number 2160.

Section 21-1 Destruction, etc., of park property prohibited.

[Ord. No. 959 § 1, 7-12-1971]
It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, injure or destroy any playground equipment, shrubs, trees or any other park property located in any City park.

Section 21-2 Presence in City park prohibited during certain hours; exception. [1]

[Ord. No. 959 § 2, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 1394 § 1, 9-21-1987; Ord. No. 2419 § 1, 7-17-2006; Ord. No. 2557 § 1, 2-17-2009]
Except as provided below, it shall be unlawful for any person to be inside the premises of any City park, including the park located in the Public Square, between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. of any day, unless written permission is given by the City Administrator, Mayor, Park Director or President of the Park Board of Directors for certain persons to be inside a City park during some or all of those hours or unless the Board of Aldermen, by resolution, provides that all persons may be in a designated City park during some or all of the hours for certain specified days. A person may be inside the Centralia Recreation Center located in the Nathan A. Toalson/Bicentennial Park between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. of any day provided that said person lawfully possesses a key, key card or other appropriate entry access device issued by the Park Board of Directors to enter the Centralia Recreation Center.
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Cross Reference — As to curfew, see § 20-11. As to presence in City cemetery prohibited during certain hours, see § 6-15.

Section 21-3 Fire — prohibited; exceptions.

[Ord. No. 959 § 3, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 1607 § 1, 3-18-1991; Ord. No. 2419 § 2, 7-17-2006]
It shall be unlawful for any person to start or maintain any fire inside the premises of any City park; except in a grill or fireplace made for that purpose, or except as specifically allowed by the City Administrator, Mayor, Park Director, or President of the Park Board of Directors, in writing, for certain persons under conditions and times specified by the City Administrator, Mayor, Park Director, or President of the Park Board of Directors.

Section 21-4 Same — failure to extinguish before leaving prohibited.

[Ord. No. 959 § 4, 7-12-1971]
It shall be unlawful for any person who has built or maintained any fire to fail to extinguish such fire before leaving the City park premises.

Section 21-5 Ponds — boats or rafts prohibited.

[Ord. No. 959 § 5, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 2817 § 1, 6-29-2015]
It shall be unlawful for any person to put or place any boat or raft of any kind in any City park pond, except when specifically authorized by vote of the City Board of Aldermen as part of a City activity and after the recommendation of the City Park Board of Directors.

Section 21-6 Same — swimming, wading or ice skating prohibited.

[Ord. No. 959 § 6, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 1540 § 1, 3-19-1990]
It shall be unlawful for any person to swim or attempt to swim or wade in any City park pond. Further, it shall be unlawful for any person to ice skate on any City park pond.

Section 21-7 Motor vehicles — speed limit. [1]

[Ord. No. 959 § 7, 7-12-1971]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle, motor bicycle or bicycle at any speed in excess of ten (10) miles per hour in any City park.
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State Law Reference — As to definition of motorized bicycle, see RSMo., § 307.180.
Cross Reference — Also see § 18-33 of this Code.

Section 21-8 Vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorized play vehicles, motorized scooters and snowmobiles — operation in any City park. [1]

[Ord. No. 959 § 8, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 1430 § 2, 5-16-1988; Ord. No. 2315 § 1, 9-20-2004; Ord. No. 2354 § 2, 6-20-2005; Ord. No. 2419 § 3, 7-17-2006]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or motor bicycle in any part of any City park, except on a roadway provided therefor.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any all-terrain vehicle as that term is defined in Section 18-25.1(A) of this Code in any part of any City park, except as follows:
1. 
On a roadway provided for a motor vehicle, motor bicycle, bicycle or all-terrain vehicle, when operated pursuant to an exception covered in Section 18-25.1(E) of this Code; or
2. 
Off a roadway if driven directly to or from a specific park facility, such as a fishing pond, if the operator was issued a special use permit pursuant to Section 18-25.1(E)(4), except that the use restriction shall be enlarged for such a permit to further allow use of the all-terrain vehicle off the roadway in a City park if driven directly to and from a specific park facility.
C. 
A snowmobile, as defined in Section 18-25.1, is prohibited to be operated by or ridden by any person in any part of any City park. A motorized play vehicle and a motorized scooter, as defined in Section 18-25.2, are prohibited to be operated by or ridden by any person in any part of any City park.
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Cross Reference — Also see § 18-25.1 of this Code.

Section 21-9 (Reserved) [1]

[Repealed by Ord. No. 2419 § 4, 7-17-2006]
 
[1]
Editor's Note — Ord. No. 2419 § 4, adopted July 17, 2006, repealed section 21-9 "same — parking in swimming pool parking lot". Former section 21-9 derived from Ord. No. 959 § 11, 7-12-1971.

Section 21-10 Littering prohibited. [1]

[Ord. No. 959 § 9, 7-12-1971]
It shall be unlawful for any person to place any litter or debris any place in any City park, except in trash barrels so provided therefor.
[1]
Cross Reference — See also § 17-8.

Section 21-11 Alcoholic beverages prohibited. [1]

[Ord. No. 959 § 10, 7-12-1971; Ord. No. 1607 § 2, 3-18-1991]
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into or have in his possession or consume in any City park any intoxicating liquor or non-intoxicating beer, as defined by State law.
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State Law Reference — As to definitions, see RSMo. §§ 311.020 and 312.010.
Cross Reference — As to consumption of alcohol in public, see § 20-10.2. Also see § 3-1 of this Code.
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State Law Reference — See RSMo. § 90.500 et seq.
Cross Reference — As to open meetings, see § 2-1; as to conflicts of interest, see §§ 2-22-8.

Section 21-12 Created; composition.

[Ord. No. 544 § 2, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 2, 3-19-1990]
There is hereby created a Park Board of Directors, consisting of nine (9) members.

Section 21-13 Appointment and qualifications — generally. [1]

[Ord. No. 544 § 3, 9-13-1954]
The Mayor shall, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, appoint a nonpartisan board of nine (9) directors for the Park Board, chosen from the citizens at large with reference to their fitness for such office. No member of the City Government shall be a member of such Board.
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State Law Reference — As to park board appointment, see § 90.520, RSMo.

Section 21-14 (Reserved) [1]

[Repealed by Ord. No. 2419 § 5, 7-17-2006]
 
[1]
Editor's Note — Ord. No. 2419 § 5, adopted July 17, 2006, repealed section 21-14 "same — recommendation that one member be a member of board of education". Former section 21-14 derived from Ord. No. 544 § 10, 9-13-1954 and Ord. No. 1540 § 3, 3-19-1990.

Section 21-15 Terms; appointment of new directors; removal from office.

[Ord. No. 544 § 4, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 4, 3-19-1990]
The Directors of the Park Board shall hold office, one-third (1/3) for one (1) year, one-third (1/3) for two (2) years and one-third (1/3) for three (3) years, from the first (1st) day of June following their appointment, and at their first regular meeting shall cast lots for their respective terms, reporting the result of same to the Board of Aldermen. Annually thereafter the Mayor shall, before the first (1st) day of June, appoint three (3) directors, who shall hold office for three (3) years and until their successors are appointed. The Mayor may, by and with the consent of the Board of Aldermen, remove any director for misconduct or neglect of duty.

Section 21-16 Vacancies; compensation of directors.

[Ord. No. 544 § 5, 9-13-1954]
Vacancies on the Park Board of Directors, occasioned by removal, resignation or otherwise, shall be reported to the Board of Aldermen and shall be filled in like manner as original appointments. No director shall receive compensation as such.

Section 21-17 Organization; powers and duties; park fund.

[Ord. No. 544 § 6, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 5, 3-19-1990]
The Directors of the Park Board shall, immediately after their appointment, meet and organize, by the election of one (1) of their number as President, and by the election of such other officers as they may deem necessary. They shall make and adopt such bylaws, rules and regulations for their own guidance and for the government of the parks as may be expedient, not inconsistent with this Article. They shall have exclusive control of the expenditures of all money collected to the credit of the Park Fund and of the supervision, improvement, care and custody of City parks; provided, that all moneys received for such parks shall be deposited in the City Treasury to the credit of the Park Fund and shall be kept separate and apart from other moneys of the City, and drawn upon by the proper officers of the City upon the properly authenticated vouchers of the Park Board. The Park Board of Directors shall have power to purchase or otherwise secure ground to be used for parks. It shall have the power to appoint a suitable person to take care of such parks, and necessary assistants for said person, and shall fix their compensation, and shall have the power to remove such appointees. The Park Board of Directors shall in general carry out the spirit and intent of this Article in establishing and maintaining public parks.

Section 21-18 Annual report to Board of Aldermen.

[Ord. No. 544 § 7, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 6, 3-19-1990]
The Park Board of Directors shall make, on or before the second (2nd) Monday in June, an annual report to the Board of Aldermen, stating the conditions of their trust on the first (1st) day of May of that year, the various sums of money received from the Park Fund and other sources, and how such moneys have been expended and for what purposes, with such other statistics, information and suggestions as they may deem of general interest. All such portions of such report as relate to the receipt and expenditure of money shall be verified by affidavit. The Park Board of Directors shall make such other reports as are requested by the Board of Aldermen.

Section 21-19 Annual budget.

[Ord. No. 544 § 8, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 7, 3-19-1990]
The Park Board of Directors shall prepare a budget showing expected income and proposed expenditures of money, and for what purposes, for the ensuing year. Substitute or amended budgets may be worked out in like manner during the year, and if such substitute or amended budget is approved, it shall take the place of and become the budget for the entire year. A copy of all budgets, after adoption, shall be provided to the Board of Aldermen.

Section 21-20 Donations for park purposes.

[Ord. No. 544 § 9, 9-13-1954; Ord. No. 1540 § 8, 3-19-1990]
Any person desiring to make donations of money, personal property or real estate, for the benefit of the parks or the Park Fund, shall have the right to vest the title to the money or real estate so donated in the Park Board of Directors created under this Article, to be held and controlled by such Board when accepted, according to the terms of the deed, gift, devise or bequest of such property. As to such property the Park Board of Directors shall be held and considered as special trustees. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit any person from donating personal property or real estate directly to the City for the benefit of the parks or the Park Fund and vesting title to the donated property in the City, to be used by the City for park purposes.