Wright City, MO
Warren County
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Section 225.010 Definitions and Remedies.

[Ord. No. 182 §2, 10-11-1984; Ord. No. 253 §1, 5-19-1992; Ord. No. 757 §1, 5-24-2012]
The following words shall have their prescribed meanings in this Chapter:
CITY SUPERINTENDENT
The "Code Official", "Building Official", "Building Commissioner", "Building Official", "City Engineer" or "City Superintendent" of the City of Wright City, Missouri.
PUBLIC NUISANCE
Any condition detrimental to the public health and in violation of this Section is declared to be a public nuisance. Nuisances shall include, but are not limited to:
ANIMAL OR VEGETABLE MATTER — Any accumulation of animal or vegetable matter that is offensive by virtue of odors or vapors or by the inhabitation therein of rats, mice, snakes or vermin of any kind which are or may be dangerous or prejudicial to the public health.
DAMAGED SEWER LATERAL — Perforated, punctured, ruptured, broken, cracked or leaking sanitary sewer lateral lines.
DISPOSITION OF CARCASSES — Failure to dispose as follows of the body of an animal that has died from any cause other than rabies or suspected rabies within twenty-four (24) hours after knowledge of such death.
Every person owning or caring for any animal that has died from any cause other than rabies or suspected rabies shall dispose of the body of such animal within twenty-four (24) hours after knowledge of such death, either to a person licensed under Chapter 269, RSMo., to dispose of or transport it, or by the owner or person entitled to such body causing the same to be buried within that time upon his own or any other available premises, and any such animal body shall be buried to such a depth that no part thereof shall be nearer than four (4) feet to the natural surface of the ground and every part of such body shall be covered with at least four (4) feet of earth in addition to any other materials that may be used for that purpose; provided however, that any person so owning or controlling any dead animal that has not died of a contagious disease shall have the right to remove the hide or skin thereof on his own premises before burying such body as herein prescribed, but such skinning must be done and the disposition of such hide or skin and body must be made in a manner that will avoid the creation of public nuisance.
GRASS, WEEDS, TRASH, ETC. — It shall be unlawful for any person, including the owner or occupant of such premises, to maintain or permit to be maintained any premises, including vacant lots or land, upon which grass, weeds, undergrowth, trash, garbage, building materials, glass, wood or miscellaneous refuse is permitted or caused to accumulate in any manner which is a public nuisance, or to place or leave same adjacent to his premises or in any public place unless done pursuant to ordinances providing for its collection.
The uncontrolled growth of noxious weeds or grass to a height in excess of seven (7) inches, causing or threatening to cause a hazard detrimental to the public health or safety; provided that areas zoned as and being utilized as agricultural use shall be exempt from this provision.
LANDFILLS — The disposal of garbage, rubbish or other type of refuse by burying it under a shallow layer of ground; provided that a sanitary landfill as defined herein shall be exempt from this provision upon approval by the Board of Aldermen. A "sanitary landfill" for the purposes of this Section is defined as a type of operation in which refuse and earth or other suitable cover material is deposited in alternate layers of specified depth in accordance with a definite plan on a specified portion of open land, with each layer being compacted by force applied by mechanical equipment.
LITTERING — No person on public or private property within the City shall litter by willfully or negligently throwing or dropping any item such as bottles, cans, papers, liquid, ice or trash of any kind, or by unloading or dumping any refuse onto any area not authorized for refuse disposal. The driver of any vehicle, except a public service vehicle, shall be held liable in the event it cannot be determined which vehicle occupant committed any acts or omissions amounting to a violation of this Section.
MISCELLANEOUS — All articles, substances or things whatsoever caused, kept, maintained or permitted by any person to the injury, inconvenience, danger, detriment or annoyance of the public health, safety or welfare.
MOSQUITO BREEDING PLACES — Collections of water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed are those contained in ditches, ponds, pools, excavations, holes, depressions, open cesspools, privy vaults, fountains, cisterns, tanks, shallow wells, barrels, troughs (except horse troughs in frequent use), urns, cans, boxes, bottles, tubs, buckets, defective house roof gutters, tanks of flush closets or other water containers, unless such collections of water are treated to effectively prevent such breeding. The natural presence of mosquitoes larvae in standing or running water shall be evidence that mosquitoes are breeding therein. Collections of water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed shall be treated by such one (1) or more of the following methods as shall be approved by the City Superintendent:
1.
Screening with wire netting of at least sixteen (16) mesh to the inch each way, or any other material which will effectually prevent the ingress or egress of mosquitoes.
2.
Complete emptying every seven (7) days of unscreened containers, together with their thorough drying or cleansing.
3.
Using a larvicide approved and applied under the direction of the City Superintendent or his designee.
4.
Covering completely the surface of the water with kerosene, petroleum or paraffin oil once every seven (7) days.
5.
Cleaning and keeping sufficiently free of vegetable growth and other obstructions, and stocking with mosquito-destroying fish.
6.
Filling or draining to the satisfaction of the City Superintendent or his designee.
7.
Proper disposal, by removal or destruction, of tin cans, tin boxes, broken or empty bottles and other articles likely to hold water.
RODENT HARBORAGE — Paper, lumber, rocks, boxes, barrels, bottles, cans or other trash or debris, or other material allowed to accumulate or remain on any premises, whether improved or unimproved, occupied or vacant, or on any open lot or alley within the City, in such a manner as to create a condition which provides shelter, food or protection for rodents, or a breeding place for such rodents.
RUBBISH, TRASH OR JUNK — Any accumulation of rubbish, trash or junk causing or threatening to cause a fire hazard, or causing or threatening to cause the accumulation of stagnant water, or causing or threatening to cause the inhabitation therein of rats, mice, snakes or vermin of any kind which are or may be dangerous or prejudicial to the public health.

Section 225.015 Nuisances Prohibited; Unlawful To Cause, Maintain Within City or One-Half Mile Thereof.

[Ord. No. 782 §I, 2-14-2013]
A. 
No person shall cause or maintain any nuisance, as defined by the laws of this State, or this Code, or cause or maintain any such nuisance within the City. No person shall fail or refuse to abate or remove a nuisance within the time required as set forth in this Code.
B. 
It is unlawful and a violation of this Chapter for any owner, lessee or occupant or any agent, servant, representative, or employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant having control of any occupied land or any part thereof in the City of Wright City, Missouri, or within one-half (1/2) mile of the corporate limits of the City of Wright City, Missouri, to cause, permit, or maintain a nuisance on any such lot or land. Additionally, it is unlawful and a violation of this Chapter for any person or his/her agent, servant, representative, or employee to cause or maintain a nuisance on the land or property of another with or without permission. Each day that a nuisance shall be maintained is a separate offense.

Section 225.020 Right of Entry For Inspection and Investigation.

[Ord. No. 182 §2, 10-11-1984]
The City Superintendent or his designee shall have the right to enter and inspect, during daylight hours, any building, lot cellar, sewer or privy of every kind and description, other than an occupied dwelling, which such official reasonably believes to be dangerous and detrimental to the public health, and shall have the power to order the person owning or in possession or control of such premises on or in which such public nuisance exists to abate the same.

Section 225.030 Notification of Property Owner; Failure or Refusal To Abate; Abatement By City.

[Ord. No. 182 §2, 10-11-1984; Ord. No. 262, §I, 5-27-1993; Ord. No. 757 §2, 5-24-2012; Ord. No. 782 §II, 2-14-2013]
A. 
If the City Superintendent has reason to believe that a nuisance is being maintained within the City, the City Superintendent shall serve notice, conduct a hearing, and issue and order an assessment of costs and fees in accordance with the procedures applicable to nuisance set forth in Section 502.030 of the Municipal Code of the City of Wright City.
B. 
The procedure and remedies set forth in this Section shall be in addition to any other remedies that may exist under law for the abatement of public nuisances, and this Section shall not prevent the City from proceeding in a criminal action against any person violating the provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
This Section shall also provide for a civil cause of action for the City for the abatement of nuisances created by the accumulation of unsightly, dangerous, or noxious personal property within the borders of the City, and the City may, upon successful prosecution of such cause of action, be awarded by the court reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in such action.

Section 225.040 Penalty For Violation.

[Ord. No. 782 §III, 2-14-2013]
Any person, officer, agent, or employee of any corporation who shall within this City cause or maintain any nuisance, and/or who shall fail or refuse to abate or remove the same within the reasonable time required and specified in the notice to abate or remove the same, shall be deemed guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in Section 100.050.