City of Camdenton, MO
Camden County
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Section 235.010 Cutting and Removal of Grass, Weeds, Etc.

[CC 1984 §65.010]
It shall be unlawful 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 lot or land or any part thereof in the City, or for any owner, lessee or occupant, or any agent, servant, representative or employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant having control of any unoccupied lot or land or any part thereof in the City which is surrounded on three (3) or more sides by occupied land, to permit or maintain on any such lot or land, or on or along the sidewalk, street or alley adjacent to the same between the property line and the curb, any growth of weeds, grass, and poisonous or harmful vegetation to a greater height than twelve (12) inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush, and it shall also be unlawful for any person or persons to cause, suffer or allow poison ivy, ragweed or other poisonous plant, or plants detrimental to health to grow on any such lot or land in such manner that any part of such ivy, ragweed or other poisonous or harmful weed shall extend upon, overhang or border any public place or allow seed, pollen or other poisonous particles or emanations therefrom to be carried through the air into any public place, and the growth of such weeds, grass and poisonous or harmful vegetation of a height of more than twelve (12) inches be and hereby is declared to be a nuisance.

Section 235.020 Duty of Owner, Lessee or Occupant.

[CC 1984 §65.020]
It shall be the duty of any owner, lessee or occupant of any lot or land to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed all such weeds, grass, poisonous or harmful vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of Section 235.010.

Section 235.030 When City to Do Work.

[CC 1984 §65.030; RSMo. §71.285; Ord. No. 1676-97 §1, 10-9-1997]
If the provisions of this Chapter are not complied with, the City Administrator, or other official designated by the Mayor, shall hold a hearing, after four (4) days' notice thereof given to the owner of the lot or his/her agent, the occupant, if any, and the lessee, if any. Following the hearing, the City Administrator or other designated official may declare the weeds to be a nuisance and order the same to be abated within five (5) days. In the event that the weeds are not cut down and removed within five (5) days, the City Administrator or other designated official shall have the weeds cut down and removed and shall certify the cost of the same to the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall cause a special tax bill therefor against the property to be prepared with other taxes assessed against the property. 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 of informality in the same, or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance, shall be a defense thereto. Each special tax bill shall be issued by the City Clerk on or before the first (1st) day of June of each year. Such bills if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.

Section 235.040 Penalty.

[CC 1984 §65.040]
A. 
Each person who shall neglect to cut and remove weeds, grass or other vegetation as directed in this Chapter or who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of any notice herein provided or who shall resist or obstruct the City Administrator or other representative of the City in the cutting and removal of weeds, grass and other vegetation, shall upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor. The preparation of a tax bill, as authorized by Section 235.030, shall not relieve any person of liability under this Section.
1. 
Each person convicted of a violation of this Section shall be penalized as provided in Section 100.160 of this Code.
2. 
As provided in Section 100.170 of this Code, each day on which a violation of this Chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.