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City of Frontenac, MO
St. Louis County
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 2010-1635 §1, adopted September 21, 2010, repealed ch. 255 "street improvements, repair and maintenance" and enacted new provisions set out herein. Former ch. 255 derived from ord. no. 2007-1552 §2, 7-19-2007.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall mean:
IMPROVEMENT
Paving, macadamizing, guttering, curbing, or otherwise improving any street or right-of-way when such work constitutes a construction, reconstruction or repaving of a street.
MAINTENANCE
Any work to keep a street in an existing state of usefulness, including, but not limited to, cleaning, snow or ice plowing, salting, clearing, pruning, crack sealing, pot hole filling, or removing brush, trees, limbs, or obstructions.
REPAIR
Any work intended to restore a damaged or deteriorating area of a street to a state of usefulness, including, but not limited to, resurfacing, limited slab replacement or concrete repair.
STREET
Any street, avenue, alley, or other highway within the City, or any part thereof, excepting those streets identified by Schedule II, Through Streets, of Title III, Traffic Code, of this Code, as amended.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
On finding that contemplated street work is necessary to serve the public health, safety, and welfare, the Board of Aldermen shall have the authority to improve, maintain or repair any street located within the City of Frontenac and to pay for such work as provided in this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen finds and declares that street maintenance, as defined herein, is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the City's residents, businesses, visitors, and the traveling public.
B. 
The City shall provide for seasonal snow plowing and salting services, and the City Administrator shall direct said work to be performed on designated City streets, as follows:
1. 
For streets owned by subdivision trustees or otherwise subject to a subdivision trust or indentures, the City Administrator shall presume that seasonal snow plowing and salting services shall be provided by the appropriate trustee(s). The City shall perform such work on such streets only if the City Administrator receives written notice, not later than September first (1st) of any given year, that the trustee(s) will not perform the work.
2. 
For all other streets, the City Administrator shall presume that seasonal snow plowing and salting services shall be provided by the City. The City shall perform such work on such streets unless the adjoining property owners have informed the City Administrator, not later than September first (1st) of any given year, that they will perform the work.
3. 
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the City may provide snow plowing and salting services to any street in the event of an emergency or if the trustee(s) or the adjoining property owners fail to perform the work in a timely, complete, and competent fashion.
4. 
The City Administrator may bill the costs of all seasonal snow plowing and salting services performed by the City as provided in Section 255.040.
C. 
For all other maintenance work, the City Administrator shall assess the scope of the work and determine whether it affects public safety or collectively benefits identifiable properties. In such cases the City Administrator may bill the costs of the work as provided in this Chapter. If work does not affect public safety or collectively benefit identifiable properties, the work will not be undertaken.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
A. 
Maintenance costs shall be billed to the owners of properties benefiting from the street maintenance and shall include the full cost of such expenditures, including reasonable administrative costs and any costs of collection. Maintenance bills shall be calculated by charging each benefited lot or piece of ground in an amount proportionate to the linear feet of the street adjoining each such lot to the total number of linear feet of the streets adjoining all chargeable lots. Maintenance costs can be assessed immediately or consolidated and billed periodically, as may be determined by the City Administrator.
B. 
Maintenance bills shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum and may be collected in the same manner as any other obligation owed to the City. All maintenance bills shall itemize all costs billed.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
A. 
We believe it is prudent public policy for the Board of Aldermen to forbear from routinely engaging in processes which compel involuntary repayment by property owners, and which correspondingly puts at risk taxpayer funds invested in such projects if property owners reject or contest their obligations to their fellow residents.
B. 
Accordingly, it shall be the public policy of the City of Frontenac to undertake improvement and repair of local and subdivision streets within the City only when the benefited property owners deposit with the City in advance sufficient funds to pay the full cost of such work and the costs of letting and managing such contracts and work by the City.
[Ord. No. 2010-1635 §1, 9-21-2010]
It shall be unlawful for the owner(s) of property benefited by and billed for the improvement, repair, or maintenance of an adjoining or benefited street or sidewalk to fail to timely pay such bill, and on conviction of such a violation said owner(s) shall be subject to punishment as provided in Section 100.140 of the City Code.