City of Lake Waukomis, MO
Platte County
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[CC 1974 §19-4; Ord. No. 30 §6-104, 3-13-1958]
It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a lot owner within the City, to own or place upon Lake Waukomis for operation any watercraft of any nature; provided that it shall be unlawful for any lot owner within the City to own or place upon Lake Waukomis for operation any watercraft unless such watercraft and any motors used in connection with the operation of such watercraft are properly registered and licensed as provided for by this Code and other ordinances of the City.
[CC 1974 §19-5; Ord. No. 38 §5-304, 11-12-1959; Ord. No. 85 §§1 — 3, 3-12-69; Ord. No. 126 §1, 6-28-1978; Ord. No. 214 §1, 6-21-1995; Ord. No. 285 §1, 8-14-2002]
A. 
The City Clerk shall have no authority to issue any licenses authorized by this Article except when watercraft or motors shall meet the following specifications:
1. 
Watercraft generally. "Watercraft", as referred to in this Article, shall mean that craft normally considered a boat and of boat design possessing keel, hull and gunwale, including the open rowboat and partially or fully covered runabout. Application for license of any craft not of conventional design, as herein stated, shall first be applied for through the Board of Aldermen, together with submitted details and designs of the craft for specific action.
2. 
Power craft. All craft powered by inboard or outboard internal combustion engines shall:
a. 
Have a maximum length of sixteen (16) feet.
b. 
Have a minimum length of twelve (12) feet.
c. 
Have a minimum width of four (4) feet.
d. 
Be of approved construction and design as recognized by the State.
e. 
Be marked both port and starboard on the bow with block letters and lot numbers. The numbers and letters shall be in block form and character at least three (3) inches high, of a color which will contrast with the background and so inscribed and maintained as to be clearly visible, readable and legible at all times.
3. 
Pontoon boats. All pontoon boats shall have a minimum length of sixteen (16) feet, a maximum length of twenty-two (22) feet overall and a maximum width of manufacturer's specification of eight (8) feet and six (6) inches.
All pontoon boats are subject to inspection to verify size before the City license is issued. All pontoon boats will be measured for overall size of the boat, excluding the motor.
4. 
Deck boats. All deck boats shall have a minimum length of sixteen (16) feet and a maximum length of twenty-two (22) feet overall and a maximum width of manufacturer's specification of eight (8) feet and six (6) inches.
All deck boats are subject to inspection to verify size before a City license is issued. All deck boats will be measured for overall size of boat, excluding the motor.
5. 
Other craft. Except as otherwise provided herein, there shall be no restriction as to craft not powered by internal combustion engines; except that such craft shall be of a type considered navigable, not over seventeen (17) feet in length and meet with the requirements as set forth in this Article.
6. 
Motors. All motors used in connection with watercraft shall not be in excess of the eight (8) horsepower class, with the exception of motors used on pontoon boats and deck boats. Motors used on pontoon boats and deck boats may not be in excess of the ten (10) horsepower class. All motors shall have the license affixed on the cowl in a prominent place, visible at all times for inspection and must be licensed by serial number.
7. 
Lights. All watercraft being used upon the waters of Lake Waukomis between the hours of sunset and sunrise shall have installed thereon and in full and complete use and operation such lights as are required by the current U.S. Coast Guard regulations applicable to boats of less than twenty-six (26) feet in length.
[CC 1974 §19-6; Ord. No. 30 §6-107, 3-13-1958]
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No person shall operate any watercraft upon Lake Waukomis at a speed in excess of that speed which is safe, reasonable and proper, taking into consideration the position of such craft upon the lake, the condition of the lake, the amount of traffic thereon, the hour of the day and all other surrounding circumstances; provided, that in addition to the above limitation no person shall operate any watercraft powered by an internal combustion engine at a speed in excess of:
1. 
Twelve (12) miles per hour between the hours of sunrise and sunset upon the open waters of the lake.
2. 
Five (5) miles per hour between the hours of sunset and 11:00 P.M. upon the open waters of the lake.
3. 
Three (3) miles per hour between the hours of sunrise and 11:00 P.M. in any cove or within fifty (50) feet of the shoreline of the lake.
[CC 1974 §19-7; Ord. No. 30 §6-108, 3-13-1958]
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The following general rules shall, in addition to all other rules and restrictions contained in this Article, apply to the operation of all watercraft:
1. 
Life preservers. All craft shall carry a life preserver or other approved safety device for each person aboard.
2. 
Safe capacity. No craft shall carry more persons than the safe capacity designated for that particular craft.
[CC 1974 §19-8; Ord. No. 30 §6-109, 3-13-1958]
A. 
The following general rules shall, in addition to all other rules and restrictions contained in this Article, apply to the operation of all craft powered with internal combustion engines; and the person under whose name the craft is registered shall be held responsible for the conduct of the personnel aboard and their compliance with this Section:
1. 
Staying clear of swimmers, etc. All power craft shall stay at least fifty (50) feet from swimmers, swimming parties and anchored craft.
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Disturbing fishermen. All power craft shall be operated in such a manner so as not to disturb fishing parties or fishermen on the lake or the shoreline thereof.
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Meeting other craft. All power craft shall pass to the starboard upon meeting other craft.
4. 
Overtaking craft. While overtaking another craft, a power craft shall stay clear of such other craft.
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Staying clear of certain craft. Power craft shall stay clear of sailing craft, canoes and rowboats.
6. 
Refueling. Refueling, when done on the water, shall be done in such a manner so as not to induce the danger of fire or to pollute the lake with fuel.
[CC 1974 §19-9; Ord. No. 30 §6-105, 3-13-1958]
No person shall navigate, direct or handle any watercraft in such a manner as to unjustifiably or unnecessarily annoy, frighten or endanger the occupants of any other boat.
[CC 1974 §19-10; Ord. No. 30 §6-106, 3-13-1958; Ord. No. 84 §1, 3-12-1969; Ord. No. 420 §§1 — 2, 10-12-2011]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any watercraft with an internal combustion engine upon the waters of Lake Waukomis between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and sunrise Sunday through Thursday and between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and sunrise on Friday and Saturday.
[CC 1974 §19-11; Ord. No. 85 §4, 3-12-1969]
The City Marshal or any Police Officer of this City shall immediately remove from the waters of Lake Waukomis any and all watercraft or motors in violation of this Article by placing such watercraft or motors upon the land of its owner. It shall be unlawful for such watercraft or motors to again be placed upon the waters of Lake Waukomis without first complying with this Code and other ordinances of the City.
[CC 1974 §19-12; Ord. No. 38 §5-301, 11-12-1959]
No person shall own or place upon Lake Waukomis for operation any watercraft without first having registered and obtained a license for such craft, together with a license for any motors used in connection with the operation of such craft.
[CC 1974 §19-13; Ord. No. 38 §5-302, 11-12-1959]
No license under this Division shall be granted or issued to an applicant unless the applicant shall first show proof that all of his/her personal property taxes which are due and payable to the City are paid as of the application date.
[CC 1974 §19-14; Ord. No. 38 §5-303, 11-12-1959]
Registration and application for all licenses for watercraft or motors used in connection with such craft shall be made to the City Collector.
[CC 1974 §19-15; Ord. No. 142 §3, 11-15-1980; Ord. No. 528, 9-12-2018]
A. 
Water Craft License. Applicants for a watercraft license shall pay to the Collector collector twenty dollars ($20.00) for pontoon boat licenses and ten dollars ($10.00) for all other watercraft licenses issued.
B. 
Boat Motor License. Applicants for a boat motor license shall pay to the Collector ten dollars ($10.00) for each motor license issued.
[CC 1974 §19-16; Ord. No. 38 §5-305, 11-12-1959]
Each watercraft shall be issued a license number which shall be displayed in some prominent place on the outside of such craft.
[CC 1974 §19-17; Ord. No. 38 §5-307, 11-12-1959]
All licenses issued for watercraft shall be for a period of one (1) year, such year to commence on January first (1st) and end on December thirty-first (31st) of the same year. No license shall be issued for less than the current year.
[CC 1974 §19-18; Ord, No. 38 §5-308, 11-12-59]
Any license issued under this Division shall be issued subject to revocation upon the third (3rd) violation of any Section of this Chapter pertaining to the owning or operation of watercraft on Lake Waukomis.