City of St. John, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC §18.250; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
The following words when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings set out herein:
AGENT
Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation which acts for the owner in the collection of rents, the making of repairs, the commencement or termination of tenancies, or as janitor or other person in charge of any building premises or vacant lot.
BUILDING
Any structure, whether public or private that is adopted or intended for occupancy for dwelling purposes, for the transaction of business, for the rendering of a professional service, for amusement, for the display, sale or storage of goods, wares or merchandise, or for the performance of work or labor, including rooming houses, office buildings, public buildings, stores, theaters, markets, restaurants, warehouses, workshops, factories and all other houses, sheds, barns and other structures.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
The Code Enforcement Officer of the City, or his authorized representative.
OCCUPANT
The individual, firm, partnership or corporation that has the use of, control, or occupies any building, or any portion thereof, whether owner or tenant. In the case of a vacant building, or any vacant portion of a building, or in the case of a building having five (5) or more families with common rights to a cellar or basement, the owner or agent shall have the responsibilities for the occupant of a building.
OWNER
Any person who, alone, jointly or severally with others, shall be in actual possession of, or having charge, care or control of any building, premises, or vacant lot within the City as owner whether individual, firm, partnership or corporation, or as trustee or guardian of the estate of person of the title holder.
RAT-HARBORAGE
Any condition which may provide shelter or protection for rats, thus favoring their multiplication or existence.
RAT STOPPAGE
A form of rat proofing to prevent the ingress of rats into buildings from the exterior or from one (1) building to another. It consists essentially of the closing of all openings in the exterior walls, ground or first floors, basements, roofs, and foundations that may be reached by rats from the ground by reaching, climbing, jumping, or burrowing with material or equipment impervious to rat-gnawing and in accordance with specifications promulgated by the Code Enforcement Officer.
[CC §18.260; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
A. 
All buildings and structures shall be rat-stopped, freed of rats and maintained in a rat-stopped and rat-free condition.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and to supervise the enforcement thereof by the Rat Control Section.
C. 
The Code Enforcement Officer is hereby empowered to make such inspection of the interior of any building, structure or any premises or vacant lot as in his opinion may be necessary to determine full compliance with this Chapter, and the Code Enforcement Officer shall make a periodic inspection at intervals of not more than six (6) months of all rat-stopped businesses or buildings, apartment houses and tenement houses to determine evidence of rat infestation and the existence of new breaks or leaks in the rat-stoppage, and when any evidence is found indicating the presence of rats or opening through which rats may again enter such buildings, the Code Enforcement Officer shall serve the owner, occupant or agent with written notice to abate the conditions found.
[CC §18.270; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
No owner, agent or occupant shall permit or allow any building to be infested with rats or shall permit or allow any condition to exist in or around such building or on any premises or any vacant lot which may be conducive to rat-infestation.
[CC §18.280; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
Upon the receipt of written notice from the Code Enforcement Officer, the owner or agent of any building specified therein shall take immediate measures for rat-stoppage of such building and for the elimination of rat harborage within such buildings and on the premises, and unless said work has been completed in the time specified in the written notice or any written extension thereof that may be granted by the Code Enforcement Officer, the owner or agent shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
[CC §18.290; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
The owner or agent of any rat-stopped building shall maintain it in a rat-stopped condition and repair all breaks or leaks that may occur in the rat-stoppage.
[CC §18.300; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
It shall be unlawful for the occupant, owner, contractor, public utility company, plumber, or any other person to remove the rat-stoppage from any building for any purpose and fail to restore the same in a satisfactory condition or to make any new openings that are not closed or sealed against the entrance of rats.
[CC §18.310; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
A. 
Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer notifies in writing the occupant or occupants of any building that there is evidence of rat-infestation of the building, such occupant or occupants shall take immediate and effective measures for freeing the premises so occupied of all rats.
B. 
The failure of any occupant to take effective measures for freeing his portion of the building or premises of rats after receiving the notice described in this Chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor.
C. 
The occupant or occupants of a building shall maintain the building and premises in a rat-free condition.
[CC §18.330; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to dump or place on any premises, land, or waterway any dead animals or any waste, vegetable or animal matter, of any kind.
[CC §18.340; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage or rubbish in any building or premises, or on any vacant lot, so that the same may afford food or harborage for rats.
[CC §18.350; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974; Ord. No. 982 §1, 5-21-2012]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to accumulate or to permit the accumulation on any premises or on any open lot of any lumber, boxes, barrels, bricks, stones, or similar materials that may be permitted to remain thereon and which may afford harborage of rats, unless the same shall be evenly piled or stacked either on open racks that are elevated not less than twelve (12) inches above the ground. All salvageable materials must be removed within thirty (30) days unless there is a building permit in effect.
[CC §18.355; Ord. No. 363 §1, 5-15-1989; Ord. No. 496 §1, 8-1-1994; Ord. No. 983 §§1 — 2, 5-21-2012]
No person, firm, partnership or corporation shall store one (1) or more tire(s) outside of a building located on any premises within the City of St. John.
[CC §18.360; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
All food and feed kept within the City for feeding animals shall be kept and stored in a rat-free and rat-proof container, compartment, or room, unless kept in a rat-stopped building.
[CC §18.370; Ord. No. 25, 10-7-1974]
The raising or keeping of cattle, horses, sheep, ponies, goats, poultry, fowl or any type of livestock within the corporate limits of the City of St. John is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited.
[CC §18.390; Ord. No. 307, 8-17-1987; Ord. No. 361 §1, 4-17-1989]
All property within the City of St. John shall be maintained in a sanitary manner, ever mindful of the public health and safety. To that end, it shall be unlawful to permit or maintain property where there is an accumulation or deposit or any vehicular and/or equipment parts, inoperable appliances, junk or material of any nature, where said accumulation or deposit upon open ground would constitute an attractive nuisance danger to children and/or a possible breeding ground for vermin, rodents and other animals.