Village of Kingdom City, MO
Callaway County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References: As to dangerous buildings as a nuisance, Ch. 505; as to prostitution houses deemed a nuisance, § 210.1390.
A. 
The following, when found on any lot or property within the Village, including the area between the sidewalk and the curb of the street, are declared to be a nuisance:
1. 
Debris of any kind;
2. 
Weed cuttings;
3. 
Cut, fallen, or hazardous trees and shrubs;
4. 
Grass or weeds over twelve (12) inches tall;
5. 
Noxious weeds;
6. 
Rubbish and trash;
7. 
Lumber not piled or stacked twelve (12) inches off the ground;
8. 
Rocks or bricks, tin, steel;
9. 
Parts of derelict cars or trucks;
10. 
Broken furniture;
11. 
Any flammable material which may endanger public safety;
12. 
Any material or condition which is unhealthy or unsafe and declared to be a public nuisance;
13. 
Garbage, trash, cinders, refuse matter;
14. 
Buildings which are unoccupied and which have open doors, windows, or other openings through which people or the elements may enter the dwelling;
15. 
Any partially dismantled, wrecked, junked, discarded or otherwise non-operating motor vehicle to remain on such property longer than ten (10) days; except that this Section shall not apply with regard to any vehicle in an enclosed building or so located upon the premises as not to be readily visible from any public place or from any surrounding private property. This Section shall further not apply with regard to any vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place, not in a residential district, when the keeping or maintenance of such vehicle is necessary to the operation of such business enterprise.
No person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises shall maintain or keep any nuisance thereon, nor shall any such person keep or maintain such premises in a manner causing substantial diminution in the value of the other property in the neighborhood in which such premises is located.
A. 
Enforcement of this Chapter shall be the responsibility of the Village Administrator, or other official designated by the Board of Trustees. Enforcement in all cases shall commence by providing notice to the owner of the property of the nuisance condition existing on his/her/its property. The notice shall be delivered by personal service, or by certified mail, with a copy being posted on the property. If personal service or service by certified mail cannot be accomplished, the notice may be served by publication according to the rules of civil procedure.
B. 
For all nuisances, the notice shall describe generally the nature of the nuisance, the location of the property using the mailing address or popular address rather than a legal description when reasonably possible to do so, and order the property owner to, within a period of ten (10) days from the receipt of the notice, abate the nuisance. The notice shall also set a hearing date on the matter on a date after the date that the notice was to be abated.
C. 
Hearing. Should the person so notified fail to remove, terminate or abate such nuisance within the time specified, the scheduled hearing shall take place. Such hearing shall be before the Village Administrator (or his/her designee) be under oath, which shall be administered by the Village Administrator, recorded, and all such parties shall have an opportunity to be heard and present evidence as to whether the procedures of this Chapter were substantially complied with, whether the condition maintained on the property constitutes a nuisance and whether an order should be entered directing the owner and/or occupant to abate the nuisance. After hearing all evidence, if the Village Administrator finds a nuisance is being maintained in violation of this Chapter, he/she may order the nuisance abated within a reasonable time. The order shall be in writing, specifying the grounds for the order and the time that the nuisance must be abated and either provided at the conclusion of the hearing or served on the appellant in the manner provided for notices, above.
If the nuisance is not abated by the property owner or resident within the time designated by the order, the enforcement officer shall cause the same to be abated. The enforcement official shall certify the cost of any abatement(s) performed under this Section, plus an administrative fee of $25 to the Village Clerk or other officer in charge of finance who shall cause the certified cost to be included in a special tax or added to the annual real estate tax bill at the collecting official's option, and the same shall be collected in the same manner and procedure as for collecting real estate taxes. The enforcement officer may extend the time during which the nuisance must be abated for up to 30 days upon a showing that the property owner is working in good faith to abate the nuisance or upon a showing that the nuisance cannot be abated in ten (10) days. The enforcement officer may grant multiple extensions, but no one extension shall be more than 30 days.