City of Crestwood, MO
St. Louis County
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State Law References
Cemeteries — RSMo. Ch. 214.
Dead bodies — RSMo. Ch. 194.
Governmental bodies and records — RSMo. Ch. 610.
[Code 1965, § 10.01; Ord. No. 1640, § 1, 12-14-1976; Ord. No. 3988, § 1, 7-26-2005; Ord. No. 4762, § 4, 6-15-2017]
(a) 
Composition. The Park Board shall consist of seven citizens of Crestwood with an interest in parks and recreation. Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the authorized membership of the Board of Aldermen. Reasonable efforts shall be made to ensure all wards are represented, however the qualifications of members shall be the primary guiding principle in making appointments and no board shall be deemed improperly constituted or unlawful if all wards of the City are not represented thereon. All citizen members shall be appointed to terms of three years in duration, with each term beginning and ending on July 1. The terms shall be staggered in three groups with one group consisting of three members and two groups consisting of two members each. Only one group shall be appointed on July 1 of each year, and another group shall be appointed on July 1 of every following year.
(b) 
Meetings and quorum. The Park Board shall hold regular meetings at a minimum on a quarterly basis at a time scheduled by the Park Board. Additional meetings may be scheduled at any time by the chairperson or three members of the Park Board, provided that there is one week's notice provided to the public and all members of the Park Board including the aldermanic representatives and the recreation manager. A quorum shall consist of four members. The aldermanic representatives and any ex officio members do not count towards establishing quorum.
(c) 
Attendance. Park Board members absent without excuse from three consecutive meetings, whether regular or special, shall be subject to replacement by the Mayor and a majority of the authorized membership of the Board of Aldermen.
(d) 
Duties and responsibilities. The Park Board shall provide advice and recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on policy matters relating to the City parks and recreation programs. Policy matters shall be defined to include budgeting, capital improvements, planning, recreation programs, public relations activities, rent or lease arrangements, park and recreation regulations and other matters that may be assigned by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
(e) 
Chairperson. The Mayor shall appoint a chairperson from one of the citizen members who shall serve as chairperson for the remainder of that person's term. The chairperson shall be the presiding officer of all meetings of the Park Board and shall have voice and vote the same as all other Park Board members. At the beginning of each term, the Park Board shall organize by electing a vice-chairperson and a secretary from the members. The vice-chairperson shall act as chairperson in the chairperson's absence. In the absence of the chairperson and vice-chairperson, the secretary shall serve as acting chairperson.
(f) 
Aldermanic representatives. The Mayor, with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, shall appoint two aldermanic representatives from the members of the Board of Aldermen to act as liaison between the Board of Aldermen and the Park Board and provide policy direction. At least one of the aldermanic representatives shall be present at all scheduled meetings of the Park Board. Participation in all discussions is strongly encouraged, but the representatives shall not have a vote. The Mayor may act as a substitute or the Mayor or aldermanic representatives may designate a substitute from the Board of Aldermen if an aldermanic representative is unable to attend a meeting.
(g) 
Ex officio members. The recreation manager shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Park Board, acting in an advisory capacity and shall attend all meetings of the Park Board. If the recreation manager is unable to attend any such meeting, a representative shall be designated to attend by the recreation manager or City Administrator.
(h) 
Clerical staff. The Park Board shall be provided with a clerical staff person by the City administration, who is not a voting member of the Board. It shall be the duty of this staff to take minutes of the proceedings of the Board. A set of minutes of the Park Board meetings shall be made public in accordance with applicable state law.
(i) 
Vacancies. Vacancies among non-ex officio members of the Park Board shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment, with the replacement to serve the unexpired term.
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Editor's Note: Former § 15-2, which pertained Park Board operation, and § 17-3, which pertained to injuring trees, which were derived from §§ 10.02 and 10.03 of the 1965 Code, as amended, were repealed 6-15-2017 by Ord. No. 4762.
[Code 1965, § 10.04]
No person shall pursue, trap or kill any wildlife in any manner or in any quantity at any time or place within any City park. Firearms or guns of any kind are strictly prohibited.
[Code 1965, § 10.06; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976; Ord. No. 4808, § 1, 11-14-2017]
The use of intoxicating beverages within any park is permitted so long as such use is otherwise in compliance with state law and/or other applicable City ordinances.
[Code 1965, § 10.07; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Swimming, diving or wading in any lake, pond or stream within any park is prohibited except by special permit of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
[Code 1965, § 10.08; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
No fees are required for the use of any park facility other than those authorized by the Board of Aldermen and posted at a prominent place at the affected facility.
[Code 1965, § 10.101; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any motor-driven vehicle in the parks of the City except on surfaced and paved roadways provided for that purpose, excluding those vehicles on City business.
[Code 1965, § 10.05]
Every person operating a motor vehicle within a park shall operate or drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, and in the exercise of the highest degree of care at a rate of speed not in excess of 15 miles per hour.
[Code 1965, § 10.09; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976; Ord. No. 3020, § 1, 7-28-1987; Ord. No. 3710 § 1, 2-12-2002]
(a) 
The parking of vehicles on grassy areas of any park is not permitted. No person shall park a vehicle in any area or on any portion of the roadway located within a park where signs have been posted designating such area or portion of said roadway as a no parking zone. Vehicles must park only in areas designated for such use.
(b) 
Solely for purposes of enforcement of parking regulations within the boundaries of a park within this City, any park ranger employed by the City is hereby empowered to issue citations for violations of this section, such citations to be provided by the City and in such form as is approved by the Police Department and the City Attorney.
(c) 
In addition to the authority granted in 17-10(b) to issue citations for vehicles parked in violation of this section, any vehicle parked within the boundaries of a City of Crestwood Park in violation of any section of this Chapter 17, is subject to towing by a police officer, at the owner's expense.
[Code 1965, § 10.10; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
It shall be unlawful for any person to leave, park or stop a motor vehicle within any Crestwood park after the designated closing time unless specifically authorized by the City.
[Code 1965, § 10.11; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Trucks, other than City owned, over 12,000 pounds gross weight are prohibited from entering any park unless specific authorization is obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation. Trucks having secured such authorization may only park in designated areas.
[Code 1965, § 10.12; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Fires may be built in City parks only in designated areas and according to regulations that may be established by the City. All fires within City parks may be temporarily prohibited upon order of the Director of Parks and Recreation when in his judgement the fire hazard is extremely high.
[Code 1965, § 10.13; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Overnight camping is permitted in those parks and in those designated areas approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation. Permits must be secured in advance in order to camp overnight in any of the City parks.
[Code 1965, § 10.14; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Dogs, cats and other domestic animals are prohibited from running at large within any park. Pets are permitted only when fastened to or led by a leash not exceeding six feet in length. Equestrians are prohibited from entering or using any park area unless a bridle path established by the Director of Parks and Recreation is used or unless special permission for said use is obtained in advance from the Director of Parks and Recreation.
[Code 1965, § 10.15]
Persons using any park facilities shall deposit their rubbish and debris in the containers provided for that purpose. All areas shall be left in a clean and orderly condition.
[Code 1965, § 10.16; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
Solicitations of any business or service in a park are prohibited. The maintaining of a concession or the use of any park facility for commercial purposes is prohibited except upon written consent of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
[Code 1965, § 10.17; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976; amended 8-28-2018 by Ord. No. 4900]
A permit for the use of a specific park area may be obtained by applying in advance to the Director of Parks and Recreation. Reservations for areas upon which a permit is granted will be so marked and held until the time designated on the permit. Areas may be reassigned by the Director of Parks and Recreation if the permittee has not complied with the times of arrival on the permit. Any event with over 100 guests shall require a special event permit. The use and issuance of all permits for park use shall be subject to rules and regulations that may be established by the City.
[Code 1965, § 10.18; Ord. No. 1640, § 2, 12-14-1976]
The Director of Parks and Recreation may adopt, upon approval of the Board of Aldermen, such rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement, operate or maintain any park and/or recreation program involving the public. Such rules and regulations shall not be in force until posted in a prominent public place. The Director of Parks and Recreation may establish, without approval of the Board of Aldermen, emergency park rules and regulations for a period of time not to exceed 30 days if he judges there is an immediate concern for the health, safety and welfare of the public in the parks. Violations of any established rules and regulations according to this chapter shall be subject to penalties provided for violations of this Code.
[Code 1965, § 10.30; Ord. No. 1845, § 1, 10-27-1981; Ord. No. 4565, § 1, 6-9-2015]
All parks in the City shall open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. during the months of September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April, and close at 10:00 p.m. during the remaining four months of the year, with the exception of Whitecliff Park, which shall open at 5:30 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. This includes Crestwood, Rayburn, Sanders, Spellman, Ferndale, and the Sappington House Complex, and these parks shall close at the specified time during the year unless there is a special event permit issued for extended park usage, said permit having been issued by the Director of Parks and Recreation. These extended park use permits will only be used for City sponsored or approved events. All persons in Whitecliff Park before 5:30 a.m. and after 11:00 p.m., and in Crestwood, Rayburn, Sanders, Spellman and Ferndale Parks and the Sappington House Complex before 6:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. during the months of September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April, and 10:00 p.m. during the remaining four months of the year, are in violation of the provisions of this Code.
[Code 1965, § 10.50; Ord. No. 1459, § 2, 10-9-1973; Ord. No. 3322, § 1, 9-27-1994; Ord. No. 4722, § 1, 12-13-2016]
(a) 
Operation; maintenance.
(1) 
Sappington House and the land on which it is located, bounded on the north by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad right-of-way, on the west by the James Reid Industrial Tract and on the east and south by Sappington Road, with all improvements thereon, are owned by the City and shall be maintained, until otherwise provided by ordinance, in the manner set forth in this section.
(2) 
The City shall provide funds in its annual budget for the care, upkeep and improvement of the aforesaid buildings and grounds, including the cost of cutting grass, major watering and building and ground maintenance, cleaning of restrooms, painting, providing utility services to the resident manager's house, providing a refrigerator, gas range, washer and dryer in the resident manager's house and doing all necessary remodeling and construction work.
(3) 
The restaurant on the first floor of the Sappington Barn may be rented out by the City for restaurant purposes and the rentals derived therefrom shall be retained by the City.
(4) 
The admission fees for visitors to the Sappington House shall be fixed by the City and shall belong to the City.
(b) 
Manager.
(1) 
The office of manager of the Sappington House is hereby created. The manager shall be appointed by the City Administrator with the approval of the Sappington House Foundation.
(2) 
The manager shall keep the Sappington House interior clean and neat, but heavy cleaning and scrubbing shall be the responsibility of the foundation or other personnel employed by or contracted with the City. The manager shall be responsible for opening and closing the Sappington House for visitors, act as a guide for visitors when necessary, inspect and keep the Sappington House and Library presentable at all times and perform such other duties as assigned by the City's Park and Recreation Director.
(3) 
The manager shall be compensated as provided in the annual budget.
(c) 
Foundation.
(1) 
The Sappington House Foundation, originally organized under the provisions of Ordinance No. 1145, shall continue to function and is hereby established as an agency of the City for the purposes hereinafter set forth. Its present membership and officers shall continue under its existing bylaws, rules and regulations. The membership shall elect a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, and the present officers shall continue to function until the expiration of their terms.
(2) 
The foundation shall be self-perpetuating and shall accept members. Effective December 2016, annual membership fees shall be paid to the foundation as follows:
Type
Fee
Senior/student membership
$15
Friend membership
$35
Sponsoring membership
$50
Patron membership
$100
Membership fees may be retained by the foundation to promote and support its purposes.
(3) 
The foundation shall support the continuing development of the Sappington House, Library and Barn Center; raise money needed for the maintenance and furnishing of the House, Library and Barn Center; promote fundraising activities for such purposes; create and maintain interest in the Sappington House, Library and Barn Center and perform such other duties as may be provided by ordinances of the City.
(4) 
The foundation shall be a nonprofit organization and all funds of the foundation shall be used exclusively to carry out the purposes of the organization.
(5) 
The foundation shall file an annual report with the City on November 1 of each year, setting out the names and addresses of its officers, its total membership, the total amount of money raised and received and expended, its activities during the year and the plans and objectives of the foundation for the ensuing year.
(6) 
An annual meeting shall be held in September of each year.
(7) 
The foundation shall maintain the flower garden, resident manager garden and herb garden on the Sappington House grounds and may do this with the advice and assistance of other civic organizations.
(8) 
The foundation may use the second floor of the Sappington Barn Center to operate the gift shop, the proceeds from which shall be retained by the foundation for the maintenance and furnishing of the house, barn center and grounds, and shall include insurance on the gift shop inventory and payment of all expenses related to the gift shop telephone.
(9) 
The foundation may accept gifts of money and property, and all such money shall be used for the support, maintenance and upkeep of the premises and the purchase of furnishings and other objects to be displayed in the Sappington House Library, or Barn Center.
(10) 
The foundation shall not undertake remodeling, altering or building without the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation. With approval of the Director, the foundation will be solely responsible for the interior maintenance of the Sappington House.
(11) 
The foundation will be solely responsible for all landscaping of the grounds. No additions, deletions or alterations of any kind will be undertaken to the landscaping of the grounds without the written approval of the foundation.
(12) 
Copies of all foundation financial records will be provided to the City at the time these records are made available to the foundation. All foundation records are subject to audit by the City.
[Code 1965, § 10.60; Ord. No. 1188, § 1, 5-20-1970; Ord. No. 1627, § 1, 9-28-1976; Ord. No. 1640, § 3, 12-14-1976]
(a) 
The Sappington Cemetery, located on a tract described as follows: that parcel of land in Gravois Township (formerly in Carondelet Township), known as the Sappington Cemetery, referred to in instrument recorded in Book 160, Page 533 of the St. Louis County Records, described as follows: A tract at the northeast corner of the intersection of Watson Industrial Park Drive and Watson Road (being parcel 37 in CB 7056 of the St. Louis County Records), fronting 183 feet on the north line of Watson Road with a width of 145 feet in the rear by an irregular depth of 169 feet and 151 feet, containing six-tenths acre, more or less, shall be under the supervision of the Park Board, and all sections of this chapter pertaining to parks shall, so far as applicable, pertain to the Sappington Cemetery, excepting § 17-14.
(b) 
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall maintain the Sappington Cemetery as a historical site and shall keep the premises fenced and in a neat and orderly condition.
(c) 
The cemetery shall be maintained in the same manner as parks, and no burials may be made in it.
(d) 
The Director of Parks and Recreation may adopt rules and regulations governing the time and hours of visitation and the conduct of visitors to the cemetery.
[Code 1965, § 10.61; Ord. No. 1289, §§ 1 — 11, 9-28-1971]
(a) 
Interments. No person shall be interred in any of the cemeteries of the City until permission shall have first been given by the health commissioner designating in the cemetery a particular parcel or lot in which the dead is to be buried.
(b) 
Sexton — Generally. A sexton shall be named for each cemetery, and his name and address shall be supplied to the health commissioner.
(c) 
Same — Powers. The sexton shall have the exclusive right to excavate and fill graves within said cemetery after a permit has been issued by the health commissioner.
(d) 
Plats. The sexton of each cemetery shall provide the health commissioner with a plat of his cemetery.
(e) 
State laws. All burials, interments and encasement of bodies shall be performed in compliance with the state statutes.
(f) 
Above ground interment. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or permit any human body to remain on the surface of any part of said cemeteries without said body being interred in a crypt or mausoleum. Noncompliance with the provisions of this subsection for a period of two hours without the permission of the health commissioner shall be prima facie evidence of intention of said person to violate this section.
(g) 
Register. The sexton shall keep a registry of all interments and disinterments made.
(h) 
Grounds. The cemetery grounds shall be maintained in an attractive condition, and all grass and vegetation shall be properly maintained for this purpose.
(i) 
Nuisance. Any cemetery in violation of this section is declared to be a common nuisance, and the City or any citizen or any owner of ground adjacent to said cemetery may have the same abated as a common nuisance.
[Code 1965, § 10.62; Ord. No. 1748, § 1, 8-14-1979; amended 2-12-2019 by Ord. No. 4949]
The public may access the area surrounding the quarry at Whitecliff Park on the north side but is not allowed at portions where fencing exists. The area shall be marked as to what is accessible and with appropriate public safety signage in the accessible areas to notify the public of any restrictions.
[Ord. No. 4522, § 1, 12-9-2014; Ord. No. 4762, § 7, 6-15-2017]
(a) 
Composition. The Beautification Committee shall consist of seven residents of Crestwood having a passion for horticulture, environmental sustainability and City beautification. Members are appointed by the Mayor with approval of a majority of the authorized membership of the Board of Aldermen. Reasonable efforts shall be made to ensure all wards are represented, however the qualifications of members shall be the primary guiding principle in making appointments and no board shall be deemed improperly constituted or unlawful if all wards of the City are not represented thereon. All members shall be appointed to terms of three years in duration, with each term beginning and ending on July 1. The terms shall be staggered in three groups with one group consisting of three members, and two groups consisting of two members each. Only one group shall be appointed on July 1 of each year, and another group shall be appointed on July 1 of every following year.
(b) 
Meetings and quorum. The Beautification Committee shall hold regular meetings at a minimum on a quarterly basis, at a time scheduled by the committee. A quorum shall consist of four citizen members. The aldermanic representatives and any ex officio members do not count towards establishing quorum.
(c) 
Attendance. Beautification Committee members absent without excuse from three consecutive meetings shall be subject to replacement by the Mayor and a majority of the authorized membership of the Board of Aldermen.
(d) 
Duties and responsibilities. The committee shall work closely with the Parks Department, and will advise the City on issues related to: 1) beautification and horticulture, such as plantings in public areas and green space design; 2) volunteerism and sponsorship; and 3) the City's compliance with the Tree City USA Program, including serving as the City's "Tree Board."
(e) 
Chairperson. The Mayor shall appoint a chairperson from one of the citizen members who shall serve as chairperson for the remainder of that person's term. The chairperson shall be the presiding officer of all meetings of the committee and shall have voice and vote the same as all other members. At the beginning of each term, the committee shall organize by electing a vice-chairperson and a secretary from the members. The vice-chairperson shall act as chairperson in the chairperson's absence. In the absence of the chairperson and vice-chairperson, the secretary shall serve as acting chairperson.
(f) 
Aldermanic representatives. The Mayor, with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, shall appoint two aldermanic representatives from the members of the Board of Aldermen to act as liaison between the Board of Aldermen and the Beautification Committee and provide policy direction. At least one of the aldermanic representatives shall be present at all scheduled meetings of the Beautification Committee. Participation in all discussions is strongly encouraged, but the representatives shall not have a vote. The Mayor may act as a substitute or the Mayor or aldermanic representatives may designate a substitute from the Board of Aldermen if an aldermanic representative is unable to attend a meeting.
(g) 
Clerical staff. The Beautification Committee shall be provided with a clerical staff person by the City administration, who is not a voting member of the committee. It shall be the duty of this staff to take minutes of the proceedings of the committee. A set of minutes shall be made public in accordance with applicable state law.
(h) 
Vacancies. Vacancies among members of the committee shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment with the replacement to serve the unexpired term.
[Ord. No. 4734, § 1, 3-14-2017]
(a) 
In addition to the duties prescribed in § 17-25 of this chapter, the Beautification Committee shall administer a matching grant program for City beautification, as provided herein. The Beautification Committee shall adopt guidelines for the submission and review of grant applications which are consistent with this section.
(b) 
There is hereby established a matching grant program for City beautification, the purpose of which shall be to provide matching funds to the owners, trustees and/or lessees of real property within the City to improve, landscape and beautify public rights-of-way, other public or common ground, and private property in prominent locations. The availability of grants under this section is subject to the annual appropriation of adequate funds for this grant program by the Board of Aldermen. The amount of funds to be granted to any applicant shall be limited to not more than 50% of the approved itemized cost estimate of the improvements contemplated; provided, however, that in no event shall any such grant to an applicant exceed a total of $500.
(c) 
The Beautification Committee will adopt, at a public meeting, guidelines for the grant program, which shall be approved by the City Administrator and City Attorney. No grant will be approved unless the committee finds and determines, among other things, that the area to be improved consists of public rights-of-way, public or common ground, or private property that is, in the determination of the committee, in a prominent location and/or visible to a significant portion of the public, such that the improvement of such public or private property constitutes a direct and immediate benefit to the public health, safety and welfare.