AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RICH HILL, MISSOURI, REGULATING PARKS WITHIN THE CITY OF RICH HILL, MISSOURI.
WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, desires to adopt regulations pertaining to parks within the city limits of Rich Hill, Missouri.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RICH HILL, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. That the Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, hereby adopts the following regulations pertaining to parks within the city limits of Rich Hill, Missouri.
Section 1 – Hours
- All parks shall be closed from midnight (12:00 a.m.) to sunrise.
- A permit shall be obtained from the City Clerk to approve the use of any park from the hours of midnight (12:00 a.m.) to sunrise.
- The City Clerk shall provide a copy of all permits to the Chief of Police and the Mayor.
- Permit fees shall be established by the Board of Aldermen by Resolution and shall be paid to the City.
Section 2 – Reservation of Shelter Houses and Band Stand
- A permit shall be obtained from the City Clerk to reserve the large shelter house and/or the small shelter house in Prospect Park, also referred to as the East Park, or the band stand in Park Place, also referred to as the West Park.
- Permits shall be issued on a first come first serve basis.
- A copy of each permit shall be available for inspection during the time of the reservation.
- Permit fees shall be as listed in the City Fee Schedule and shall be paid to the City.
Section 3 – Fireworks
It shall be unlawful for any person to ignite fireworks in any City park.
Section 4 – Alcoholic Beverages
- It shall be unlawful for anyone to have or consume alcoholic beverage in or at any City park.
- The Board of Alderman may grant an exception if an application is made to the Board of Aldermen for a special event.
- The organization hosting the event must obtain a picnic license issued pursuant to Section 311.482, RSMo, from the State of Missouri.
- The organization hosting the event must have a written agreement with the City, which shall be approved by the Board of Aldermen. The written agreement shall include the area for the event and consumption and insurance requirements for the event holder.
Section 5 – Driving
- It shall be unlawful for anyone to drive motorized vehicles in any City park.
- This rule shall not apply to any City employee acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.
- The Mayor or his/her authorized representative may authorize the use of vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs in the City parks during an event when a written agreement for the event has been approved by the Board of Aldermen.
Section 6 – Animals Prohibited at Public Functions; Exceptions
- Except as set forth in sub-section (2) below, no animal shall be allowed to be present at any function being held within a City park generally open to the public at which ten (10) or more persons are present.
- The provision of sub-section (1) above shall not apply to:
- Any certified seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, governmental police dogs, or other certified dogs that are trained to assist the physically handicapped.
- Any animal that is participating in a pet parade or other exhibition sponsored by the organization that is holding a public function, however, at the conclusion of any such parade or exhibition, the pet shall be removed from the immediate area of the function.
Section 7 – Grills Prohibited at Public Functions; Exceptions
- It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or place an open, closed, portable, or ground fire grill in any City park. Any exceptions to this provision are specifically set forth in the sub-section (2) below.
- Exceptions to this Section are as follows;
- A permit obtained at City Hall.
- Permits shall be issued on a first come first serve basis and in conjunction with the reservation permits for the shelter houses and band stand.
- No permit shall be issued for a location during the time of a special event.
- Grilling shall be allowed only in designated areas.
- Extreme caution shall be exercised when lighting the grill so as to prevent flames from elevating to an excessive height. Hot ashes or cinders shall be deposited into noncombustible container free of all combustible material and away from combustible construction.
- A permit obtained at City Hall.
Section 8 – Penalties
Any person, firm, or corporation violating this Ordinance shall, upon conviction, be fined as listed in the City Fee Schedule, or imprisoned not more than ninety (90) days, or a combination of both fine and imprisonment.
SECTION 2. All ordinances conflicting in whole or in part with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict.[i]
SECTION 3. The provisions of this Ordinance are severable and if any provision hereof is declared invalid, unconstitutional or unenforceable, such determination shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Ordinance.
SECTION 4. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Board of Aldermen and approval by the Mayor, and shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by the Board of Aldermen.
READ TWO TIMES AND PASSED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF RICH HILL, MISSOURI, THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2020.
Ayes: Humble, Tourtillott, Kassner, Robb
Jason Rich, Mayor
Casey Crews, City Clerk
[i] For informational purposes, this Ordinance repeals and replaces the following: Ordinance 1536, enacted March 3, 2016: which replaced Ordinance 1418, enacted September 9, 2014, which replaced Ordinance No. 1416, enacted May 27, 2014, which replaced Ordinance No. 1236, enacted June 14, 2005, which replaced Ordinance No. 1235, enacted May 24, 2005, which replaced Ordinance No. 1111, enacted September 12, 2000, which replaced Ordinance No. 0944, enacted September 10, 1985.