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^D^,A. P3litical Science'^



THE

REVISED CODE

Ob'

ST. LOUIS

IGENERAL ORDINANCES.



BEING REVISING ORDINANCE NUA\BER 22902, APPROVED MARCH I'Kli, 1907; SUPPLE-
MENTED BY AN APPENDIX CONTAINING THE GENERAL ORDINANCES ENACTED
BETWEEN THE DATE OF SUBMISSION TO THE ASSEAVBLY OF
THE REVISING ORDINANCE IN SEPTEMBER, 1906, AND THE
CLOSE OF THE LAST SESSION IN APRIL l'(07.

IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH ARE PUBLISHED, WITH ANNOTATIONS, THE SCHEME OF
SEPARATION AND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS, A COMPI-
LATION OF STATE LAWS SPECIALLY APPLICABLE TO THE CITY OF
ST. LOUIS, AND THE STATE AND FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONS: ALSO A
TABLE OF A\AYORS, ALDERMEN, COUNCILAtEN AND DELEGATES
OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS FROM ITS EARLIEST ORGANI-
ZATION IN 182.! TO THE PRESENT TIA\E, AND THE
PRESENT ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE
OFFICERS OF THE CITY AND THEIR
CHIEF ASSISTANTS.

All I'ublishfil Ity Authority of the City of St. Louis as Set Forth in the
Notice of Authfutificatioii ApjxMi-iiif; Hereiu.

nv
WILLIAM K. \V()1':RXEK,

OK THK ST. lX)fIS HAH.



ST. LOUIS. MO.

SAM'L F. MYKRSO.S I'RINTINC Co..
1907.



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PREFACE.



Iti accordance with the periodical revision of the general ordinances re-
(luired by the Charter, the preliminary ordinance 22046 (supplemented by or-
dinance 23110) authorized the jjreparation of ordinance 229Q2, to be known as
"The Revised Code of St. Louis," containing all ortlinances of a general na-
ture; and it was provided that in conjunction therewith there should be ]nil)-
lished, with annotations of the decisions specially affecting them, the Scheme
of Separation, and the Charter of the City of St. Louis, also a collation of State
Statutes specially applicable to the said City, and the State and Federal Con-
stitutions.

The reviser was appointed in accordance with the prcliniinar\- ordinance,
in September, 1905, and in September, 1906, submitted tt) the Municipal .\sseui-
bly the completed work, including in ordinance form the hill in revision, which
subsequently became "The Revised Code," as well as the annotated Charter.
Scheme and State Laws specially applicable to St. Louis.

The ordinance in revision remained pending in the Municipal Assembly
from its submission in September, 190^), until ^larch 19, 1907, when it was
finally approved and became ordinance number 22902, or "The Revised Code of
St. Louis."

Since many laws and ordinances had been enacted and decisions rendered
in the interim between the sulimission of the work to the Assembly arid its ])as-
sagc and approval, the work (in accordance with supplemental ordinance
2.^110), was brought down to date of printing, the State Laws of 1907 specially
applicable to St. Louis being inserted under that heading proper, and the new-
general ordinances being set forth in an .\ppendi.\. and references to these late
amendments, laws and decisions were made in appropriate places throughout
the work.

The contract for printing of the entird volume was let and liegun in May,
1907, to he completed the following October.

In tiie planning of the work into Chapters and .Articles the reviser pre-
served, whenever practicable, the order and arrangement of the preceding ex-
cellent revision ( in some instances even where a ileparture might otherwise
have been considered) for the reason that City officials and others using these

532 f 2?



volumes (many of whom are not lawyers) hav-e become, from frequent con-
sultation and long use, so familiar with the old arrangement and order thereof,
that a rearrangement might serve to disturb or confuse, until learned anew.

Since the authority of a reviser does not include the right of making sub-
stantial changes in the laws and ordinances themselves (see note on page 341).
and as many of the ordinances in force seemed to require amendments, and
many others to be repealed, and some subjects to require new provisions, the re-
viser prepared and submitted for adoption by the Assembly a great many sug-
gestions, in the form of ordinance bills, on matters occurring to him in the
preparation of the work. Many of the suggested bills were adopted and in-
corporated in the Revised Code, but many others failed of adoption.

Little need be said in a preface concerning the merits and demerits of that
part of the work properly within the functions of the reviser. Such matters will
come out in, and can fairly be ascertained only by, the actual use of the book;
besides which an author's opinions are of no moment and often do not coincide
with those of the reader.

It is hoped, however, that the annotations ( especially of the Charter pro-
visions) to which the reviser devoted considerable labor, may prove of some
value. It was sought to cite and discuss the decisions of our own courts bear-
ing upon the same, with reasonable fullness ; but decisions of other States, con-
struing other charters or ordinances, and general discussions on municipal cor-
poration law. were eliminated, because not properly embraced within the scope
of an annotated revision, belonging more properly to the functions of a text-
book.

Bespeaking indulgence for probable imperfections in that part of the work
properly chargeable to the reviser, this volume is respectfully submitted to
the public.

St. Louis, Sept. 25. 1907. WM. F. WOERNER.



AUTHENTIFICATION

OF

THE REVISED CODE OF ST. LOUIS"



City of St. Louis,

Office of the Register,

October 9, 1907.

1, the iiiulersigned. Register of the City of St. Louis, do iiereby certify lliat in

pursuance of the Charter of the City of St. Louis Article three, Section 29, was

luly enacted ordinance 22046 approved June 20, 1905, providing for the Re-

\ ision of the General Orthnances of the Cit)- of St. Louis, being as follows,

to-wit :



An ordinance to provide for the revis-
' in of the general ordinance of the City
of St. Louis In accordance with the provis-
ions of Section Twenty-nine of Article
Three of the Charter, and collation of all
laws of the State of Missouri specially
applicable to the City of St. Louis and
an annotation and index of all said ordi-
nances anil laws, and to provide for the
appointment and compensation of a re-
viser of said ordinances and to provide
for. the printing thereof and making an
appropriation therefor.

Re it Ordained by the Municipal As-
sembly of the City of St. Louis, as fol-
lows:

Section One. The Mayor shall appoint,
with the approval of the Council, a com-
pel, -nt lawyer whose duties it shall be to
revl.se the general ordinances of the City
of St. Louis and prepare and submit to
the Municipal Assi^mbly In the form of an
ordinance a complete revised code of said
ordinances; and he shall collate all of
the laws of the State of Missouri spe-
cially applicable to the City of St. Louis.
When ih,. ,*tanie Is completed and said re-
vls.-.l iirdinaiue legally adopted by the
iMniiieipid .\.-i.sembly said revised ordi-
nance shall supersede and take the place
of all general ordinance regulations of
the city, and all ordinances in conflict
therewith shall be deemed repealed.

Section Two. In connection with said
revi.xjon of th - general ordinances of the
city there shall lie i>ut>llshed the Constitu-
tion of the t'nlteil States, the Constitution
•f the State of Missouri and all statutes
■f the State of Missouri specially a|>pll-
ible to the City of St. Louis.. There
luill also be published In connection with
• lid laws and ordinances a table of the
.Mayor.i, .Mdermen. City Council and Mu-
nicipal .\.>j.s..inlily. as far as practicable,
from the li.Klnnlng of the City Govern-
ment ti> anil including the present time.
Willi h Information shall be prepared by
till' nvlser of ordinances and compiler of
said laws, who shall also superintend the
printing of said work In book form.

Section Three. All subjects embraced In
■Aid revised ordinance shall be properlv
classllb'd and arranged alphabetically



with proper head notes and catch words,
which revised ordinance when so com-
pleted shall be styled "The Revised Code
of St. Louis."

Section Four. Said Revised Code and
all laws of the .State, including the Con-
stitution, specially applicable to the City
of St. Louis, shall be fully annotated by
inserting in foot notes all decisions of
the United States Courts. Supreme Court
of Missouri, Courts of Appeals of Mis-
souri relating to said laws, charter or or-
dinances: and said revised code and said
laws specially applicable to the City of
St. Louis shall be Indexed.

Section Five. The City Register is
hereby directed to proceed as required by
law to contract for printing In substan-
tial book form fifteen hundred copies of
said work, after said revised ordin.ance
shall have been enacted by the Municipal
Assembly and after said work has been
fully completed by the reviser and com-
piler thereof.

Section Six. The compensation of the re-
viser and compiler for all work contem-
plated by this ordinance shall be live
thousand dollars, payable out of an ap-
propriation to be made for that purpose,
upon the certlllcate of the Mayor that
the said work has been properly done In
accordance with this ordinance; and tlio
printing and binding of said fifteen hun-
dred copies of said work shall be paid for
out of an appropriation to be made for
that purpose.

Section Seven. There is hereby appro-
priated and set apart out of the Muni-
cipal Revenue the sum of five thousand
dollars to bo paid said reviser and com-
piler as aforesaid; and the sum of four
thousand dollars for the printing and
binding of fifteen hundred copies of .said
work.

Section Klght. The Auditor Is hereby
directed to draw his warrants upon the
Treasurer in not exceeding the amounts
and for the purpose above specllled upon
duly certllled vouchers being presented
therefor.

Approved June 20. 1905.



And tliereafter was enacted ordinance 23110. ai^provcd lulv 'Jth. 1907,
supplementary to said former ordinance, and providing for an appendix there-
to, and being as follows, to-wit :



An ordinance to provide for tlie prepara-
tion of iin appendix in connection witli
llie Revised Code of St. Louis, whicli is
to contain a collation of general ordi-
nances and of laws applicable to St. Loui.s.
enacted since the submission to the Mu-
nicipal Assembly of the work of the re-
viser of said Revised Code of St. Louis,
together with notations, and to provide
for compensation to the reviser for such
preparations, and to provide tor the print-
ing thereof with the Revised Code, and
making appropriations tiierefor.

Be it ordained by the Municipal As-
sembly of the City of St. Louis, as fol-
lows:

AVhereas. the Revision of the General
Ordinances of the City of St. Louis and
collation of laws specially applicable to
St. Louis and tlie annotation and indexing
thereof was provided for by ordinance
twenty-two thousand and forty-six. ap-
proved June Twentieth. Nineteen Hundred
and Five, and in pursuance of said ordi-
nances a Reviser was duly appointed and
the work called for therein duly completed
by him and submitted to tlie Municipal
Assembly on September Twenty-first.
Nineteen Hundred and Six. but said Re-
vised Code of St. Louis was not enacted
and approved until the passage of ordi-
nance twenty-two thousand nine liundred
and two. approved March Ninth, Nineteen
Hundred and Seven, and.

Wh»:*reas, during said interval l>otween
the introduction and passage thereof,
many new ordinances were enacted, re-
pealed or amended, and a session of the
Legislature held, at which laws specially*
applicable to St. Louis were enacted, .and
numerous judicial decisions affecting the
ordinances and laws were rendered, all
of which matters were not. and could not.
Ite included in s.aid Revised Code, nor the
compilation and annotations in connection
therewitli, becaus*;- occurring after sub-
mission of said work, and.

Whereas, said Revised Code of St.
Louis, as contemplated in said ordinance
twenty-two thousand and forty-six is
about to be published, and.

Whereas, it is desirable that all said
matters should be included and appear in
the volume in which the said Revised ("lode
of St. Louis is printed, so as- Jo bring
the same as nearly as practicable^, tp the
present date, now, therefore, be it or-
dained as follows;

Section One, The Reviser of the General
Ordin.ances appointed in pursuance of the
provisions of ordinance twenty-two thou-
sand and forty-six, to perform the duties



and work therein re([uired. is hereby di-
I'ected and authorized to prepai'e for pub-
lication in connection with the Revised
Code of St. Louis, an appendix thereto
setting out all general ordinances enacted,
repealed or amended between the date of
the submission to the Municipal Assembly
of the said Reviser's work on September
twenty-first, nineteen hundred and six,
and the expiration of the term of the last
Municipal Assembly on April, nineteen
hundred and seven, and in so tar as prac-
ticable to set out all laws specially ap-
plicable to St. Louis enacted at the ses-
sions of the State Legislature of nineteen
hundred and seven, and in all of said
things to make reference thereto in the
indexes of the Revised Code and to bring
down to date so far as practicable the
notation of decisions of the Appellate
Courts of Missouri in the foot notes to
the work submitted heretofore and to
supervise the printing of all said work
in the .same manner as if it were a part
of the said Itevised Code.

Section Two. The City Register is here-
by directed and authorized to contract for
the printing of said appendix as part of
the volume containing the Revised- Code
of St. Louis.

Section Three. The compensation of the
Reviser and Compiler for all the addi-
tional work in connection with said ap-
pendix contemplated Viy this ordinance
shall be seven hundred and fifty dollars,
payable out of an appropriation to be
made for that purpose, upon the certifi-
cate of the Mayor, that the work has been
properly done in accordance with this or-
dinance and the expense of the printing
of said appendix shall be paid for out
of an appropriation to be made for that
purpose.

Section Four. There is hereby appropri-
ated and set apart out of the municipal
revenue in addition to the appropriation
made by ordinance twenty-t%vo thousand
and forty-six. approved June twentieth,
nineteen hundred and live, the sum of
seven hundred and fifty dollars to be paid
to said Reviser and Compiler as aforesaid,
and the sum of five hundred dollars for
the printing of said appendix in conjunc-
tion with the Revised Code of St. Louis.

Section Five. The Auditor is hereby di-
rected to draw his warrants upon the
Treasurer in not exceeding the amounts
and for the purpose above specified upon
dul.v certified vouchers being produced
therefor.

Approved July 9, 1907.



/\nd in pursuance of said ordinances was dul}' prepared and enacted ac-
cording to law, the ordinance in revision, numbered 22902. approved March
19. 1907, known as "The Revised Code of St. Louis.''

And in pursuance of said ordinances, and under the further authority duly
conferred according to law and by the City of St. Louis, is published this vol-
ume containing "The Revised Code of St. Louis," being said ordinance number
22902 in revision of the general ordinances, a.s therein purported : and also is
publisheril, 1907.

And I certify that I have examined and compared all the ordinances em-
braced in this volume with the original ordinances as officially enrolled in the
records of the Register's Office, and that all the said ordinances as in this vol-
ume published are true copies of the said originals.

A copy of this volume with my original certificate attached has been de-
posited and is on file in the office of the Register of the City of St. Louis.

, — ^ — In Tkstdiony Whereof, I have hcri'imto si't my liaiid. and affixed
■ SEAL - the seal of tlie City of St. Louis, this ittli day of Oetober, 1907.

^^^' " PATIIICK J, REGAN, K.'trister.



TABLE OF CONTENTS.



AuthcntificatiiMi to Revised Code Page.

rRHKIX.

Constitution of the L'nited States 1

I niiex to same 11

.\ct of Admission of Missouri 15

Ordinance of .Vcceptance 18

Constitution of Missouri 20

Index tliereto 66

PART 1.
State Statutes sjieeially ai)])licable to the City of St. Louis

t annotated ) 77 -Hi

Index thereto 225-256

PART II.

Incorporation of tlie Town of St. Louis 250

The Scheme for the Separation and Reorganization of tlie City

and County of St. Louis (annotated ) 264-278

Index thereto 279-286

The Charter of tlie City of St. Louis (annotated) 289-461

Index thereto 463-542

P.\RT III.

The Revised Code of St. Louis ( annotated) 543-1130

Index thereto (including .Appendix ) 1165-1326

I'ART 1\'.

Appendix to Revised Code 1131-11C>4

ADDENDUM.
Table of Mayors, .\ldermen, Councilnien ami Delegates

(1823-1007) II-XIX

Directory of the present members of tiie Municipal .Assembly

(1907) XX

Table of Hoards of Public Improvements (1877-1907) XXI-XXllI

Present elected City ofTicials XXI II

Present appohited City officials .XXIII-XXX'l

Prsen. — iiualitlcatlons of
a Representative — representatives
and direct taxes, how apportioned
— census — vacancies to be lUled —
power of choosing ofllcers. and of
Impeachment.

^. Senators, election and term of — how
classllled — State executive to make
temporary appointments In case,
etc. — ciualltlcatlons of a St-nator-*-
I'resldent of the Senate, his rlpht
to vote — President pro teni. and
other oftlcers of the Senate, how
chosen — power to try Impeach ■
ments — when F'resldent Is tried,
chief Justice to preside — sentence.

< Times, etc.. of holding elections, how
prescribed — one session in each
year,

a. Powers of each House — expulsion—-
Journal and yeas and nays — time of
adjournment limited, unless, etc.

•V I'ompensatlon — privilege from arrest
and f»)r speeeit — distiualllleatloii In
certain cases.

7. House to originate all revenue bills
— veto — bill may be passed by lwt»-
thlrds of each House, notwithstand-
ing, etc, — bill not returned in ten
days — orders, resolutions and votes,

A. General powers of Congress.

9. Limitations of the powers of Con-
gress — migration — habeas corpus —
Idlls of attalntler, etc.- — taxes — no
• xport d\ity — no commercial prefer-
ences — no titular nobility— ofllcers
not to receive presents.
Limitations of tlie powers of States.

ARTICLE II— The Executive Power.

SECTION

1. Pr»'Sldfnl and Vice-President, their
l*'rni »>f i>fhce — time of i-hooslng
electors — who ma.v be elected Pres-
ident — In case of the removal • t
of the President, his power>
vnlv.. on Vic. Pr. sident — li- i
.1 : ' 5 compens ■ -^ oath.

i ■ ' . nt to bf

.^.■t ..f •



• r-ln-chlef
I making
unint — to nil



inleate to Con-
convene and adlmirn
.vhen — ..*hali recel\.- .«
execute laws and « ■■■;.
:i ofllcers.
ival of ofllcers by Impeach-



ARTICLh: III— The Judiciary



power, tenure. comp*'nsa-



rach State —

to he dellv-

to service.



SECTION

I. Judicial
tlon.

1". Judicial power, to what cases It ex-
tends — original and appellate juris-
diction of Supreme Court — of trial
for crimes, where,

■''. Treason denned— proof of— punish
ment of,

.\KTICLE IV — Miscellaneous Provisions.
SECTION

1. Credit to be given to public act;..

etc., of every State.

2. Privileges of citizens of

fugitives from Justice

ered up — persons held

having escaped, to be delivered up,
^ .Vdmisslon of new States — of tlie tei -

rltory of the I'nited States.
4. Republican form of government

guaranteed to the several States.

ARTICLE V.

(ToQStltutlon, how amen



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