SB 385
Allows counties without a charter form of government to adopt ordinances requiring property owners to control brush
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Last Action:
2/19/2009 - Second Read and Referred S Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2009

Current Bill Summary

SB 385 - Under this act, the county commission of any county without a charter form of government shall have the power to adopt ordinances requiring property owners to control brush on county right-of-ways or county maintenance easements that are part of the property owner's land that is adjacent to the county road.

Before charging a person with an ordinance violation, the county commission shall notify the property owner of the ordinance requirements, return receipt requested. The commission shall allow the owner thirty days from the date of return receipt or refusal of acceptance of delivery to control the brush. The property owner shall be granted an automatic thirty-day extension for hardship if the owner notifies the commission within the first thirty-day period of such reasons. The property owner may be granted a second thirty-day extension upon a vote of the commission.

Any property owner in violation of such a county ordinance may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than ten dollars per day. If the owner is found to be in violation of the ordinance, the county shall take action to control the brush as provided under Section 263.245, RSMo, not more than thirty-days after the fine was initially imposed.

This act is identical to a provision of SS/SCS/HB 376 (2009).