Violation Notice Assistance

Violation Notice Assistance

So, you received a violation notice? 

You may be wondering why you received a violation notice?  What does this mean?  What should you do now? The City of Sikeston has adopted the “2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)” as its standard for property maintenance. Please locate your noted violation below and follow the simple instructions given in order to help bring your property into compliance with City Municipal Code.  

  • 302.1 Sanitation. 

Exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The occupant shall keep that part of the exterior property that such occupant occupies or controls in a clean and sanitary condition. 

This violation is commonly referred to as a “junk and trash violation”. The Community Development Department requests that any trash, clutter, or rubbish be removed from the property in order to abate this violation.  

  • 302.4 Weeds. 

Premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of Ten Inches (10”). Noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.

  • · 500.580 (14) Additions, Insertions and Changes.
14. Amend Section 302.4, Weeds (page 11, paragraph 1), to read: "All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of ten (10) inches (25 mm). All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. 'Weeds' shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation, other than trees and shrubs, provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens. This includes the maintenance of weeds (as defined above) in the area between the edge of street (including the curb) and the property line (more commonly known as "right-of-way") in all zones, including agricultural. It is provided, however, that the City shall mow some areas as identified and prioritized by the City of Sikeston for safety and/or maintenance purposes.
1. From time to time, debris, including weed cuttings, cut and fallen trees and shrubs, overgrown vegetation and noxious weeds [which are more than ten (10) inches in height], rubbish and trash, lumber not piled or stacked twelve (12) inches off the ground, rocks or bricks, tin, steel, parts of derelict cars or trucks, broken furniture, flammable material and material which is unhealthy or unsafe are left or permitted to remain on lots and land within the City.
2. The conditions aforesaid are considered and declared to be public nuisances, and the maintenance of same is hereby determined to be unlawful and abatable by the owner and unlawful.
3. Should a property owner fail to begin removing such nuisance within ten (10) days of receiving notice that the nuisance has been ordered removed or to pursue the removal of such nuisance without unnecessary delay, the City Manager or his/her designated officer shall cause the condition which constitutes the nuisance to be removed. If the designated officer causes the condition to be removed or abated, the cost of such removal shall be certified to the City Clerk who shall cause the certified cost thereof to be included in a special tax bill or added to the annual real estate tax bill for the property, and such certified cost shall be collected by the City Collector in the same manner and procedure for collecting real estate taxes.
4. If the certified cost is not paid, the tax bill shall be considered delinquent, and the collection of the delinquent bill shall be governed by the laws governing delinquent and back taxes. The tax bill, from its date of issuance, shall be deemed a personal debt of the owner and a lien on the property which was declared a nuisance until paid."

This violation is commonly referred to as a “weeds and tall grass violation”. The Community Development Department requests that any tall grass, weeds, or overgrowth be trimmed to an acceptable standard of Ten Inches (10”) or less. This may include trimming and shaping of bushes, removal of grass and weeds from fences, or removal of excess vegetation.  

  • 302.7 Accessory structures. 

Accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair. 

You have received this violation due to concerns regarding an “accessory structure” located on your property. This could be due to concerns for the appearance, or structural integrity of the structure. Structures in question could include, portable sheds, detached garages, or fences that are in a state of disrepair.  

  • 302.8 Motor vehicles. 

Except as provided for in other regulations, inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicles shall not be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and vehicles shall not at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth. 

Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes. 

If you have received this notice, it is due to a “derelict vehicle” being present on your property. Derelict Vehicles by code standard are any vehicle in a state of being dismantled, being inoperable, having no visible license plates, or license plates that are over 6 months out of date. Once a vehicle is deemed derelict a car cover will not be an allowable means of abatement. Vehicles not removed from property, or repaired in the given time will be removed from the property legally by means of an “Administrative Warrant”.  

  • 304.3 Premises identification. 

Buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be not less than 4 inches (102 mm) in height with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm). 

A violation for “Premises Identification” simply means that there is no visible address on your property.  This violation may seem small but in an emergency premises identification can be critical. The Community Development Department simply requests that you place a physical address on your property that can be seen from the street and that is in accordance with the given Code Section given above.  

All violations of the 2018 IPMC have a standard abatement period of Ten (10) Days from notice. If violations are not abated within the requested time the Community Development Department will pursue legal action to the fullest extent of the law which can/will include fines and penalties to property owner.  

City of Sikeston Municipal Code 

No person, or entity shall place any dirt, chips, mulch, grass clippings, leaves, limbs, straw, paper, ashes or other rubbish upon any sidewalk, alley, street, thoroughfare, gutter line, or into any stormwater basins, or drainage ditch within the City. 

Depositing Debris on any sidewalk, alley, street, gutter, storm drain, or any other area designated as a “public right-of-way” is ILLEGAL and must be abated immediately upon notice, in order to keep debris from washing into and blocking or stopping up storm drains. Failure to abate this matter will result in immediate legal action against the property owner.  

  • Section 505.310. Overhanging Trees. 

It is unlawful for any person occupying, in charge or control of or owning any real estate in the City to permit the trees on such property to hang over the sidewalks, streets and alleys so that the lower limbs thereof shall be closer than eight (8) feet to the sidewalks or be closer than fifteen (15) feet to the vehicular-traveled portion of any street or alley. The owner, occupant, tenant, or person in control of any real estate shall keep the trees thereon so trimmed that the limbs thereof shall not hang closer to any sidewalk, street or alley than is prescribed in this Article. It is unlawful for any person occupying, in charge or control of or owning any real estate in the City to permit the trees, bushes, shrubbery or other vegetation on such property to impede the view of street signs or traffic signs by oncoming vehicular traffic. 

All trees on real estate shall be maintained to not impede view or obstruct travel of vehicles or pedestrians. All trees, bushes, shrubbery, or other vegetation shall be maintained to the set standards. Failure to abate could result in legal action against the property owner or liens against property for city corrective actions. 

It is our sincerest intent to work with our citizens to avoid penalties. If you have any questions, concerns, or simply require guidance please feel free to contact the Officer who wrote the violation or the Community Development Department at (573) 475-3743.