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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.62 Division II Parking Meters Part III

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DIVISION II. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Chapter 17.62 Part III
Parking Meters

Part III Payment, Collection and Penalties

Sections:

17.62.140 Parking fees generally.
17.62.150 Parking for City Hall.
17.62.160 Parking permits for Aldermen and City employees.
17.62.170 Extra parking spaces--During Board or Committee meetings.
17.62.180 Hours of operation--Generally.
17.62.200 Operating meters.
17.62.210 Supervision of parking meters and collection by City Treasurer.
17.62.220 Parking Meter Fund--Administration and use.
17.62.230 Parking Meter Division.
17.62.240 Violation tags--Contents.
17.62.250 Violation tags--Parking enforcement program.
17.62.260 Administrative adjudication system for municipal parking violations.
17.62.270 Regulations generally.
17.62.280 Prima facie evidence.
17.62.290 Tampering with parking meters.
17.62.300 Stealing money deposited in meters.
17.62.310 Reward for apprehension and conviction of violator of Sections 17.62.290 and 17.62.300.
17.62.320 Commercial and other vehicle parking permits.
17.62.330 Possession of parking meter keys.
17.62.350 Use of money collected.
17.62.360 Existing parking meters.
17.62.370 Hours for certain meters.
17.62.380 Meters prohibited on Hampton Ave.

For parking meter maids, see Ch. 4.30

City Counselor Ops.: 8084, 9785, 9848, 9859

Prior ordinance history: 1960 Code 885.060.

17.62.140 Parking fees generally.

Wherever parking meters exist or are installed under any authorization of this chapter, the fee required to be paid shall be no less than five ($0.05) cents for each fifteen (15) minutes of use of the space controlled by any such parking meter. Parking meters shall be equipped to discharge time in increments of three (3) minutes. The Supervisor of Parking (the City Treasurer) shall establish and maintain a parking meter classification system as necessary to effectively control parking and to advise parkers of the maximum time allowed for parking and the monetary rate required to be paid by parkers for each designated time increment of meter use. Such classification system shall include a schedule of time limits and monetary rates for all parking meters and shall be approved by the Parking Commission subject to the provisions of Section 17.620.050.
(Ord. 62101 2, 1990: prior: Ord. 57535 2, 1978.)

17.62.150 Parking for City Hall.

The City Hall parking area lying directly south of City Hall and abutting on Clark Avenue, except that part described in Section 17.62.160, shall be set aside for the exclusive use by members of the public who are visiting or doing business at City Hall between the hours of eight a.m. and five p.m. of each day, except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The Parking Commission is directed to establish, and the Parking Supervisor is directed to administer, a parking management program, including parking control devices, parking control signs, a schedule of fees, operating hours, the reservation of parking meter spaces on the public streets immediately adjacent to City Hall, and other policies and procedures as necessary to ensure adequate parking for visitors to City Hall.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 59628 1, 1985; Ord. 57535 3 (a), 1978.)

17.62.160 Parking permits for Aldermen and City employees.

The Parking Commission is directed to establish and the Treasurer (Parking Supervisor) is directed to administer a parking permit program for Aldermen, aldermanic employees and other designated City employees. Said permittees shall be permitted to park free of charge within the area known as Washington Park. All such permits shall expire on the date established by Parking Commission next following the date of issuance and shall be removed or dishonored should any Alderman, aldermanic employee or other designated City employee terminate membership or employment with the Board of Aldermen or City.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 57535 3 (b), 1978.)

17.62.170 Extra parking spaces--During Board or Committee meetings.

A. The Parking Meter Commission is further directed to render inoperative a total of forty-one (41) parking meters abutting on both sides of the whole of above described easternmost driveway and the northern portion of the eastern side of the westernmost driveway of said Washington Square area, during any day or days on which the full Board of Aldermen shall be in session and also, from time to time, such parking meters as may be required for use by aldermen during the time any committee of the Board of Aldermen has scheduled a meeting or hearing, sufficient to accommodate the aldermen by placing over such parking meters hoods marked "No Parking." For this purpose the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall notify the City Treasurer at least 2 days in advance of any such board or committee meeting of the number of such hoods reasonably required for the purpose. It shall be unlawful for any vehicle without the permits described in Section 17.62.160 to park on any meter while so rendered inoperative.

The Treasurer's Office is directed to establish a total of nine disabled parking spaces, including one van accessible space, in the areas specified in the following paragraph, complying with the ADA in the area known as Washington Square, located in areas convenient to the accessible entrance to City Hall and the Office on the Disabled. Establishment of five additional disabled parking spaces shall include access aisle and lane striping, above-ground metal signs and on-ground painted signage, construction and maintenance of which is to be completed within 30 days after the passage of Ordinance 63643 and to be paid from Treasurer's Office parking lot proceeds.

The nine permanent disabled parking spaces shall be the four parking spaces nearest if not adjacent to the Office on the Disabled that are currently designated disabled parking spaces. The remaining 5 disabled parking spaces shall be located in the existing permit-only parking spaces northwest of the accessible entrance at City Hall and the Office on the Disabled.

B. No person shall park any vehicle in those spaces above designated during the hours above designated for parking by aldermen and their employees without first having obtained a permit therefor from the Parking Meter Commission.

C. The Parking Meter Commission is further directed to render inoperative four (4) parking meters located on the western side of the above described easternmost driveway in Washington Park opposite the southernmost driveway under City Hall until noon on any day that the unloading of parking meter trucks is required.

D. The Parking Meter Division of the Treasurer's Office is hereby authorized to issue parking tags when any vehicle is found parked in violation of Sections 17.62.150 through 17.62.170. The Parking Meter Division shall notify the owner or driver of the illegally parked vehicle by handing a parking violation tag to him or affixing such a tag, on the vehicle.

E. Such parking violation tag shall contain instructions permitting the owner or driver of the vehicle to appear in person to pay or to mail the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) within seven (7) days to the Traffic Violation Bureau.

F. The instructions shall state that the payment of the ten dollars ($10.00) fine shall be received in lieu of the penalty hereinafter provided and in full satisfaction of such violation.

G. Upon failure to pay such fine within seven (7) days, the owner of the vehicle found so parked in violation of Sections 17.62.150 through 17.62.170 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each offense.
(Ord. 63643 2, 3, 1996; prior: Ord. 58737 1, 1983; Ord. 58019 1, 1980; Ord. 57535 3 (c), (d), 1978.)

17.62.180 Hours of operation--Generally.

The hours during which all parking meters shall be operative, unless otherwise provided by law or the Parking Commission as needed to effectively control public parking, shall be between the hours of six a.m. and ten p.m., except Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and any Monday celebrating a holiday dated on the Sunday immediately preceding. The Parking Commission shall specify hours of operation within said maximum hours.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior Ord. 61347 2, 1989: Ord. 57535 4, 1978.)

17.62.200 Operating meters.

Whenever a vehicle shall be parked in a metered parking zone, the person parking such vehicle shall be required to deposit in said parking meter a coin of United States money of the denomination indicated in instructions appearing on the parking meter device in accordance with the schedule of fees set out in this part. If such parking meter requires the movement of a lever as well as a deposit of a coin for actuation, the person so depositing the coin shall immediately actuate the lever to properly set the device in operation. The permissible time allowed for the continuous parking of a vehicle shall be clearly indicated upon the parking meter device or in the immediate vicinity. A vehicle utilizing a space associated with a parking meter device shall at all times be positioned so as to be completely within the indicated limits associated with the space.
(Ord. 49997 7, 1960: 1960 C. 885.070.)

17.62.210 Supervision of parking meters and collection by City Treasurer.

A. The City Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to supervise all collections of coins from installed parking meters and to install, repair, maintain, operate and control all parking meters and to undertake the marking of spaces associated therewith.

B. Following the adoption of an ordinance approving a budget for the Parking Meter Fund pursuant to Section 17.62.220 below, the City Treasurer is further hereby authorized and directed to make all disbursements associated with the functions described herein in accordance with said budget and applicable provisions of the City Charter and the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, and subject to audit in the manner provided by State Law.

C. Following the adoption of an ordinance or ordinances establishing additional on- or off-street parking programs under the supervision of the Treasurer's Office, the City Treasurer is further hereby authorized and directed to implement and collect for such programs.
(Ord. 62047 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 49997 9, 1960: 1960 C. 885.090.)

17.62.220 Parking Meter Fund--Administration and use.

A. Establishment, Definition and Purpose of Fund. There is hereby established a Parking Meter Fund which shall be under the supervision of the City Treasurer. All funds received from parking meters, signed or metered zones, parking facilities or parking contracts managed by the Treasurer's Office and parking violation tags issued by Parking Violation Inspectors employed by the Treasurer's Office (including fees, fines and penalties paid to the Traffic Violation Bureau but excluding fees, fines and/or penalties paid as a result of warrant, arrest and/or court proceedings) and funds received from the investment or sale of Parking Meter Division assets shall be deposited in said fund. All expenses for the purchase, maintenance, operation and control of parking meters, signed or metered zones, and preparation and issuance of parking violation tags by the Parking Meter Division, including all personnel, material, supply, and equipment costs and all expenses incidental thereto, shall be paid from the Parking Meter Fund and not from the general revenue of the City, in accordance with annual budgets approved by the Parking Meter Commission and the Board of Aldermen as described below.

B. Annual Budget.

1. On or before April 1 of each calendar year subsequent to the passage of this ordinance, the Treasurer shall submit to the Parking Meter Commission a proposed budget for the Parking Meter Fund for the next City fiscal year. The Parking Meter Commission shall review and approve said proposed budget and forward it, in ordinance form, to the Board of Aldermen by May 1 of each year, having first made any amendments to said budget deemed necessary or desirable by the Parking Meter Commission. The Board of Aldermen shall approve said budget by ordinance on or before July 1 of each year, having first made any amendments deemed necessary or desirable by the Board.

2. The annual budget shall include projected revenues to the fund for the applicable fiscal year and any revenues from the previous Parking Meter Fund balance proposed for expenditure during said fiscal year and shall include in detail all expenditures, both capital and operating, proposed for said fiscal year. Further, said budget shall include and provide for the transfer of 40% of the net change in the Parking Meter Fund balance in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to the General Fund of the City of St. Louis in accordance with the procedures established below, and shall include an estimate of the amount of said transfer; provided, however, that in no event shall the amount of the transfer to the General Fund proposed or made in any fiscal year be any less than the amount received by the General Fund from the operations of the Parking Meter Division in City Fiscal Year 1989-90 (the "Minimum Amount").

3. Further, the annual budget shall include a payment to the General Fund for indirect costs incurred by the General Fund on behalf of and in respect to the Parking Meter Division, calculated in accordance with procedures established by the Comptroller's Office. The payment for indirect costs shall be reduced by the amount by which the 40% of net change in fund balance exceeds the minimum amount as defined herein.

C. Expenditures. During the applicable fiscal year, the Treasurer is authorized to make disbursements from the Parking Meter Fund in accordance with said budget and applicable provisions of the City Charter and the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, and subject to audit in the manner provided by State Law. The Treasurer is not authorized to make any payments or disbursements which have not been approved for said fiscal year by the Board of Aldermen through ordinance. The budget may be amended during the fiscal year from time to time by ordinance.

D. Recordkeeping, Accounting and Reporting.

1. The City Treasurer shall establish an appropriate accounting system for the recording of all parking meter revenues and expenditures. The system shall include accounting for debt service reserves when applicable, replacement reserves when applicable, and reserves for parking improvements when applicable, as well as an accounting of the unencumbered fund balance. The Parking Meter Division's fixed assets shall be accounted for in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The City Treasurer shall calculate the annual depreciation costs for all Parking Meter Division fixed assets as necessary to determine the appropriate amount to be reserved for parking improvements. The Treasurer shall prepare and forward monthly accounting reports including this information to the Parking Meter Commission and the Board of Aldermen.

2. In addition, the Treasurer shall prepare monthly reports including the amounts and types of all revenue received by the Parking Meter Fund, including, inter alia, revenues from the operation of the meters and from the issuance of parking violation tags and detailing the numbers and types of parking violation tags issued, and shall forward said report to the Budget Division. Said report shall include information for the current month as well as year-to-date totals.

3. The Traffic Violation Bureau shall prepare monthly reports including the amounts and types of revenue received in respect to parking violation tags issued by the Parking Meter Division and shall forward said report to the Budget Division. Said report shall include information for the current month as well as year-to-date totals.

4. The Budget Division shall obtain monthly reports from the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS) detailing the amounts and types of parking violation tags issued by the Parking Meter Division and the amounts and types of revenue received in respect to said tickets. Said report shall include information for the current month as well as year-to-date totals. The budget division shall reconcile the Treasurer's, Traffic Violation Bureau and REJIS reports and shall submit a consolidated report to the Treasurer, the Parking Meter Commission and the Board of Aldermen, noting any discrepancies between reports.

5. At the election of the Parking Meter Commission and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the frequency of the reports described in this section may be changed to quarterly. At the election of the Parking Meter Commission, the Traffic Violation Bureau and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, applicable reports described above may be consolidated in a comprehensive traffic violation issuance and revenue report. The Parking Meter Fund shall be assessed for the reasonable costs of reprogramming the REJIS system to produce the reports described above.

E. Remittances.

1. The Traffic Violation Bureau shall collect and daily remit to the Treasurer all payments in respect to parking violation tags issued by employees of the Treasurer's Office, together with a report detailing the sources of the payments, provided, however, that, with the concurrence of the Parking Meter Commission, the Traffic Violation Bureau, and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the Treasurer may develop and implement alternate means of payment. If alternate means of payment are implemented, the Treasurer shall assume the responsibility for reporting to the Budget Division on payments received.

2. The Treasurer shall, before the end of each quarter of each fiscal year, remit to the General Fund one-fourth of the Minimum Amount due to the General Fund as described in subsection A of this section. Not more than thirty days following the end of each fiscal year, the Treasurer shall remit to the General Fund the amount by which 40% of the Net Change in fund balance exceeds the Minimum Amount, together with a report to the Budget Division and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment detailing the calculation of the payment.

F. Transition Provisions. For the Fiscal Year beginning on July 1, 1990 only, the Parking Meter Fund budget shall be submitted to the Board of Aldermen by October 1 and approved by the Board of Aldermen by December 1, but said budget shall apply to the entire fiscal year beginning July 1, 1990 and ending on June 30, 1991.
(Ord. 62047 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 49997 10, 1960: 1960 C. 885.100.)

17.62.230 Parking Meter Division.

The City Treasurer shall establish as a part of his department a Parking Meter Division, which shall be responsible for the duties set forth in Chapter 17.62 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, the development and enforcement of policies and procedures relating to this chapter, and any other functions necessary to carry out the duties set forth therein. He shall appoint such personnel as are necessary for the performance of said duties and as are provided for in the budget approved as described in Section 17.62.220. The salaries of all such appointees shall be fixed by ordinance and all salaries and expenses shall be paid from the Parking Meter Fund and not from the General Revenue of the City. The Treasurer shall require from each Parking Meter Division employee who collects or accounts for Parking Meter Division receipts a bond in the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) payable to the City, conditioned on the faithful performance of such employee's duties; provided, however, that the cost of obtaining such bond shall be borne by the Parking Meter Fund. It shall be the duty of all Parking Meter Division employees who collect coins deposited in the parking meters to remove such coins from the coin chamber or compartment in such meter and deliver the same, with seal unbroken, to the Office of the City Treasurer or any alternate site designated by the City Treasurer.
(Ord. 62047 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 49997 11, 1960: 1960 C. 885.110.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9811, 9867

17.62.240 Violation tags--Contents.

A. Whenever any vehicle shall be found illegally parked in violation of posted signs or meters, the Police or Parking Violation Inspectors, or other Treasurer Office employees, shall notify the driver of such vehicle of such violation by handing to him or her or affixing on the vehicle a parking meter violation tag. The design, format and contents of such tag shall be approved by the Parking Commission and the tags shall be obtained, issued and controlled solely by the Parking Supervisor.

B. Such tag shall contain instructions requiring the owner of the vehicle or driver to remit the sum as provided in this chapter to the Traffic Violation Bureau or another entity, site or address approved by the Parking Commission in accordance with a schedule of fees, penalties and deadlines established by the Parking Commission, administered by the Parking Supervisor and filed at the Register's Office.

C. The instructions shall state that the payment of the fine shall be received in lieu of the penalty provided in this part and in full satisfaction of such violation. Upon failure to pay such fine within the days designated in the schedule established by the Parking Commission, the owner of the vehicle found parked in violation of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished as provided by law.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 60274 1, 1987: Ord. 55336 1, 1969: Ord. 49997 12, 1960: 1960 C. 885.120.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9629

17.62.250 Violation tags--Parking enforcement program.

A. The Treasurer (Parking Supervisor) or his employees are hereby authorized to issue parking meter violation tags throughout the City, and to issue parking tags for violation of parking signs or regulations throughout the City and in Washington Square and City Hall parking lots not requiring the presence of a police officer.

B. Parking violation tags shall be issued when any vehicle shall be illegally parked in, located in a parking meter zone when the time signal shows a violation, parked longer than the authorized time limit or when the parker has failed to operate the meter in accordance with the instructions provided on the meter.

C. Parking violation tags shall be issued when any vehicle shall be illegally parked or located in a no-parking zone, parked longer than the authorized time limit or otherwise deemed in violation of any parking regulation of the City.

D. The Treasurer (Parking Supervisor) or his employees shall notify the driver of the illegally parked vehicle by handing him or affixing on the vehicle a violation tag. Such tag shall contain instructions requiring the owner of the vehicle or driver to remit payment, in accordance with procedures established by the Parking Commission, of the sum of not less than five dollars ($5.00) for a parking meter violation or the sum of not less than fifteen dollars ($15.00) for a parking violation within seven (7) days to the Traffic Violation Bureau, except for violations within the downtown district. Within the downtown district the owner of the vehicle shall pay the sum of not less than seven dollars ($7.00) for a parking meter violation or the sum of not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) for a parking violation within seven (7) days to the Traffic Violation Bureau. "Downtown district" shall be defined for purposes of this chapter as that area within the following boundaries: starting at the point of intersection of the Mississippi River and Highway 40, west along Highway 40 to the alley west of 20th Street, north along the alley west of 20th Street to the alley north of Delmar, east along the alley north of Delmar to the alley west of Tucker Boulevard, north along the alley west of Tucker Boulevard to the alley north of Cole Street, east along the alley north of Cole Street to the Mississippi River, south along the Mississippi River to the Starting point.

E. Upon failure to pay such fine within the time period designated in said instructions, the owner of the vehicle, if found guilty of such parking violation, shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine assessment, vehicle impoundment or other remedial action based upon procedures established by the Parking Commission, administered by the Parking Supervisor and filed at the Register's Office. Said owner shall be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not more than twelve dollars ($12.00) for each such meter violation and not less than fifteen dollars ($15.00) and not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each such other parking violation: except within the downtown district. Within the downtown district the owner shall be fined not less than seven dollars ($7.00) and not more than twelve dollars ($12.00) for each such meter violation and not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) and not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each such other parking violation.

F. The Parking Commission is directed to conduct a study of current parking violation fines and penalties and to make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen concerning the parking violation fine and penalty structure by December 31, 1990.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 60274 2, 1987: Ord. 56492 1 (part), 1973: Ord. 55739 4, 1971: Ord. 55423 4, 1969: 1960 C. 51.020 (part).)

17.62.260 Administrative adjudication system for municipal parking violations.

A. Formation. An administrative adjudication unit, which shall serve as the administrative tribunal for parking ordinance violations as that term is used in Section 479.011 RSMo, shall establish and maintain an administrative system for adjudicating parking ordinance violations designated for administrative adjudication by ordinance. The administrative adjudication unit shall operate under the supervision of the Parking Commission, subject to legal practice, procedure and pleading rules approved or recognized by the municipal court or another division of the circuit court, in the Parking Violations Bureau or another location approved by the Parking Commission.

B. Jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of the administrative adjudication unit shall encompass all citations issued by the City of St. Louis and officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the violation of any ordinance relating to parking, as defined in City ordinances, including, but not necessarily limited to, violations of ordinances encompassed in City Code sections 17.16.210, 17.24.010, 17.24.020, 17.24.030, 17.24.040, 17.24.070, 17.24.080, 17.28.010, 17.30.020, 17.30.025, 17.30.070, 17.38.020, 17.62.020, 17.62.200, 17.70.010, 17.77.030 and 17.80.010 and any other codes designated for administrative adjudication by ordinance. The administrative adjudication unit shall be responsible for the first level review and disposition of any parking citations that are contested and provide for the collection of any unpaid fines, penalties and costs associated with those parking citations.

C. Review Process. The administrative adjudication system shall provide for an effective and efficient adjudication process for individuals who wish to contest a citation for a violation of a code within the jurisdiction of the administrative adjudication unit. The administrative adjudication process authorized herein shall ensure a fair, impartial and efficient review of contested municipal code violations, and shall afford the parties due process of law. This process shall provide a preliminary inquiry assessment and, for those individuals dissatisfied with the results of the preliminary inquiry assessment, an administrative hearing and, for those individuals dissatisfied with the results of the administrative hearing, a judicial hearing. A preliminary inquiry assessment shall entail an informal administrative process through which an individual may submit an inquiry and obtain information about the validity of a municipal code violation by mail, Internet or other means approved by the Parking Commission. The Parking Commission shall adopt policies and procedures for governing the administrative adjudication system. These policies and procedures shall document the manner in which the administrative adjudication unit is to perform administrative adjudication activities, including, but not limited to, review rights and requirements, application and documentation submittal requirements, notification deadlines and forms, disposition policies, and appeal criteria and notification. In addition, all administrative hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the legal practice, pleading and procedure rules established by the municipal court, circuit court or Supreme Court.

D. Review Rights. Any person issued a citation for violation of a City ordinance shall be advised on the citation of the right to request administrative adjudication. Any person wishing to contest a citation may first request a preliminary inquiry assessment of the citation with the administrative adjudication unit, but there shall be no filing fee for such an assessment. Any person who desires an administrative hearing shall submit a formal request for said hearing accompanied by a written statement of the grounds for contesting the citation, and any other materials required by the prescribed administrative adjudication policies and procedures. The Parking Commission may also require an administrative hearing fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per contested violation, but said fee shall only be levied if the person contesting the violation is deemed liable for the violation. Any person's right to an administrative hearing shall expire if the administrative adjudication unit does not receive a documented challenge to the municipal violation within thirty (30) calendar days after the issuance date of the citation, or by the close of business on the first day following such thirtieth day if it is a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. Failure to comply with the prescribed administrative adjudication policies and procedures shall result in the forfeiture of any fines and penalties paid in connection with the contested violation and be deemed an admission of liability for that violation.

E. Timing. Administrative hearings shall be scheduled with reasonable promptness and any notice of an administrative hearing shall include the code violation type and nature, administrative hearing date and location and penalties for failing to appear at the hearing. Upon receipt of a valid request for an administrative hearing, the administrative adjudication unit shall schedule the hearing, notify the applicant for the hearing (the contestant) and suspend, as of the date of the hearing request, the applicability of any Parking Commission policy which increases the penalty or any related costs for non-payment of the parking violation fine being contested. Such suspension shall continue until the administrative adjudication process is concluded. If the person contesting the citation (the contestant) fails to appear at the scheduled administrative hearing, the suspension shall be terminated. The administrative hearing date may be extended once, for not more than ten business days, by contacting the administrative adjudication unit and requesting said extension in accord with the prescribed administrative adjudication policies and procedures.

F. Hearing Officers. The Parking Commission shall approve a process for ensuring that qualified individuals conduct or preside over administrative hearings on behalf of the administrative adjudication unit, including the appointment and removal of administrative hearing officers. As impartial and independent fact finders, administrative hearing officers may: hear testimony and review relevant evidence; preserve and authenticate hearing records and evidence; issue written findings of fact, decision, and order, including the fine, penalty or action with which the contestant must comply; and impose penalties and assess costs consistent with applicable state and local laws and rules. An administrative hearing officer shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri or another individual meeting those requirements set forth in relevant state or local law. An administrative hearing officer shall possess sufficient competence to administratively adjudicate municipal code violations, including, but not necessarily limited to, experience in administrative law, familiarity with the rules of procedure for administrative hearings, and a working knowledge of the subject area of the municipal code violations that they will adjudicate. An administrative hearing officer's employment and compensation shall not, directly or indirectly, be linked to the amount of fines. Administrative hearing officers shall not be deemed members of the "classified service" of the City of St. Louis, as that term is used in the City Charter and all ordinances promulgated thereunder. The Parking Commission may establish additional policies and procedures for ensuring that administrative hearing officers demonstrate the objectivity and qualifications necessary to conduct fair, impartial and expeditious hearings.

G. Evidence. The formal rules of evidence shall not apply in any informal review or administrative hearing. Evidence, including hearsay, may be admitted only if it is the type of evidence commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs. The officer or person who issued the citation need not be present. The parking violation notice and related documentation in proper form, or a copy thereof, shall be prima facie evidence of the municipal code violation.

H. Disposition. Upon completing its review of the information submitted by the person contesting the citation, the administrative hearing officers of the administrative adjudication unit shall determine in writing whether the contestant is liable or not liable for the violation. If the contestant is found not liable for the violation, the administrative adjudication unit shall refund the filing fee or deposit (if any) and waive all violation fines and late payment penalties accrued to date. If the contestant is found liable for the violation, the administrative adjudication unit shall keep the fines and penalties paid to date (if any), assess any violation fines and late payment penalties and other fees accrued to date, direct the collection of any unpaid fines and costs in accordance with Section 479.011 RSMo and reactivate other sanctions in accord with the prescribed administrative adjudication policies and procedures, but it shall not impose incarceration or any fine in excess of the amount allowed by law. The administrative adjudication unit shall notify the person contesting the citation of its decision within ten (10) business days of the conclusion of the administrative hearing and, unless an appeal is filed, return any material submitted by the contestant at the earliest practical time. If the contestant fails to appear and is found liable by the administrative hearing officer, and requests a new administrative hearing in accordance with approved policies and procedures, the administrative adjudication unit may set aside any finding and set a new administrative hearing date, but only if it determines that the failure to appear at the administrative hearing was for good cause. Any written determination of liability or non-liability for a code violation by the administrative adjudication unit, or one of its hearing officers shall constitute a final decision for purposes of judicial review, subject to review under chapter 536, RSMo.

I. Judicial Hearing. Contestants aggrieved by the determination of the administrative adjudication unit may apply for a judicial review, subject to any application requirements set by the circuit court, but any person's right to a judicial review shall expire if the proper court does not receive a written request for a judicial review within thirty (30) calendar days of the administrative adjudication unit's issuance of its written determination.

J. Judgments. Any sanction, fine or costs, or part thereof, remaining unpaid after the exhaustion of, or the failure to exhaust, judicial review procedures under Chapter 536, RSMo, shall be a debt due and owing the City of St. Louis, and may be collected in accordance with applicable law. If a contestant fails to comply with a directive pertaining to the collection of unpaid fines, penalties, fees and costs issued under authority of the administrative adjudication unit, any expenses incurred by the City of St. Louis to enforce the directive, including, but not limited to, court, administrative and vehicle storage costs, after they are fixed by the administrative adjudication unit or a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be a debt due the City of St. Louis and may be collected in accordance with applicable law. Upon being recorded in the manner required by state law or the Uniform Commercial Code, a lien may be imposed on the real or personal property of any contestant found liable for a municipal code violation in the amount of any debt due the City under this section and enforced in the same manner as a judgment lien under a court of competent jurisdiction.

K. Fiscal. All expenses of the administrative adjudication unit shall be payable from the Parking Fund and General Fund in proportion to the relative share of parking citations heard, reviewed or adjudicated by the administrative adjudication unit. All expenses of the administrative adjudication unit, including compensation or fees for the administrative hearing officers, shall be subject to appropriation.

L. Other. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to affect the validity of any other administrative adjudication systems authorized by local law and created by the City of St. Louis before April 1, 2007.
(Ord. 67513 1--12, 2007.)

17.62.270 Regulations generally.

A. No person shall park, cause, allow or permit to be parked any vehicle owned or operated by such person in any metered parking space without depositing the required coin designated herein at the slot provided on parking meters, and immediately thereafter actuating fully the meter starting mechanism, in accordance with the provisions of this part.

B. No person shall cause, allow, permit or suffer any motor vehicle registered in his name or under his control to be parked in a metered parking space beyond the lawful period of time prescribed for such space as provided herein.

C. No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited in said parking meter any coin for the purpose of increasing or extending the parking time of any vehicle beyond the legal parking time, as herein provided.

D. No person shall cause, allow, permit or suffer any motor vehicle owned or operated by such person to be parked across or outside of any line designating a metered parking zone space, or parked in a designated parking zone or area without a proper and duly authorized permit, or otherwise parked in violation of any parking regulations established by the Parking Commission. Any vehicle parked in contravention with these provisions shall be deemed to be illegally parked under the provisions of this part.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior: Ord. 52092 1, 1963: Ord. 49997 13, 1960: 1960 C. 885.130.)

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17.62.280 Prima facie evidence.

The presence of any vehicle found parked in violation of the provisions of this part in any parking meter zone space shall be prima facie evidence that the person, firm or corporation in whose name such vehicle is registered, in either the records of the City License Collector or the records of the Director of Revenue of the State, committed or authorized such violation.
(Ord. 49997 14, 1960: 1960 C. 885.140.)

17.62.290 Tampering with parking meters.

No person shall deposit in any parking meter of the City any slug or substitute for a coin of United States money or deface, injure, damage, tamper with or willfully break, destroy, or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this part.
(Ord. 49997 15, 1960: 1960 C. 885.150.)

17.62.300 Stealing money deposited in meters.

No person shall take, steal or carry away any moneys or coins deposited in any parking meter.
(Ord. 49997 16, 1960: 1960 C. 885.160.)

17.62.310 Reward for apprehension and conviction of violator of Sections 17.62.290 and 17.62.300.

The City Treasurer is hereby authorized to offer a standing reward of ten dollars ($10.00) for the apprehension and conviction of any persons violating the provisions of Sections 17.62.290 and 17.62.300 and such reward shall be paid from the money in the parking meter fund.
(Ord. 49997 17, 1960: 1960 C. 885.170.)

17.62.320 Commercial and other vehicle parking permits.

A. The Parking Commission shall establish and the Parking Supervisor shall administer a comprehensive parking permit program, including vehicle classes, permit fees and permit control devices, for commercial and other vehicles as necessary to effectively control public parking subject to the provisions of Section 17.62.050. Commercial vehicles with approved permits issued by the Parking Supervisor may occupy any parking space duly designated by the Parking Supervisor without payment of any additional meter fee for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise, but shall not remain longer than the maximum time period allowed pursuant to the approved parking permit program.

B. Whenever parking permit programs are established under any authorization of this section, the permit fees required to be paid shall be approved by the Parking Commission, collected by the Parking Supervisor and deposited into the parking fund by the Treasurer. The Supervisor of Parking shall establish and maintain a parking permit system as necessary to effectively control parking in designated areas. Such permit system shall include a schedule of operating hours, time limits and monetary rates for designated areas and vehicles and shall be approved by the Parking Commission.
(Ord. 62101 1 (part), 1990: prior Ord. 49997 18, 1960: 1960 C. 885.180.)

17.62.330 Possession of parking meter keys.

No person, except employees of the Parking Meter Division having the duty to open parking meters and such persons having supervisory authority over such employees, shall possess any key or other device for the purpose of opening City parking meters; provided further, any person violating the prohibition of this section shall, upon conviction be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the City workhouse for a period not to exceed one hundred days, or by both fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 51735 1, 1963: 1960 C. 885.181.)

17.62.350 Use of money collected.

The provisions of this part are to afford special facilities for parking of motor vehicles in the City.

Except as otherwise provided by ordinance, all money received in accordance with the provisions of this part is hereby declared to be for traffic regulation purposes and all such money to be employed by the City for the regulation of motor vehicle traffic including the providing of additional parking facilities both on the streets of the City and at other locations off such streets.
(Ord. 49997 20, 1960: 1960 C. 885.200.)

17.62.360 Existing parking meters.

All parking meters previously installed along the streets and public places of the City which are not in conflict with the provisions of this part shall be and are hereby declared lawful.
(Ord. 49997 21, 1960: 1960 C. 885.210.)

17.62.370 Hours for certain meters.

The parking meters on lots 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 of city block No. 1515 fronting on the west side of Ohio Avenue between Cherokee Street and Utah Street shall be operative between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. every day except Sundays, in addition to the hours. as regulated by the parking meter commission.

Any person, firm or corporation who parks or causes to be parked a vehicle in violation of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined the sum of not less than one dollar nor more than five hundred dollars.
(Ord. 49404 2, 1959: 1960 C. 885.240.)

17.62.380 Meters prohibited on Hampton Ave.

Parking meters are prohibited from being installed and maintained on Hampton Avenue between the south line of Itaska Street and north line of Robert Avenue and between the south line of Arsenal Street and the north line of Itaska Street by any board, department, division, agency, officer or employee of the City. Should parking meters be already installed prior to January 10, 1964 on one or both sides of Hampton Avenue between Itaska Street and Robert Avenue, the board, department, division, agency, officer, or employee of the City which installed the same, shall remove such meters within five days of January 10, 1964.
(Ord. 52320 1, 1964; Ord. 52319 1, 1964: 1960 C. 885.250.)

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