City Ordinances

This page will be used to post city ordinances which might be appropriate for some of our activities.


You can’t be discussing Beautification meeting business via email. That is a violation of the open meetings law.
Just a reminder that hitting a “reply all” constitutes discussion. You can send an email to all to share information, but you can’t reply all and have the membership begin a conversation about a topic. – Helen I.

Swearing In

No staff is at city hall on Saturday to swear people in.
If the person calls them, though, they’ll work something out. Most of the folks who volunteer for committees have a day job and they work to accommodate them. It only take a minute – I actually came in and did it over a lunch hour. Just have her call Helen 314-729-4700.

Sec. 17-25. – Beautification committee. (from Helen I)


Composition. The beautification committee shall consist of seven (7) residents of Crestwood having a passion for horticulture, environmental sustainability and city beautification. Members are appointed by the mayor with approval of a majority of the authorized membership of the board of aldermen. Reasonable efforts shall be made to ensure all wards are represented, however the qualifications of members shall be the primary guiding principle in making appointments and no board shall be deemed improperly constituted or unlawful if all wards of the city are not represented thereon. All members shall be appointed to terms of three (3) years in duration, with each term beginning and ending on July 1. The terms shall be staggered in three (3) groups with one (1) group consisting of three (3) members, and two (2) groups consisting of two (2) members each. Only one (1) group shall be appointed on July 1 of each year, and another group shall be appointed on July 1 of every following year.


Meetings and quorum. The beautification committee shall hold regular meetings at a minimum on a quarterly basis, at a time scheduled by the committee. A quorum shall consist of four (4) citizen members. The aldermanic representatives and any ex officio members do not count towards establishing quorum.


Attendance. Beautification committee members absent without excuse from three (3) consecutive meetings shall be subject to replacement by the mayor and a majority of the authorized membership of the board of aldermen.


Duties and responsibilities. The committee shall work closely with the parks department, and will advise the city on issues related to: 1) beautification and horticulture, such as plantings in public areas and green space design; 2) volunteerism and sponsorship; and 3) the city’s compliance with the Tree City USA Program, including serving as the city’s “tree board.”


Chairperson. The mayor shall appoint a chairperson from one (1) of the citizen members who shall serve as chairperson for the remainder of that person’s term. The chairperson shall be the presiding officer of all meetings of the committee and shall have voice and vote the same as all other members. At the beginning of each term, the committee shall organize by electing a vice-chairperson and a secretary from the members. The vice-chairperson shall act as chairperson in the chairperson’s absence. In the absence of the chairperson and vice-chairperson, the secretary shall serve as acting chairperson.


Aldermanic representatives. The mayor, with the approval of a majority of the members of the board of aldermen, shall appoint two (2) aldermanic representatives from the members of the board of aldermen to act as liaison between the board of aldermen and the beautification committee and provide policy direction. At least one (1) of the aldermanic representatives shall be present at all scheduled meetings of the beautificationcommittee. Participation in all discussions is strongly encouraged, but the representatives shall not have a vote. The mayor may act as a substitute or the mayor or aldermanic representatives may designate a substitute from the board of aldermen if an aldermanic representative is unable to attend a meeting.


Clerical staff. The beautification committee shall be provided with a clerical staff person by the city administration, who is not a voting member of the committee. It shall be the duty of this staff to take minutes of the proceedings of the committee. A set of minutes shall be made public in accordance with applicable state law.


Vacancies. Vacancies among members of the committee shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment with the replacement to serve the unexpired term.

(Ord. No. 4522, § 1, 12-9-14; Ord. No. 4762, § 7, 6-15-17)



Intersections.  Section 26-311.(2)f.

  1. Landscape plantings within or near street rights-of-way.In any zoning district where trees are to be planted within or near a street right-of-way, the following standards shall apply:
  2. Sight-distance triangle on private property.On a corner lot, development shall conform to the requirements of a sight-distance triangle in which nothing shall be erected, placed, planted, or allowed to grow between a height of two (2) feet and ten (10) feet above the grades at the back of the curb (or edge of pavement where no curb exists) of the intersecting streets, within the triangular area formed by the right-of-way lines and a line connecting them at points forty (40) feet from their point of intersection, or at equivalent points on private streets, except that the sight-distance triangle may be increased, when deemed necessary for traffic safety, by the director of public works.
  3. Sight-distance clearance within right-of-way.No tree or other landscape plantings exceeding two (2) feet in height at maturity shall be planted in public rights-of-way closer than forty (40) feet of any street corner, measured from the point of intersecting curbs or edge of pavement. The point of intersection is where the projection of a straight line along such curb or edge of pavement of each street intersects with each other.
  4. Plantings near fire hydrants.Except for grass or mulch, no landscape plantings shall be located within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant.
  5. Minimum distance between street and sidewalk.In no event shall a tree be planted where the clear space between the curb and a sidewalk is less than four (4) feet, except where authorized by the director of public works or his/her designated representative. Where there is space between the curb, or edge of pavement, and sidewalk of not less than four (4) feet, street trees may be planted. Such street trees shall be placed midway between the curb, or edge of pavement, and sidewalk wherever practical.
  6. Street trees between street and sidewalk-medium canopy.Where the planting area between the curb or edge of the roadway pavement and the edge of a sidewalk is limited to a width of between four (4) and five (5) feet, only medium canopy trees shall be planted, except as provided for in subsection 8. below.
  7. Street trees between street and sidewalk-large or medium canopy.Where the planting area between the curb or edge of the roadway pavement and the edge of the sidewalk is greater than five (5) feet, medium and/or large canopy trees shall be planted, except as provided for in subsection 8. below.
  8. Street trees where no sidewalk exists.On parcels of land where no sidewalk exists, the required canopy trees shall be planted in an area not more than four (4) feet nor less than three (3) feet from the back of the curb or the edge of street pavement.
  9. Interference with overhead utility wires.In instances where canopy trees of either medium or large size are likely to cause interference with overhead utility wires (as determined by the director of public works or his/her designated representative), understory trees may be acceptable for planting.
  10. Tree plantings prohibited near public right-of-way.No tree of any type shall be planted on private or public property within five (5) feet of the right-of-way of any public street.

Note – for plantings, the rule is that plants should be two feet or lower within a 40’triangle from the street intersection. If the street intersection is curved, the point is where the streets would intersect, not where the curve meets.Per J.G.

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