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Our History & Our Heritage

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Industrial Development of the Community

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Board of Adjustment (Section 405.740)

Board of Adjustment members are appointed by the Council for a term of five (5) years and shall be registered voters of the City and hold no other office or position in the City government except on short-term, interim study committees. The Board shall consist of five (5) regular members. Three (3) alternate members may be appointed to serve in the absence or disqualification of the regular members. This Board meets, as needed, on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Board shall have the following powers and it shall be its duty:

  1. To hear and decide appeals when it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Director of Public Works in the enforcement of the zoning ordinances of the City.
  2. To interpret the provisions of this Chapter in such a way as to carry out the intent and purpose of the plan, as shown upon the District Map fixing the several districts where the street layout actually on the ground varies from the street layout as shown on the map aforesaid.
  3. To permit the reconstruction of a non-conforming building which has been damaged by an act of God, explosion, fire or public enemy, to the extent of more than sixty percent (60%) of its reasonable value, where the Board finds some compelling public necessity requiring a continuance of the non-conforming use, and the primary purpose of continuing the non-conforming use is not to continue a monopoly.
  4. To permit a variation in the yard requirements of any district where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in the carrying out of these provisions due to an irregular shape of the lot, topographical or other conditions; provided, that such variation will not seriously affect any adjoining property or the general welfare.
  5. To authorize upon appeal, whenever a property owner can show that a strict application of the terms of this Chapter relating to the construction or alteration of buildings or structures or the use of land will impose upon him practical difficulties or particular hardship, such variations of the strict application of the terms of this Chapter as are in harmony with its general intent and purpose, but only when the Board is satisfied that a granting of such variation will not merely serve as a convenience to the applicant, but will alleviate some demonstrable and unusual hardship or difficulty so great as to warrant a variation from the Comprehensive Plan as established by this Chapter, and at the same time the surrounding property will be properly protected.

Architectural Board of Review

The Architectural Board of Review shall consist of the members of the Board of Adjustment of the City.

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Board of Appeals (Section 500.060)

The Board of Appeals shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. Two (2) alternate members may be appointed to serve in the absence or disqualification of the regular members. The term of office of the members of the Board shall be for five (5) years. All members shall be registered voters and residents of the City, shall serve without compensation, and shall hold no other office or position in the City except on short-term, interim study committees. This Board shall hear appeals from a decision of the Director of Public Works relative to provisions of the BOCA National Building Code, compliance with the minimum standards for exterior maintenance the Demolition Code and matters regarding mobile homes and mobile home parks. Each member shall have such training or experience in engineering, architecture, science, construction, building or property maintenance or related fields as may be sufficient to satisfy the Council, in its sole discretion, they are knowledgeable of the matters which come before the Board. The composition of the Board shall include a minimum of two (2) members experienced in a technical field and two (2) with experience in a construction trade. This Board meets on an as needed basis, generally on Monday evenings.

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City Plan Commission

The City Plan Commission shall consist of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Each member shall serve a term of three (3) years, and until a successor is appointed and qualified. Members of the Commission shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in City Government, except on short term, interim study committees. The Council shall make every effort to appoint persons with a demonstrated interest in planning and zoning of the City. This Commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

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Civil Service Board (Section 130.010)

Civil Service Board consists of nine (9) members appointed by the Council for a term of three (3) years. All members shall be registered voters of the City and hold no other elective or appointive office or position in the City government, except on short-term, interim study committees. The Civil Service Board shall have the power and be required to:

  1. Advise the Council and Personnel Director on problems concerning personnel administration.
  2. Make any investigation which it deems desirable concerning the administration of personnel in the City service and report its findings and recommendations to the Council at least once each year.
  3. Recommend to the Director of Personnel for his approval civil service rules and regulations pertaining to the administration of the classified service. After approval by the Personnel Director he shall submit them to the Council and they shall become effective when approved by the Council.
  4. Hear appeals from disciplinary actions against employees in the classified service and make recommendations thereon.

The Civil Service Board meets on an as needed basis.

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Community Enrichment Commission

A. The Community Enrichment Commission shall consist of a minimum of nine (9) members and a maximum of twenty-seven (27) members appointed by the Council. Five (5) members in attendance shall constitute a quorum. All members of the Commission shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in the City Government except on short-term, interim study committees. All appointments shall be for a term of three (3) years, except appointments to fill a vacancy shall be for the duration of the unexpired term and terms of original members and any members appointed to original terms following inception of the Commission shall be staggered for (1), two (2) and three (3) years such that the terms of approximately an equal number of members shall expire each year.

B. The Commission shall fix the time and place of its meetings and shall, except as herein provided, adopt such other procedures as the Commission deem necessary for the successful administration of the provisions and consummation of the purposes of this Chapter.

C. The Community Enrichment Commission shall focus on preservation and enhancement of the human environment in the City of Hazelwood, including, but not limited to, the promotion of literacy, learning, respect and diversity in all aspects of community life, beautification, the arts and the elimination of discrimination and to that end the Commission shall have the following powers and purposes:

  1. To conduct programs designed to promote literacy and encourage appreciation of and the highest standards in printed, recorded and videotaped material through cooperation with libraries, schools and other interested persons, groups and associations; and through dissemination of pertinent materials for supplementary and educational purposes to the public through such sources.
  2. To conduct programs designed to preserve, enhance, promote and celebrate diversity and respect among residents of the City and foster, through community affairs or otherwise, good will, cooperation and conciliation among the various groups within the community and outside the community.
  3. To formulate and carry out educational programs that will aid in the elimination and prevention of all types of prejudice and discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, creed, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sex.
  4. To conduct programs designed to promote pride in neighborhoods and the City by encouraging residents to improve and maintain their properties by establishing programs to assist residents, disseminating information on programs and reward programs for residents.
  5. To conduct programs and disseminate information about the arts in cooperation with interested groups and associations.
  6. To serve as ambassadors for the City at events sponsored by the City of Hazelwood or events sponsored by outside organizations as deemed appropriate by the Council.
  7. To conduct other programs and events promote awareness about issues and concerns in the City as deemed appropriate by the Commission and/or Council.
  8. To receive, hear, and investigate complaints and initiate its own investigations concerning racial, religious and ethnic group tensions, prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination and any breach of peace or disorder occasioned thereby and concerning any discriminatory practices against any person in employment, recreation, housing or other phase of public welfare because of age, ancestry, color, creed, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sex, and report same to the City Council with their recommendations.
  9. To receive and investigate any and all written complaints charging housing discrimination, seek conciliation of such complaints, hold hearings, make findings of fact and issue recommendations to the City Council and the City Attorney. The City Council shall review and make recommendations including the decision to prosecute or to instruct the City Attorney to file a civil suit to enjoin the violation or to take other appropriate action. The Commission shall administer the City’s Fair Housing Code as contained in the Hazelwood Municipal Code in a manner affirmatively to further the policies of that Code and to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  10. To make recommendations to the City Council concerning the adoption of policies, procedures and legislation which will aid in the elimination of all types of discrimination based upon age, ancestry, color, creed, handicap, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sex and/or which will foster an appreciation of reading, learning and other endeavors that shape the human spirit and give substance to the human environment of our community.
  11. The commission may adopt such rules, procedures and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of the United States and the State of Missouri and Charter and ordinances of the City of Hazelwood for the guidance and carrying out of its activities as it deems proper, including the right to public or private hearings, subpoena witnesses and compel their attendance, administer oaths, take the testimony of any person under oath relating to any matter under investigation or in question. The Commission may make rules as to the issuance of subpoenas. Refusal to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to this section may be certified to the Municipal Court of the City of Hazelwood for appropriate action.
  12. The Commission shall elect a Chairman from one (1) of its appointed members, shall set time and place of its meetings, and shall furnish the City Council with copies of the minutes of said meetings. (Ord. No. 3280-01 1,8-15-01)

Historic Preservation Commission (Section 415.030)

The Historic Preservation Commission shall consist of nine (9) members. All members of the Commission shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in the City Government except on short-term, interim study committees. All appointments shall be for a term of three (3) years. The City Council shall make every reasonable effort to appoint persons with a demonstrated interest in the history and preservation of the City of Hazelwood. To the extent available in the community, the Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall include professional members representing such disciplines as architecture, law, real estate brokerage, banking, history, or other fields related to historic preservation and residents of Historic Districts. This Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Knobbe House.

The Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. To adopt its own procedural regulations, provided such regulations are consistent with this Chapter, all other ordinances and the Charter of the City, and the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri.
  2. To conduct an ongoing survey for the identification of historically, archaeologically and architecturally significant properties, structures, sites and areas that exemplify the cultural, social, economic, political, or architectural history of the nation, State or City; and to maintain the research information in an inventory accessible to the public.
  3. To investigate and recommend to the City Plan Commission and the City Council, the adoption of ordinances designating properties or structures having special cultural, historic, archaeological, community or architectural value as landmarks.
  4. To investigate and recommend to the City Plan Commission and the City Council the adoption of ordinances designating areas as having special cultural, historic, archaeological, community or architectural value as Historic Districts.
  5. To keep a register of all properties and structures which have been designated as landmarks or Historic Districts, including all information required for each designation.
  6. To confer recognition upon the owners of landmarks and property or structures within Historic Districts by means of certificates, plaques, or markers; and to make recommendations for the design and implementation of specific markings of the streets and routes leading from one landmark or Historic District to another.
  7. To advise and assist owners of landmarks and property or structures within Historic Districts on physical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and reuse, and on procedures for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
  8. To nominate, through the City Plan Commission and City Council, landmarks and Historic Districts to the Hazelwood Historic Register, and to the National Register of Historic Places, and to review and comment on any nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
  9. To inform and educate the citizens of the City of Hazelwood concerning the historic, archaeological and architectural heritage of the City through publication or sponsorship of maps, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, programs and seminars by the City, the Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission, or other appropriate parties.
  10. To hold hearings and to review applications for construction, alteration, removal or demolition affecting proposed or designated landmarks or structures within Historic Districts and recommend the issuance or denial of certificates of appropriateness for such actions. Applicants may be required to submit plans, drawings, elevations, specifications, and other information as may be necessary to make decisions.
  11. To hold hearings on each proposed nomination of a landmark or Historic District and on the guidelines developed for each nomination.
  12. To recommend the issuance of stop work orders for any construction, alteration, removal or demolition undertaken without a certificate of appropriateness or to recommend work that violates the conditions of a certificate of appropriateness, be stopped.
  13. To review all applications for demolition permits within the corporate limits of the City to determine impact to significant cultural resources, including those not yet nominated as landmarks or as contributing properties within an Historic District and make recommendations to the Public Works Department.
  14. To consider and make recommendations concerning applications for a certificate of economic hardship that would allow the performance of work for which a certificate of appropriateness has been denied.
  15. To develop specific design guidelines based on the Secretary of the Interiors Standards of Rehabilitation for the alteration, construction, or removal of landmarks or property and structures within Historic Districts.
  16. To review proposed zoning amendments, applications for special use permits, or applications for zoning variances that affect proposed or designated landmarks or Historic Districts. The City Clerk shall send applications for special use or zoning variations in Historic Districts to the Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission for comment at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the hearing by the City Council, the City Plan Commission or the Board of Adjustment.
  17. To administer on behalf of the City of Hazelwood any property of historical significance or full or partial interest in real property, including easements, that the City of Hazelwood may have or accept as a gift or otherwise, upon approval by the City Council.
  18. To accept and administer on behalf of the City of Hazelwood, upon approval of the City Council, such gifts, grants, and money as may be appropriate for the purposes of this Chapter. Such money may be expended, after approval by the City Council, for publishing maps and brochures or for utilizing staff persons or consultants or performing other functions for the purpose of carrying out the duties and powers of the Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission and the purposes of this Chapter.
  19. To call upon available City staff members as well as other experts for technical advice.
  20. To recommend the retention of such specialists or consultants or appointment of such citizen advisory committees as may be required from time to time.
  21. To testify before all boards and commissions, including the City Plan Commission and the Board of Adjustment, on any matter affecting historically, archaeologically, culturally and architecturally significant property, structures, sites and areas.
  22. To make recommendations to the City Council concerning budgetary appropriations to further the general purposes of this Chapter.
  23. To develop a preservation component in the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Hazelwood and to recommend it to the City Plan Commission and to the City Council.
  24. To periodically review Chapter 405, Zoning Regulations, and to recommend to the City Plan Commission and the City Council any amendments appropriate for the protection and continued use of landmarks or property, sites and structures within Historic Districts.
  25. To undertake any other action or activity necessary or appropriate to the implementation of its powers and duties or to the implementation of the purpose of this Chapter.

The Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall undertake an ongoing survey and research effort in the City of Hazelwood to identify neighborhoods, areas, sites, structures, and objects that have historic, cultural, archaeological, architectural or aesthetic importance, interest, or value. The Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall develop a plan and schedule for conducting a comprehensive survey of the City of Hazelwood to identify significant resources. As part of the survey, the Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall review and evaluate any prior surveys and studies by any unit of government or private organization and compile appropriate descriptions, facts, and photographs. The Hazelwood Historic Preservation Commission shall identify potential landmarks and Historic Districts and adopt procedures to recommend nomination.

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Neighborhood Watch Commission (Section 200.060)

A Neighborhood Watch Commission is hereby established in the City of Hazelwood, Missouri. The Commission shall consist of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council, and each member shall serve a term of three (3) years. In addition to the nine (9) members, the Police Chief, or his designee, shall serve as Commission liaison. However, the Police Chief shall not vote or hold office on the Commission. Members of the Commission shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in City Government, except on short term, interim study committees. The City Council shall make every effort to appoint persons with a demonstrated interest in crime prevention. This Commission meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Police Station.

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Parks and Recreation Board (Section 250.180)

The Parks and Recreation Board shall consist of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Each member shall serve a term of three (3) years. Members of the Board shall be registered voters of the City and shall hold no other office or position in City Government, except on short term, interim study committees. This Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center East. The Parks & Recreation Board makes recommendations regarding the operations of the parks in the City.

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