City of Jennings
MOW TO OWN PROGRAM
The City of Jennings “MOW TO OWN” program is for the residents of the City of Jennings who own either residential and/or commercial property directly next to the vacant city owned property the resident wishes to own. The City has owned and maintained many of these parcels for many years and it has been determined that these properties have become a burden on the city’s resources and there is a strong likely hood that they will not be developed to create new housing, industry or jobs. This program is being created to allow these parcels to return to the tax rolls and aide in returning our neighborhoods to a more welcoming area.
The “MOW TO OWN” Program mirrors the program utilized by the City of St. Louis, which has had success in many areas of the city helping to curve continued blight and deterioration. Similar to the City of St. Louis’s program ours will be a ‘sweat equity’ program in which residents can take immediate ownership of a vacant lot that is located next to an occupied property that they own, for a small fee. Participants will be required to maintain the lot by regularly mowing and removing any trash and debris for a period of twenty four (24) months without any code violations. If after twenty four months there are no violations found from the City’s Building Division and no complaints, the Building Division will remove the maintenance lien and the owner will own the property.
Step 1: Identify an Eligible Lot
Eligible Lots are:
Step 2: Applicant Qualifications
An applicant to qualify must:
Step 3: Maintenance Requirements
During the 24 month period, the applicant must agree to:
To apply for the Mow to Own Program:
Note: Participants may choose to acquire title insurance at their own cost.
What to Expect
Each application will be reviewed by staff to determine if the parcel meets the program’s requirements.
Once the application is approved the successful applicant will receive a deed to the property with a maintenance lien allowing the property to be reacquired by the City should the applicant fail to maintain the Lot.
Participant/Applicant Agrees that with respect to the “Mow to Own” program and lot(s) acquired:
If participant/applicant fails in any way to comply with the “Maintenance Requirements” as detailed in “Step 3” of the “Mow to Own Program” or the “Mow to Own Application” participant/applicant agrees the subject property and title/deed relating to the subject property shall, upon written notice from the city and a failure to cure said violation within ten (10) business days, transfer/revert back to the City of Jennings.
Upon participant/applicant’s failure to comply as referenced above, without notice, and without judicial proceedings of any kind, the City of Jennings may enter into repossess and maintain the property at participant/applicant’s expense and participant/applicant will immediately- within five (5) business days- complete and file the necessary paperwork to effectuate the transfer of the subject property, deed and title to same back to the City of Jennings. If the City of Jennings is forced to institutes an action or proceeding against the other party relating to the property and/or provisions of this “Mow to Own” program then the participant/applicant in such action or proceeding shall reimburse the City of Jennings for its actual attorneys’ fees, and costs and expenses incurred on any appeal, reversion and/or transfer of the property or in collection of any judgment.
Participant/Applicant also agrees to sign the attached “Waiver of Liability” form with respect to property, whereby, participant/applicant agrees to waive any and all liability against the City of Jennings whatsoever associated with the Property and assumes legal responsibility for the property in the event of any accident of any kind occurring on the property while the property is possessed, maintained and/or owned by the participant/applicant.
The City of Jennings, Missouri Welcomes You
The Mayor of Jennings, Missouri is elected for a four-year term and the Council members are elected for a two year term. The City is divided into four wards with two elected Council members per Ward. The Judge is appointed by the Mayor and Council.
If you are not a registered voter, we encourage you to visit Jennings City Hall, any library, or go on-line; it only takes a few minutes to register.
To our vibrant and growing community rich in traditions that is an ideal environment for your family. We encourage you to learn more about our community by visiting our Historical Society located at 8741 Jennings Station Road or by contacting Allan Stichnote at 314-951-4243
For our Jennings residents that are disabled or 55 and older, we provide transportation Monday through Friday to local businesses. To sign up call the Recreation Center Receptionist at 388-3040.
The City of Jennings has three wonderful parks, one includes a new baseball diamond, playground, walking trail and a gorgeous lake to sit near, relax and fish.
Attention all Property Owners & Residents of the
City of Jennings, Missouri
“Let’s get a good thing growing!”
“HELP KEEP OUR CITY CLEAN & BEAUTIFUL”
Removing fallen tree limbs, dead trees and shrubs from our lawns. Dead or dying trees and shrubs must be removed.
Keeping your lawn mowed and weeds cut. Grass and weeds must not be allowed to grow in excess of six (6) inches.
Painting and repairing our homes when necessary.
Storing trash in containers with watertight close fitting lids. All households must subscribe to trash service with the waste hauler under contract with the City of Jennings.
Picking up litter on our property and in our neighborhoods.
Encouraging one another not to litter our streets and parks.
Ensuring our pets have rabies shots, Jennings license tag and not letting them run loose.
Properly registering and displaying Jennings City stickers on each vehicle.
Obtaining permits from the Building Department at Jennings City Hall for any plumbing, electrical or mechanical work, for new fence and driveway and for alterations or additions to the interior of your home, before you start the work.
Ensuring that you have an inspection and occupancy permit whenever there is a new owner or new tenant. Any change in occupancy requires you to revise your existing occupancy permit.