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  88.080.  Street grading — assessment of damages, procedure. — 1.  In all cases where the proper authorities in any city in this state have graded or regraded, or may hereafter grade or change the grade or lines of any street or alley, or in any way alter or enlarge the same, or construct any public improvement, thereby causing damage to private property for public use, within the meaning of Section 26 of Article I of the State Constitution, without the consent of the owner of such property, or in case they fail to agree with the owner thereof for the proper compensation for the damages so done, or likely to be done or sustained by reason thereof, or if by reason of the legal incapacity of such owner, no such compensation can be agreed upon, the circuit court having jurisdiction over the territory embraced in such city on application by petition, either by the city authorities or the owner of the property for which damage is claimed, or any one on behalf of either, shall appoint three disinterested residents of such city, who shall meet upon the premises at a time by them to be appointed, of which they shall give personal notice to the owners, or their agents, of the land affected, if they can be found, as well as five days' notice by advertisement in the newspaper doing the city printing; and the commissioners, having first been duly sworn to perform their duties justly and impartially, and a true report to make, shall view the street or alley or improvement and premises affected by the change or enlargement or construction thereof, having due regard to and making just allowances for the advantages which have resulted or which may seem likely to result to the owner or owners of property for which damages may be allowed or claimed, and after such comparison shall estimate and determine whether any, and if any, how much damages such property may have sustained, or seems likely to sustain by reason thereof, and make report of the same, and if no exceptions be filed within ten days thereafter, or in the event exceptions are filed and overruled, the court shall confirm the report and enter judgment thereon with costs, from which judgment either or any party shall be entitled to an appeal or writ of error, as in other cases.

  2.  If the proceedings seek to affect the lands of persons under conservatorship, the conservators must be made parties; if the lands of married persons, their spouses must be made parties; if the possessor of lands to be affected has an estate less than a fee, the person having the next vested estate in remainder or reversion must, if known, be made a party.

  It shall not be necessary to make any persons parties in respect to their ownership unless they are in actual possession of the premises to be affected, or have a title to the premises appearing of record.

  3.  The petition shall set forth the general nature of the work or improvement causing damage to private property for public use as aforesaid, together with all the facts necessary to give the court jurisdiction in the premises, the names of the owners of the several lots or parcels of land to be affected thereby, if known, or if unknown, a correct description of the parcels whose owners are unknown.  The petition may be presented to the circuit court.

  4.  Upon filing the petition a summons shall be issued, giving the defendants at least ten days' notice of the time when the petition will be heard, which summons shall be served in the same manner as writs of summons are or may be by law required to be served.  If the name or residence of the defendants, or any of them, be unknown, or if they, or any of them, do not reside within the state, notice of the time of hearing the petition, reciting the substance of the petition, and the day fixed for the hearing thereof, shall be given by publication for four weeks consecutively prior to the time of the hearing of the petition, in the papers doing the city printing, and the court on being satisfied that due notice of the pending of the petition has been given, shall make the above appointment of commissioners.

  5.  The city authorities shall, before the filing of such petition, define by ordinance the limits within which private property is deemed benefitted by the change, enlargement, grading, regrading or improvement aforesaid, and the owners of the private property within such limits shall be made parties defendants, as provided in this section, and served with notice and process as provided in this section.

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(RSMo 1939 § 7373, A.L. 1945 p. 1306, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1634, A.L. 1983 S.B. 44 & 45, A.L. 1990 H.B. 1070)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7222; 1919 § 8676; 1909 § 9553


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