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O'Fallon Metal Detector Hobbyists Restricted; Must Turn Over Finds

The new parks ordinance places regulations on recreational metal detector users, who must turn their finds over to the city.

If you're into metal detecting as a hobby, keep in mind that anything you find in an O'Fallon city park belongs to the city.

State law requires found objects to be turned over the entity that owns the land where they were found, and O'Fallon city code now reflects that.

The O'Fallon City Council passed a new ordinance last week with new regulations about the use of recreational metal detectors in the city's parks. Six areas are listed as restricted, and metal detecting is not permitted:

  • Athletic fields
  • Historical areas
  • Irrigated lawns
  • Archaeological sites
  • Landscaped areas
  • Any area with a sign prohibiting metal detecting.

Further, in the places that recreational metal detecting is permitted, the only tool permitted is a probe "not greater than 1/4" in diameter and 12" in length." Any ground that is disturbed must be returned to its original condition.

Pet Regulations

In the same ordinance, some pet regulations that have been in effect in O'Fallon have been added to the city code.

The new ordinance also requires pets in the city's park to be restrained at all times on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets must have a rabies tag attached to their collars or in their owner's possession.

The ordinance lists events and areas from which pets are banned in O'Fallon:

  • Playgrounds
  • Heritage and Freedom Fest
  • Celebration of Lights Holiday Stroll

Service and law enforcement animals are exempt.

The City Council and Cindy Spring are hiring "Metal Detector Police Agents" at $28 an hour and they have even authorized an undercover unit. Look out!
You are doing a great recycling service to the Community and we appreciate your efforts!
Park's Director-Cindy Springer's Desk at the Train Depot on Civic Park Drive directly across from Civic Park.
The Mayor and City Council DO NOT have the balls to stand up to Park's Director Cindy Springer and put her in her place. Cindy gets what Cindy wants! All while making a $105,000 Salary, Great benefits and full use of a Ford Explorer to drive back and forth to Unincorporated Wentzville. Wow!
Tony agreed. So sad! Where is God and where are the residents in the Election process?
Look out for the Undercover "Metal Dector" Police!!!
Jeff all while the Mayor and City Council turn the Heritage and Freedom Fest into a Country Club (because they can not afford to pay for themselves) with Free Parking, Free Alcohol, Free Tickets, Free Meals, Free giveaways in a County Club atmosphere all while the Fest is subsidized 2-million over the revenues taken in. Only in America!
The Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler has 30 Interal Affairs Complaints against him from his own Staff and Police Officers, yet tell the Inspector of Police is told NOT to investigate. Is that right?
They may just give 90-Days in the City Jail!
The Mayor and City Council members need it for their Campaign Funds! Only in America! Yet they just gave themselves a 58-percent pay raise and more benefits less than two weeks before the election. But no residents know that!
Moran, it is shameful, if only the average O' Fallon Resident even knew the true facts.
Next the City Council is going to tell us what kind and color of cloths that we can and will wear or face fines.
Wow do I agree, just like the City Council gave themselves a 58-percent pay raise two weeks before the election, and gave a 75%-reduction in rent to the Rascals Baseball Team so that the Mayor and City Council can have a FREE Game Suite, FREE Tickets, FREE Beer, FREE Meals, Free Parking, FREE Giveaways. Only in America. Corruption and Greed.
You have that right, Jim, OUR City is a mess like the "Dog-Poo" in the Park's. Time to clean house and clean the mess!
Picket the City Council! Next meeting this Thursday!
This is just too much "Red-Tape" and power grabbing by the Park's Director Cindy Springer? When will some one on the City Council put her in her place as Bill Hennessy allows "Park Director GOES Wild!" Mrs. Springer did not even reach out to the community. Is she qualified to be the Park's Director? Or is she a Dictator, because she sure acts like one with Bill Hennessy's Blessing!
RyanC April 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM
PCAFTPCCMCWDOWDC, Seriously or are you just pointing what newly hired officers get paid?
No Ryan, the City Council is considering from the recommendation of the Park's Director-Cindy Springer and the Chief of Police-Roy Joachimstaler to hire five (5) "Park Metal Detector Officers" Missouri Depatment of Public Safety P.O.S.T. Certified Law Enforcment Officers. No joke! Contact Lenore Toser-Acting City Administrator and Vicki Boschert-Finance Director as it is in the 2013 Budget. Their number is 636-240-2000 and ask for them.
Scott Clark April 24, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Well put Ryan!
Scott Clark April 24, 2013 at 07:25 PM
The detecting community have seen this before and it's always caused by a serious lack of understanding of our hobby or the 99.9% of responsible participants. Now you have the attention of thousands of us, many with large social networks. Even some of the most prominent people in the hobby/industry are already blogging/talking about this! I am hopeful a reasonable solution will come from it and we can move the needle towards more cooperation! And if you have a problem with a detectorist damaging parks and leaving holes, by all means, fine them for damaging public property. Most detectorists are surgical and careful, removing endless bags of dangerous garbage from these parks including saw blades, razor blades, syringes, guns and knives. Any of these objects in the hands of a child are dangerous, but have them hit by a lawnmower and you have a recipe for a tragedy. In 3-5 hour park hunt, I will remove a shoebox full of metallic debris, half of which is sharp/dangerous in some way. Scott of http://www.detecting.us
RyanC April 24, 2013 at 07:37 PM
WOW! What a waste of money! What do they think they are protecting? Federal Battlefields don't even have "Park Metal Detector Officers." They must have buried some gold there somewhere, how else are they going to pay that much money?
Richard April 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM
That is totally unreasonalble that you have to turn over find to the city, the tax payers own the property so they havebthe right to keepbwhat they find granted it os not marked jewelery that couldbbe reunited with the owner, as far as the dogs they should be banned outright as they are a hazard to public health and a huge liability and nobody around here cleans the droppings or urine from where kids play
Rich Pope April 30, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Well, if I find something with a metal detector, I'm not turning it over. So screw you O'Fallon!
Songdog May 24, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Unbelievable! Now I know why I left O'Fallon after having spent my entire childhood growing up and attending school through graduation, and even having been married in O'Fallon. Never looked back and not a bit sorry for it!
Jim Frain May 24, 2013 at 07:21 PM
The Metal Detector controversy has been resolved by the City of O'Fallon...The city has worked closely with metal detector clubs who brought many positive things out to the city officials and all of this has been resolved properly for the city and the metail detectors. All's well that end's well.
Songdog May 24, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Can we have someone post the "rules" concerning the use of detectors, HERE, for all to see? I don't need any "gray areas" in case I am stopped. It would seem appropriate to have the ordinance posted here.
Jordan Lanham May 24, 2013 at 09:00 PM
The City Council approved a revised ordinance that separated the revised regulations regarding pets and the other minor revisions from the metal detecting issue. You can read the full ordinance here: http://www.ofallon.mo.us/city-council-meeting-agendas under Bill No. 6267.1 REV
Songdog May 25, 2013 at 02:57 AM
TX for the link. I appreciate it!
Songdog May 25, 2013 at 03:10 AM
So. I read the minutes from the May 9 workshop and am still unclear as to whether or not a person can metal detect in O'Fallon's city parks.

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