Borough Ordinances - Parkside Police Department, Parkside, Pennsylvania

Homepage Chief's Message Our Officers Informational Links Parkside Borough Homepage Contacts

Borough Ordinances

THE PURPOSE OF LAWS AND RULES

Although it may seem at times that laws and rules are nothing but obstacles to your freedom, most laws and rules have legitimate reasons for their existence. There are three reasons for a law or rule to exist:

  • A law exists because a majority of the people in this country agrees with it. Why can't you walk down the street naked on a hot summer day? Because a majority of people in this country don't want to look at you. It's as simple as that.
  • A law exists because it promotes the health or safety of everyone in society. Seat belt laws are enforced in all 50 states because seat belts save a lot of lives. A majority of people will normally support life-saving rules even if they infringe on personal freedoms to some extent. All building codes and health ordinances exist to protect the public in this same way.
  • A law exists because it helps society to function more smoothly. Traffic lights are a perfect example of this sort of law. Because people obey traffic lights society works efficiently. If everyone did whatever they felt like doing at every intersection, we would have anarchy.

So, with that said, below are many of the Parkside Borough Ordinances that will be strictly enforced by the Parkside Police Department.

Curfew: Chapter 65

Dogs and Other Animals: Chapter 69

Loitering: Chapter 108

Noise: Chapter 116

Peddling and Soliciting: Chapter 129

Abandon Vehicles: Chapter 174

Vehicles and Traffic: Chapter 176

To View the entire Code of Parkside Borough, Click Here.

Curfew

65-2 Purpose: Enacted on December 1, 1971, prescribing, in accordance with prevailing community standards, regulations for the conduct of minors on the streets at night, effectively enforced, taught in the homes and adhered to for generations, for the good of all minors and for the furtherance of family responsibility and for the public good, safety and welfare.

65-3 Time of Night: Based upon the prevailing standard of time, whether Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time, generally observed at that hour by the public in the borough, prima facie the time then observed in the Borough Municipal Office and the Police station.

Year of Age: Continues from one birthday, such as the 17th to, but not including the date of the next, such as the 18th birthday, making it clear that 17 or fewer years of age is herein treated as the equivalent to the phrase "under 18 years of age."; Similarly for the example, "11 or fewer years of age" means under the age of 12 years of age.

65-4 Time of Curfew for Minors:

It shall be unlawful for any person 17 or fewer years of age (under 18) to be or remain in or upon the streets within the Borough of Parkside at night during the period ending at 6:00 am and beginning at 10:00 pm.

65-5 Exceptions: There are many exceptions, and you may stop by or call the Police Station to obtain that information.

65-6 Parental Responsibility:

It shall be unlawful for a parent having legal custody of a minor knowingly to permit or by inefficient control to allow such minor to be or remain upon any borough street under circumstances not constituting an exception to or otherwise beyond the scope of the Curfew Ordinance. The term "knowingly"; includes knowledge which a parent should reasonably be expected to have concerning whereabouts of a minor in the parent’s legal custody. It is intended to continue to keep neglectful or careless parents to a reasonable community standard of parental responsibility through an objective test. It shall, a fortiori, be no defense that a parent was completely indifferent to the activities or conduct or whereabouts of such minor.

Dogs and Other Animals

69-1 Responsibilities of Owners:

No person who owns, maintains, keeps or has custody of a dog, cat or other animal shall fail to use all reasonable precautions to confine or contain such dog, cat or other animal to the property of such person or the property which the owner, custodian or keeper has permission to use for such purpose.

69-2 Running at large and other nuisances:

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to permit any dog, cat or other animal to become a nuisance in any way within the Borough of Parkside.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to permit any dog, cat or other animal to run at large with in the Borough of Parkside.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to allow or permit his or her dog, cat or other animal to be upon any public or private property including sidewalks and streets, within the Borough of Parkside unless said dog, cat or other animal is on a leash or upon property owned by the owner of said dog, cat or other animal.

C. Any person or persons who keeps or maintains a dog, cat or other animal shall be responsible for the immediate removal of droppings when said dog, cat or other animal is upon property other than that of the owner; said owner is required to carry and use a plastic bag and scoop or other suitable equipment for this removal.

69-3 Animals at Large; tying in streets:

No person shall cause or permit a dog, cat or other animal to run at large in any public place or street in the borough or tie or fasten any dog, cat or other animal in any of the streets of the borough for the purpose of grazing, feeding or exercising.

69-4 (Removed From Borough Ordinances)

69-5 Disturbing the peace: No person shall harbor or keep any dogs, cats or other animals which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.

69-6 Treatment: No person shall treat an animal in the borough in a cruel or inhuman manner. Beating, underfeeding, overloading and abandoning animals shall be considered cruel and inhuman treatment within the meaning of this section.

69-11 Removal and disposal of dead animals:

It shall be the duty and obligation of all owners, leaser or occupiers of any real property within the borough to provide for the removal and disposal of any and all dead cats, dogs and other animals upon such real property. It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer (ACO) of the borough to remove and dispose of all dead cats, dogs and other animals from the streets, highways and other public ways and places of the borough.

69-12 Cleanliness of enclosures:

No person shall cause or allow any stable, house, hut, area or place where any dog, cat or other animal is or may be kept to become unclean or unwholesome.

69-13 Impounding: Any dog, cat or other animal found in the borough either without a Delaware County license or running at large under conditions set forth in this chapter is herby declared to be a nuisance and shall be impounded as hereinafter provided.

69-16 Violations and Penalties:

The owner of any dog, cat or other animal found violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, pay a fine, plus court costs. Fines increase based on subsequent violations.

Loitering

108-1 Loitering Prohibited:

Loitering is hereby prohibited within the Borough of Parkside. Any person who shall be guilty of any act, word or conduct causing or tending to cause a disturbance of the peace and good order of the borough or causing or tending to cause any danger, discomfort or annoyance to any of the inhabitants of the borough or user of the borough streets, thoroughfares or public property or who shall willfully make any loud, boisterous or unseemly noise or disturbance or who shall fight, argue or quarrel or incite others to fight, argue or quarrel or who shall publicly make use of obscene or indecent language or who shall loiter, loaf, assemble, congregate, muster or mill upon any of the public grounds, public streets, sidewalks or thoroughfares in the Borough of Parkside, to the annoyance of peaceable residents nearby or travelers upon the public streets, sidewalks or thoroughfares or citizens lawfully upon any public grounds in the borough, whereby the public peace is broken or disturbed or the traveling public annoyed shall be guilty of loitering.

108-2 Violations and Penalties:

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and the costs of prosecution and in default of payment of such fine and costs to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.

Noise

116-4 [Amended 4-23-2003 by Ord. No. 424 approved 4-23-2003; 6-23-2004 by Ord. No. 436, approved 6-23-2004]

No person, persons, business or corporation shall operate or cause to be operated any sound-producing device or machine, neither electric, electronic nor mechanical in nature that causes public inconvenience, disturbance or annoyance. This includes but is not limited to televisions, radios, phonographs, tape and disc players, live music, singing, musical instruments, horns, bugles, klaxons, motor vehicles, motorcycles, loud speech and conversation. "Sound";, as used in this section, shall mean any unreasonable vibration or noise as detected, witnessed, observed or heard by either a law enforcement officer or code enforcement officer employed by the Borough of Parkside.

Peddling and Soliciting

129-1 General Provisions:

A. The following are hereby declared by the Council of the Borough of Parkside to be against the public health, welfare and good order. It shall be illegal for any person, persons, company or corporation to act, permit or allow any of the actions in the section of this chapter.

129-2 License Required:

From the date of enactment of this chapter, every hawker, peddler, street seller or vendor or solicitor of any kind who shall sell or offer for sale in or upon the streets of the Borough of Parkside, Pennsylvania, any service or merchandise or goods of any kind or solicit orders for the same from house to house within the limits of Parkside Borough shall, before so doing, obtain from the Borough Secretary a license, and shall be bound by the terms of this chapter. Any such license shall expire six (6) months after its issuance.

129-4 Parking of Vehicles:

No person as described in this chapter shall be permitted to park any truck or other vehicle on any street or streets of the borough and conduct or transact business there from; however, any licensee shall be permitted to stop or park in front of any residence or place of business while conducting business with the owner or the tenant thereof.

129-5 Hours of Operation:

No person licensed under this chapter shall be permitted to commence business in said borough prior to 9:00 a.m. or continue after 8:00 p.m. neither shall any business be transacted on any Sunday. In addition any vending of ice cream or water ice shall be prohibited from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Borough of Parkside although it may commence from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

129-7 Display of License:

The license issued shall be in the possession of any person covered by this chapter and shall be exhibited upon demand of any Police Officer or to any borough official.

Vehicles, Abandoned

174-1 Definitions:

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:

NOTICE - "Notice"; shall be given either orally by a duly authorized Police Officer of the Borough of Parkside or by certified mail, return receipt requested, from a representative of Council of the Borough of Parkside.

OPEN - Any mode of storage, parking or collection in which the vehicle is not completely within an enclosed and locked permanent building.

Vehicle - Includes all automobiles or other motor vehicles as well as the major parts thereof, including engine, block, head, transmission, rear end, axles, body panels and similar parts.

174-2 Storage or Parking Prohibited:

A. Any person, firm or corporation who leaves, parks or stores any vehicle of any kind in a wrecked, junked, stripped or abandoned condition where, as a result thereof, said vehicle presents a danger to the health and welfare or safety of the community or any citizen shall be considered to maintain a nuisance in fact where the requisite proof thereof is presented before the District Justice, unless the same is pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance or other borough authorization.

B. No person, persons, company or corporation shall, in the residential zone of the Borough of Parkside, Pennsylvania, repair, reconstruct, rebuild or alter, either wholly or partially, any motor vehicle which is not registered and owned by a person or persons having a legal residence or habitation at that address.

174-3 Notice to Remove:

Upon notice given, the responsible party shall, within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of said notice, cause the removal of said vehicle from the Borough of Parkside or to a completely enclosed and locked permanent building.

Vehicles and Traffic

176-1 Speed Limits:

It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to be operated on the streets and highways of the Borough of Parkside at a rate of speed in excess of 25 miles per hour.

Exceptions: On State Highway Rt. 352 (Edgmont Ave.) where the speed limit is clearly posted at 35 miles per hour, or at 15 miles per hour when the School Zone is active.

176-2 Operation of Vehicles on Sidewalks:

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle, including but not limited to motor vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles, on or upon any sidewalk within the Borough of Parkside.

176-5 Overnight Parking of Certain Vehicles Prohibited:

No motor vehicles having an unloaded weight of more than four tons (8,000 pounds) shall park overnight upon any street or highway within the Borough of Parkside.

176-6 Vehicle Weight Limits:

No truck having an unloaded weight of more than four tons (8,000 pounds) shall enter upon or travel upon any street or highway of the Borough of Parkside, other than Edgmont Avenue, except for the purpose of delivery.

176-18 Abandoned Vehicles Prohibited:

Between the street line and the front of building line of any property, and between the street line and the side building line of any corner property, there shall be no vehicle parked or stored which are inoperable, wrecked, without a current license and/or registration and/or without a current inspection.

© 2007-2008 Parkside Borough Police Department. All rights reserved.
Blue Pixel Web Design