Borough of Green Tree, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Green Tree 7-7-1980 by Ord. No. 953 (Ch. 642 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 210-1 Purposes.

The purposes of this chapter are to provide for the protection of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare, the reduction in the incidence of criminal activity associated with loitering, and the enforcement of parental control of children and the responsibility of parents and guardians for their children and wards.

§ 210-2 Definitions.

[Amended 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 993]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining idle in essentially one location and includes the concept of spending time idly loafing and wandering around aimlessly.
MINOR
A person under the age of 18 years.
PARENT AND GUARDIAN
An adult person having the care or custody of a minor as a natural or adoptive parent, legal guardian, a person who stands in loco parentis or a person to whom legal custody has been given by court order.
PUBLIC PLACE
A place to which the general public has access, and includes streets, highways, roads, alleys and sidewalks. "Public place" also includes the front or immediate area of a store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and also public grounds, areas and parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant property not owned by or under the control of a person charged with violating any of the provisions of this chapter or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his or her parent or guardian.

§ 210-3 Types of loitering prohibited.

No person shall loiter either alone and/or in consort with others in a public place in such a manner so as to:
A. 
Obstruct a public place by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians;
B. 
Commit in or upon a public place an act or thing which is an obstruction of or interference with the free and uninterrupted use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in, upon, facing or fronting on such public place, all of which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress, egress and regress therein, thereon and thereto;
C. 
Obstruct or interfere with any person lawfully in a public place;
D. 
Make or cause to be made any loud, boisterous and unreasonable noise with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof; or
E. 
Making abusive remarks or epithets directed to a person which have a tendency to create an immediate threat to public safety, peace or order, including abusive remarks of a racial, religious, ethnic or sexist nature.

§ 210-4 Curfew for minors.

[Added 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 993]
A. 
Hours. No minor shall remain, idle, wander, stroll or play in a public place on foot or cruise about without a set destination in any vehicle in, about or upon any place in the Borough between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody or control of the minor, unless the minor is on an emergency errand or a specific business or activity directed or permitted by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody or control of the minor or unless the presence of such minor is connected with or required by any legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation.
B. 
Duty of owners of public places. No person who operates or has charge of a public place shall knowingly permit the presence of minors in such public place between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
C. 
Duty of parents. No parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody or control of a minor shall permit or, by inefficient and/or lack of control, allow such minor to be on the streets or sidewalks or on or in any public property or public place in the Borough between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day. However, this section does not apply if a minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody or control of the minor; if the minor is on an emergency errand or specific business or activity directed by his or her parent, guardian or other adult having the care, custody or control of the minor; or if the parent, guardian, custodian or other adult person has made a missing person notification to the Police Department.
D. 
Exception for special functions. Subsection B hereof does not apply to a minor who attends a special function or entertainment by a church, school, club or other organization that requires such minor to be out at a later hour than that called for in Subsection A hereof. A minor who attends such a function shall be at his or her residence or usual place of abode within 1/2 hour after such function has ended.

§ 210-5 Orders to disperse, etc.

A. 
When a person causes or commits any of the acts enumerated in § 210-3, a police officer or other law enforcement officer shall order such person to stop causing or committing such an act and to move on or disperse.
B. 
The police officer or other law enforcement officer shall also inform such person that:
(1) 
Failure or refusal to obey his or her order to stop causing or committing such act and to move on or disperse is a violation of this chapter; and
(2) 
Any resumption of similar activity prescribed by this chapter is a violation of this chapter.

§ 210-6 Offenses by minors; notification of parents.

[Amended 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 993]
A. 
If a minor violates any of the provisions of § 210-3 or 210-4, the police officer or other law enforcement officer shall obtain information from such minor as to his or her name, address and age and the name of his or her parents. The minor shall thereupon be instructed to proceed to his or her residence forthwith.
B. 
The information obtained from the minor, together with a report of the incident, shall be forwarded to the Police Chief, who shall cause a written notice to be mailed (certified and return receipt requested) to the parents of the minor, advising them of the violation of this chapter and of their responsibilities as set forth in § 210-7.

§ 210-7 Responsibility of parents.

[Added 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 993]
A parent who, after having received a written notice of his or her minor's violation of this chapter, knowingly permits or allows such minor again to violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be in violation of this chapter and subject to its penalties. As used in this section, "knowingly" includes knowledge which a parent should reasonably be expected to have concerning the whereabouts, activities or conduct of a minor in that parent's legal custody. It is intended to continue to keep neglectful or careless parents up to a reasonable community standard of parental responsibility through an objective test.

§ 210-8 Violations and penalties.

A. 
See Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-2, for the general penalty provisions of this Code.
B. 
Whoever violates any of the provisions of § 210-4 shall be fined not more than $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second violation, and from $50 to $300 for each succeeding violation, and shall be imprisoned not more than 10 days in an appropriate detention facility if the fine and the costs of prosecution are not paid within 10 days. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[Added 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 993]