Town of Wells, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Wells 3-11-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Obscenity — See Ch. 165.

§ 154-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining in essentially one location either alone or in concert with others.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the general public has access and the right to enter in or upon for business, entertainment or other lawful purposes, and shall include the front or immediate area around any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and also all public grounds, areas, beaches or parks.

§ 154-2 Loitering.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter in any public place, or in or about any building or dwelling or adjacent thereto, in such a manner so as to:
(1) 
Obstruct any public street or public place by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede an uninterrupted passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
(2) 
Commit in or upon any public street or public place any act which is an obstruction or interference to the free and uninterrupted use of any property or with any business being lawfully conducted by anyone in any public place or which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress and egress therein, thereon and thereto.
(3) 
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the discomfort or alarm of any person lawfully going in or going to or from any building, dwelling or public place.
B. 
When any person or persons cause or commit any of the conditions enumerated in Subsection A herein a police officer, or any law enforcement officer, shall order the person or persons to stop causing or committing such conditions and may, if he deems necessary for the preservation of public peace and safety, order that person or persons to move on and disperse. Any person who fails or refuses to obey any such order shall be guilty of a violation of this section.
C. 
This section shall not apply to peaceful picketing, public speaking or other lawful expressions of opinion not in contravention of other Town ordinances or state and federal laws.

§ 154-3 Obstructing traffic.

Two or more persons shall not stand together, or near each other, in any street or on any sidewalk in such a manner as to obstruct the free passage thereon or thereover. It shall be the duty of any police officer, constable or other authorized agent of the Town to order any person violating the foregoing provision of this section to move on and, if the person does not obey, to arrest and by lawful process cause him to be brought before the District Court.

§ 154-4 Disturbing the peace.

No person shall, in any street or public place, make any loud or unusual noise, either by voice or otherwise, or sing improper or boisterous songs or utter obscene and indecent and profane songs or words or in any unruly or boisterous manner disturb the quiet and good order of the Town.

§ 154-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-7-2000]
Any person or party who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100 plus costs recoverable for the use and benefit of the Town of Wells.