Township of Haddon, NJ
Camden County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Haddon 10-6-1964 by Ord. No. 489. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adult bookstores and theaters — See Ch. 71.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public — See Ch. 75, Art. II.
Curfew — See Ch. 101.
Firearms — See Ch. 115.
Littering — See Ch. 149.
Noise — See Ch. 161.
Conduct in parks — See Ch. 172.
Trespassing — See Ch. 219.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make or aid, countenance or assist in making an improper noise, riot, disturbance or breach of the peace in the streets and highways or elsewhere within the Township, and it shall be unlawful for any persons to collect in bodies or crowds for idle or unlawful purposes to the annoyance or disturbance of citizens or travelers.
It shall be unlawful for any person to injure or destroy or assist in injuring or destroying any bridge or its appurtenances or any public building or other property belonging to the Township. In addition to the penalty provided by this chapter, such person shall be liable for all damage or injury done.
No person shall, within the limits of the Township of Haddon:
A. 
Enter any building or any public or private lands and break, injure or deface such buildings or any part thereof or the fences, outhouses or other property belonging to or connected with such building or lands, or cause any disturbance at any school, building or public building, or molest or give annoyance to children attending such school or public building or annoy any person or any teacher therein.
B. 
Willfully obstruct, molest, hinder, annoy, frighten, threaten, insult or interfere with any other person or persons lawfully upon any public thoroughfare or in any public place or in any automobile, bus or other public or private conveyance lawfully upon any public thoroughfare.
C. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection C, regarding loitering on private property, was repealed 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 1285.
D. 
Make or aid, countenance or assist in making any improper noise, riot, disturbance or breach of the peace in the streets and highways or elsewhere within the Township.
E. 
Collect in bodies or crowds for idle or unlawful purposes to the annoyance or disturbance of citizens or travelers.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 175-4, Disorderly conduct generally, was repealed 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 1285.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make or assist in making any riot, noise or disturbance at any house, shop, restaurant, taproom, bar, liquor store, theater, movie theater, store or other place within the Township.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 175-6, Public intoxication, was repealed 8-26-2008 by Ord. No. 1229.
No person shall set off or discharge any revolver, pistol, gun, cannon or firearm of any description using cartridges or gunpowder for ammunition, provided always that nothing contained herein shall be construed to extend to any military maneuvers, to any target practice, to the explosion of dynamite or similar material used for blasting purposes under proper supervision or to any police officer in the line of duty.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to set up, keep or maintain, or permit to be set up, kept or maintained, in any house or premises occupied by him, any faro table, faro bank, roulette or other device or game of chance, hazard or address for the purpose of gaming, or any boxing ring, cockpit or other place for the exhibition of animals in fight. It shall be the duty of the police, and they are hereby authorized and empowered, to enter upon any premises where any instruments or devices employed in gaming shall be used, contrary to the provisions of this section. and, except in the case of ball alleys, bowling alleys and billiard tables, to carry away and destroy the same.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to deal, play or engage in faro, roulette or other device or game of chance, or buy or sell what is commonly known as a "pool" or any interest or share in any such pool, or to make or take what is commonly known as a "book," upon the running, pacing or trotting of any horse, mare, gelding or other animal, or any game, race or contest, or have in possession any ticket, slip or other writing or printing of an interest or share, or showing or indicating an interest, share, bet or pledge, in any pool, lottery, racing contest or other game of chance, or to keep or attend a place to which persons may resort for engaging in any such acts or for gambling in any form, and no person shall aid, abet, assist or participate in any such pool, lottery, race or other contest or game of chance.
It shall be unlawful for any person falsely to assume to be or to represent himself to be an officer of the Township. The attempting without legal authority to exercise the power and authority of an officer of the Township is prohibited.
[Amended 3-25-2014 by Ord. No. 1316]
It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in any street or public place in a state of nudity, or to make any indecent exposure of his person or engage in any lewd or indecent act or behavior.
A. 
For the purpose of this section, "malicious mischief" shall be defined and considered as any malicious or mischievous physical injury either to the property or rights of another or to those of the public in general and without the consent of the owner.
B. 
Without excluding any act not herein named but expressly included herein, the following acts within the limits of the Township shall be and constitute malicious mischief:
(1) 
Damaging a building by explosion.
(2) 
Burning crops, timber or grass.
(3) 
Altering or removing a railroad signal or light or exhibiting false lights or signals.
(4) 
Maliciously injuring, destroying, defacing or removing any milestone, post, guideboard or street marker; bridge; pier; tree; private way; rock, post or other monument for designating property; telegraph or telephone wire, or cable or appurtenances belonging thereto; pipe or main for conducting gas or water and appurtenances thereto; electric lines, lamps, posts and appurtenances thereto; sewer or drain or pipe connected therewith; fire hydrants, hose or appliances; fire extinguishers; danger and guideposts.
(5) 
Entering upon the garden, orchard or improved cultivated or enclosed lands of another and willfully or wantonly severing, destroying, carrying away or injuring the trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, moss, turf, grain, grass, hay, fruit or vegetables thereon.
(6) 
Digging, taking or carrying away earth, soil or stone from the land of another.
(7) 
Placing any structure upon the land of another.
(8) 
Breaking plate glass windows or doors of another.
(9) 
Breaking, defacing or injuring any house of religious worship.
(10) 
Connecting any tube, pipe, wire or other instrument with any instrument used for conducting gas, fuel, electricity or water without the same passing through a meter or other instrument.
(11) 
Altering, injuring or preventing the action of a meter, valve, stopcock or other instrument used for measuring quantities of gas, electricity or water.
(12) 
Breaking, defacing or causing to be broken or defaced the seal on any water meter.
(13) 
Loosening the brake or blocking of any car standing on any railroad track in the Township.
(14) 
Taking or carrying away any coal or other fuel from any railroad car or environs in the Township.
(15) 
Knowingly or willfully destroying or carrying away the rails or boards, wood or other lumber of another, or tearing down or removing any structure or part thereof, or destroying or removing therefrom any plumbing, electrical equipment or other appurtenances.
(16) 
Maliciously destroying, injuring or secreting any goods, chattels or valuable papers of another.
(17) 
Wantonly or unnecessarily removing, cutting, injuring or destroying any tree, shrub, vine, moss or turf growing or being located upon any public lands of any character whatsoever, including all public parks and the entire rights-of-way of all public highways, roads, streets and alleys.
(18) 
Willfully topping, cutting, burning, breaking down, injuring, destroying or otherwise interrupting or interfering with the current, lines, cables, poles, towers, fixtures or appliances of any telephone or telegraph company, electric light or power company or municipality engaged in furnishing communication, light, heat or power by electricity; or in any way injuring, removing, destroying or interfering with any gas, water or electrical fixtures or appliances.
Whoever accosts or approaches any person of the opposite sex unknown to such person and by word, sign or gesture attempts to speak to or to become acquainted with such person against his will, on a public street or other public place in the Township, except in the transaction of legitimate business, or whoever attempts to entice or procure a person of the opposite sex to commit an unlawful act, or whoever accosts or approaches any person and by word, sign or gesture suggests or invites the doing of any indecent or unnatural act, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to disquiet or disturb any congregation or assembly met for religious worship in any church or other building by making a noise or by rude or indecent behavior or profane discourse within the place of worship.
It shall be unlawful for any person to resist or in any manner interfere with the Chief of Police or his Deputies or any member of the police force or other Township officer in the lawful discharge of his duty.
[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
A. 
No person shall purposely or knowingly vandalize, deface or otherwise damage the real or personal property of another by painting, writing, drawing, or otherwise inscribing, in any fashion, graffiti. Graffiti shall include any form of painting, writing, drawing or inscription, regardless of content, which is placed on real or personal property without the express or implied permission of the owner of said property or public entity.
B. 
An owner of real or personal property is any person, business entity, or public entity having possession, control or title to said property.
C. 
For purposes of § 175-15 herein, the act of placing graffiti shall constitute the willful, malicious or unlawful injury or destruction to real or personal property.
[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
If, at the time of the offense charged, any person shall be under the age of 18 years, the Superior Court of New Jersey shall have exclusive jurisdiction of the trial of such infant or infants, and such infant or infants shall be surrendered to the Superior Court, and the case, including all papers and process thereto, shall be transferred to said Court as provided by law.
[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
A. 
Any person who violates the provisions of this § 175-15 shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the violations and penalties as set forth in § 1-15 of this Code and § 175-20 of this chapter. As a condition of sentencing, the Municipal Court shall have the authority to order that the offender be responsible for cleaning, repairing, painting or otherwise restoring the damaged property to the condition it was prior to being damaged, provided that a determination is made that any restoration efforts made by the offender shall not subject the offender to unreasonable risk of death or serious physical injury or otherwise be in violation of law. In the event that the offender is unable for any reason to comply with the above, the Municipal Court shall have the authority to order that said offender make full monetary restitution to restore the property to its original undamaged condition. The Municipal Court shall have the full discretion to set the terms of restitution.
B. 
A Graffiti Trust Account maintained by the Township specifically for the remediation of graffiti on public property within the Township is hereby created. The Township Commissioners and Township Treasurer shall control the allocation of the funds in the Graffiti Trust Account for the remediation of graffiti within the Township, which shall include cleaning, repairing, painting or otherwise restoring the damaged public property to the condition it was in prior to any remediation. Any remediation of public property subjected to graffiti may be funded by the Graffiti Trust Account at the discretion of the Township Commissioners and Township Treasurer. Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a mandatory assessment of $50 to be paid to the Graffiti Trust Account.
C. 
Any private property that has been subjected to graffiti shall not be eligible for the Graffiti Trust Account. Such private property owner or tenant must remediate his/her property within 30 days of the initial discovery of the graffiti. Any private property owner or tenant failing to remediate its property within 30 days shall be in violation of this chapter and shall be subject to a mandatory assessment of $50 to be paid to the Graffiti Trust Account. Any private property subject to this provision shall be entitled to full restitution for graffiti clean-up in the event the offender is apprehended and convicted.
[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
Any parent, guardian or other person having legal custody over an infant under 18 years of age who fails or neglects to exercise supervision and control over such infant, shall be presumptively liable for any destruction or damage caused by such infant under § 175-15 above to the Township of Haddon or any public authority under the Township of Haddon, provided that said Township or other public authority is the owner of the property subjected to said destruction or damage. Said parent may be held liable for the current costs of replacement or repair, and it shall be no defense that the cost of replacement or repair is greater than the original value of the damaged property or the original costs of installation.
[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
The Township Treasurer shall report annually to the Township Commissioners on the status of the Graffiti Trust Account. At the very least, such report shall include the amount currently in the fund, and the amount allocated to graffiti remediation over the past year.
[Amended 4-7-1987 by Ord. No. 819; 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 1150]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court of the Township of Haddon, or such other court having jurisdiction, be subject to the violations and penalties as set forth in § 1-15 of the Code of the Township of Haddon. Each day that a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation, subject to the penalty provisions of this chapter.
[Added 11-29-2005 by Ord. No. 1149]
A. 
No person 18 years of age or older, who has been convicted of a violation of any crime against a minor as listed in N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2, and who as a result of said conviction is required to register with the proper authorities pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-1 et seq., Registration and Notification of Release of Certain Offenders, shall be permitted to reside or live within 2,500 feet of any school, park, playground or day-care center in the Township.
B. 
A person who resides or lives within 2,500 feet of any school, park, playground or day-care center in the Township shall have 60 days from receipt of written notice of the prohibition set forth herein to move. Failure to move to a location which is in compliance with this section within that time period shall constitute a violation of this section.
C. 
This section shall not apply to a person who has established a residence prior to October 12, 2005.
D. 
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court of the Township of Haddon, or such other court having jurisdiction, be liable to a fine not exceeding $1,250, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or community service for a term not exceeding 90 days, or all of the above. Each day that a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation, subject to the penalty provisions of this section.