Borough of Jenkintown, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Jenkintown 2-28-1978 by Ord. No. 78-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements — See Ch. 63.
Emergencies — See Ch. 85.
Nuisances — See Ch. 122.
Parades and processions — See Ch. 128.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 156.

§ 114-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining idle in essentially one location, including the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly and also includes the colloquial expression "hanging around."
PARENT or GUARDIAN
Includes any adult person having the care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access and includes any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It also includes the front or the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business to which the person charged has not been invited by the owner or tenant thereof, and includes public grounds, areas, parks and all school grounds, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his parent or guardian.

§ 114-2 Types of loitering prohibited.

No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
A. 
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
B. 
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
C. 
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
D. 
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place, as defined in § 114-1. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to or in whose hearing they are made.

§ 114-3 Enforcement.

Whenever any police officer shall, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, decide that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 114-2, he may, if he deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave that place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 114-4 Loitering by minors.

No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit that minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.

§ 114-5 Notice of violation by minors.

Whenever any minor under the age of 18 years is charged with a violation of this chapter, his parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or any other person designated by him to give such notice.

§ 114-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 1-30-1989 by Ord. No. 89-2]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of such proceedings, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days, or both. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 114-7 Outdoor overnight camping on public property.

[Added 4-5-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-4]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to sleep outdoors overnight on property owned by the Borough of Jenkintown.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect a tent or other temporary structure designed for sleeping, on property owned by the Borough of Jenkintown.
C. 
Violation of this section shall be considered a summary offense. If a person is found guilty of violating this section by a Magisterial District Judge, he or she shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $1,000. Failure to pay such fine shall result in imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day that a violation of this section continues shall constitute a separate offense.