[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland 11-7-1983 by Ord. No. 97 (Ch. 6, Part 6, of the 1983 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- Remaining idle essentially in one location; spending time idly; loafing or walking about aimlessly; or "hanging around."
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, including any public street or public sidewalk, the front of and the area immediately adjacent to any school, shopping mall, parking lot, store, restaurant, tavern or other place of business.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place as defined in § 198-1 of this chapter. This 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.
Whenever the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 198-2 of this chapter, any police officer may 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 section.
[Amended 6-10-1997 by Ord. No. 257]
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine in the amount of at least $25, but not to exceed $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township. Upon a finding of liability for committing said violation or permitting said violation, in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, the defendant shall pay the fine, plus all court costs, including attorney fees. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of determination of a violation by a District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure.