Borough of Trappe, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Trappe 7-5-1988 by Ord. No. 251 (Part 8, Ch. 1, Art. A, Secs. 8-1004 and 8-1005, of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 105.
Noise — See Ch. 218.
Nuisances — See Ch. 223.
"Disorderly conduct" within the meaning of this chapter shall constitute the making, causing or permitting to be made anywhere in the Borough of Trappe of any unnecessary noise, clamor, din or other sound tending to disturb the peace and quiet of the community, and the carrying on of any business, trade, transportation, recreation or amusement at a time, in a place or in a manner which causes any unnecessary noise or disturbance; and all such noises and disturbances are hereby prohibited. All noises or other sounds shall be considered to be unnecessary and to constitute disorderly conduct, even though they are no louder than is customary and are the unavoidable sounds or noises attendant upon the ordinary use and occupation of premises, or attendant upon the ordinary operation or performance of business, trade, transportation, recreation or amusement, if they are made on Sunday or on weekdays during hours other than the usual and customary hours for such work or activity. Except in cases of emergency, no person shall carry on any activity at a time or in a manner which causes unnecessary annoyance or disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
Without in any manner intending to limit or restrict the generality of the above definition of and prohibition against disorderly conduct, the following are hereby declared to constitute disorderly conduct:
A. 
The unnecessary sounding of automobile horns, sirens, bells, whistles or other warning devices. The operators of motor vehicles shall at all times exercise due care and foresight in their operation and shall not substitute the sounding of warnings for careful driving and the maintenance of proper control over their respective vehicles. It is not intended hereby to prohibit the use of such warning devices in emergencies or at times when in the exercise of good judgment a prudent operator would use such device.
B. 
The keeping of dogs, chickens or other animals under such conditions or in such a manner that, by barking, crowing or otherwise, they disturb the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
C. 
The operation of radios, Victrolas or other mechanical instruments, or the singing, shouting or playing of musical instruments in a manner and at a time which is generally considered to be inappropriate and which unnecessarily disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
D. 
The loading, unloading, and delivery of coal or other materials, merchandise or commercial products at a time of the day or night which necessarily disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
E. 
The discharging on or across the streets or highways of air guns, spring guns, rifles or firearms of any kind of character whatsoever, or the discharging of guns, rifles, or firearms of any kind or character whatsoever within the Borough of Trappe, on or across another party's property without consent or authorization.
F. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection F, concerning loitering, was repealed 12-4-2012 by Ord. No. 420; see now § 140-3.
G. 
Acting in and about the streets or other public places of the Borough in a noisy, loud, boisterous and unseemly manner, or in such manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the community.
[Added 12-4-2012 by Ord. No. 420]
A. 
Loitering prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter within the limits of the Borough of Trappe.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Any act, word or conduct causing or tending to cause any danger, annoyance, inconvenience or alarm or the reckless creating of a risk thereof to the inhabitants of the Borough of Trappe or users of any of the public streets, alleys, sidewalks or public places in the Borough of Trappe by any person or persons who shall idle, linger aimlessly or congregate in or upon any street, alley, sidewalk or other public way or public place or in any public gathering or assembly or in or around any store, shop, business or commercial establishment or on any private property or place without lawful business.
C. 
Obstruction on public street or sidewalk. Whenever any group of three or more persons shall be idling, lingering aimlessly or congregating upon any of the public streets, sidewalks or public ways of the Borough of Trappe whereby the pedestrian traffic upon such sidewalk, street or public way is obstructed from free passage thereon, all persons in such groups shall be prima facie guilty of loitering.
[Added 12-4-2012 by Ord. No. 420]
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a criminal fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation and imprisonment in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Enforcement of any such violations shall be by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.