[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge 11-6-2009 by Ord. No. 1678. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For purposes of this chapter, a "block party" is defined as a social gathering, of 150 or fewer persons, located on Borough streets and consisting of River Edge residents and their guests. Where a social gathering consists of more than 150 persons or is located on Howland Avenue, Continental Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Elm Avenue, Midland Avenue, Kinderkamack Road or Bogert Road from Route 4 to Continental Avenue, the social gathering will be subject to the chapter requirements for special events (Chapter 305).
A block party may not be held on any public property, street or right-of-way without there first being issued a permit for same.
An application for a permit for a block party must be submitted to the Borough Clerk at least 45 days prior to the proposed block party. The application must include the proposed date and time of the event, the specific proposed location of the event and an attendance projection for the event.
The Borough Clerk, in consultation with the Police Chief or his or her designee, shall review the application and make a public safety assessment. Upon a finding that the planned block party will not unreasonably interfere with the public use of the streets and sidewalks and private properties and that the block party can be conducted in a safe manner, the Borough Clerk may issue a permit for the block party. The permit may include such conditions as deemed necessary by the Chief of Police in furtherance of public safety and welfare. The permit may also include a "rain date" in the event inclement weather causes a postponement of the initially scheduled date.
For the purpose of public safety and welfare, the Chief of Police may order the temporary closing of streets during a block party and the Chief of Police shall determine the exact parameters of any block party. The temporary closing of any street under this chapter shall prohibit all parking and vehicular traffic within the boundaries set by the Chief of Police, but shall not unreasonably prevent persons from otherwise entering and leaving private property. The Chief of Police, in consideration of public health and safety and other considerations, shall have the sole discretion to determine the parameters of street closings for the conduct of a block party. Barricades and signs, as deemed necessary by the Chief of Police, shall be provided by the Borough and erected by the Police Department.
Not less than 15 days before the block party, the permit holder must notify, in writing, all persons whose property lies within the parameters of the party, as established by the Chief of Police. The notification shall include the date and time of the party, as well as the date and time of any "rain date."
The Chief of Police, or his or her designee, shall have the authority to terminate a block party where he or she determines that such termination is in the interest of public safety and welfare or where the permit holder has violated any permit condition.
The area must be adequately cleaned and all streets open to traffic at the conclusion of the block party.
No person shall consume alcoholic beverages or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage on any public or quasi-public property without the express consent of the Mayor and Council in accordance with § 114-18A.
Any person, firm or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court of the Borough of River Edge of a violation of any term of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $50 in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.