Town of Putnam, CT
Windham County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Putnam 7-17-2000 STM. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Advertising materials — See Ch. 143.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 154.
Snakes — See Ch. 162, Art. I.
Nuisances — See Ch. 235.
Parades and processions — See Ch. 242.
Parks and recreation facilities — See Ch. 246.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 250.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 273.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 304.
Special Services District — See Ch. A350.
It is the purpose of this chapter to set forth in one place a comprehensive regulation for the use and control of all Town-owned property under the jurisdiction of the Putnam Parks and Recreation Department and the Board of Selectmen, also including those properties under the specific control of the Putnam Board of Education, the Putnam Public Library, the Putnam Water and Sewer Authority, and the Putnam Special Services District (hereinafter referred to as "another governmental entity"). It is the intention of this chapter to provide for the use and enjoyment of Town facilities by all of Putnam's citizens on a comprehensive and organized basis.
This chapter does not purport to limit or reduce the power of the Town Parks and Recreation Department pursuant to the provisions of Chapter VI, Section 12, of the Town Charter, or the power of the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Chapter IV, Section 4, of the Town Charter to enact additional or supplemental regulations not inconsistent with this chapter over property over which they may have power or control, or the power of the Board of Education, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, the power of the Water and Sewer Authority, pursuant to Chapter VI, Section 16, of the Town Charter, the Library Board, pursuant to the Connecticut General Statutes, and the power of the Putnam Special Services District, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter IX of the Town Charter.
A. 
Properties under the supervision and control of the Putnam Parks and Recreation Department shall include Murphy Park, St. Marie-Greenhalgh Field, the Youth Soccer Complex, Simonzi Park, Rotary Park, Tennis/Basketball Courts, Veteran's Park, and the Owen Tarr Sports Complex, together with the River Trail, including Miller Park, Chase Street Playground, Kings Field, Dowell Open Space Property, together with such additional land as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen from time to time.
B. 
Parking areas.
[Added 4-5-2010 STM]
(1) 
The Putnam Parks and Recreation Department shall have authority and control over the parking areas associated with the facilities under the control of the Parks and Recreation Department, specifically including control of parking at Murphy Park and the Owen Tarr Sports Complex. The Parks and Recreation Department shall adopt such rules and regulations and post said property with said parking rules as it deems appropriate, provided that:
[Amended 9-20-2010 STM; 12-20-2010 STM]
(a) 
No semi-tractor/semi-trailer or truck exceeding five tons shall be parked in such facility unless the Recreation Director has given a specific written permit for a vehicle associated with a specific athletic event.
(b) 
The Recreation Department shall have the right to limit the number of hours a vehicle can be parked continuously at any of the facilities under its jurisdiction as well as the right to limit parking to those individuals attending or associated with a specific recreational activity or event.
(c) 
The Parks and Recreation Department shall make reasonable accommodations with the Historical Society or any subsequent lessee of the Town-owned building presently occupied by the Historical Society at the southeasterly corner of the Owen Tarr Sports Complex for parking for its events and activities.
(d) 
In no event shall any parking area or other area maintained under the authority of the Parks and Recreation Department be used for the storage, maintenance or repair of any motor vehicle except vehicles owned by the Town of Putnam.
(e) 
Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this section, overnight parking of private passenger vehicles shall be permitted during any period of snow emergency or parking ban as designated by the appropriate Putnam governmental authority.
(2) 
For the purposes of this section, the parking area associated with the Owen Tarr Sports Complex shall include both the parking area on the westerly side of the athletic fields and grounds and the parking area southerly of the athletic fields and grounds southerly to Bolles Street.
Any other Town properties not excluded as property under the control of another governmental entity pursuant to § 291-1 of this chapter, or under the control of the Parks and Recreation Department pursuant to the provision of § 291-3 of this chapter, specifically including all Town-maintained parking lots, shall be considered to be miscellaneous Town property under the control of the Mayor and Board of Selectmen (hereinafter referred to as "the appropriate governmental authority").
Rules for the use of facilities under the control of the Putnam Parks and Recreation Department shall be as follows:
A. 
All requests for the use of facilities under the charge of the Town of Putnam Parks and Recreation Commission will be done through the Director of Parks and Recreation at least 14 days prior to the date of requested use, but not more than 60 days prior.
B. 
All organized athletic teams and other leagues will submit a complete schedule of games to the Director 14 days prior to the scheduled beginning of the league. All special games, playoffs and/or tournaments will be cleared through the Director.
C. 
All requests for concessions at any facility under the charge of the Parks and Recreation Commission will be in writing to the Director at least three days prior to the Commission meeting which occurs immediately before the requested use date. Upon approval by the Parks and Recreation Commission, the concessionaire will sign a concession and vending agreement in the office of the Town Clerk. All necessary permits and certificates of insurance will be submitted before final approval for the concession is granted.
D. 
An organization having extended use of a Town facility, such as the Putnam Little League, Inc., may not sublet the facility it has use of to another organization. Each user must apply to the Director in the manner set forth above.
E. 
Any user who must postpone or cancel an event will contact the Director immediately to notify him of the postponement or cancellation, and will request dates from the Director for rescheduling the event.
F. 
Use of facilities under the charge of the Town of Putnam Parks and Recreation Commission will be granted only after the above stipulations have been adhered to by the individual or organization requesting the facility.
The following rules apply to all municipal property:
A. 
The possession, sale or consumption of alcohol is hereby expressly prohibited on all Town property, except for special events for which the Board of Selectmen have, for due cause, voted to grant a waiver from this prohibition and to allow serving alcohol on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen may authorize for that specific event.
(1) 
The Selectmen may allow the sale of liquor as part of a formal written lease with a tenant holding a valid State of Connecticut restaurant liquor permit.
[Added 7-16-2007 STM]
(2) 
The Selectmen may allow the consumption of liquor as part of a formal written lease with a tenant who holds a special permit for patio/outside seating. If such permitted facility permits alcohol consumption on a BYOB ("bring your own bottle") basis, alcohol consumption shall be limited to those times when the holder of a valid State of Connecticut restaurant liquor permit could offer liquor for sale, and under all the guidelines and requirements of the Putnam Special Services District and the State of Connecticut Liquor Control Commission.
[Added 7-13-2009 STM]
B. 
The use of Town property for roller and/or blade skating, bicycling, and/or use for any type of motorized recreational vehicle is hereby limited to those areas which have been specifically designated by either the Board of Selectmen or the Recreation Commission for those specific activities, and then only during such hours and in such portions of the facilities as may be designated by the appropriate governmental authority.
C. 
The commercial sale of goods and/or services at any Town property is hereby expressly prohibited, except upon such special occasions or at specific locations and under such terms and conditions as may be authorized by the appropriate governmental authority.
D. 
The Town of Putnam's sidewalks are maintained for the convenience of its citizens and visitors and no one shall place any object, structure or sign on the sidewalk in a manner so that it might create a nuisance or obstruct the flow of pedestrian traffic on the respective sidewalk, or to a motorist's sight line. No sign shall be placed or allowed to remain on any sidewalk, which is not the subject of a duly issued zoning permit from the Town of Putnam Zoning Enforcement Officer, and no work, specifically including the painting, construction, reconstruction, repair or painting of goods, shall be allowed on any public sidewalk. Any failure to remove such a sign at the request of a Putnam police officer or other enforcement agency designated by that appropriate governmental authority shall be a violation of this chapter.
E. 
Dogs or other animals are not permitted on Town property, except for areas designated as appropriate by the governmental authority. In any situation in which dogs or other animals are permitted, they shall be restrained by a leash or other appropriate physical restraint, and the dog's owner or person in possession of the dog or other animal shall be responsible for any damage done by the dog or other animal and shall remove any organic matter left behind by the dog or other animal.
F. 
Construction, alteration or erection of any structure on Town property is hereby expressly prohibited without a written approval from the appropriate governmental authority.
G. 
No one shall be allowed to bring any pet onto an area owned or maintained by the Town of Putnam which is dangerous to the general public, meaning and intending to specifically include as subject to this regulation pit bulls and similar animals or reptiles.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY
The Putnam Parks and Recreation Commission for all of those properties under the supervision and control of the Putnam Parks and Recreation Department, as outlined in § 291-3, and the Mayor and Board of Selectmen as to all other nonexcluded properties.
PROPERTY UNDER THE CONTROL OF ANOTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY
All of those properties under the control of the Putnam Board of Education, Putnam Library Board, the Putnam Water and Sewer Authority, and the Putnam Special Services District.
TOWN PROPERTY
All other property owned by the Town of Putnam not otherwise specifically excluded herein.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 7-148 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the penalty for violation of any of the rules set forth in this chapter shall be a fine of $25 for the first offense and a fine of $50 for the second offense and a fine of $100 for a third or subsequent offense. If any violation shall be a continuing one, each day shall constitute a separate violation for the purposes of this chapter.