[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield 1-25-2016, effective 2-23-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Mansfield Town Square Ordinance."
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Sections 7-148, 8-188 and 7-152c of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Mansfield Town Square is intended to be a public forum in which the rights secured in the First Amendment and Connecticut Constitution are fully protected. The Mansfield Town Council recognizes that as intended the Mansfield Town Square is a very valuable public resource. The Council is committed to maximizing the appropriate use of the Mansfield Town Square as a focal point of community activity in the best interests of the residents of the Town. The Town of Mansfield, acting through its Town Council, may enter into an operations agreement with a private entity to manage, operate, oversee, and develop procedures that will ensure the best use of the Mansfield Town Square for all of the people of Mansfield, within the limits of public safety.
The Town Square consists of the Mansfield Town Square and adjacent sidewalks bordering Dog Lane, Storrs Road, Royce Circle, and Bolton Road Extension.
All persons using land and facilities situated within the Mansfield Town Square shall comply with all ordinances, policies and procedures adopted and/or enacted by the Town. Said ordinances, policies and procedures shall be enforced by the police and by other agents, officials and employees of the Town of Mansfield designated in writing by the Town Manager. Violation of any such regulation may result in the issuance of a citation carrying a fine as set forth in the regulations, which if not paid within 10 days of issuance shall be doubled. Fines may be enforced and collected by way of Chapter 129 of the Code of the Town of Mansfield.
The use of tobacco products, including lit cigarettes, cigars, pipes and the use of other tobacco products is prohibited within the Town Square.
Pursuant to this chapter, Town Council may develop and enact such ordinances, policies and procedures as may be necessary to ensure the fair, equitable, safe, orderly and frequent use of the Town Square and public places situated in the Mansfield Town Square for the enjoyment of the public.