Township of Three Oaks, MI
Berrien County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Three Oaks 6-9-2008 by Ord. No. 51. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following rules and regulations shall be applicable to, and shall govern the use of, the following parks owned and/or located in and/or maintained by Three Oaks Township, including the following:
Three Oaks Conservation Area.
The chapter shall be enforced by all law enforcement officers.
No person shall litter or dump on the parks refuse matter of any kind or sort whatsoever, including, but not by way of limitation, sacks, cans, papers, containers, cartons, garbage, food, scrap, trash, rubbish, refuse, waste or junk material. All dog litter shall be picked up, bagged and properly disposed of.
No person shall take upon any park any glass bottle, receptacle or container.
No person shall bring alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances, nor drink or use the same at any time nor shall any person be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on any park. No person shall be in possession of any glass, can or open container containing alcoholic beverages on any park or preserve.
No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire on any park except in authorized park grills provided by the Township for such purpose.
No person shall camp or stay overnight on any park.
No person shall permit any domestic animal to run at large in any park or preserve. No person shall bring any horses, ponies, or other domestic animals on to any park. Working dogs and dogs on a six-foot leash are allowed.
No person shall operate any device which produces an excessive sound or noise, the same being louder than a normal conversational tone at a distance of 50 feet or more from its point or origin.
Parks shall be closed from dusk to dawn. The parking of vehicles in said parks during such hours is expressly forbidden. All vehicles left unattended and parked within a park in Three Oaks Township during the closed hours shall be towed away and impounded at the owner's expense. In addition, any violation of this section may also be prosecuted as provided in § 243-21 of this chapter.
No person shall block the entrance of any park with an automobile or other vehicle nor shall any person double park a vehicle along the roads leading to an entrance to the parks of Three Oaks Township.
No person shall drive or operate an off-the-road vehicle, recreational vehicle, or trailer over, across, enter upon or be located on the parks except vehicles designated to assist the impaired on an ADA trail with the proper state-authorized sticker or sign.
For the purposes of this chapter, "off-road vehicles" or "recreational vehicles" are motorized vehicles such as dune buggies, snowmobiles, motorcycles, motorized trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles or other vehicles of like or similar kind.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, no person, firm or corporation shall move construction machinery in, upon or across the lands of a park without first securing a written permit from Three Oaks Township.
No person shall engage in threatening, abusive, insulting, or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace on any park within Three Oaks Township. Additionally, no person shall interfere with or in any manner hinder any employee, contractor, or agent of Three Oaks Township in the performance of his or her duties.
No person shall remove or disturb any new or natural plant life, material or wildlife.
No person shall hunt or trap in any manner whatsoever at any Three Oaks Township Park.
Nonmotorized bicycles shall be permitted only in parking lots.
No person shall, at any time, bring into or upon any Township park, nor have in their possession, nor discharge or set off upon said properties any air gun, water gun, paintball gun, or bow that discharges projectiles either by air, mechanical, chemical and/or explosive force.
No person shall at any time fire, discharge or have in their possession any rocket, firecracker, torpedo, squib or any other substance of an explosive nature.
No person shall deface or destroy park property in any manner, including by turfing.
All ordinances and resolutions or parts thereof, insofar as the same may be in conflict herewith, are hereby repealed. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, in addition to the other provisions of this chapter, is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $50, plus costs and other sanctions, for each infraction.
Repeat offenses shall be subject to an increased civil fine as follows:
The fine for any offense which is a first repeat offense shall be not less than $250, plus costs and other sanctions.
The fine for any offense which is a second repeat offense or any other subsequent repeat offense shall not be less than $500, plus costs and other sanctions.
A "repeat offense" means a second (or any subsequent) violation of this chapter:
Committed by a person within any six-month period; and
For which the person admits responsibility or is determined to be responsible.
Each day on which any violation of this chapter continues constitutes a separate offense and shall be subject to penalties or sanctions as a separate offense.
In addition, the Township specifically reserves the right to proceed in any court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of obtaining an injunction, restraining order or other appropriate remedy to compel compliance with this chapter.
As used herein, "person" means any individual, partnership, association or corporation.