City of Bangor, ME
Penobscot County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bangor as Ch. VII, Art. 5, Secs. 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 28, Art. XII.
Alcohol and entertainment — See Ch. 61.
Animals — See Ch. 65.
Blasting — See Ch. 76.
Disruptive property — See Ch. 99.
Firearms and fireworks — See Ch. 113.
Juvenile curfew — See Ch. 158.
Loitering — See Ch. 174.
Noise — See Ch. 194.
Parades, public assemblies and pickets — See Ch. 202.
Public morals — See Ch. 228.
Public property — See Ch. 234.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 291.
No person, firm or corporation shall sell or give away to any person any contrivance designed for the emission of noxious or offensive gas, and no person, firm or corporation shall have any such contrivance in his, her or its possession.
No person shall distribute handbills, dodgers, advertising cards or paper of any kind in any street, lane, public square or other public grounds so that the same shall remain therein, and no person shall deposit, leave or cause to be left in such street, square, lane or grounds any bottle or bottles, broken glass, refuse, debris, tin cans, tacks, nails or metal scrap of any kind.
No person, in removing dust, dirt, debris, snow, ice or mud from any sidewalk or crosswalk of the City, shall project or cause to be deposited any such material upon the person or apparel of any person passing, but in all cases such material shall be removed in a careful manner, and the person so engaged in removing the same shall discontinue such operation until the person passing by shall have reached a safe distance.
[Amended 5-8-1986 by Ord. No. 86-208]
Except where permission shall have first been obtained from the owner or any lawful occupant of any property within the City of Bangor, no person shall:
A. 
Buildings and structures. Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any public or private building or structure located on such property, including but not limited to public utility improvements, signs, monuments, tables, benches, fountains and fences.
B. 
Natural resources. Dig or remove any sand, soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, timber or other wood or materials or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
C. 
Trees, shrubbery and lawns. Damage, cut, carve, transplant or plant or injure the bark or pick the flowers or seeds of any tree or plant, nor shall any person attach a rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant. A person shall not dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
[Amended 11-13-1972]
No person, firm or corporation shall sell to any person under the age of 14 years any air rifle, air pistol, BB gun or similar device capable of discharging BB's, metal pellets or projectiles which may cause personal injury or property damage. No person under the age of 18 shall have in his or her possession while on public property or any public right-of-way any air rifle, air pistol, BB gun or device as mentioned above, nor shall any such air rifle, air pistol, BB gun or device be discharged by anyone out-of-doors within the limits of the City, except at a supervised range which has been approved, in writing, by the Chief of Police. Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $25 for each offense.
Any knife with a switchblade or device whereby the blade or blades can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or other mechanical contrivance is hereby declared to be a dangerous or deadly weapon within the provisions of the revised statutes of Maine, as amended, and shall be subject to the provisions of said statutes.
[Amended 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339]
No person, to avoid payment of any admission fee to any place of entertainment, shall in any manner enter any room, building, yard or other enclosure, space or grounds.
No person shall willfully or maliciously injure or deface any public reservoir, standpipe or hydrant or break into the same and draw off or cause to be removed any water therefrom.
[Amended 6-8-1970; 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339]
The existence on any lot or parcel of land within the City of Bangor of any open or uncovered well, cistern, cellar, dangerous hole or excavation injurious or prejudicial to the public safety, comfort, health and welfare is hereby declared a nuisance, and any person, firm or corporation owning or having possession, charge or control of said lot or parcel of land who or which shall neglect or refuse to abate the same after having been given 30 days' notice, in writing, to do so by the Code Enforcement Officer of the City of Bangor shall, on conviction thereof in the District Court or any other court that may have jurisdiction of the same, be punished by a fine not exceeding $50 for each and every day said person, firm or corporation fails to comply with said notice.
[Added 6-8-1964]
No person shall use any type of golf equipment on any City park, playground or other municipal area except at the Municipal Golf Course.
[Added 12-23-1968]
No person shall operate snowmobiles or other vehicles of similar description within the limits of the Bangor International Airport or of any City parks of the City of Bangor or on any other property owned or controlled by the City of Bangor, with the exception of those areas which may from time to time be designated by the City Council, by Council order, for snowmobile use. A schedule of such areas shall be maintained by the City Clerk and made available for public inspection.
[Added 8-11-1986 by Ord. No. 86-312; amended 4-8-1996 by Ord. No. 96-160; 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 98-339]
Except as otherwise provided, any person adjudged to have violated any provision this chapter shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 for each offense.
[Added 4-22-2013 by Ord. No. 13-114]
A. 
Findings and purpose.
(1) 
The City of Bangor promotes and strives to create a safe environment for its citizens to live and raise families and considers the promotion of the safety and welfare of children to be of paramount importance;
(2) 
The City of Bangor recognizes that sex offenders who prey upon children have a high rate of recidivism;
(3) 
Notwithstanding the fact that certain persons convicted of sex offenses or sexually violent offenses are required to register pursuant to Title 34-A, Chapter 15, in order to protect the public from potentially dangerous registrants and offenders by enhancing access to information concerning those registrants and offenders, the City finds that further protective measures are necessary and warranted to safeguard places where children congregate; and
(4) 
The purpose of this section is to provide such further protective measures while balancing the interests and residential needs of sex offenders.
B. 
Authority. This section is adopted in accordance with the provisions of 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001 and 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3014.
C. 
Application. This section applies to persons convicted of Class A, B or C sex offenses committed against persons who had not attained 14 years of age at the time of the offense, regardless of whether the offense was committed in the State of Maine or another jurisdiction. A person to whom this section applies is referred to as a "sex offender."
D. 
Restricted areas.
(1) 
No sex offender shall reside within 750 feet of the property line of any public or private elementary, middle or secondary school.
(2) 
No sex offender shall reside within 750 feet of any publicly owned property where children are the primary users. Without limiting the application of this subsection, any public park containing playground equipment or a municipal pool shall be deemed to be municipally owned property where children are the primary users. For the purpose of this section, if the area used by children is concentrated onto a portion of a larger parcel, the boundary of the property shall be deemed to be 100 feet from the nearest piece of equipment or area used by children or the property line, whichever distance is less.
(3) 
No sex offender shall reside within 750 feet surrounding the real property of a municipally owned or state-owned property that is leased to a nonprofit organization for purposes of a park, athletic field or recreational facility that is open to the public where children are the primary users. For the purpose of this section, if the area used by children is concentrated onto a portion of a larger parcel, the boundary of the property shall be deemed to be 100 feet from the nearest piece of equipment or area used by children or the property line, whichever distance is less.
[Added 2-10-2014 by Ord. No. 14-062[1]]
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection D(3) as D(4).
(4) 
For a first offense only of this restriction, a sex offender shall have 25 days following the date of mailing or service as required by Subsection F below to move from the residence to a residence not within the areas restricted by the provisions of this section and by so moving avoid the fines and penalties imposed by Subsection F below.
E. 
Exemption. Any sex offender actually residing within a restricted area on the effective date of this section is not subject to the restrictions contained in Subsection D while that person continues to reside in that dwelling. Upon moving from such dwelling, the sex offender shall comply with the restrictions contained in Subsection D.
F. 
Violations and penalties. Any sex offender who, after written notice sent by regular mail or delivered by the City about the requirements of this section, remains in violation of this section for more than 25 days shall be subject to an action brought by the City in District Court to enforce the requirements of this section.
(1) 
The minimum penalty for a violation of this section is $500 per violation. Each day shall be considered a separate violation.
(2) 
If the municipality is the prevailing party, the municipality must be awarded reasonable attorney fees, expert witness fees and costs, unless the court finds that special circumstances make the award of these fees and costs unjust.
(3) 
The City shall seek injunctive relief to require compliance with this section.
G. 
Effective date. This section shall take effect 10 days after the date of adoption by the Bangor City Council.