Town of Wethersfield, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wethersfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 113.
[Adopted as Sec. 2-1-1 of the Code of 1972 (Ch. 51 of the 1990 Code)]
The possession of intoxicating liquors on any property owned, leased or controlled by the Town of Wethersfield (excluding Town-owned rights-of-way on developed streets) is hereby prohibited except in and around certain Town-owned buildings as is provided by rules and regulations adopted by the Wethersfield Town Council.
Any person who violates this article shall be subject to the following fines:
A. 
First offense: not more than $25.
B. 
Second offense: not more than $50.
C. 
Third and each subsequent offense: not more than $100.
[Adopted 2-17-2004]
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The possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor by minors is a matter of growing local, regional, and national concern.
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Consumption of alcoholic liquor by minors unsupervised by parental authority creates a health and safety risk not only to children, but also the general public.
C. 
The Town Council of Wethersfield seeks to protect, preserve and promote the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of its residents by regulating the possession of alcohol by minors on both public and private property.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR
The same meaning as the term as defined in Section 30-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
HOST
A gathering of two or more persons, or to allow the premises under one's control to be used with one's knowledge for a gathering of two or more persons, for personal, social, or business interaction.
MINOR
The same meaning as the term as defined in Section 30-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, association, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, limited-liability company, municipality, agency, or political or administrative subdivision of the state or other legal entity of any kind.
No person under the age of 21 shall possess any container of alcoholic liquor, whether opened or unopened, within the Town of Wethersfield except when accompanied by or in the presence of his or her parent, guardian, or spouse who has attained the age of 21 years. This restriction shall apply to both public and private property.
No person or persons shall host an event or gathering at which alcoholic liquor is consumed by or dispensed to any person who has not attained the age of 21 unless such person who has not attained the age of 21 is accompanied by or in the presence of his or her parent, guardian, or spouse who has attained the age of 21. This prohibition shall apply to any event or gathering within the Town of Wethersfield, whether conducted on public or private property.
Notwithstanding the above, nothing herein shall prohibit the serving or selling of alcoholic liquor by a minor if otherwise permitted by the Connecticut General Statutes.
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The Chief of Police or any other sworn member of the Wethersfield Police Department is charged with enforcing the provision of this article.
B. 
In enforcing this article, the police shall be required to have probable cause before entering private property.
A. 
Any person violating § 51-5 of this article shall be subject to a fine of $100 for each such violation.
B. 
Any person violating § 51-6 of this article shall be subject to a fine of $100.
C. 
All fines paid pursuant to this article shall be payable to the Treasurer of the Town of Wethersfield.
Any person fined pursuant to this article may appeal such fine to the Wethersfield Citation Board or his or her designee within 30 days.