Town of Millsboro, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Millsboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing standards — See Ch. 125.
Zoning — See Ch. 210.
[Adopted 9-8-1998]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DWELLING UNIT USED FOR DISORDERLY OR OTHER DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT
Any dwelling unit located within the Town of Millsboro, the occupants, users or persons in lawful possession of which engage in any of the conduct proscribed by § 94-2 of this article. As used in this article, "dwelling unit" shall include not only the structure itself but also the lands and ways, if any, under control of the person(s) in lawful possession.
OCCUPANT and/or USER
Any person(s) occupying or present on a premises.
PERSON(S) IN LAWFUL POSSESSION
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation (or any combination thereof) having legal possession of any premises in the Town of Millsboro. The "person(s) entitled to legal possession" shall mean the owner in fee or of a life estate if the property is not under lease, or the ultimate lessee or sublessee if the property is under lease.
PREMISES
A dwelling unit, together with the lands and ways, if any, under the control of the person(s) in possession.
Any person occupying or present on a premises who by himself or in concert with other occupants and/or users causes public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to any other person or persons or who creates an unreasonable risk thereof by engaging in or causing any of the following conduct shall be violating this article:
A. 
Engaging in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.
B. 
Making, creating or permitting any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise or making, creating or permitting any noise of such character, intensity or duration as to be detrimental to the life, health and welfare of any person or which disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, peace or safety of any individual. By way of example and not in limitation, the following shall be deemed to be unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises:
(1) 
Playing any radio, phonograph, tapedeck or musical instrument in such a manner or at such a volume, particularly between the hours of 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 7:00 a.m., as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of any person in any other dwelling unit.
(2) 
The blowing of any horn, whistle or signal device, except as a danger signal, for an unreasonable and unnecessary period of time.
(3) 
Yelling, shouting or singing at such volume as to be plainly and disturbingly audible to the human ear outside the premises.
C. 
Making any offensive, coarse, obscene or profane utterance, gesture or display to another person or persons in such a manner as is likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.
D. 
Obstructing or hindering the free and convenient passage of persons walking, riding or driving over, along or across any public way, sidewalk, pavement, street or alley.
E. 
Engaging in any act of indecent exposure or public display of an obscene act or gesture.
F. 
Urinating in public view.
A. 
Any person(s) entitled to lawful possession who, after notice as herein provided, allows, permits or fails to take affirmative action to prevent repeated violations of this article shall be deemed to be promoting the use of a dwelling unit for disorderly or other disruptive conduct in violation of this article.
B. 
A person(s) in lawful possession shall be presumed to have allowed, permitted or failed to take affirmative action to prevent repeated violations of this article where a violation of § 94-2 of this article occurs after such person entitled to lawful possession has, within the past three months, previously been provided actual notice by the security forces of the Town of Millsboro or the Delaware State Police of a previous conviction for conduct proscribed by § 94-2 of this article.
C. 
"Actual notice," as used in Subsection B, shall mean verbal or written notice to one or more of the person(s) entitled to legal possession. If written notice is attempted, it shall be deemed effective by mailing a written notice thereof to the person entitled to lawful possession at his last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed. If such notice comes back undelivered (except refused), the town shall exercise reasonable efforts to provide actual notice by some other means.
A. 
Any occupant and/or user found guilty of violating § 94-2 of this article shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $150 for the first offense and not less than $100 or more than $300 for each subsequent offense, plus costs.
B. 
Any person(s) entitled to lawful possession found guilty of violating § 94-3 of this article shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $300 for the first offense and not less than $200 nor more than $500 for each subsequent offense.