[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford 4-13-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township of Medford shall permit charitable organizations as defined in N.J.S.A. 45:17-20 to solicit contributions from motorists in roadways located in the Township in accordance with the provisions contained herein.
All charitable organizations as defined in N.J.S.A. 45:17-20 who wish to solicit contributions in roadways in the Township of Medford shall file an application with the Township Clerk containing the following information:
Name of applicant organization.
Address of applicant organization.
Telephone number of applicant organization.
Contact person of applicant organization.
Specific location or locations of proposed charitable solicitations.
Dates and times of proposed solicitations. In no circumstances may a solicitation exceed the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The number of individuals, who are at least 18 years of age, that will be participating in the solicitation.
If the request pertains to a location on any county highway, or intersection of a county highway, approval must be obtained from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
If said request pertains to locations on any state highway or intersection of a state highway, the applicant shall include a copy of an authorization from the Commissioner of Transportation of the State of New Jersey to permit the solicitation.
Describe in a complete manner how the motorist solicitation will be conducted and the procedures to be used to ensure the safety of the members of the public who will be travelling the roadway.
Upon filing of a complete application in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the Township Clerk shall present to the Township Council for its review and consideration a resolution in which the Township Council shall grant or deny the applicant's request. Before an application is presented to the Township Committee, the Township Clerk must confer with the Chief of Police to determine if the proposed solicitation location is appropriate. Once application has been approved by the Township, the Township Clerk must then submit the application and resolution to the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Burlington County for approval, if county roads are involved. Freeholder approval will be issued by either the County Administrator or County Engineer.
Applicants shall comply with the following provisions during the solicitation:
In no event shall any charitable organization requesting authorization from the Township of Medford use any individual under the age of 18 years to perform any function or task associated with the charitable solicitation in any roadway.
Any charitable organization requesting authorization from the Township for charitable solicitations shall comply with the terms and conditions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-60.
Solicitations shall be permitted only at signalized intersections or when the existing traffic control device causes temporary interruption in the flow of traffic. Participants may only approach vehicles for purposes of solicitation when traffic is at a standstill. No solicitations are allowed when the traffic signal has turned green or when traffic is in motion. A participant shall not stop or impede the flow of traffic to collect solicitations.
All participants must wear orange safety vests when soliciting for charitable contributions.
The name of the organization shall be clearly displayed to the travelling public.
Any and all clean-up is the responsibility of the charitable organization.
Those soliciting contributions shall not drink alcoholic beverages, use drugs, or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when soliciting contributions.
The Township of Medford or the County of Burlington shall not be liable in any civil action for damages for property damage or personal injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident arising out of or in the course of solicitations conducted by a charitable organization. The charitable organization shall execute an indemnification/hold harmless letter protecting the Township and the county.
The Township of Medford, and when county roads are involved, the county, has the right to rescind its approval at any time if any conditions set forth in this chapter are not being complied with.