Municipality of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Municipality of Kingston 3-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-3.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 72.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Chapter 119 and renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the codification.

§ 105-1 Findings.

The use of broad-tipped pens, paint spray cans, pencils, pens, crayons or other marking devices to write or place graffiti on the walls or other available spaces of public or private buildings, vehicles, areas or facilities causes serious defacement of such buildings, vehicles and areas, public and private, and facilities and contributes to the deterioration of property values, as well as offending the public's right, public and private, not to have unsightly and unlawful graffiti on, with defacement of, public and private property, and constitutes a deleterious practice contrary to the public health and welfare. In addition, such contempt for the property rights of private citizens, as well as public facilities, contributes to the erosion of law and order and contributes to the deterioration in the quality of life of the community and must be opposed and punished.

§ 105-2 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
GRAFFITI
Includes any and all unsightly, offensive or defacing writings, drawings, markings or other written or pictorial matter by any method or device and of any content which contributes to the defacement of the real or personal property involved and which contributes to the ugliness and unsightliness of the object, space, area or community and which is detrimental to the beauty, neatness and good order of the area and community. This chapter shall not be construed to prohibit easily removable chalk markings on the public sidewalks and streets used in connection with traditional children's games.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
PERSON
Includes associations, clubs, corporations, firms, partnerships and bodies politic, as well as all individuals.
PROPERTY
Any public or private property in the Municipality of Kingston.

§ 105-3 Defacement of property prohibited.

No person shall write, print or place with ink, paint, chalk or other substance graffiti on the real or personal property of another, whether said personal or real property is publicly or privately owned.

§ 105-4 Parental responsibility.

It shall be unlawful for any parent, legal guardian or other person having custody and care of any minor child under the age of 18 years to knowingly assist, aid, abet, allow, permit or encourage said minor to violate the provisions of this chapter, as herein defined, either by words, overt act or by failing to act.

§ 105-5 Accessories to prohibited acts.

All persons directly or indirectly shall be equally responsible and guilty, not alone the individual who may personally deface the object or area, but others in a group who knowingly make available the tools, writing material, ladders, lookout, materials or assistance or who knowingly supply funds to acquire such materials for such purposes shall be equally guilty and liable to punishment under this chapter.

§ 105-6 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $100 nor more than $300 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days or both.
B. 
Any person who violates either § 105-3, 105-4 or 105-5 of this chapter shall also be responsible for the cost of cleaning, repairing, painting or otherwise restoring the property which he/she damaged, defaced or vandalized so as to bring the property to the condition it was in prior to the application of the graffiti.

§ 105-7 Liability of property owners for removal; fine.

Property owners shall be liable for removal of graffiti in the event that the person responsible for defacing the property cannot be determined. Upon proper notice by the duly authorized municipal official, the property owner shall remove or cause to be removed any and all such graffiti within 60 days. Failure to comply with this section shall result in the imposition of a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $300. In the event that the Municipality shall cause to have the graffiti removed because the owner has not complied with an order to do so, the Municipality may recover the costs of the same from the property owner.