[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Honesdale 12-15-1954 by Ord. No. 269. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any natural person, firm, corporation, association, club, partnership, society or any other form of association or organization.
- SOUND-AMPLIFYING EQUIPMENT
- Any machine or device for the amplification of the human voice, music or any other sound; the term "sound-amplifying equipment" as used herein shall not be construed as including any standard automobile radio when used and heard only by occupants of the vehicle in which it is installed or warning devices on authorized emergency vehicles or horns or other warning devices on other vehicles used only for traffic safety purposes.
- SOUND TRUCK
- Any motor vehicle, airborne vehicle or vehicle drawn by animal or human being having mounted thereon or attached thereto any sound-amplifying equipment.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
No person shall operate or cause to be operated any sound truck for any purpose whatsoever in the Borough of Honesdale with sound-amplifying equipment in operation.
No person within the borough shall willfully make or cause to be made any loud, boisterous or unseemly noise or disturbance to the annoyance of any other person, provided that nothing contained in this section shall restrict or limit the normal use to be made of parks, recreation places, playing fields and playgrounds in the borough.
No person within the borough shall make or cause to be made or permit to be made any noise of any kind by crying, calling or shouting or by means of any whistle, rattle, gong, horn, drum or similar mechanical device or by means of any sound-amplifying device for the purpose of advertising any goods, wares or merchandise or of attracting the attention or inviting the patronage of any person to any business whatever or of attracting the attention of people to any political cause or idea or of inviting people to vote for any political cause or candidate for office, provided that nothing contained in this subsection shall restrict the playing of church bells, chimes or religious music nor the playing of holiday music.
No person in the borough shall, for commercial purposes or in connection with any commercial enterprise, erect or locate any device or apparatus in front of or on the exterior of premises owned or occupied by such person which, by mechanical or electrical means, emits any loud sounds or noises so as to annoy or disturb passersby on the street or the general public, provided that the provisions of this subsection shall not apply, in time of emergency, to any announcement or broadcast of any current event of public interest nor to mechanical warning devices used by the borough; provided, further, that the provisions of this section shall not invalidate conduct which falls within the exceptions in foregoing sections of this chapter.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof for each and every violation before any District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine not in excess of $600, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of any such fine and costs to imprisonment for not more than 30 days, provided that each day's violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.