Township of Maidencreek, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Maidencreek 11-11-1980 by Ord. No. 83. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 133.

§ 105-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ESTABLISHMENT
Any privately owned place or business carried on for a profit or any place of amusement or entertainment to which the public is invited.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
OFFICIAL TOWNSHIP TIME
The prevailing time in the Township, whether Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time.[1]
OPERATOR
Any individual, firm, association, partnership, or corporation operating, managing, or conducting any establishment; and whenever used in any clause prescribing a penalty, the term "operator" as applied to associations or partnerships shall include the members or partners thereof and as applied to corporations, shall include the officers thereof.
PARENT
Any natural parent of a minor, a guardian, or any adult person, 21 years of age or over, responsible for the care and custody of a minor.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground, public building, or vacant lot.
REMAIN
To loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 105-2 Unlawful conduct of minors.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any minor to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. of the following day Official Township Time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays, the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any minor accompanied by a parent, or to a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such minor's parent, or to any minor who is engaged in gainful lawful employment during the curfew hours.
C. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 105-3 Unlawful conduct of parents.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any parent knowingly to permit any minor to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. of the following day, Official Township Time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays, the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any parent who accompanies a minor or to a parent who directs a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business or to any parent of a minor engaged in gainful lawful employment during the curfew hours.
C. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 105-4 Unlawful conduct of owners or operators of establishments.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any operator of any establishment or their agents or employees knowingly to permit any minor to remain upon the premises of said establishment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. of the following day, Official Township Time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays, the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m.
B. 
Each violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 105-5 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

A. 
Any Police Officer who finds a minor violating the provisions of this chapter shall obtain information from such minor as to his name, address and age, and the name and address of his parent or parents. The minor shall thereupon be instructed to proceed to his home forthwith and, if possible, shall be accompanied by the Police Officer. The Police Officer shall ascertain, if possible, if the parent or parents are at home and if so, notify them verbally of the violation of both the parent and the child. If the parent or parents are not found at home, the Police Officer shall make such report to his superior officer. In all cases, whether or not verbal notice has been given, a written notice shall also be mailed to the parent or parents of the minor advising them of the violation of this chapter.
B. 
Any parent who shall permit a minor to violate the provisions of this chapter after having received notice of a prior violation shall be subject to the general penalty provisions as prescribed in Article I of Chapter 1, General Provisions.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Any operator of any establishment and any agents or employees of any operator who shall violate the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the general penalty provisions as prescribed in Article I of Chapter 1, General Provisions.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 105-6 Special events.

Where there are special events programs or functions by properly organized and supervised organizations to advance legitimate recreation, character development, religious training and school activities in the building of good citizenship in young people, the Maidencreek Police Department will grant special consideration in such cases upon receipt of notice thereof and the children will be permitted to proceed directly home from the event without incident.