[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Johnson City 7-16-1991 as L.L. No. 6-1991 (Sec. 12-18 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intention of the Village of Johnson City as an exercise of its police power to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of the village by adopting this chapter. The Village Board has found and determined that the possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages by persons under circumstances evincing an intent to consume the contents of such open containers on certain public lands and the consumption of alcoholic beverages on certain public lands, except under controlled conditions, is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the village. Such possession and consumption contributes to the development of unsanitary conditions, disorderly gatherings and the creation of nuisances.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them. All other words shall have the meanings normally ascribed to them in regular usage.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
- Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being.
- Any bottle, can, glass or other receptacle suitable for or used to hold any liquid.
- PUBLIC LANDS
- Any public highway, street, sidewalk, park, playground, parking area or school property.
No person shall have in his or her possession any open container containing any alcoholic beverage on any public land within the village under circumstances evincing an intent to consume the contents of said container upon any such public land.
No person shall consume any alcoholic beverage on any public land within the village.
The above prohibitions shall not apply when a permit or license has been issued by the Village of Johnson City or other appropriate agency for the public use of any public highway, street, sidewalk, park, playground or parking area for any authorized function, including but not limited to fairs, parades, block parties and carnivals.
Any violation of the aforesaid provision shall be punishable by a minimum fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.).