[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. XIV, Part 2, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen. Amendments noted where applicable.]
From and after the approval of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation to pass or distribute, or cause to be passed or distributed, any written or printed handbills, cards, letters, circulars, notices or other written or printed advertising matter, in any of the streets or thoroughfares in said city, without having first secured the permit therefor as provided in § 242-2 of this chapter.
Any person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation desiring to pass or have passed or distributed any of the written or printed matter mentioned in § 242-1 of this chapter shall be required to first secure a permit so to do from the City Clerk, which permit shall be issued in the name of the City of Monessen by said City Clerk to the person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation applying for the same and upon the payment to the City Clerk by such applicant of a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council, and also upon the applicant therefor signing an agreement wherein such applicant agrees to be bound, in the use of such permit, by the conditions and regulations set forth in § 242-3 of this chapter, and all the privileges to be enjoyed under such permit shall be subject to a strict compliance on the part of the person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation securing such permit to such conditions and regulations; and provided, further, that the City Clerk shall also require the applicant, in obtaining the permit, to list with the City Clerk the names of the individuals to be employed in the passing of such handbills and whose operations are intended to be covered and protected by the permit; and further provided that in no event shall the permit be given for a greater period than two days.
All printed and written handbills, cards, letter circulars, notices and all other written and printed advertising matter, passed or distributed under any permit issued therefor, as provided for in § 242-2 of this chapter, shall be so done under and subject to the strict compliance, by the person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation securing such permit, to the conditions and regulations that under no circumstances shall any such above-specified written or printed matter be passed, distributed, handed or delivered to any person while such person is in any of the streets or thoroughfares in said city, and none of such written or printed matter shall be dropped or thrown into any such streets or thoroughfares; but that all of such written or printed matter shall be handed or delivered only on the premises abutting such streets or thoroughfares and shall be handed or delivered personally to some person thereon who shall be either the owner, tenant or lawful occupier of such premises or who is living thereon or, in the alternative, placed under the entrance door to said premises.
The permit provided in § 242-2 hereof shall be issued by the City Clerk, under the conditions therein provided for, at any time application is made therefor, but shall be good and valid only for a period of 48 hours.
Any person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation violating the provisions of § 242-1 of this chapter; or any person, persons, firm, group of firms or corporation having secured the permit provided to be issued in § 242-2 of this chapter, and who shall exercise the privilege so granted by such permit in any other manner than that fixed by the conditions and regulations set forth in said § 242-3, or who, when enjoying the privileges of said permit, shall violate any of said conditions or regulations shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.