[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Maidencreek 6-10-2010 by Ord. No. 225. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Parade Ordinance of the Township of Maidencreek."
The purpose of the permit system is not to exclude communication of a particular content but to coordinate multiple uses of limited space to assure preservation of the street, park and public facilities, to prevent uses that are dangerous, unlawful, or impermissible and to assure financial accountability for damage caused by the event.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
- The elected Board of Supervisors of the Township of Maidencreek.
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the Township of Maidencreek, or designee, including Northern Berks Regional Police.
- Any public display or expression of group feelings toward a person or cause, or a show of force.
- Any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, block party, carnival, pageant or procession of any kind or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other public place in the Township; any gathering in or upon which the streets are occupied for the purpose of a march, procession or demonstration. Gatherings on sidewalks that do not block the sidewalk are not parades.
- PARADE PERMIT
- A permit as required by this chapter.
- Any individual or group of individuals, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- A group of individuals moving along in an orderly or disorderly way in a manner other than for normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
- A public right-of-way or portion thereof intended for general public use to provide means of travel for vehicles and pedestrians. The word "street" shall include the words "street," "avenue," "road," "highway," "thoroughfare," "way," "drive," "lane," "court," "cul-de-sac," and "alley" but shall not include "driveway" or "sidewalk."
- The Township of Maidencreek, Berks County, Pennsylvania, a municipality.
- TOWNSHIP MANAGER
- The Township Manager of the Township of Maidencreek, Berks County, Pennsylvania, or designee.
No parade shall be conducted by any person upon any street in the Township of Maidencreek without first obtaining a permit from the Township through the Township Manager, or designee. No person shall participate in a parade prior to full compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The Township Manager shall inform the Board of Supervisors concerning the granting and issuance of any parade permit. The granting of a permit shall not constitute an endorsement of the applicant by the Township of Maidencreek.
Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply to:
A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Township Manager, or designee, on forms provided by the Township.
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Township Manager, or designee, not fewer than 28 days in advance of the proposed parade date. No fee shall be charged for such permit. Where good cause is shown, the Township Manager, or designee, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed fewer than 28 days in advance of the proposed parade date.
Application contents. The following information shall be included on said application:
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade and requesting the permit.
If the parade is proposed to be conducted for, on behalf of or by any organization, the name, address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization and of the authorized and responsible heads of such organization.
The name, address and telephone number of the person or persons who will be in charge of and who will be responsible for its conduct; a concise statement of the purpose of the parade.
The date when the parade is to be conducted and the hours when such parade will start and terminate.
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point, including a map depicting the course of the parade or the location of the parade.
A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets or public land proposed to be traveled.
The location, by streets, of any assembly (formation and disbanding) areas for such parade, including time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble; if the assembly area is on private property, the name, address and telephone number of the property owner and/or a letter of permission for assembly.
The approximate size and length of the parade, including the approximate number of persons and vehicles in the parade, including the number and types of animals (if any).
Any additional information which the Township Manager shall find reasonably necessary in order to make a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
No permit issued hereunder shall authorize or excuse any breach of the law or any trespass upon the rights of others or render the Township of Maidencreek liable for any damage committed or caused.
There is no fee for the permit. However, a person sponsoring a parade will be informed prior to the issuance of a permit that if the cost of directing traffic for the event exceeds $300, the person will be personally responsible for all costs exceeding $300. Direct costs incurred by the Township to control traffic as a result of a parade shall be borne by the applicant. Costs shall be limited to direct out-of-pocket expenses, plus a 20% markup, incurred by the Township, such as, but not limited to, wages paid to Township employees or police officers. No permit shall be issued until all costs for prior parade permits issued to the applicant shall have been paid in full.
Each person filing an application for a parade permit shall provide the Township with a certificate of insurance evidencing that said person maintains insurance which will protect that person and the Township of Maidencreek from claims for damages for personal injury, including accidental death, as well as claims for property damages which may arise from the conduct of the parade. Excluded from any claim for damages will be damages related to persons objecting to the content of the proposed or actual message of the applicant. The amounts of such insurance shall be as follows: public liability insurance in an amount of not less than $1,000,000 for injuries, including accidental death, to any one person and property damage insurance in an amount of not less than $1,000,000. The certificate of insurance shall name the Township of Maidencreek as an additional insured and shall be provided by an insurance company authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and acceptable to the Township.
NOTE: No parade permit will be issued prior to the receipt of a certificate of insurance that complies with this section.
The Township Manager, or designee, shall have the authority to designate an alternate date, time, duration or course for any parade upon any street or public area for which a permit is requested. This authority shall be exercised to accommodate competing demands on the use of public streets. In addition, the Township Manager may adopt any reasonable conditions to better protect the public and ensure compliance with this chapter. Any time, place, and manner limitations must not be based on the content of the message, must be narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest, and must leave open ample alternatives for communication.
The Chief of Police, or designee, shall have the authority to determine the necessary personnel, supplies and equipment for any parade. Acceptance of the permit by the applicant shall constitute acceptance of all permit conditions. NOTE: The Township is not required to close streets for security (i.e., protection of the applicant or the parade members related to their actual or proposed message) purposes and is not required to provide police for security purposes at parades.
A permit shall be denied if:
The application for the permit (including any required attachments and submissions) is not fully completed and executed);
The applicant has not tendered the required insurance certificate;
The application for the permit contains a material falsehood or misrepresentation;
The applicant is legally incompetent to contract or to sue and be sued;
The applicant or the person on whose behalf the application for the permit was made has on prior occasions damaged Township property and has not paid in full for such damage or has other outstanding and unpaid debts to the Township;
A fully executed prior application for a permit for the same time and place has been received, and a permit has been or will be granted to a prior applicant authorizing uses or activities which do not reasonably permit multiple occupancy at the proposed location of the parade, or part thereof;
The use or activity intended by the applicant would conflict with previously planned programs organized and conducted by the Township and previously scheduled for the same time and place;
The proposed use or activity is prohibited by or inconsistent with the classifications and uses of any street, park or other public place in the Township, or part thereof;
The use or activity intended by the applicant would present an unreasonable danger to the health or safety of the applicant, or other users of any street, park or other public place in the Township, of Township employees or of the public;
The applicant has not complied or cannot comply with applicable requirements, ordinances or regulations of the Township concerning the sale or offering for sale of any goods or services;
The use or activity intended by the applicant is prohibited by law, by this chapter and ordinances of the Township, or by the regulations of the Recreation Department.
If a permit is denied, then the denial shall clearly explain the reason for the denial and what, if anything, must be done to correct the reason for the denial.
The Chief of Police, or designee, shall have the authority to withdraw permission to conduct the event if he or she feels that due to severe adverse weather and/or traffic conditions, the event would be unsafe.
The Township Manager or Chief of Police, or their designees, may at any time revoke any permit if there shall have been committed any breach of the terms and conditions under which the same was issued or a violation of the terms of this chapter upon giving notice of such revocation to the person to whom the permit was issued. From the time of such notice of revocation, any act done under color of such permit shall subject the person doing or allowing it to be done to the same penalty as if he or she had done such act without such permit, unless such revocation is disapproved as hereinafter provided. If a permit is revoked, then the revocation shall clearly explain the reason for the revocation and what, if anything, must be done to correct the reason for the revocation.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial or revocation of a parade permit to the Township Manager, or designee. The appeal shall be taken by sending a letter to the Township Manager requesting that the Township Manager hear an appeal of the decision to deny a parade permit. The letter must be sent by certified mail or hand-delivered to the office of the Township Manager of the Township of Maidencreek at 1 Quarry Road, Blandon, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 19510, and must be received by the Township Manager within 10 days from the date on which the applicant received notice of the denial of the application for a parade permit. The Township Manager must render a decision on said appeal, in writing, within 10 days of receipt of the appeal. If the applicant is not satisfied with the Township Manager's decision, then he or she may appeal to the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County within 30 days of the Township Manager's written decision.
The Township Manager, provided that the other requirements of this chapter are met, shall issue a permit as provided for hereunder when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, it is determined that:
The conduct of the parade will not so substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the Township on and contiguous to the proposed route so as to create a real and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Township.
The conduct of the parade will not create a real and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Township by preventing fire-fighting equipment, ambulances, rescue vehicles and/or police vehicles from being able to reach any property in the Township.
The conduct of such parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of the Township other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto.
The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles at assembly points of the parade will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of or ambulance services to areas contiguous to such assembly areas.
The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.
The conduct of the parade is not reasonably likely to cause injury to person or property, to provoke disorderly conduct or to create a disturbance. This excludes content of message.
The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
The parade is not designed to be held primarily for private profit.
Any person, association, organization, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.