[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mendham as Sec. 3-3 of the 1998 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning provided:
- Remaining idle or walking aimlessly about in essentially one location.
- PARENT or GUARDIAN
- Includes any adult person having care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- A place to which the public has access and shall include any public building and grounds, street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of a store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business, and public grounds, areas and parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charges with violating this chapter or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his/her parent or guardian.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such a manner to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in a public place.
This section shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to whom or in whose hearing they are made.
Any person violating the provisions of § 217-2 shall be ordered to move on by a police officer. Any person who fails to obey the orders of a police officer shall be guilty of a violation.
No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit that minor to loiter in violation of this chapter. Whenever any minor under the age of 18 years is charged with a violation of this chapter, his/her parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or any other person designated by the Chief of Police to give such notice. If at any time within 30 days following the giving of notice the minor to whom such notice relates again violates this chapter, it shall be presumed in the absence of evidence to the contrary that the minor did so with the knowledge and permission of his/her parent or guardian.