Township of Aleppo, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Aleppo 1-12-1999 by Ord. No. 197. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 271.
In the event the Township's inherent police powers and other ordinances do not fully allow it to constitutionally regulate picketing and demonstrations, the purpose of this chapter is to create, in addition to such inherent powers and ordinances, the express power to do so.
"Picketing" and "demonstrations" are terms used interchangeably in this chapter. Their meaning shall have the broadest definition under the law at the time, but in general the words refer to the act of disseminating, in any form and manner whatsoever, information to persons who have not requested that information.
The Township shall regulate picketing and demonstrations to the fullest extent constitutionally permitted at the time.
Based on the case law at the time of the enactment of this chapter, the Township presumes the constitutionality of the following restrictions on picketing and demonstrations:
No picketing shall occur within 500 feet of the residence of any person directly or indirectly identified by the picketing communication (sign, slogans, chanting, and the like).
No loudspeakers shall be used within 2,500 feet of the residence of any person directly or indirectly identified by the picketing communication.
Special circumstances may warrant more or less restrictions consistent with current law at the time in the Township's sound discretion.
Subject to the approval of the Chairman of the Police Committee of the Board of Commissioners, the Township Police Chief shall determine the number of police officers, if any, to be assigned to the picketing/demonstration area. Those individuals requesting the opportunity to picket/demonstrate shall pay the Township, in advance, the reasonable cost of such police officers, which shall be the actual amount of the wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment for such officers for the period of time of their assignment to the picketing or demonstration. This amount may be rounded up to the nearest hour or day per the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement between the Township and the police in effect at the time.
The Township recognizes that unsolicited communications via telephone and computer may also be crimes under separate provisions of federal and state law. Nothing in this chapter shall limit or restrict the enforcement of such laws.
Penalty for violation of this chapter is $500 per offense or imprisonment of three days per offense; subject, however, to the discretion of the court in applying general rules and sentencing laws.