Village of Spring Lake, MI
Ottawa County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Spring Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, § 1-2.
Municipal civil infractions — See Ch. 25.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 90.
Animals — See Ch. 103.
Open burning — See Ch. 135.
Fireworks — See Ch. 183.
Offenses — See Ch. 240.
Tourist park — See Ch. 351.
[Adopted 5-17-1993 by Ord. No. 215; amended in its entirety 6-7-1993 by Ord. No. 216 (Ch. 50, Art. III, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances)]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
FEE
A designated sum of money to be paid by someone for entering Mill Point Park with a boat trailer attached to a motor vehicle or a mechanism on a motor vehicle designed or capable of carrying a boat, whether or not there is a boat located on such trailer or carrier.
MILL POINT PARK
Includes all of the designated areas within the Village known and identified as "Mill Point Park" adjacent to the waters of the Grand River and situated southerly of Exchange Street, including designated parking areas.
PERMIT
The approval granted by the Village on a daily basis or as otherwise determined by the Village to enter Mill Point Park with a motor vehicle towing a boat trailer or having attached to the motor vehicle a mechanism capable of carrying a boat for the fee assessed and paid by such person to the Village.
Each person entering Mill Point Park with a boat trailer attached to a motor vehicle or a mechanism located on a motor vehicle designed or capable of carrying a boat, whether or not there is a boat located on such trailer or carrier, shall be required to pay for and secure a permit to enter Mill Point Park.
The Village Council by resolution shall determine the fees to be assessed to obtain a permit to enter Mill Point Park, and such resolution may also determine the conditions for issuance of a permit. All fees and charges connected with the issuance of such permit shall be payable as provided in the permit and the resolution adopting the fee schedule and terms and conditions by the Village Council. Any permit shall provide that it may be terminated by the Village at any time without cause, in its sole discretion. The Village Manager, pursuant to such resolution of the Village Council, may give such orders and directions relative to the use and occupancy of Mill Point Park for purposes of launching a boat into or retrieving from the waters of the Grand River as are consistent with the resolution of the Village Council and the permit, and this article and the laws of the state, and as may be necessary to promote health, safety and good order within Mill Point Park.
Any person who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with or resists the enforcement of this article shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to § 1-2. Increased civil fines may be imposed for “repeated violations,” which means a second or subsequent municipal civil infraction violation committed by a person within any twelve-month period and for which a person admits responsibility or is determined to be responsible. The increased civil fine for repeat violations is set forth in § 1-2.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Adopted 11-7-2011 by Ord. No. 324 (Ch. 50, Art. IV, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances)]
This article shall be known as the "Village of Spring Lake Parks Ordinance" or the "parks ordinance."
A. 
To afford citizen participation in the affairs of the Village government for the purpose of determining community needs and means of meeting such needs through the government of the Village, a Parks Board is hereby established. For the purposes of this article, the Parks Board shall be referred to as the "Board."
B. 
The Board shall be comprised of seven citizens of the Village who have qualifications required by Village Charter for elective offices of the Village, and may specifically include a person holding office on the Village Council. The terms of members of the Board shall be for three years, and shall be so arranged that the terms of two members of the Board shall expire in one year, the terms of the two other members of the Board shall expire in two years, and the term of the other three members shall expire in three years. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Village Council, and they shall receive no compensation for their services to the Village, unless otherwise expressly provided by the Village Council. The members of the Board shall be allowed reasonable and actual expenses when incurred on behalf of the Village and approved by the Village Council. The Village Council may appoint such additional nonvoting members to the Board as the Village Council deems desirable.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
The Board shall hold at least two meetings per year, and the minutes of each meeting shall be filed with the Village Clerk as a public record. If any member of the Board fails to attend four consecutive Board meetings, that member's membership on the Board shall be subject to immediate termination by the Village Council, in which case the vacancy for the balance of the member's term shall be filled as set forth in Subsection B above. The Village Council may remove any member of the Board for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance.
A. 
The Board shall consider the problems and functions of the Village. The Board shall, from time to time, on its own motion or at the request of the Village Council, make investigations, reports, and recommendations to the Village Council. If the Village Council desires that any matter be investigated by more than one board or commission of the Village, such referrals may be made for the purpose of giving the Village Council the benefit of a full investigation of all aspects of any matter. In performing its duties and functions, the Board shall be entitled to the benefit of the facilities and experience of the Village administrative staff, the Village Planning Commission, and all other sources of information in the Village bearing upon the scope of such duties and functions.
B. 
The Village Council shall provide in each annual budget of the Village for the operation and conduct of Village's parks and recreation properties, facilities, and programs. The Village Council shall appropriate for that purpose those amounts which will assure the operation and maintenance of the Village's parks and recreation properties, facilities, and programs in a manner consistent with the needs and the financial resources of the Village.
C. 
The Village Council may join and cooperate with local school districts and with any other unit of government in the operation, maintenance, and improvement of park and recreation property and facilities, and in the conduct of recreational programs.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PROPER WRITTEN PERMISSION
A written permit issued by the Board.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation except as authorized by proper written permission.
A. 
No person may enter, use, or occupy Village parks or places of recreation for any purposes when the lands are posted against such entry, use, or occupancy, as determined and posted by the Board.
B. 
No person may enter or remain in a Village park or place of recreation between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise permitted by posted notice.
C. 
No person may consume liquor in a Village park or place of recreation unless otherwise permitted by posted notice. Any person who shall be found in or upon any such public place having in the person's possession an open receptacle or container containing any alcoholic liquor shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this subsection. For purposes of this section, the phrase "alcoholic liquor" means any spirituous, vinous, malt, or fermented liquor, liquids and compounds, whether or not medicated, proprietary, patented, and by whatever name called, containing 1/2 of 1% or more of alcohol by volume which are fit for use for beverage purposes.
D. 
No person may peddle or systematically solicit business of any nature, distribute handbills or other advertising matter, post signs, or establish a base of commercial operations in a Village park or place of recreation without proper written permission. In considering whether or not permission shall be granted, the following will be considered by the Board:
(1) 
Interference with the safety, health and welfare of the public;
(2) 
Need for the service; and
(3) 
Whether the service will be a duplication of services available.
E. 
No person may use a loudspeaker, public address system or sound-amplifying equipment of any kind without proper written permission. Permission will not be granted if the system is capable of interfering with the use and enjoyment of a Village park or place of recreation by others. No person may operate any motorboat, motor vehicle, radio, television, or any device in such a manner that it produces excessive noise.
F. 
No person may engage in any violent, abusive, loud, boisterous, vulgar, lewd, wanton, obscene, or otherwise disorderly conduct tending to create a breach of the peace, or disturb or annoy others, or obstruct the free passage of others by lounging, sitting, or laying upon walks, passages, steps, or porches.
G. 
No person may build a fire except in designated places or in approved stoves or grills, unless otherwise approved by an authorized representative of the Board.
H. 
No person may deposit refuse or waste material which has originated outside a Village park or place of recreation in receptacles provided for users of the Village park or place of recreation, set fire to the contents of a refuse basket or trash container, or place or burn garbage in a fire ring or stove.
I. 
No person may store or leave a boat in a nondesignated area without first obtaining proper written permission. Permission for nondesignated areas will be granted only in cases of emergency.
J. 
No person may operate or cause to be operated any motor vehicle in excess of five miles per hour.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation except as authorized by proper written permission.
A. 
No person may operate or park a motor vehicle except on roads or designated parking areas; operate a motor vehicle on a park road or parking lot at a speed or exceeding five miles per hour, in an unsafe manner, at a speed greater than that posted, or in disobedience of traffic signs. When a motor vehicle is found parked in a Village park or place of recreation, the registration plate displayed on the motor vehicle shall constitute prima facie evidence that the owner of the vehicle was the person who parked it on the location where found.
B. 
No person may operate an off-the-road, motor-driven vehicle such as a minibike, motorcycle, dune-mobile, snowmobile, converted snowmobile, amphibious vehicle, or any motored device except an designated roads, trails, or areas posted for such use.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation except as authorized by proper written permission.
A. 
No person may posses a dog or other animal unless the same shall be under immediate control on a leash not exceeding six feet in length; bring a dog or other animal into an enclosed park building, or leave a dog or other animal unattended at any time; permit a dog or other animal to run loose or create a disturbance; or fail to properly control a dog or other animal without the specific authorization of the Village Manager. Any dog or other animal found not in the possession or under the immediate control of its owner, or the owner's agent, or any dog creating a nuisance or disturbance, may be removed from the Village park or place of recreation.
B. 
No person may ride, permit or allow horses or other riding animals, except on bridle trails designated by the Board.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation except as authorized by proper written permission:
A. 
No person may possess a firearm of any kind or description.
B. 
No person may shoot and/or discharge an air gun, gas gun, spring-loaded gun, slingshot, or archery equipment.
C. 
No person may hunt, trap, kill, wound, or capture any bird, animal, or other wildlife.
A. 
Proper written permission is required for any of the following in Village parks and places of recreation:
(1) 
A gathering of 30 or more persons;
(2) 
Any play, performance, or demonstration open to the general public;
(3) 
Any public meeting or public assembly open to the general public; and
(4) 
Any parade.
B. 
Any violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute an unlawful assembly of persons.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation:
A. 
No person who is not an employee or agent of the Village shall write on, mutilate, deface, damage, remove, or destroy in any manner, any building, equipment, structure, fountain, fence, bench, masonry, statue, ornament, or any other property, real or personal, or any appurtenances thereto, owned or operated by the Village, and located in any Village park or place of recreation, or belonging to any person and rightfully in such park or place of recreation.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful and are expressly prohibited in Village parks and places of recreation:
A. 
No person who is not an employee or agent of the Village, or who is not authorized to do so, shall pull, pluck, break, trample, climb into, remove, injure, mutilate, or destroy any trees, shrubs, plants, vines, hedge, flowers, or fruit, whether wild or cultivated.
B. 
No such person shall cut, break down, bend, damage the bark, or trim any sapling, tree, shrub, or plant, or any limb, branch, twig, or leaf thereof, that is growing and located in any Village park or place of recreation.
Any person who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with or resists the enforcement of this article shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to § 1-2. Increased civil fines may be imposed for “repeated violations,” which means a second or subsequent municipal civil infraction violation committed by a person within any twelve-month period and for which a person admits responsibility or is determined to be responsible. The increased civil fine for repeat violations is set forth in § 1-2.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).