[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Taneytown 12-11-2006 by Ord. No. 6-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Remaining idle in essentially one location and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or wailing about aimlessly and shall also include the colloquial expression "hanging around."
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Includes not only streets, alleys and sidewalks, parking lots, and city property, but also those establishments generally open for the public convenience and use.
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter in a public place in such a manner as 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 any public place.
Solicit or engage in any lewd, lascivious or illegal act.
Solicit money or other valuable consideration without giving consideration in return.
Making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or calculated to annoy or disturb the person to or in whose hearing they are made.
It is unlawful for any person or persons to stand or loiter within 50 feet of a retail establishment which sells alcoholic beverages, in such a manner as to obstruct free passage on or along the street or sidewalk, and to disobey a request by a police officer to move on.
The fifty-foot distance mentioned in this section is to be measured along the street or other public way in both directions from the center of the main entrance or any other entrance of the retail establishment used by the public.
Nothing contained in this section is intended to prevent property owners or their guests from sitting on their front steps or standing on their sidewalks in front of their property, regardless of whether or not the property is within the fifty-foot line.
It is unlawful for any person who is without a business purpose for being there to loiter in any public or private school building, around an entrance thereof, upon school grounds or upon a public way within 100 yards of the school grounds and to refuse to leave such premises when requested to do so by a school employee or law enforcement official.
Whenever the presence of any person in any public place is causing any of the conditions enumerated in § 100-2, any police officer may order that person or persons to leave that place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer, or returns after being ordered to leave, shall be in violation of this chapter.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each offense, upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the Court.