[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson by Ord. No. 1-81 as Ch. 10, Secs. 10.12 and 10.40 of the 1981 Code; amended by Ord. No. 32-94. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended:
- To sit, stand, loaf, lounge, wander or stroll in an aimless manner or to stop, pause or remain in an area for no obvious reason.
- Unnecessary conduct which may tend to annoy, intimidate, threaten or otherwise disturb another in or about any public street, sidewalk, bridge or public ground which is offensive to the public morals or decency of the citizens of the City of Hudson.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- An area generally visible to public view and includes streets, sidewalks, bridges, alleys, plazas, parks, driveways, parking lots, automobiles, whether moving or not, and buildings open to the general public, including those which serve food or drink or provide entertainment, and the doorway and entrance to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them.
No person shall loiter in, on or about any public street, public sidewalk, street crossing, alley, bridge, public parking lot or other place of assembly or public use after being requested to move by any police officer.
Upon being requested to move, a person shall immediately comply with such request by leaving the premises or area thereof at the time of the request.
No person shall loiter in or about the toilet open to the public for the purpose of engaging in or soliciting any lewd or lascivious conduct or any unlawful act.
No person shall loiter in or about any school or public place at or near which children or students attend or normally congregate. As used in this subsection, "loiter" means to delay, to linger or to idle in or about any said school or public place without a lawful purpose for being present.
No person shall loiter in or about any private premises or adjacent doorways or entrances or upon private property held out for public use, including but not limited to business or industry parking lots or shopping malls, without invitation from the owner or occupant or from any person in authority at such places. No person shall loiter in or about the doorway, stairway, steps or entrance of any business place or private residence without the expressed consent of the owner thereof or at any time other than usual business hours. Under this subsection, "business place" shall include a public building at such times that the same shall be closed for the usual and normal business conducted thereat.
Upon being requested to move by any such person in authority or by any police officer, a person shall immediately comply with such request by leaving the premises or area thereof at the time of the request.
No person shall sit, lie or otherwise recline upon or against any parked motor vehicle without the expressed consent of the owner thereof, whether such vehicle is parked upon a public street, alley, parking lot, driveway or private premises.
No person shall stand or loiter on any roadway other than in a safety zone if such act interferes with the lawful movement of traffic.
No person shall loiter or prowl in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such alarm is warranted is the fact that the person takes flight upon appearance of a police or peace officer, refuses to identify himself or manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or any object. Unless flight by the person or other circumstances make it impracticable, a police or peace officer shall, prior to any arrest for an offense under this chapter, afford the person an opportunity to dispel any alarm which would otherwise be warranted by requesting him to identify himself and explain his presence and conduct. No person shall be convicted of an offense under this section if the police officer did not comply with the preceding sentence or if it appears at trial that the explanation given by the person was true and, if believed by the police or peace officer at the time, would have dispelled the alarm.
Underage persons and intoxicants. No underage person shall enter, remain or loiter in any premises, public or private, where fermented malt beverages or other alcohol beverages are served, sold, dispensed, given away or made available, unless such underage person is accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age.
Permitting loitering prohibited. No person of legal drinking age shall permit any underage person to enter, remain or loiter in any premises, public or private, where fermented malt beverages or other alcohol beverages are served, sold, dispensed, given away or made available, unless such underage person is accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-18 of this Municipal Code. In addition to any penalty imposed for violation of this chapter, any person who shall cause physical damage to or destroy any public property shall be liable for the costs of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property.