Ordinance 2019-11: Amend Park Rules

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-11

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2006-15 REGULATING THE USE OF THE PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF ANTWERP, OHIO, SAID PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES CONTROLLED BY THE PARK BOARD OF THE VILLAGE OF ANTWERP, OHIO, AND DECLARING THE SAME AN EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, passed Ordinance No. 2006-15 regulating the use of the parks and recreational facilities within the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, said parks and recreational facilities controlled by the Park Board of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, and Ordinance No. 2006-15 was passed as an emergency measure on April 10, 2006;

 

WHEREAS, the Council has been notified of on-going problems at the park, including but not limited to standing on picnic tables, throwing rocks, use of profane language, with these problems resulting in parents being contacted and not allowing children to return without adult supervision;

 

WHEREAS, the Park Board has met to address these problems and made recommendations to Council on amending the rules and regulations to address these problems; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council has determined that Ordinance No. 2006-15 needs amended to amend the park rules and regulations to specifically address the current problems and to implement the recommendations of the Park Board in that regard.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Antwerp, County of Paulding, State of Ohio:

 

Section 1.  That Ordinance No. 2006-15 is amended to read as follows:

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Antwerp has determined that it is necessary to enact rules and regulations restricting the use of the Parks and Recreational Facilities controlled by the Park Board of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio.

 

NOW THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Council of the Village of Antwerp, Paulding County, Ohio:

 

SECTION 1.  That the park located in the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, commonly known as Riverside Veterans Memorial Park located at 302 East River Street, and more particularly described as follows:

 

On the North, by the Maumee River:  On the West by Island Street:  On the South by U.S. Route 24:  On the East .33 acres owned by the State of Ohio,

 

which park will hereinafter be referred to as “Park,” will be regulated as to its use provided herein.

 

SECTION 2.  Hours of closing:  Except by special permission by the Village administrator or the Park Board in writing, no person shall be permitted to remain in the confines of the Park, Park area, or Park buildings after sunset or before sunrise.  This section shall not apply to vehicles used in the maintenance of the Village property nor to Village vehicles operating on such property by the Village employees, nor to vehicles operated on such property with the express written permission of the Village administrator or Park Board, nor to emergency or police vehicles, or persons within the Park during the prohibited hours pursuant to emergency, or police personnel or law enforcement personnel, performing their official duties.

 

SECTION 3.  Littering and dumping:  There shall be no littering or dumping allowed in the Park area.  Picnic and Recreation areas must be clean and orderly after they are used.

 

SECTION 4.  Fires:  No person shall light or maintain any fire in the Park other than in a barbecue brazier or grill or other area designated for such purpose, except upon special permission from the Village administrator, mayor or Park Board.  If special permission is granted, then all fires must be attended at all times and must be extinguished before leaving.

 

SECTION 5.  Animals:  All pets must be on a short leash and must stay in the designated pet area of the Park.  Clean up after the pet is the pet owner’s responsibility.

 

SECTION 6.  Alcohol and Drugs:  All beer, alcohol, and drugs of abuse are prohibited in the Park.  No person shall enter, be in or remain in the Park while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, narcotic, or dangerous drug.

 

SECTION 7.  Firearms and Explosives:  Firearms, fireworks, or explosives of any kind are prohibited in the Park.  No person, other than a certified peace officer or an on duty security guard, shall bring in the Park, or discharge or shoot, any firearm, air gun, slingshot, or bow and arrow.  No person shall discharge any firework or explosive in the Park unless permitted in writing from the Village administrator, mayor, or Park Board.

 

SECTION 8.  Children under twelve years old:  No parent or guardian, or any person having the custody of any child under the age of twelve (12) years of age, shall cause, permit, or allow such child to enter or visit the park unless the child is accompanied by a person of not less than sixteen (16) years of age.

 

SECTION 9.  Playground equipment:  No child over the age of thirteen (13) years of age shall be permitted on the playground equipment.

 

SECTION 10.  Vulgar / profane language:  The use of vulgar or profane language is prohibited in the Park.

 

SECTION 11.  Picnic tables:  No person shall stand on the picnic tables.

 

SECTION 12.  Whoever violates any section of this Ordinance shall be banned from the Park for a period of thirty (30) days.  Whoever commits a second violation of this Ordinance shall be cited for a minor misdemeanor and subject to any penalty allowed by Ohio Basic Code Section 10.99.  Whoever commits a third violation of this Ordinance shall be banned from the Park until the violator reaches the age of eighteen (18) years of age or if the violator is of majority age at the time of committing the third violation of this Ordinance, the person shall be banned from the Park.

 

SECTION 13.  It is found and determined that all formal actions of Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were adopted in open meetings of the Council, and that all deliberations of the Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including all lawful ordinances and any applicable provisions of Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 

SECTION 14.  This Ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the Village due to recent damage in the Park, and this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect immediately after its passage; otherwise, it shall take effect and be enforced after the earliest period allowed by law.

 

Section 2.  It is found and determined that all formal actions of Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were adopted in open meetings of the Council, and that all deliberations of the Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including all lawful ordinances and any applicable provisions of Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 

Section 3.  This Ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the Village due to the on-going problems in the Park, and this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect immediately after its passage; otherwise, it shall take effect and be enforced after the earliest period allowed by law.

 

DATED: _____________________

 

 

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Ray Delong, Mayor

Village of Antwerp

 

Attest:

 

 

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Aimee Lichty, Fiscal Officer

 

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