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Chapter 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS





1-1. Adoption of Code.



1-2. Interpretation of terms; designation of Code provisions.



1-3. Enforcement.



1-4. Effect of partial invalidity.



1-5. Penalties.



1-6. Civil relief.



[HISTORY: General provisions adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54, as Article I. Codification as

Chapter 4 adopted 2-7-66. Revised and restated in its entirety 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95, as Chapter 1.

Amendment to effect name change throughout code adopted and made effective 8-5-99. Subsequent amendment history noted where applicable.]





1-1. Adoption of Code.



Be it ordained by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Riverdale Park* this 7th day of November, 1994, that this Code, as revised hereinafter, be accepted and adopted as the Code of the Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland, hereinafter, "Code," to take effect January 1, 1995, from which date all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Code are hereby repealed, provided that such repeal shall not affect ordinances on subjects not included in this codification or prosecutions under any prior ordinances pending in any court when this Code shall take affect.



A copy of the Code subscribed by the Mayor and members of the Council and duly attested by the Town Administrator shall be deposited with the Town Administrator to be safely kept and preserved as and for the original of the ordinances. It shall also be the duty of the Town Administrator to preserve with the text of the original copy of the Code a copy of all future ordinances amending, repealing, enacting, or reenacting any section or provision of the Code.



*Formerly Town of Riverdale, name changed to Town of Riverdale Park by charter amendment effective September 7, 1998; name change amendment to ordinance effective August 5, 1999.







1-2. Interpretation of terms; designation of Code provisions. [Amended 3-6-95, effective

3-26-95.]



(a) This Code may be cited as the "Riverdale Park Ordinance Code" or the "Riverdale Park Code" or the "Riverdale Park Town Code." It shall be sufficient to refer to any provision of this Code by citation to the appropriate chapter, part, article, section, subsection, paragraph, and clause, as appropriate, whenever any of its provisions shall be referred to in any amendment thereof, or whenever any of its provisions shall be referred to in any proceeding or prosecution for the enforcement thereof. Wherever the masculine is referred to herein the reference shall include the feminine gender except where such reference would be unreasonable. Wherever the singular is used it shall include the plural except where such construction would be unreasonable. The terms indicated below shall include the following meanings:



"Person" -- shall include individuals, firms, partnerships, associations, and corporations.



"Street" -- shall include each and every place commonly known as a street, alley, highway, roadway, or public space.



"Sidewalk" -- except where such construction would be unreasonable, shall include sidewalks, whether improved or not, and footpaths and walkways for pedestrian travel along streets, roadways, and on public property.



"Vehicle" -- shall include all horse-drawn vehicles and all vehicles propelled by steam, electricity, gasoline, oil, solar, or other power.



"Town," "Town of Riverdale Park," "Mayor and Council," or Mayor and Town Council" -- shall be construed as meaning the municipal corporation chartered as the "Town of Riverdale Park" under Article 23A of the Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland and the laws of the State of Maryland, as amended and supplemented, except where such construction would be unreasonable. The offenses defined herein shall mean those committed within the corporate limits of the Town of Riverdale Park.



(b) Designation of Code provisions. The provisions of this Code are designated by the appropriate chapter, section, and subclassification number. Each section of the Code shall be preceded by a number consisting of two component parts separated by a dash. The figure before the dash refers to the chapter number and the figure after the dash refers to the position of the section within the chapter. In addition, a uniform system of designating the subclassifications within sections shall be utilized as exemplified below:



1-1 -- section

1-1(a) -- subsection

1-1(a)(1) -- paragraph

1-1(a)(1)(A) -- subparagraph

1-1(a)(1)(A)(I) -- clause.



1-3. Enforcement.



Except where otherwise specified in a particular chapter of this Code, the provisions of this Code shall be enforced by the town code enforcement officer and/or the town police department, who shall have a reasonable right of access and entry at reasonable hours onto any property within the town limits for the purpose of discharging their duties.





1-4. Effect of partial invalidity.



If any provision or portion of this Code be declared invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder of the Code.





1-5. Penalties. [Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



(a) Any person violating any provision of this Code for which no specific penalty has been provided shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisonment in such place of confinement as may be provided by law, not exceeding six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court hearing the case. Imprisonment in default of the fine and costs shall be regulated by Section 4 of Article 38 of the Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland, 1957 edition, and any amendments thereof.



(b) The suspension or revocation of any license, permit, certificate or other privilege conferred by the town shall not be regarded as a penalty for the purposes of this Code, but shall be in addition thereto.





1-6. Civil relief. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



In addition to any penalties set forth in this Code, the town is empowered to seek appropriate civil relief to restrain any violations of this Code and/or to recover costs and damages that the town may incur as a result of violations of this Code.







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Chapter 2

ADMINISTRATION



2-1. Committees.



2-2. Action on petitions.



2-3. Personnel matters.



2-4. Establishment of civil service departments and classified service positions.



2-5. Merit system; personnel manual.



2-6. Unclassified service offices and positions.



2-7. Compensation of elected officials.



2-8. Prohibitions and Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 4-2-79 as Chapter 6. Revised and restated in its entirety 11-7-94,

effective 1-1-95, as Chapter 2. Subsequent amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Personnel -- See Articles III and VII of the Charter and the Personnel Manual.

Financial disclosure -- See Chapter 32.

Police Department -- See Chapter 53.



2-1. Committees. [Revised 3-6-95.]



The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, shall appoint standing and other committees of the Council to perform such functions and be composed of such members as the Mayor may designate. The standing committees shall be Finance, Public Works, Public Safety and Legislative.



(a) Finance is concerned with expenditures, revenue and budgetary items.



(b) Public Works is concerned with maintenance and sanitation of streets and public grounds.



(c) Public Safety is concerned with police, fire, and safety matters.



(d) Legislative is concerned with legislation, including but not limited to ordinances, resolutions, charter changes or any legislation which may be introduced by the chairman of the Committee or any member of the Council.



2-2. Action on petitions.



Any petition bearing the signatures of bona fide residents of the Town of Riverdale Park equal to at least ten (10%) of the number of registered voters in the town shall be acted upon by the Council at the meeting at which it is presented. If any member of the Council believes the petition has merit enough to warrant further Council deliberation, action may be taken to refer it to a standing or regular committee or to a special committee or to table it to a committee or table it to the next meeting or to a special meeting. In any event, decisive action must be taken at the next regular Council meeting. Under no circumstances shall such a petition be construed to be a demand, request, or pressure for the recall of an elected official.



2-3. Personnel matters.



Pursuant to its authority under Articles III and VII of the Charter, the Council, acting on the recommendations of the Town Administrator or the Mayor, shall approve, establish, modify, or abolish town personnel positions and classes of positions in the classified or unclassified service of the town.



2-4. Establishment of civil service departments and classified service positions. [Revised 3-6-95.]



Pursuant to the authority vested in the town under Articles III and VII of the Charter, the following departments in the civil service of the town are established.



(a) Town Office;



(b) Public Works Department; and



(c) Police Department.



Subject to the provisions of 705 of the Charter and 2-6 of this chapter, the employees of these departments and any other departments or employee positions which may be hereafter created are members of the classified civil service of the town and subject to the merit systems that are a part of the classified civil service of the town.











2-5. Merit system; personnel manual. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) Merit system. Pursuant to the authority vested in the town under Articles III and VII of the Charter, a merit system for the appointment and promotion of employees in the town's classified civil service is established. The merit system shall provide rules and regulations regarding, among other things, job classification plans and descriptions of jobs, functions, and duties, compensation plans, probationary periods, appeals by employees included in the classified civil service from dismissal or other disciplinary action, suspensions and removals, and vacation and sick leave regulations.



(b) Personnel Manual. The rules, regulations, job descriptions, and procedures of the merit system and all additional matters pertaining to the personnel systems of the town are set forth in the town's Personnel Manual, which is incorporated herein by reference and shall be amended or revised by Council resolution.



2-6. Unclassified service offices and positions. [Revised 3-6-95.]



The following offices and positions are not included in the classified service of the town. Appointments and removals of persons to these offices and positions shall be subject to the provisions of 404, 702, and 705 of the Charter. Subject to the provisions of Articles III and VII of the Charter, the descriptions of these offices and positions and their powers, duties, and functions shall be set forth in the Personnel Manual.



(a) Town Administrator;



(b) Chief of Police;



(c) Public Works Supervisor; and



(d) Town Attorney.



2-7. Compensation of elected officials. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) On and after June 5, 1995, the Mayor shall be compensated at the rate of four hundred dollars ($400) per month.



(b) On and after June 5, 1995, the members of the Council shall be compensated at the rate of two hundred dollars ($200) per month.



2-8. Prohibitions and Penalties. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) Prohibitions.

(1) If a merit system is adopted, no person in the classified service of the town or seeking admission thereto shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, removed, or in any way favored or discriminated against because of his political or religious opinions or affiliations or any other factors not related to ability to perform the work.



(2) No person shall willfully or corruptly commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of the personnel provisions of this Code or any of the rules and regulations made thereunder.



(3) No officer or employee in the classified service of the town shall continue in such position after becoming a candidate for nomination or election to any town public office.

(4) No person seeking appointment to or promotion in the service of the town shall either directly or indirectly give, render, or pay any money, service, or other thing of value to any person for or on account of or in connection with his appointment, proposed appointment, promotion, or proposed promotion.



(5) No person holding a position in the classified service of the town shall make any contribution to the campaign funds of any political party or any candidate for town public office or take any part in the management, affairs, or political campaign of any political party or candidate for town public office, further than in the exercise of his rights as a citizen to express his opinion and to cast his vote.



(b) Penalties.



Any person who by himself or with others willfully or corruptly violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Any person who is convicted under this section is ineligible for a period of five (5) years for appointment to or employment in a position in the town service and, if he be an officer or employee of the town, shall immediately forfeit the office or position he holds.

Chapter 9

AMUSEMENT MACHINES



9-1. Coin and pinball machines.



9-2. Electronic amusement machine fee.



9-3. Enforcement.



9-4. Penalty for late payment of fee; failure to file form.



[HISTORY: Adopted 5-1-49. Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment history noted where

applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





9-1. Coin and pinball machines.



It shall be unlawful to keep within the town any coin-operated or pinball machine in the operation of which there is the element of chance or with respect to which additional free plays are allowed upon contingencies or in connection with the operation of which there is any payoff through any device of anything of value or in money in excess of the amount of the coin deposited for a single operation of the machine. This section shall not apply to vending machines which, at every insertion of a coin, shall dispense merchandise or service equivalent in value to that purchasable on the open market at prevailing prices for the amount of the coin deposited, less a reasonable fee for the use of the coin machine.





9-2. Electronic amusement machine fee. [Added 4-5-82]



Any amusement machine of the electronic-game type shall be assessed a fee of five percent (5%) of the gross revenues of the machine payable to the town on a quarterly basis: September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30 of each year, with the filing of the form provided by the town, which form is available at the office of the Town Administrator.















9-3. Penalty for late payment of fee, failure to file form. [Added 4-5-82.]



Payments received more than twenty (20) days after the specified dates shall be subject to a penalty of twenty-five dollars ($25) for each electronic amusement machine. Failure to file the form specified in 9-2 will be a municipal infraction, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100).

Chapter 10

ANIMALS AND FOWL



10-1. Definitions



10-2. Impoundment



10-3. Alternate procedure to impoundment.



10-4. Penalties for public nuisance animals.



10-5. Female dog in heat.



10-6. Confinement of animal with history of biting people



10-7. Confinement of animal biting a person.



10-8. Cows, swine, and horses.



10-9. Defecation; removal of excrement.



10-10. Violations and penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 7-12-71, effective 8-2-71. Amended in its entirety 11-5-79. Amended 11-7-94,

effective 1-1-95. Amended 9-8-98, effective 9-28-98. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.

Stables, kennels -- See Chapter 50.



10-1. Definitions.



As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated;



"Animal" -- Any fowl or four-legged animal accustomed to living in or about the habitation of man, including but not limited to cats, dogs, fowl, horses, cows, swine, rabbits, and domesticated wild animals.



"Animal under restraint" -- Any animal secured by a leash or lead or under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's command or confined within a vehicle or within the real property limits of its owner.



"At large" -- An animal not under restraint and off the premises of its owner.

"Owner" -- Any person or persons owning, keeping, or harboring or acting as custodian of an animal.



"Public nuisance animal" -- Any animal which is repeatedly found at large; makes excessive, continual, or untimely barking, howling, whining, crowing, or any other disturbing noise; molests passersby; chases vehicles; causes fouling of air by odors; causes unsanitary condition of enclosures or surroundings by virtue of the number of animals maintained and is offensive or dangerous to the public health; excretes on property other than that of the owner; or is the cause of excretory matter being dropped on the ground or floor, feed left lying about, and/or housing materials which afford food, harborage, or a breeding place for rats.



10-2. Impoundment.



An animal found at large may be temporarily impounded by the town code enforcement officer and/or the police department until reasonable efforts can be made to locate the owner. If no owner is found, then the animal shall be turned over to the county animal control facility. The animal shall not be held longer than twenty-four (24) hours and must be given adequate care and shelter while so impounded.



10-3. Alternate procedure to impoundment.



In addition to or in lieu of impounding a dog found at large, and/or if the owner can be located, the town code enforcement officer and/or the police department shall impose such penalties as are outlined in 10-4.



10-4. Penalties for public nuisance animals. [Revised 3-6-95, Amended 9-8-98.]



(a) It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian to fail to provide effective care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.



(b) Upon receiving a written or oral complaint and after an investigation, the town code enforcement officer and/or the police department shall declare an animal to be a public nuisance and shall serve the owner with a notice of violation of this ordinance, and unless the nuisance is removed or abated within ten (10) days, the owner shall be deemed guilty of a municipal infraction.



10-5. Female dog in heat.



Every female dog while in heat shall be kept confined in a building or secure enclosure by the owner in such manner that she shall not be in contact (except for intentional breeding purposes) with another dog nor create a nuisance by attracting other animals.





10-6. Confinement of animal with history of biting people.



Every fierce, dangerous, or vicious animal, including dogs that have a history of unlawful biting of a human being, shall be confined by the owner within a building or secure enclosure. Such animal may not be taken out of such building or secure enclosure unless securely muzzled.



10-7. Confinement of animal biting a person.



The town code enforcement officer and/or the police department shall confine any animal biting any person for clinical observation for a period of ten (10) consecutive calendar days. At the discretion of the town code enforcement officer and/or the police department, the confinement may occur on the premises of the animal's owner, provided that the owner signs a written agreement to provide for properly supervised confinement. In the alternative, the animal may be confined at any animal shelter, veterinary hospital, or humane shelter at the owner's option and expense. No person shall knowingly allow such confined animal to escape, or sell, give away, or otherwise dispose of such animal before the expiration of the ten day confinement and observation period.



10-8. Cows, swine, and horses. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) It shall be unlawful to keep within the town any swine, cow, or animal of the bovine kind.



(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep upon any premises, yard, or enclosure any horse, mule, pony, or any other animal of the equine kind within the town, except upon any lot or adjoining lots having a total combined area of not less than twenty-five thousand (25,000) square feet and not within a radius of one hundred (100) feet of any building used for human habitation.



10-9. Defecation; Removal of excrement. Repealed and replaced 9-8-98 [Adopted 9-8-98]

(a) No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog or cat except a seeing eye dog, shall allow or permit excrement of such animal to remain on: (1) Public property or right-of-way; or (2) private property without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof.



(b) The person owning, keeping, or having custody of the animal shall immediately remove the excrement deposited by the animal.













10-10. Violations and penalties. [Adopted 9-8-98.]



Violations of 10-1 through 10-9 of this chapter of the Code are declared to be municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be fifty dollars ($50) for the first offense, one hundred dollars ($100) for a second offense, and two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each subsequent offense.











Chapter 15

BUILDING CODE



15-1. Building Inspector.



15-2. Inspections.



15-3. Right of entry.



15-4. Official commission.



15-5. Mutual cooperation.



15-6. Building Code.



15-7. Permit applications.



15-8. Ordinary repairs; no permit required.



15-9. Permit fees.



15-10. Permit to be kept posted on premises.



15-11. Compensation of Building Inspector; reports.



15-12. Violations; procedure.



15-13. Stop work orders.



15-14. Prosecutions.



15-15. Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 5-5-55. Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95. Amendment history noted where

applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.

Streets, sidewalks, curb cuts -- See Chapter 57.

Utilities -- See Chapter 62.

Walls and fences -- See Chapter 66.







15-1. Building Inspector.



The Mayor and Council shall appoint a responsible individual, experienced in building construction, as Town Building Inspector. He shall, upon taking the oath of office, serve for one (1) year, unless sooner removed, or until his successor is appointed and qualified. It shall be his duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.



15-2. Inspections.



Before the town issues a permit as provided herein, the Town Building Inspector shall examine the application, plan, and specifications and shall examine the building, structure, or site for which an application for a permit has been filed, to ascertain that the work to be done would conform to the requirements and standards of this chapter, and he shall from time to time make such periodic examinations during the progress of the work, including a final inspection, as he may deem necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter. The Town Building Inspector shall keep a record of all permits issued by the town and of all inspections made with respect thereto, on which record shall be noted all violations of this chapter and the action taken thereon.



15-3. Right of entry.



In the discharge of his duties, the Town Building Inspector shall have the authority to enter at any reasonable hour any building, structure, or premises to enforce the provisions of this chapter.



15-4. Official commission.



Upon taking the oath of office and qualifying as Town Building Inspector, the Inspector shall be issued a commission by the Mayor and Council certifying his official authority.



15-5. Mutual cooperation.



The assistance of the police, fire marshal, fire department, and all other local officials shall be available to the Town Building Inspector in the performance of his duties.







15-6. Building Code. [Amended 2-6-95.]



The Building Code for Prince George's County, Subtitle 4 of the Code of Prince George's County, Maryland, as amended from time to time, a copy of which is on file with the Town Administrator, together with the supplemental requirements as set forth in this chapter, are hereby adopted as the "Riverdale Park Building Code." It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, reconstruct, repair, or remove any building or structure within the town except in compliance with the Riverdale Park Building Code, or without obtaining in advance a building permit from the town authorizing it, which permit shall be issued after the applicant has obtained the county building permit from the Building Inspector of Prince George's County and after a finding that the proposed work will meet the requirements of the Riverdale Park Building Code.



15-7. Permit applications.



Every applicant for a building permit from the town shall make application therefor to the town, in writing, upon forms to be furnished by the town, accompanied by a duplicate copy of the specifications and of plans drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail dimensions as to show the nature and character of work to be performed which has been approved by the Building Inspector of Prince George's County, together with the fee for the issuance of the permit as herein provided. The town may waive the requirement for filing plans if the work involved is of minor nature.



15-8. Ordinary repairs; no permit required.



Ordinary repairs may be made without application for a permit, but such repairs shall not include any change that affects the strength or stability of the building or any structural part thereof, the removal or change of any required means of egress, nor alternations, removal, relocation, or replacement of essential parts of the service equipment of the building that affect the health and safety of the occupants of the building or the public.



15-9. Permit fees. [Amended 6-17-65. Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



The fees for building permits to be issued by the Town Building Inspector shall be one-half (1/2) of those prescribed for a similar permit under the Building Code of Prince George's County, as amended. The fee for any permit shall not be less than ten dollars ($10).







15-10. Permit to be kept posted on premises.



The town building permit shall be kept posted on the premises on which the work authorized by it is being done.



15-11. Compensation of Building Inspector; reports. [Amended 6-17-65. Amended 10-02-89.]



The Town Building Inspector shall receive a percentage of all building permit fees collected by the town as compensation for his services according to the following schedule: 60% until such time that his total compensation during the fiscal year reaches $1,200; thereafter, 40% until such time that his total compensation during the fiscal year reaches $5,000; thereafter, 10% for the duration of the fiscal year. The Town Building Inspector shall submit at the regular monthly meetings of the Mayor and Council, or whenever required, reports covering all permits issued, fees paid, and inspections of work thereunder, including dates of final inspection, together with such recommendations as he may deem in the public interest.



15-12. Violations; procedures.



The Town Building Inspector shall serve a notice of violation or order on the person responsible for the erection, construction, alternation, extension, repair, use, or occupancy of a building or structure in violation of the provisions of this chapter, or in violation of a detailed statement or plan approved thereunder, or in violation of a permit issued under this chapter, and such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or condition and the abatement of the violation. The Town Building Inspector shall forward a copy of such notice to the Mayor and Council.



15-13. Stop work orders. [Added 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



(a) Whenever any work is being done in violation of this chapter or without a required permit or in variance with the terms of any permit issued for such work, the Town Building Inspector may order all or a part of the work on the job stopped until such violation or variance is eliminated and any work or installation made in violation of this chapter is corrected. Such "stop work" order, if oral, shall be followed by a written stop work order within twenty-four (24) hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).



(b) It shall be unlawful to do or perform any work in violation of such stop work order, except as may be necessary to prevent injury or damage to persons or property.



(c) The stop work order shall contain, or be accompanied by, a written notice indicating that there is a right to a hearing before the Town Building Inspector and the Mayor and Council. Such request for a hearing may be filed in writing or in person at the town office. The owner or permittee affected by a stop work order shall be entitled to a hearing as quickly as feasible, but at least within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt by the town of a request for a hearing. The Mayor and Council shall afford the owner or permittee a fair hearing with an opportunity to present evidence or testimony that is relevant to the stop work order. The owner or permittee shall be afforded reasonable notice of the time and place of the hearing at the time of the request in person, or by telephone or other appropriate means if the request is forwarded in writing.



15-14. Prosecutions.



Whenever directed by the Mayor and Council, the Town Building Inspector shall cause the institution of appropriate proceedings at law or in equity to restrain, correct, or abate any violation of this chapter, or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful use of the building or structure in violation of the provisions of this chapter or of the order or direction made pursuant thereto.



15-15. Penalties. [Amended 9-13-65. Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



(a) Violations of 15-10 are declared to be municipal infractions, the fine for which shall be fifty dollars ($50) for each separate offense.



(b) Unlawful continuance of work in violation of a "stop work" order pursuant to 15-14 is a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, the violator shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months, or both.



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Chapter 17

CAMPING



17-1. Camping



17-2. Sanitary requirements



17-3. Permit required



17-4. Permit fees



17-5. Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment

history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





17-1. Camping.



It shall be unlawful to set up or establish for any period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours any camping site or temporary place of abode in any tent, wagon, trailer, automobile, or portable habitation without a permit from the Mayor and Council.



17-2. Sanitary requirements.



No person shall allow any person or persons to use any place under his control as a camping site or temporary abode unless the lot or parcel of land, on which the same shall be established or used, is provided with suitable sewage and water facilities and can otherwise be maintained in a satisfactory condition and in conformity with all of the regulations and ordinances of the town.



17-3. Permit required.



Any person desiring the use of any lot or parcel of land within the town for the purpose of setting or maintaining therein any camping site or temporary abode, as defined in 17-1 of this chapter, for any period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, shall apply to the Mayor and Council for a camping permit and the Mayor and Council in its discretion may authorize the issuance of such permit for tenure or occupancy not to exceed one (1) week.





17-4. Permit fees.



Fees for the issuance of permits shall be as follows: for tenure of twenty-four (24) hours or less, no permit shall be required; for tenure not to exceed four (4) days, ten dollars ($10); for tenure not to exceed one (1) week, twenty dollars ($20).



17-5. Penalties. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of this chapter are municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be fifty dollars ($50) for each offense. Each day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.



Chapter 19

CARNIVALS AND SHOWS, ETC.



19-1. Carnivals, shows, etc. Permit required; application; fee.



19-2. Sound amplification; television



19-3. Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment

history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





19-1. Carnivals, shows, etc. Permit required; application; fee.



No commercial athletic sport, game, exhibition, show, entertainment, carnival, flying horses, or dance platform shall be held, maintained, or erected on any lot or street within the town without a permit issued by the Town Administrator upon authorization of the Mayor and Council. The permit shall be granted only when the request is accompanied by the written consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the residents within three hundred (300) feet of the lot, lots, or street on which the athletic sport, game, exhibition, show, entertainment, carnival, flying horses, or dance platform is to be held or erected. Before the permit is issued there shall be paid to the town a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) for each permit granted for a period of less than one (1) week, and one hundred fifty dollars ($150) if granted for a period of more than one (1) week. Provided, however, that if the permit is sought to raise funds for a public purpose or for educational, charitable, or religious uses, no fee shall be charged.



19-2. Sound amplification; television.



It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any program through any sound-amplifier device or television equipment intended to be heard or seen by the public on the street outside of the premises on which such device or equipment is located, or to erect or maintain any aerial, antenna, or similar equipment over any street or public place or public building except pursuant to the permit issued by the Mayor and Council.



19-3. Penalties. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of this chapter are municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Each day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.

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Chapter 22

CLUBS



22-1. Permit required; application; fees.



22-2. Approval of permit.



22-3. Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment

history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





22-1. Permit required; application; fees.



It shall be unlawful to maintain any clubhouse or quarters devoted to club purposes whether athletic, social, or recreational, in any place outside of a church, school, or municipal property without first obtaining a permit from the Mayor and Council. Application for a permit shall be made in writing, signed by the officers of the club. The application shall state the object of the club, the location of the premises, the period for which the permit is sought, the name and address of the owner of the property and of the officers of the club, and shall be accompanied by the written consent of the owners of two-third (2/3) of the property within a radius of three hundred (300) feet in all directions from the building or structure within which it is proposed such clubhouse or quarters devoted to club purposes shall be maintained, together with a fee of ten dollars ($10) to cover the cost of issuing the permit.



22-2. Approval of permit.



The application shall be referred to the town Fire Marshal, Chief of Police, and Building Inspector for the purpose of inspection by them and report to the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council, if satisfied that the premises conform to the laws and ordinances for the protection of public health and safety and that the activities proposed will not unduly disturb the peace of the neighborhood, may issue a permit as herein provided subject to such conditions as may be incorporated prescribing the hours of the activity therein, the number of persons that may be admitted to the premises at any one time in view of the type of construction and the number and adequacy of exits in the event of fire, with a provision that such permit may, after notice and hearing, be suspended or revoked for the making of a false statement of material fact in the application, for permitting any immoral or disorderly conduct, for allowing any activity or noise which unduly disturbs the public peace, or for violating any law or ordinance.





22-3. Penalties. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of this chapter are municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Each day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.



Chapter 25

DANCE HALLS



25-1. Permit required; application.



25-2. Permit approval.



25-3. License fee.



25-4. Penalties.



[HISTORY; Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment

history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





25-1. Permit required; application.



It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any public dance hall without first having obtained from the Mayor and Council a permit and paying the license fee herein provided. Any person seeking a permit to operate a public dance hall shall file with the Town Administrator a written application designating the premises for which the privilege is sought, showing its zoning classification and name and address of the owner thereof, and the name and address of the applicant certifying that the applicant is a resident of the State of Maryland and that he has not been convicted of any offense against the laws of the United States or of the state involving moral turpitude.



25-2. Permit approval.



The Town Administrator upon receipt of an application shall forthwith notify the Fire Marshal, who shall make an inspection and report in writing whether the premises conform to the fire regulations governing such use. The Town Administrator shall also notify the Chief of Police, who shall make an investigation as to the truth of the statements contained in the application and make a written report thereon, together with his recommendations. The Town Administrator shall transmit to the Mayor and Council the application accompanied by the reports of the Fire Marshal and the Chief of Police. The Mayor and Council shall have the authority to grant or refuse a permit or to grant a permit for such time and under such rules and regulations as they may deem proper for the public welfare, as well as the right to revoke any such permit for cause after notice and a hearing.





25-3. License fee.



If the application is approved by the Mayor and Council, the applicant shall pay to the town an annual license fee of three hundred dollars ($300). No fee shall be required for any public dance held in any state-owned or municipal building, public school premises, or church property. In the event any permit issued hereunder is revoked before the expiration of the period for which it was granted, there shall be refunded the pro rata proportion of the fee representing the unexpired term of the permit computed on a monthly basis.



25-4. Penalties. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of this chapter are municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Each day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.



Chapter 29

ELECTIONS



29-1. Qualifications to vote.



29-2. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-3. Election officials.



29-4. Removal of election officials.



29-5. Officeholders or candidates not to be election officials.



29-6. Compensation of election officials.



29-7. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-8. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-9. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-10. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-11. Candidates to file petition; fee.



29-12. Verification of candidate's qualifications.



29-13. Placing names on the ballots; removal; when.



29-14. Judges to prepare ballots; sample ballots to be posted.



29-15. Use of paper ballots or voting machines.



29-16. Limitations on presence in area of ballot box or voting machines.



29-17. Who admitted to polling place; watchers.



29-18. Judges of election to have police aid.



29-19. Election offenses.



29-20. Request for recount.



29-21. Contested election.



29-22. Board of Election Appeals.



29-23. Absentee voting.



29-24. Riverdale Park Election Manual.



[HISTORY: Adopted 3-9-64. Revised and amended 2-10-71. Amended in its entirety 3-15-93.

Amended 11-7-94, effective 1-1-95. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Elections generally -- See Article V of the Charter.





29-1. Qualifications to vote.



Qualifications to vote in town elections are stated in 501 of the town Charter.



29-2. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-3. Election officials. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) There shall be eight judges of election: a chief judge, a deputy chief judge, and six (6) other judges.



(b) The chief judge and the deputy chief judge shall be appointed from the town at large by the Mayor, and the other judges shall be appointed by the Council members from their respective wards. Four (4) alternates for the judges other than the chief judge and the deputy chief judge, or as many as is deemed necessary, shall also be appointed by the Council members. Appointments shall be confirmed by the Council at a February legislative meeting next preceding the town election in May. In the event no judge or alternate is available from a ward, a judge or alternate may be appointed from the town at large. A judge or alternate must be a qualified voter and be able to read and write the English language.



(c) A judge shall serve for a term of two (2) years unless sooner removed by reason of resignation, absence, or incompetence or until a successor is appointed by the Mayor and Council and duly qualified.



(d) The chief judge shall be responsible for the conduct of the registration and the election and all preparatory work that is required. He shall assign to the other judges the duties that shall be required of them. In the event that an appointed judge does not report for duty on the day of election, the chief judge shall immediately contact the alternate. If no alternate is available, the chief judge shall recruit such alternate or alternates who are qualified from whatever recourse is available.



(e) If the chief judge is absent or prevented from discharging his duties, the deputy chief judge shall serve as chief judge. If the absence occurs on election day, the deputy chief judge serving as the chief judge shall immediately appoint a judge to act as deputy chief judge and shall recruit an alternate to replace such judge.



(f) Following his appointment and before assuming the duties of the office, each judge shall appear before the Mayor and take and subscribe to the oath as described in Article I, 9, of the Maryland Constitution.



(g) All rulings shall be by the chief judge, with the concurrence of the majority of the other judges.



(h) The chief judge or acting chief judge shall have the authority to administer oaths and to do all lawful acts required for the conduct of the election.



29-4. Removal of election officials.



In the event that any judge of election fails to comply with this chapter or any of its provisions, or to properly perform the duties of the office, such official may be removed from the office by the Mayor with the consent of the majority of the Council, and a new judge shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council to fill such vacancy as provided in this chapter.



29-5. Officeholders or candidates not to be election officials.



No officeholder, candidate for any town public office, or town employee may serve as a judge of election.



29-6. Compensation of election officials.



The compensation of judges of election shall be established by the Mayor and Council at the February meeting at which the judges are appointed.



29-7. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-8. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-9. [Repealed 11-7-94.]



29-10. [Repealed 11-7-94.]





29-11. Candidates to file petition; fee.



Any qualified person seeking to be a candidate for any town elective office shall, on or before the 25th day preceding the election, file with the chief judge of election a petition in accordance with 506 of the town Charter. Any candidate filing a petition for any town elective office shall pay to the town a fee of ten dollars ($10). Any qualified person elected to a town office by write-in vote shall pay the same fee as if he had filed a petition.



29-12. Verification of candidate's qualifications.



Before placing the name of any candidate on the ballot, the judges of election shall verify the qualifications of the petitioners signing the petition and the qualifications of the candidate for whom the petition was filed to hold office if elected.



29-13. Placing names on the ballots; removal; when. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) No candidate's name shall be placed on the ballot except by petition, as heretofore prescribed, nor shall any change be made to the ballots after they have been made public unless rendered necessary by the disqualification or death of a candidate named thereon.



(b) In the event of the disqualification or death of an only candidate on the ballot, or in the event no candidate files for an office, such office may be filled by a write-in vote for a person qualified to hold the office if elected, provided that there are at least as many valid votes for such write-in candidate as the number of qualified petition signatures necessary if the candidate had filed a petition for that office. If no such number of votes are cast, the office is declared vacant and the vacancy shall be filled in the manner prescribed for that office by the town Charter.



29-14. Judges to prepare ballots; sample ballots to be posted.



The judges of election shall prepare and have printed distinctive, official ballots for each ward, as may apply, to be used in the town election, and the ballots for any question authorized to be submitted to the voters. The judges shall also cause sample ballots for any election of town officers or questions submitted for referendum to be made public by posting copies of the appropriate ballot in conspicuous places in each ward, as may apply, at least ten (10) days prior to holding of the election. The judges shall within such time give advertised notice of the election, showing the date; the location of the polling place and the hours of operation; the offices to be filled and the names of the candidates appearing on the ballot; and a summary of any question submitted for referendum, as may apply.









29-15. Use of paper ballots or voting machines.



The Mayor and Council shall establish at a February meeting preceding the town election in May whether paper ballots or voting machines shall be used. The procedures for conducting the voting and handling of ballots shall be as set forth in the town election manual.



29-16. Limitations on presence in area of ballot box or voting machines.



No persons other than voters engaged in preparing or depositing their ballots shall be permitted within the immediate area of a ballot box or voting machine, unless by authority of the judges of election for the purpose of keeping order and enforcing the law.



29-17. Who admitted to polling place; watchers. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) The judges of election, in order to preserve order, avoid congestion, and facilitate the balloting, shall have authority to limit the number of persons seeking to vote who shall be admitted to the polling place at any one time. No persons other than the election officials, police, and watchers designated as herein provided shall remain in the polling place longer than is necessary to vote.



(b) Any candidate or the proponents or opponents of any measure submitted to vote may designate in writing to the judges of election a watcher who may sit at the election to observe the proceedings and to challenge the right of any person to vote who is deemed by the watcher to be ineligible for a ballot and/or authority to vote. The judges of election shall arrange for the seating of authorized watchers at such points that they may hear and observe the proceedings in connection with the issuance and counting of the ballots or the issuance of voting authority cards and the tabulation of machine votes at any election.



(c) No watcher shall handle any ballots or registration books or in any manner interfere with the election officials in the discharge of their duties and every watcher shall observe the rulings of the judges of election. No watcher shall electioneer in the polling place or question any citizen as to how he would vote if declared eligible. The judges of election shall exclude any watcher violating the election provisions, as well as all other persons not entitled to be present during the balloting or the counting and tabulation of the votes.



(d) Any candidate or the proponents or opponents of any measure being voted upon at any town election may revoke in writing to the judges of election the designation of their watcher, who shall thereupon retire, and another individual designated in writing in his place shall be admitted as his substitute.









29-18. Judges of election to have police aid.



The judges of election may call to their aid any town police officer to enforce any ruling made by them in connection with the holding of any town election. The Mayor and Council shall assign police personnel to the polling place to serve from the opening of the polls until the counting of the ballots is completed. Police on duty at the polling place shall take their directives from the judges of election during the period of this service.



29-19. Election offenses. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person at or in connection with any town election to engage in any of the following conduct:



(1) To stand, loiter, electioneer, solicit any vote or pass out sample ballots or literature within any polling place or while within a radius of fifty (50) feet of any entrance to a polling place.



(2) To hinder or obstruct any voter seeking to enter any polling place.



(3) To curse, abuse, threaten, assault, or seek to intimidate any voter or election official.



(4) To bribe, promise, or give any consideration or offer thereof to influence the casting or counting of any ballot.



(5) To stage any demonstration for or against any candidate or measure within a radius of fifty (50) feet of any entrance to a polling place.



(6) To have in his possession without authorization any official ballot.



(7) To use any town property or facility in connection with any election except as authorized by the Mayor and Council.



(b) Any judge or any other person who shall tamper with, or damage, or attempt to damage any voting machine to be used or being used in an election or who shall prevent or attempt to prevent the correct operation of such machine, or any unauthorized person who shall make or have in his possession a key to a voting machine to be used or being used in an election, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not exceeding ninety (90) days, or a fine of five hundred dollars ($500), or both, in the discretion of the court.







29-20. Request for recount. [Revised 3-6-95.]



(a) Upon request to the Mayor and Council in writing, within ten (10) days after certification of the vote, for a recount of the votes cast, pursuant to which notification to the chief judge shall also be made, the petitioner seeking the recount shall post a fifty dollar ($50) fee to defray the cost of the recount. In the event that the election results are reversed in favor of the petitioner, the fifty dollar deposit shall be returned.



(b) The recount shall be conducted in the presence of the general public and the candidates or their representatives.



29-21. Contested election.



In the case of a contested election, the petitioner shall present his request to the Board of Election Appeals, in writing, signed by twenty (20) voters qualified to vote for the office for which the election is contested, accompanied by a statement of the points upon which the appeal is based. This petition shall be presented to the Board of Appeals within ten (10) days after the certification of the vote by the Mayor and Council. The Board of Election Appeals shall make its decision in the form of a recommendation and present it to the Mayor and Council at a public meeting within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the petition.



29-22. Board of Election Appeals.



A Board of Election Appeals shall be appointed at the same time as appointment of the judges of election. The Board shall consist of seven (7) members, one (1) each appointed by the Mayor and each Council member. The duties of the Board shall be to receive petitions and render decisions as described in the preceding section.



29-23. Absentee voting. [Revised 3-6-95.]



Any qualified voter registered to vote in a town election is entitled to vote by absentee ballot. The procedures and provisions of Article 33, 27-1, 27-2, and 27-4 through 27-11, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, are hereby adopted and incorporated, subject to the following provisions:



(a) Those terms referring to "Baltimore City" or "County" or "State" or an agency, board, or department thereof shall be construed to refer to the Town of Riverdale Park or its counterpart agency, board, or department, as the case may be.



(b) All applications for absentee ballots (other than applications for emergency absentee ballots as described in Section 27-2(a-1) of Article 33) pursuant to Section 27-4 of Article 33 must be received no later than the close of business ten (10) days preceding an election.



(c) All absentee ballots, whether of emergency nature or not, must be received by 8:00 p.m., close of polls, on election day in order to be counted.



(d) No candidates, town officials, town employees, or members of any of their families, that is, spouses, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters, may act as authorized agents for purposes of emergency absentee ballot applications pursuant to 27-2 and 27-4 of Article 33, or for purposes of delivering ballots to and from any absentee voters, whether of emergency nature or not.



29-24. Riverdale Park Election Manual.



In conducting a town election, the judges of election shall follow the provisions and procedures set forth in the Riverdale Park Election Manual in conjunction with Article 5 of the Charter and this chapter. The manual shall apply as part of this chapter and is adopted by reference as though set forth in full herein. Revisions to the manual shall made by Council action.



Chapter 32

ETHICS, CODE OF



32-1. Applicability.



32-2. Ethics Commission.



32-3. Conflicts of interest.



32-4. Financial disclosure.



32-5. Lobbying disclosure.



32-6. Exemptions and modifications



32-7. Violations and penalties.



32-8. Disclosure statements to be public record.



[HISTORY: Adopted 4-4-82. Revised 2-6-95. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Administration -- See Chapter 2.

Indemnification and defense -- See Chapter 40.





32-1. Applicability.



The provisions of this ordinance apply to all Town of Riverdale Park officials, employees, and members of appointed boards, commissions, and committees.



32-2. Ethics Commission.



(a) There shall be a Town of Riverdale Park Ethics Commission, which shall be composed of three (3) members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The Commission shall be advised by the Town Attorney and shall have the following responsibilities.



(1) To devise, receive, and maintain all forms generated by this chapter.



(2) To provide written, recorded advisory opinions to persons subject to this chapter as to the applicability of the provisions of this chapter to them.



(3) To process and make determination as to complaints filed by any person alleging violations of this chapter.



(4) To conduct a public information program regarding the purposes and application of this chapter.



(5) To promulgate, subject to approval by the Mayor and Council, written rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this chapter.



(6) To define which violations shall be punishable as misdemeanors and which as municipal infractions.



(b) The members of the Commission shall be appointed to staggered two-year terms and may only be removed for cause. Initially, two (2) members shall be appointed to one-year terms and one (1) member to a two-year term.



(c) Consistent with the provisions of state and town laws and ordinances, the Commission shall operate under Robert's Rules of Order and members shall take an oath of office.





32-3. Conflicts of interest.



(a) The persons enumerated in 32-1 above who are subject to this ordinance shall not:



(1) Participate on behalf of the town in any matter which would, to their knowledge, have a direct financial impact, as distinguished from the public generally, on them, their employer, their spouse, child, parent, brother or sister, or any person related to them by blood or marriage or a business entity with which they are affiliated.

(2) Hold or acquire an interest of either one thousand dollars ($1,000) or ten percent (10%) or greater in a business entity that has or is negotiating a contract of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more with the town or is regulated by their agency, except as exempted by the Commission where the interest is disclosed pursuant to 32-6 of this chapter.



(3) Be employed by a business entity that is negotiating a contract of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) with the town or has contracts totaling one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in any twelve-month period or is regulated by their agency, except as exempted by the Commission pursuant to 32-6 of this chapter.



(4) Represent any party, for a contingent fee, before any town body.



(5) Within one (1) year following termination of town service, act as a compensated representative of another in connection with any specific matter in which they participated substantially as town officials or employees.



(6) Solicit any gift at all or accept gifts or services greater than twenty-five dollars ($25) in value, excluding ceremonial functions relating to town business or interest, from any person that has or is negotiating a contract with the town or is regulated by their agency, with the knowledge that the donor is negotiating a contract or is regulated. [Amended 10-3-83.]



(7) Use the prestige of their office for their own benefit or that of another.



(8) Use confidential information acquired in their official town position for their own benefit or that of another.



(b) All town officials and employees or candidates for elective office to positions subject to this section shall file a statement with the Commission disclosing any interest or employment, the holding of which would require disqualification from participation pursuant to 32-3 of this chapter, sufficiently in advance of any anticipated action to allow adequate disclosure to the public. [Amended 10-3-83.]



32-4. Financial disclosure.



(a) The town officials and employees listed in subsection (c) of this section shall file annually, not later than January 31 of each calendar year during which they hold office, a statement with the Commission disclosing, to the best of their knowledge, any gifts or other compensation received during the preceding calendar year from any person having or negotiating a contract with the town or any person regulated by their agency. The statement shall identify the donor of the gift and its approximate retail value at the time of receipt.



(b) Candidates for elective offices listed in subsection (c) of this section shall file statements consistent with the requirements of subsection (a) of this section at the time that they file their certificate of candidacy. A non-incumbent candidate shall file for matters arising from the prior January to the date of filing.



(c) Officials and employees required to file:



(1) Mayor.



(2) Each Council Member.



(3) Town Administrator.



(4) Chief of Police.



(5) Public Works Supervisor.



(6) Others as may be identified by the Commission.



32-5. Lobbying disclosure.



(a) Any person who personally appears before any town official or employee with the intent to influence that person in the performance of his/her official duties and who, in connection with such intent, expends or reasonably expects to expend in a given calendar year in excess of twenty-five dollars ($25) on food, entertainment, or other gifts for such officials, shall file a registration statement with the Commission not later than January 15 of the calendar year or within thirty (30) days after first making these appearances, whichever date shall last occur.



(b) The registration statement shall include complete identification of the registrant and of any other person on whose behalf the registrant acts. It shall also identify the subject matter on which the registrant proposes to make these appearances.



(c) Registrants under this section shall file a report within thirty (30) days after the end of any calendar year during which they were registered, disclosing the value, date, and nature of any food, entertainment or other gift provided to a town official or employee. When a gift or series of gifts to a town official or employee exceeds twenty-five dollars ($25) in value, the official or employee shall also be identified.



(d) The registrations and reports filed pursuant to this section shall be maintained by the Commission as public records available for public inspection and copying.



32-6. Exemptions and modifications.



The Commission may grant exemptions and modifications to the provision of 32-3 and 32-4 of this ordinance if it determines that applications of those provisions would:



(a) Constitute an unreasonable invasion of privacy.



(b) Significantly reduce the availability of qualified persons for public service.



(c) Not be required to preserve the purposes of this chapter.





32-7. Violations and penalties.



(a) The Commission may issue a cease and desist order against any person found to be in violation of this chapter and may seek enforcement of this order in the Circuit Court of Prince George's County or any other appropriate court. The Court may issue a cease-and-desist order and may also impose a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for any violation of the provisions of Chapter 32. [Amended 10-3-83. Revised 7/99.]



(b) A town official or employee found to have violated this chapter may be subject to disciplinary or other appropriate personnel action, including suspension of town salary or other compensation.



(c) Violation of 32-5 of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor, subject to a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment of up to thirty (30) days.



32-8. Disclosure statements to be public records. [Added 10-3-83. Revised 7/99.]



Disclosure statements filed pursuant to this chapter shall be maintained by the Ethics Commission as public records available for public inspection and copying.



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Chapter 33

FIRE PREVENTION



33-1. Fire Department established; Prince George's County Fire Prevention Code adopted.



33-2. Officers; how selected and confirmed.



33-3. Rules and regulations; concurrence by Council.



33-4. Duties of Chief.



33-5. Periodical reports by Chief.



33-6. Duties of Deputy Chief.



33-7. Department without authority to pledge town credit.



33-8. [Repealed 4-7-69.]



33-9. Right-of-way in streets; fire lines.



33-10. Impeding department.



33-11. Rights reserved by Mayor and Council.



33-12. Town Fire Marshal; duties and authority.



33-13. Procedure for abatement of fire hazard.



33-14. Fire escapes and fire extinguishers.



33-15. Vacant buildings to be locked or secured.



33-16. Inflammable ash containers unlawful.



33-17. When smoking or carrying ignited materials unlawful.



33-18. Disposal of residue from dry-cleaning establishments.



33-19. Place of public meeting or assembly.



33-20. House numbers.



33-21. Violations; penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended and revised 2-6-95. Amendment history

noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





33-1. Fire Department established; Prince George's County Fire Prevention Code adopted. [Amended 12-7-64. Amended 2-6-95.]



A Fire Department to be known as "The Riverdale Fire Department, Incorporated" is hereby authorized pursuant to Article 23A of the Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland, as amended and supplemented, and 302 of the town charter. The Fire Safety Law of Prince George's County, Maryland, as amended, is hereby adopted as the Fire Prevention Code of the Town of Riverdale Park. The term "permit" or "license" referred to therein shall mean a permit or license required by the Fire Prevention Code of Prince George's County, as amended, except where a different interpretation is evident from the context.



33-2. Officers; how selected and confirmed. [Amended 4-7-69; 8-31-70; 2-1-71. Amended

2-6-95.]



The officers of the Fire Department shall consist of a Chief, Deputy Chief, Town Fire Marshal, and such subordinate officers as the Fire Department may determine to elect or appoint. The appointment of the Chief, the Deputy Chief, and the Town Fire Marshal shall be confirmed by the Mayor and Council. The Chief, Deputy Chief, and Town Fire Marshal shall reside in the incorporated limits of the Town of Riverdale Park. It shall be required that either the Chief or Deputy Chief shall possess the same qualifications as the Mayor to hold office or that, in lieu thereof, the Chief and Deputy Chief shall each be required to be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, shall each have resided within the corporate limits of the Town of Riverdale Park for at least two (2) years, and shall each post a bond of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the faithful performance of his duties. The residency requirements may be waived at any public meeting by the Mayor and Council.



33-3. Rules and regulations; concurrence by Council. [Amended 4-7-69.]



The Fire Department shall have the right to make and adopt, from time to time, amend, alter and repeal the Departmental Constitution and Bylaws, rules and regulations for its government and discipline, for the election, punishment, suspension and expulsion of members and for defining their duties, and for the management, preservation, and protection of all public property entrusted to the care of the Department. Such Constitution and Bylaws, rules

and regulations, however, shall not be inconsistent with any town ordinance, any Prince George's County law, or any law of the State of Maryland or of the United States.



33-4. Duties of Chief.



The Chief shall be the commanding officer of the Fire Department and shall be responsible for the proper conduct and management thereof at all times. He shall, upon assuming the duties of his office, receipt to the Mayor and Council for all public property belonging to the town and used by the Fire Department, and thereafter he shall be responsible for the safe-keeping, preservation and protection thereof, and shall account therefor to the Mayor and Council upon the expiration of his term of office or at such time during his tenure of office as may be required. The Chief shall have within the town at all times the police authority of a bailiff of the town.



33-5. Periodical reports by Chief. [Amended 4-7-69.]



The Chief shall once each month make a report to the Mayor and Council of the needs and operations of the Fire Department, and such report shall show the number of fires attended and the cause thereof, when known; the character of the property burned and the approximate amount of the loss; the names of the owners and occupants, the amount of the insurance carried thereon, if any, and the casualties, if any. The Chief shall also have charge of all tests of hose, tools or implements and apparatus proposed to be purchased for the use of the Fire Department.



33-6. Duties of Deputy Chief.



The Deputy Chief shall be the second officer in charge of the Fire Department, and in the absence or disability of the Chief, he shall perform all duties and have all the powers of Chief. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chief by reason of death, resignation or other cause, the Deputy Chief shall assume the duties of the office until the Fire Department has duly elected and the Mayor and Council have ratified the election of a successor to the vacated office. Should the Deputy Chief also be unable to fulfill the duties required, the chain of command of the Constitution and Bylaws of the department shall be implemented to provide that fire and emergency services be maintained at all times.



33-7. Department without authority to pledge town credit.



Neither the Fire Department nor any of its officers or members nor any organization formed among themselves shall have any power to incur any expense or contract any debt or obligation or pledge the credit in any way of the town, unless specifically authorized to do so by the Mayor and Council.





33-8. [Repealed 4-7-69.]



33-9. Right-of-way in streets; fire lines.



The Fire Department, while responding to an alarm of fire, shall have the right-of-way over all streets, avenues, alleys, and other public places. While engaged in extinguishing a fire, the department shall have the right and power to divert traffic and to rope off and close to the public any street, avenue, alley, or other public or private place, dwelling or building.



33-10. Impeding department.



It shall be unlawful as a misdemeanor for any person to impede or interfere with the Fire Department by doing any of the following;



(a) To hinder, delay, impede or interfere with the Fire Department or any members thereof in the performance of his or their duties at any time.



(b) To injure, deface, improperly use or destroy any property of any kind used by the Fire Department or to appropriate any such property for personal use or to use such property without lawful authority.



(c) To knowingly or willfully give any false alarm of fire or other emergency.



(d) To turn on the water at any fire hydrant or to interfere with, injure or destroy any fire hydrant or to remove the cap or caps therefrom without lawful authorization.



(e) To block or obstruct any fire hydrant.



(f) To operate any vehicle over any unprotected hose line.



(g) To enter any building or other place or to cross into or enter any area from which the public is excluded by order of the Fire Department while the department is engaged in extinguishing a fire or investigating the incidence of fire.



(h) To wear any of the insignia, uniform or equipment of the Fire Department without authorization of the Fire Chief.



(I) To impersonate or falsely represent oneself as a member of the Fire Department.











33-11. Rights reserved by Mayor and Council. [Amended 4-7-69.]



The right is reserved by the Mayor and Council to amend, alter or repeal this chapter at any time, after consultation with the Fire Department. Any changes proposed by the Mayor and Council shall not conflict with county, state, or federal laws or regulations.



33-12. Town Fire Marshal; duties and authority. [Amended 4-7-69.]



The department shall provide in its Constitution and Bylaws for the election or appointment of the town Fire Marshal. The duty of the town Fire Marshal shall be to represent the Fire Department in the prevention of fires, and for this purpose he is authorized to examine all buildings hereafter erected or altered in the town, to require that they conform to the ordinances of the town and the National Fire Protection Association, International, for the prevention of fire hazards.



The Fire Marshal is also authorized at all reasonable times to enter upon and into any and all premises, buildings or structures within the town for the purpose of examining and inspecting them to ascertain the conditions thereon or therein with regard to the presence or arrangement or deposits of any articles, materials, substances, goods, wares, merchandise or other thing or things that may, in his judgement, tend to create danger of fire or unnecessarily or unreasonably interfere with the work of the Fire Department in the event of fire upon the premises, buildings or structures, or the loss of life of the occupants or other persons on the premises, buildings or structures in the event of fire, as well as for the purpose of examining and inspecting with the regard to the condition, size, arrangement and efficiency of any and all fire-prevention appliances or of the need for such equipment. After inspections of private dwellings, the Fire Marshal shall report, in writing, the results of his inspections to the Mayor and Council and to the Chief of the Fire Department.



On emergency alarms, or during incidental inspections, if an infraction be observed and should the situation require that action be taken to correct a life, safety, or property hazard, a correction order may be written in accordance with the Prince George's County Code, Subtitle 11, Fire Safety Code, by any member of the Riverdale Fire Department observing the infraction. Compliance, fines, and appeals to the correction order shall conform with and be sustained by Prince George's County laws.



33-13. Procedure for abatement of fire hazard.



If, as a result of any inspection authorized by this chapter, the Fire Marshal shall be of the opinion that on or in any premises, buildings or structures within the town any rubbish, debris, waste, inflammable or combustible material found thereon is not so kept or arranged as to afford a reasonable safeguard against the danger of fire; or that the articles, materials, goods, wares and merchandise found on or in the premises, buildings, or structures are so deposited or arranged that the occupants thereof or persons in or on the same would not, because of such disposition or arrangement, be afforded reasonable access to the exits from the premises, buildings or structures in case of fire; or that by reason of such disposition or arrangement the members of any Fire Department would be unnecessarily and unreasonably interfered with or obstructed in the discharge of their duties in and about the premises, buildings or structures in the event of fire on or in the same, then it shall be the duty of the Fire Marshal or other Fire Department official to issue a correction order. Notice shall be given in writing to the Mayor and Council of all correction orders written.



The Mayor and Council, if in their judgement the conditions warrant, shall immediately cause written notice to be given the owner or owners, occupier or occupiers of the premises, buildings or structures whereon or wherein the conditions have been found to exist, warning such interested person or persons of the existence of the conditions with a description thereof, and the Mayor and Council may also order, in writing, that such conditions be abated, corrected or removed within the time and in the manner prescribed in the notice.



If the owner or owners, occupier or occupiers, his, her or their agent or agents consider themselves aggrieved by the order, he, she, or they may, within three (3) days after the receipt of the notice, appeal to the Mayor and Council, in writing, for the revocation or modification of the order affecting the property; whereupon the Mayor and Council shall grant a hearing upon the appeal within twenty-one (21) days, following which they shall enter such order as the public safety may require. If any person shall refuse to comply with the terms of such order, the Fire Marshal is hereby directed and empowered to remove or correct the dangerous condition found to exist upon the property at the expense of the owner, owners, occupier or occupiers, and the cost of removing or correcting the condition may be recovered by the Mayor and Council from the owner, owners, occupier or occupiers by suit, if necessary, and such suit shall also include all expenses incurred in the recovery of funds, such as attorneys' fees, court costs, and the like.



In addition, any person responsible for the existence of such a fire hazard who refuses to abate it when ordered, as herein provided, or who shall interfere with or obstruct the Fire Marshal in the making of any inspection authorized by this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to the penalties prescribed by this chapter.



33-14. Fire escapes and fire extinguishers.



It shall be unlawful for any person to permit the use of any building or structure within the town for any purpose unless the building or structure is equipped with such fire escapes or other safety device, fire extinguishers and fire-fighting equipment as may be required with respect to buildings or structures of its kind by county, state, and federal fire regulations.









33-15. Vacant buildings to be locked or secured.



It shall be unlawful for the owner or agent of any property to knowingly permit any vacant to unoccupied building to be unsecured, unlocked or unbarred against entry by vagrants or unauthorized persons. It shall be the duty of the police whenever they shall have cause to believe that any vacant or unoccupied building is inadequately secured against such entry to notify the owner or agent thereof of the condition by written or printed notice to their address, if known, or if unknown, by notice to the person in whose name the property is assessed for town taxes, advising that action be taken immediately to secure the property against unauthorized entry. Any person responsible for the property who shall fail to act within twenty-four (24) hours after the receipt of such notice to secure, lock or bar such vacant or unoccupied building shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by this Code.



33-16. Inflammable ash containers unlawful.



No person shall keep ashes in any wooden or inflammable container or on any wooden or inflammable material of which the building where they are kept is constructed; provided that, before subjecting such person to the penalties of this Code, a notice shall be given the offending party and a reasonable time be allowed to permit compliance with the requirements of this section. Failure to comply with this section shall be a misdemeanor and shall correspond to the penalties for misdemeanors contained in this chapter.



33-17. When carrying ignited smoking materials or open flame unlawful.



It shall be unlawful for any person to carry or have any lighted match, pipe, cigar, or cigarette or to carry or use any open flame in any warehouse or storeroom wherein may be stored any rags, hay, spirits of turpentine, petroleum, tar, pitch, rosin, gunpowder, gasoline or illuminating oils or other such combustible materials, or in any moving-picture or public assembly theater or auditorium.



33-18. Disposal of residue from dry-cleaning establishments.



The owner or operator of every dry-cleaning establishment shall provide for the immediate disposal of the residue from dry cleaning by the removal of such residue in secure metal containers to some safe place of disposal outside of the town. Disposal shall conform to county, state, and federal regulations and laws.



33-19. Place of public meeting or assembly. [Amended 6-17-65.]



It shall be unlawful to build or construct any auditorium, assembly room, church, school, theater, lodge hall or other building of any kind in which there is any assembly room capable of seating at any one (1) gathering more than seventy-five (75) people if the wall or any portion of the building within which it is situated shall in any residential zone be within twenty-five (25) feet of any property line of a residence designed or used as sleeping quarters for human beings. No auditorium, assembly room, church, school, theater, lodge hall or other building proposed to be used as a place of public meetings or assemblage, regardless of its seating capacity, shall hereafter be built or erected within the town unless, in addition to the parking areas required by county zoning or other regulations there is provided space for a fire lane of a width of twenty-five (25) feet so arranged as to permit adequate turning space and the ready ingress and egress of fire-fighting equipment and other emergency vehicles, and there be available a fire hydrant within six hundred (600) feet of any building used as a place of public meetings.



33-20. House numbers. [Added 2-6-95.]



The owner or occupant of any building or structure within the town shall have and keep affixed thereto the appropriate house number of a size and type and so placed as to be clearly legible from the street. The size shall not be less than four (4) inches in height and of a bold character, and the color shall be of a contrasting shade so that the number be easily discernable. The numbers shall be placed on the front of the house or the side that faces the street to which the address is assigned. The numbers shall conform to the plan of house numbering prepared by the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission pursuant to its authority and applicable laws.



33-21. Violations; penalties. [Amended 9-13-65. Amended 2-6-95.]



(a) Violations of the provisions of 33-10, 33-13, 33-16, and 33-17 are misdemeanors and, upon conviction thereof, violators shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months, or both.



(b) Violations of the provisions of 33-14, 33-15, and 33-20 are infractions, the fines for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for any single, initial violation and two hundred dollars ($200) for each repeat or continuing violation.

Chapter 36

GARBAGE, REFUSE, AND TRASH



36-1. Definitions.



36-2. Unlawful disposal.



36-3. Offensive odors and health disposal.



36-4. Burning of garbage, refuse, or waste prohibited.



36-5. Burning of trash, etc.



36-6. Extraneous matter prohibited.



36-7. Garbage containers required; disposal regulated.



36-8. Municipal collection of garbage, trash, and waste.



36-9. Independent or commercial collection of garbage, trash, and waste.



36-10. Overturning or disturbing garbage, ash, or trash containers unlawful.



36-11. Regulation of collecting vehicles.



36-12. Removal of refuse from industrial plant.



36-13. Depositing garbage, refuse, trash, or waste on vacant lots prohibited.



36-14. Removal of goods and materials from public right-of-way as a result of an eviction.



36-15. Violations and penalties.[Repealed and replaced 4-23-97.Effective 6-12-97]



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended in its entirety 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





36-1. Definitions.



As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:



"Dwelling" -- A building or portion thereof arranged or designated to provide living facilities for one (1) or more families.



"Dwelling, multiple family" -- A building containing more than one dwelling unit, including apartment houses.



"Dwelling, single family" -- A building containing only one (1) dwelling unit.



"Garbage" -- The regular waste resulting from normal day-to-day operation of a dwelling unit, including kitchen waste, animal and vegetable foodstuffs, and other small discarded items.



"Newspapers" -- Any material published on newsprint. This excludes magazines, journals, and other bulk published materials.



"Refuse" or "waste" -- Offal, garbage, house refuse, dead animals or decaying vegetable matter or organic waste or substance of any kind, or any slops, greasy or soapy water or any other matter, liquid or solid, or glass or metal or containers made thereof, or rubber, feathers, rags or petroleum-soaked waste, and all materials and items not included under the definition of trash.



"Trash" -- Discarded articles of furniture, clothing, appliances, boxes, barrels, straw, shavings, paper, wood, leaves, trimmings of trees, plants and shrubs, but not including items excluded from municipal trash collection pursuant to 36-8.





36-2. Unlawful disposal.



It shall be unlawful to cast, throw, discharge or cause to flow on or into any street, sidewalk or public place within the town any garbage, refuse, trash, or waste which is offensive or liable to become a source of nuisance after exposure to the atmosphere.



36-3. Offensive odors and health disposal.



It shall be unlawful to place, collect or suffer to be on any property within the town any garbage, refuse, trash, or waste or any slops, greasy or soapy water, stagnant water, nauseous liquids or any other offensive matter, liquid, gaseous or solid, liable to become a source of nuisance after exposure to the atmosphere or which by a stench or smell becomes a nuisance to the neighborhood or becomes a breeding place for germs or is liable to become a detriment to the public health.









36-4. Burning of garbage, refuse, or waste prohibited.



It shall be unlawful to burn garbage, refuse, or waste in the town at any time.



36-5. Burning of trash, etc.



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the town to kindle or set fire to or cause to be kindled or set on fire, in any manner, on any public or private property on open ground or in a pit, any of the following: boxes, barrels, straw, shavings, trash, wood, paper, leaves, or other combustible matter.



(b) Upon application to the Mayor and Council, a special exception may be permitted for the purpose of burning of trees felled in connection with the clearing of lots or in the razing and/or destruction of existing buildings.



36-6. Extraneous matter prohibited.



No person shall place or cause to be placed in any garbage receptacle any substance containing liquids other than natural moisture.



36-7. Garbage containers required; disposal regulated.



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep exposed or to deposit, throw or place or cause to be deposited, thrown or placed, any garbage or similar refuse in any avenue, street, alley or public place, or upon any private property, whether owned by such person or not, within the corporate limits of the town, unless the same shall be enclosed in proper vessels or containers as hereinafter provided. All such vessels or containers shall be placed at the rear or rear side of the premises at all times until readied for collection as pursuant to 36-8 and 36-9, except that such vessels or containers shall not be adjacent to a public street, if at the side shall not be immediately adjacent to residential housing, and if at the rear shall not create a nuisance and a public health hazard to the immediate residential neighborhood.



(b) Occupants of single-family or multiple-family dwellings, owners or managers of boardinghouses and hotels, food carryouts or restaurants, commercial businesses, offices, hospitals, and any other place where garbage, refuse, trash, and waste is accumulated shall provide for disposal of such garbage, refuse, trash, and waste, whether by municipal services or by independent or commercial collection. Such collection shall be made by some suitable disposal system, approved by the Mayor and Council.













36-8. Municipal collection of garbage, trash, and waste.



(a) General.



(1) Loose trash of any kind that may scatter shall be confined in containers or bundled.



(2) Items of trash shall be placed at the curb adjacent to the premises for collection.



(3) Collection of trash shall be performed on a schedule as established by resolution of the Mayor and Council passed at a regular meeting. Such schedule shall be published in a newspaper or periodical of general circulation in the town.



(4) It shall be unlawful to place garbage or trash out for a collection earlier than sundown of the day prior to the regularly scheduled day for collection.



(b) Single-family dwellings.



(1) Municipal collection of garbage and trash or heavy trash as a service shall be made from single-family dwellings, subject to restrictions as established by the Mayor and Council.



(2) All excess garbage and/or trash which is the by-product of a commercial enterprise may be rejected by the Mayor and Council. If collected, it shall be subject to charges established by the Mayor and Council.



(3) Items specified in a resolution of the Mayor and Council, passed at a regular public meeting, shall be excluded from collection by the municipal trash service.



(c) Multiple-family dwellings.



(1) Municipal collection of garbage and trash from multiple-family dwellings or apartments up to and including five (5) dwelling units on a premises may be provided by the town, subject to restrictions and fees established by resolution of the Mayor and Council passed at a regular meeting.



(2) Municipal collection of garbage and trash from multiple-family dwellings or apartments of over five (5) units on a premises shall not be provided by the town. Collection of garbage and trash from such dwellings shall be provided for by the owner or occupant thereof. Such collection shall conform to restrictions as established by resolution of the Mayor and Council passed at a regular meeting.



(3) Municipal collection of garbage and trash from rooming houses may be made as a public service, subject to restrictions and fees as established by the Mayor and Council by resolution passed at a regular meeting.



(d) Public institutions and commercial enterprises.



(1) Collection of garbage and trash from all public institutions, hospitals, stores, restaurants, offices or business establishments of any kind shall be provided by the owners or operators thereof. Such collection shall conform to restrictions as established by resolution of the Mayor and Council passed at a regular meeting.



(2) If it is found necessary by the Mayor and Council to collect garbage and trash from commercial enterprises, such collection shall be subject to restrictions and fees established by resolution of the Mayor and Council passed at a regular meeting.



(e) Newspapers.



(1) Newspapers shall not be placed out, in, or with either the regular garbage or trash for collection.



(2) Newspapers must be placed on the median strip in front of the premises no earlier than sundown of the day prior to the designated pickup.



(3) Newspapers must be bundled, either with string or placed in a regular large paper grocery bag.



36-9. Independent or commercial collection of garbage, trash, and waste.



(a) All garbage, trash, and waste collected by an independent or commercial agency shall be contained in a container or receptacle made of durable materials, watertight, provided with a tight cover, and shall be so constructed that the contents can be easily removed. All such containers shall be placed at the rear or rear side of the premises at all times, until readied for collection as provided in this section, except that the receptacle shall not be adjacent to a public street, if at the side shall not be immediately adjacent to residential housing, and if at the rear shall not create a nuisance and a public health hazard to the immediate residential neighborhood.



(b) Collection of such garbage, trash and waste shall be between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.



(c) Any waiver or variance from the aforesaid conditions, that is, location of receptacles and hours of collection, may only be granted by written permission from the Mayor and Council for good cause shown.



(d) All special refuse containers or "dumpsters" (except those temporarily placed on a property due to construction, renovation, or rehabilitation), whether or not serviced by independent or commercial agencies, shall be screened on up to three sides by an enclosure consisting of chain link fence with woven slats, stockade-type or board-on-board fence, or other similar type screening enclosure constructed from chain link, painted or treated wood, or other materials approved by the Council, and shall be of sufficient height and type so as to block or screen the special refuse container or dumpster from street-level view. Gates in the fence or enclosure shall be kept closed whenever the special refuse container or dumpster is not being loaded or unloaded. Waiver of any or all of the requirements of this subsection may be approved by the Council upon application for special refuse containers or dumpsters that are not visible from public thorofares or which under the circumstances cannot be practically screened.



36-10. Overturning or disturbing garbage, ash, or trash containers unlawful.



It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or wantonly tamper with, damage, or remove any trash, glass, ash, or garbage container, either before or after being emptied, while such container is being used in connection with the collection of trash, ashes, or garbage, or to scatter any trash or ashes or to overturn any garbage, ash, or trash container while so placed for collection. Whoever shall accidentally overturn the contents of any trash, ash or garbage container in any public place shall immediately restore the contents thereof, and upon failure to do so shall be subject to the penalties provided by this chapter.



36-11. Regulation of collecting vehicles.



(a) No collector, driver, or person having charge or control of any vehicle for carrying garbage, refuse, trash, or waste shall allow such vehicle needlessly to remain before or near any dwelling, building, or place of business within the town, or allow any such vehicle or anything appertaining thereto to be in a condition needlessly filthy or offensive, and no driver of any such vehicle shall occupy an unreasonable length of time in loading or unloading the same. When not in use for collecting garbage, refuse, trash, or waste, the lid or cover of such vehicle shall be securely closed.



(b) Every person transporting garbage over the streets of the town shall provide covered containers which shall be kept closed while the garbage is in transit.



36-12. Removal of refuse from industrial plant.



The owners, lessees, tenants, occupants, and managers of every building or place in or upon which a stationary engine, furnace, boiler, or combustion machinery is used shall cause all ashes, cinders, rubbish, dirt, and refuse to be removed to some proper place so that the same shall not accumulate; nor shall any person cause, suffer, or allow cinders, dust, gas, steam, or offensive

or noxious odors to escape or to be discharged from any such building, place, or combustion machinery to the detriment or annoyance of any person or persons not being therein or thereupon engaged.



36-13. Depositing garbage, refuse, trash, or waste on vacant lots prohibited.



It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, deposit, scatter, drop, or cause to be thrown, deposited, scattered, or dropped in or upon any vacant lot or open space within the town any garbage, refuse, trash, or waste or sawdust, shavings, vegetable matter, paper, metal cans or containers, glass of any description, or any dead animal, offal, putrescible matter of any sort, or any matter or thing injurious to the public health.

36-14. Removal of goods and materials from public right-of-way as a result of an eviction.



It shall be unlawful for any property owner or his/her agent to permit goods and materials of an evicted tenant who has vacated said property to remain on the public right of way adjacent to such property for more than twenty-four (24) hours following such eviction or such vacating of the property. In the event such goods or materials remain beyond twenty-four hours, the Town of Riverdale Park may employ a person to remove such items and the cost of such services shall be assessed against the owner of said rental property and collected as an action for debt.



36-15. Violations and penalties.(Repealed and replaced 5/23/97.Effective 6/12/97)

(a) Generally

Violations of 36-2 through 36-14 of this chapter are declared to be a municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be fifty dollars ($50) for each initial offense and one hundred dollars ($100) for each repeat offense, which is defined as an identical or substantially similar violation committed within thirty (30) days after the initial offense.



(b) Repeat Violations - Abatement at Owner's Expense

If a property owner has been cited at least two (2) times within a thirty (30) day period for the same or substantially the same conditions which violate any provisions of 36-2 through 36-14, the Town may, through the Mayor or Town Administrator or through a duly appointed agent of the Town, notify the owner of the property in writing to remedy the condition within twenty (20) days after receipt of such notice. Upon failure to comply with such notice, the Mayor or Town Administrator may employ persons to have the work done, who shall have the right of entering the premises for that purpose. The cost thereof shall be assessed against the owner of the property.









(c) Emergency Condition



In the event a condition on any property in the Town of Riverdale Park creates such a hazard that poses an immediate and serious threat to the Town or its residents, the Town shall have the right to enter said premises pursuant to subsection (b) above without written notice to the property owner. Only the Mayor of Riverdale Park, Town Administrator or the Chief of Police may have the authority to order abatement without prior notice. Abatement of that serious condition shall be at the owner's expense.

Chapter 40

INDEMNIFICATION AND DEFENSE



40-1. Definitions.



40-2. Sovereign immunity and statute of limitations.



40-3. Town to provide coverage; conditions; exception.



40-4. Coverage available only after exhaustion of other insurance.



[HISTORY: Adopted 5-3-82. Amended 2-6-95.]



REFERENCES

Administrator -- See Chapter 2.

Ethics code -- See Chapter 32.





40-1. Definitions.



As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:



"Town employee" -- Includes all salaried employees of the town other than those persons falling within the definitions of "town official."



"Town official" -- Includes the Mayor and members of the Council, the Town Administrator, the Chief of Police, the Public Works Supervisor, the Town Attorney, and the Town Building Inspector.





40-2. Sovereign immunity and statute of limitations.



Nothing contained herein shall constitute a waiver by the town, on its own behalf or by any town official or town employee, of the defense of sovereign immunity or governmental immunity, by whatever name known, or of the defense of statute of limitations or of any other defense in any suit or claim brought against any town official or town employee.



40-3. Town to provide coverage; conditions; exception.



The town shall hold harmless and pay on behalf of any town official all sums which such official becomes obligated to pay by reason of the liability imposed upon such official by law if the official, at the time of the incident or occurrence giving rise to such liability, was acting within the scope of his or her duties or office for the town and the incident or occurrence arose out of such duties or office. It shall also be the duty of the town to provide the defense, by the Town Attorney or by other counsel in the discretion of the town, for any claim or action arising from an assertion of liability against such official while acting within the scope of his or her duties or office for the town. The indemnification and/or defense herein provided for shall not be available to one who willfully and intentionally disregards the instructions or directions issued by the Mayor and Council.



40-4. Coverage available only after exhaustion of other insurance.



The indemnification and defense provided for in 40-3 above shall only attach and become available after all other insurance for such indemnification or defense has been exhausted.



Chapter 42

LICENSES







42-1. License required.



42-2. Application for license; condition of issuance.



42-3. License forms and terms; determination of fees.



42-4. Separate license required for each business; payment of fees; formal financial statement.



42-5. Proration of fee.[Repealed and replaced 5-23-97, effective 6-12-97]



42-6. Fee schedule.



42-7. License required; fees.



42-8. Application for license; payment of fee.



42-9. Responsibility for obtaining license.



42-10. Penalty for late fee.



42-11. Enforcement against unlicensed businesses.



42-12. Penalties for unlicensed businesses



42-13. Suspension and revocation of business

licenses



[HISTORY: Adopted 2-12-62. Amended in its entirety 5-20-74, effective 7-1-74. Subsequent

amendment history noted where applicable. Sections 42-2, et seq., renumbered and 42-1

and 42-2 amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



REFERENCES

Amusement machine fees -- See Chapter 9.

Camping fees -- See Chapter 17.

Carnival and show permits -- See Chapter 19.

Club permits -- See Chapter 22.

Dance hall permits -- See Chapter 25.

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.

Rental licensing -- See Chapter 55.







42-1. License required. [Amended 11-3-75; 6-1-81; 6-15-84. Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



No person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation located in or operating from or in the Town of Riverdale Park shall barter, sell, or otherwise dispose of for any valuable consideration or offer for sale any goods, chattels, wares, or other merchandise or services, or operate or engage in the soliciting of a business, which is defined as any commercial, industrial, service, professional, or retail establishment or activity operated for profit, without first obtaining a license from the town in the manner and form prescribed for the purpose; provided, however, that this requirement shall not apply to activities conducted on behalf of the Riverdale Fire Department, Inc., or for exclusively religious, charitable, or educational purposes.



42-2. Application for license; condition of issuance. [Added 6-15-84. Amended 3-1-99, effective

3-1-99]



Application for licenses shall be made to the Town Administrator, and no license shall be granted until payment for the same has been made. No license or renewal of a license shall be granted unless the licensee owes no outstanding fines or bills to the Town, or in the event that fines or bills are owing, there has been no exhaustion of remedies provided for in the Ordinance Code or Town Charter for those fines or bills. Every license application shall specify by name the person, firm, or corporation to which it shall be issued, the business, trade, profession, or calling for which it is granted and the location at which such business, trade, profession, or calling is to be carried on. Licenses granted under the terms of this ordinance may not be assigned or transferred to another. The resident, owner or, in the case of nonresident ownership, the manager, superintendent or person actually carrying on the business, shall be responsible for obtaining the license herein required.



42-3. License forms and terms; determination of fees. [Added 6-15-84.]



Licenses shall be in the form and tenor herein outlined and the term of the license year shall begin July 1 and extend to and include June 30 of the following year. The fee in each case for a town business license shall be such as in the determination of the Mayor and Council will be sufficient to cover all costs of regulation, issuance of licenses, inspections, health regulation, supervision, policing and other regulatory activities or expenditures and which are deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety, and morals.



42-4. Separate license required for each business; payment of fee; formal financial statement. [Amended 6-1-81.]



If the business conducted on any premises includes activities within more than one (1) of the foregoing classifications, a separate license shall be required for each such business.

All applications for licenses, along with the appropriate fee, shall be filed with the Town Administrator. No license shall be issued until the prescribed fee is paid. At the option of the Mayor and Council, a formal financial statement (i.e., an audited income statement for a corporation and income tax returns for proprietorships and partnerships) may be required of any business license applicant.



42-5. Proration of fee. [Amended 2-6-89, repealed and replaced 5-23-97, effective 6-12-97.]



The fee for any business begun after the first quarter of the license year shall be prorated on a quarterly basis for the number of quarters remaining in the year. However, the fee for mobile vendor licenses shall not be prorated under any circumstances.



42-6. Fee schedule. [Amended 6-15-84; 2-6-89; 5-19-90. Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



Owners or operators of businesses shall pay the appropriate annual business fee as follows:



Type of Business Fee



Apartment houses, per unit: $ 50.00

Rooming houses, etc., per unit: $ 10.00

Coin operating vending machines, each: $ 10.00

Mobile vendors: $ 25.00

All other businesses: $ 100.00



42-7. License required; fees. [Amended 6-1-81. Amended 6-15-84.]



It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm, or corporation to engage in the sale of any alcoholic beverages within the corporate limits of the Town of Riverdale Park without first obtaining a license from the town. Such licenses shall run from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The fees shall be as follows:



Type of License Fee



Off-sale beer and wine $ 50.00

Off-sale beer, wine, and liquor $ 100.00

On-sale beer, wine $ 50.00

On-sale beer, wine, and liquor $ 100.00

On-off sale beer, wine $ 80.00

On-off sale beer, wine, and liquor $ 100.00







42-8. Application for license; payment of fee.



All applications for license, along with the appropriate fee, shall be filed with the Town Administrator. No license shall be issued until the prescribed fee is paid.



42-9. Responsibility for obtaining license. [Amended 6-1-81.]



The resident owner, or, in the case of nonresident ownership, the manager, superintendent, or person actually carrying on the business, shall be responsible for obtaining the license herein required by July 1 in any year.



42-10. Penalty for late fee. [Amended 12-7-98, effective 12-27-98.] An additional penalty of twenty ($20) dollars shall be added to the license fee if the license fee is paid between July 1 and July 31 of the calender year in which the fee is due. After July 31, any business which has not yet paid its license fee for the calender year will be determined to be unlicensed, violations of which are subject to the provisions of Section 42-11 and 42-12 of this Chapter.

42-11. Enforcement Against Unlicensed Businesses. [Added 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95. Amended 12-7-98. Effective 12-27-98.]



The town code enforcement officer, with the assistance of the police department, is authorized and empowered to take such measures as reasonably necessary to effect the closing or otherwise prevent the unlawful continuance or operation of any business or establishment that, within thirty (30) days after service of an initial, written notice, fails to acquire the required license. Such measures include:



(a) To lock or secure the premises of the business or establishment or otherwise deny entry thereto;



(b) To order the premises to be vacated and post therein and on the exterior thereof notices that the business is closed by order of the town and that no person is to enter the premises without permission of the town; and



(c) To remove to a designated facility the goods and equipment of a mobile vendor, who shall have up to fifteen (15) business days to claim such goods upon payment of any assessed storage fees and any fines which have not been appealed pursuant to the provisions of this Code, after which such goods shall be deemed abandoned and shall become the property of the town to be disposed of in accordance with applicable law. The town shall have no responsibility to preserve or protect any goods or equipment removed under this section.





42-12. Penalties For Unlicensed Businesses [Amended 12-7-98. Effective 12-27-98.]

The fine for each violation of this chapter shall be the equivalent of the cost of the license, as set forth in 42-6 and 42-7, required for the particular business that is operating without a license. Each day that a business or establishment continues operation without acquiring the required license shall constitute a separate offense.



42-13. Suspension and Revocation of Business Licenses [Adopted 3-1-99 . Effective 3-1-99.]



(a) Any business which applies for and receives a business license pursuant to this chapter shall remain a business in good standing for the duration of the business license period.



(b) Good standing defined: A business is deemed to be in "good standing" if it continues to operate in the capacity in which the license was initially approved, and if it has no outstanding fines or bills owing to the Town.



(c) Exception: If the business has yet to exhaust any administrative or judicially availing remedies provided for in the Ordinance Code or Charter of the Town of Riverdale Park for a particular fine or bill, that amount owing may not be deemed a sufficient basis for a determination of whether a business is in good standing as defined in this section.



(d) Exhaustion of Remedies/ Suspension or Revocation: After all administrative and judicially available remedies provided for in the code have been exhausted or waived through non-utilization by the licensee, the Town may suspend or revoke the business license upon 10 day advance written notice to the licensee or by posted notice at the address for which the license applies, or both.



(e) License Reinstatement: After a business license has been suspended or revoked, it may be reinstated after the condition which gave rise to the suspension or revocation has been remedied, e.g., payment of fines or bills to the Town, and upon payment of a fifty dollar ($50.00) reinstatement fee to the Town. The continued transaction of business by licensee without full compliance of this section shall result in penalties pursuant to section 42-12 of this chapter.





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Chapter 46

MUNICIPAL INFRACTIONS



46-1. Definitions.



46-2. Declaration of infraction; fine.



46-3. Issuance of citation.



46-4. Payment of fine.



46-5. Duties and rights of offender.



46-6. Election to stand trial.



46-7. Failure to pay fine.



46-8. Criminal conviction and civil disabilities not applicable.



46-9. Court proceedings and rights of accused.



[HISTORY: Adopted 3-5-79. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



46-1. Definitions.



As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:



"Infraction" -- Any violation of this Code, which violation has been specifically declared to be an "infraction" or "municipal infraction." For purposes of this Code, an "infraction" is a civil offense.



"Misdemeanor" --

(a) A criminal offense, not amounting to be a felony, arising from a violation of a law of the state, which violation is defined as a "misdemeanor."



(b) Unless otherwise specified, a violation of any law of this town. All violations of this Code shall be treated as "misdemeanors" unless specifically declared to be infractions.



46-2. Declaration of infraction; fine. [Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



The Council shall, by official act, declare the violation of which ordinance or ordinances shall be an infraction or infractions, and for each such violation a specific fine shall be set. This fine shall never exceed two hundred dollars ($200) for any single, initial violation or four hundred dollars ($400) for each repeat or continuing violation. The fine shall be expressed as a discrete amount rather than being expressed in terms of a maximum or minimum amount. The authority to declare infractions and set fines shall not be delegated by the Council to any other administrative or legislative body.



46-3. Issuance of citation. [Amended 2-6-95, effective 2-26-95.]



The town code enforcement officials or town police authorized by the Council to enforce this Code may deliver a citation to any person alleged to be committing an infraction. A copy of the citation shall be retained by the town and shall bear the certification of the enforcing official attesting to the truth of the matter set forth in the citation. The citation shall contain at a minimum the following information:



(a) Date of issuance of the citation;



(b) Name and address of the person charged;



(c) The section number of the Code that has been violated;



(d) The nature of the infraction;



(e) The location and time that the infraction occurred or was observed;



(f) The amount of the infraction fine assessed;



(g) The manner, location, and time in which the fine may be paid to the town;



(h) If applicable, notice that each day of continued violation thereafter shall be deemed a separate violation subject to additional citation;



(I) The right of the accused to stand trial for the infraction.



46-4. Payment of fine.



The fine for an infraction shall be as specified in the law violated. The fine is payable by the recipient of the citation to the town within twenty (20) calendar days of receipt of the citation.











46-5. Duties and rights of offender.



The town shall not conduct any formal hearing for those persons in receipt of a citation of infraction. Any offender so cited may pay the fine as indicated in the citation or elect to stand trial for the offense. This provision shall not prevent an offender from requesting, either personally or through an attorney, additional information concerning the infraction.



46-6. Election to stand trial.



A person receiving the citation for an infraction may elect to stand trial for the offense by notifying the town in writing of his intention of standing trial. The notice shall be given at least five (5) days prior to the date of payment as set forth in the citation. Upon receipt of the notice of the intention to stand trial, the town shall forward to the District Court having venue a copy of the citation and a copy of the notice from the person who received the citation indicating his intention to stand trial. All fines, penalties, or forfeitures collected by the District Court for violations of infractions shall be remitted to the general fund of the town.



46-7. Failure to pay fine.



If a person receiving a citation for an infraction fails to pay the fine for the infraction by the date of payment set forth on the citation and fails to file a notice of his intention to stand trial for the offense, a formal notice of the infraction shall be sent to the offender's last known address. If the citation has not been satisfied within fifteen (15) days from the date of the notice, he shall be liable for an additional fine not to exceed twice the original fine. If, after thirty-five (35) days, the citation has not been satisfied, the town may request adjudication of the case through the District Court. The District Court shall promptly schedule the case for trial and summon the defendant to appear.



46-8. Criminal conviction and civil disabilities not applicable.



Conviction of a municipal infraction, whether by the District Court or by payment of the fine to the town, is not a criminal conviction for any purpose, nor does it impose

any of the civil disabilities ordinarily imposed by a criminal conviction.



46-9. Court proceeding and rights of accused.



In any proceeding for a municipal infraction, the accused shall have the same rights as for the trial of criminal cases. He shall have the right to cross-examine witnesses against him, to testify or introduce evidence in his own behalf, and to be represented by an attorney of his own selection and at his own expense.



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Chapter 47

BURGLAR AND HOLDUP ALARMS





47-1. Definitions



47-2. Installation Standards and Requirements



47-3. Burglar and Holdup Alarm User Permits



47-4. False Alarms



47-5. Enforcement and Penalties



47-6. Alarm Business Licenses



47-7. Severability of Sections



47-8. Effective Date



[History: Adopted December 1, 1997, effective December 31, 1997]







47-1. Definitions



"Alarm Business" means any business which sells, installs, leases, maintains, repairs,

replaces, alters, services, monitors, or responds to an alarm system.



"Alarm signal" means the activation of an alarm system.



"Alarm site" means a signal premises or location served by an alarm system. Each tenancy, if served by a separate alarm system, in a multi-tenant building shall be considered a separate alarm system.



"Alarm System" means a device or series of devices, including, but not limited to, systems interconnected with radio signals, which are designed to emit or transmit a remote or local audible, visual, or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition. Alarm System includes devices activated automatically , such as burglar alarms, and devices activated manually, such as holdup or duress alarms. Alarm Systems does not include Fire Alarm Systems and Alarm Systems which monitor temperature, humidity or any other condition not directly related to the detection of an unauthorized intrusion into a premises or an attempted robbery at a premises, an alarm installed on a vehicle, or an alarm designed to alert only the inhabitants of a premises that does not have a sounding device which can be heard on the exterior of the premises.



"Alarm User" means the person who [has the primary control over the residence or commercial premises in which a burglar or holdup alarm is installed or the person who contracts for alarm service] uses an alarm system at the person's alarm site.



"Automatic Dialing System" means any device which is interconnected to a telephone line and is programmed to select a predetermined telephone number, then transmit a prerecorded voice or code message signaling the existence of entry or criminal activity at the protected site.



"Burglar and Holdup Alarm" means an assembly of equipment and devices ( or a signal device such as a solid state unit which plugs directly into a 110 volt AC line) arranged to signal response of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which police are normally expected to respond. Burglar and Holdup Alarms include "Automatic Holdup Alarm Systems,"Burglar Alarm Systems," "Holdup Alarm Systems." and "Manual Holdup Alarm Systems." Fire Alarm Systems and Alarm Systems which monitor temperature, humidity, or any other condition not directly related to the detection of an unauthorized intrusion into a premises or an attempted robbery at a premises are specifically excluded from the provisions of this Chapter.



"Central Monitoring Station" means a commercial company whose primary business is monitoring alarm signals and performing contracted services for alarm users.



"Certification of Certified" means the system has been inspected by a licenses burglar and holdup alarm contractor or technician licensed in the State of Maryland and/or Prince George's County, and that the system meets all the requirements of this Chapter and all other applicable national or local codes.



"Chief of Police or Chief" means the Chief of the Riverdale Park Police Department or his/her designee unless otherwise stated.



"Control Panel" means the central processing unit designed to manage and control an alarm system.



"Direct Connection(hard-wired)" means an alarm system, either silent or audible, that transmits an alarm signal via interconnecting wires to a remote location dedicated to that purpose.



"Duel Technology Sensor" means a signal device that is manufactured to require two

simultaneous inputs by two different technologies to cause alarm activation.



"Duress Alarm" means the deliberate activation of a silent alarm by entering at a touchpad a code different from the normal arm/disarm code, or by a separate deliberate act at other device(s).



"False Alarm" means any request for immediate Police Department assistance which is not in response to actual or threatened criminal activity or activation of an alarm system which results in an emergency response by the police to an alarm site for which the responding police officer finds no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal offense at the alarm site. An emergency response to an alarm signal which is cancelled by the alarm user or alarm business prior to the time the responding police officer reaches the alarm site shall not be considered a false alarm. False alarms include negligently or accidentally activated signals; signals which are the result of faulty, malfunctioning, or improperly install or maintained equipment; or signals which are purposely activated to summon the police in nonemergency situations. False alarms shall not include signals for which the actual cause cannot be determined, such as those activated by unusually severe weather conditions or by causes which are beyond the control of the alarm or alarm business. If there is any doubt as the cause of the alarm signal, such doubt shall be resolved in favor of the alarm user.



"Holdup Alarm" means a silent alarm generated by the deliberate activation of a holdup alarm.



"License or permit" means a license or permit issued to an alarm business or an alarm system user by the Prince George's County Chief of police his/her designee.



"Local" means an alarm system that sounds audibly at the protected premises.



"Nonresidential or Commercial Alarm User" means any alarm user that is not a residential alarm user.



"Panic Alarm" means the deliberate activation of an audible alarm.



"Police Connection" means direct connection in which the remote location is a police facility.



"Residential Alarm User" means the occupant of any dwelling unit with an alarm system.



"Silent Alarm" means an alarm system that has no audible sound at the protected premises.



"Touchpad" means a device that allows control of an alarm system by the manual entering of a coded sequence of numbers or letters.





"Wireless System" means those types of systems which transmit electromagnetic waves or messages through the air from remote sensor devices to the control panel to indicate a condition exists for which an alarm signal should be sounded or from a control device to arm/disarm the system, activate the alarm signal or reset the system.



All terms not defined in this section shall have their common meaning.



47-2. Installation Standards and Requirements



The Town of Riverdale Park herein adopts by incorporation the provisions of sections 9-131 and 9-132 of the Prince George's County Code relating to installation standards and requirements for burglar and holdup alarm systems.



47-3. Burglar and Holdup Alarm User Permits

(a) Requirement of Permit



Every alarm user shall obtain an alarm user permit for each alarm system he operates on commercial or residential premises with the Town of Riverdale Park from the Chief of Police or his/her designee. No permit shall be issued for any system utilizing an Automatic Dialing Device which is programmed to transmit a prerecorded message or code signal directly to a telephone number assigned to the Town of Riverdale Park Police department.



(b) Disclaimer

Registration of an alarm system is not intended to, nor will it, create a contract, duty or obligation, either express or implied, of response. Any and all liability and consequential damage resulting from the failure to respond to a notification is hereby disclaimed and governmental immunity as provided by law is retained. By registering an alarm system, the alarm user acknowledges that police response may be based on factors such as the availability of police units; priority of calls; weather conditions; traffic conditions; emergency conditions; or staffing levels.



(c) Residential Alarm User Permit Application



Each application or application for renewal for the residential alarm permit must contain, but is not limited to, the following information:



(1) Registration number(if a renewal)



(2) Name, address, and telephone number of alarm user.



(3) Dangerous or special conditions information at the alarm site.





(4) Type of alarm system ( Burglary, robbery, panic, duress, medical alert, etc.



(5) Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two (2) persons who are able to, and have agreed to: receive notification of an alarm activation at any time; respond to the site within one (1) hour; and grant access to the alarm site and deactivate the alarm system if such becomes necessary.



(6) Name, address and telephone number of alarm business that installed and/or monitors the alarm system, if applicable.



(7) A statement as to whether the alarm user has ever registered an alarm with the Town of Riverdale Park, and if so, under what alarm user name and address of alarm site.



(8) An acknowledgment that they must keep a copy of the alarm permit application form and installation certificate or certification at the alarm site and must produce such registration information for inspection upon reasonable request by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.



(9) Any other information deemed necessary by the Chief of Police.



(d) Commercial or Nonresidential Alarm User Permit Application

Each application or application for renewal for a commercial or nonresidential alarm user permit must contain, but is not limited to:



(1) Registration number (if a renewal)



(2) Nonresidential alarm user's name and trade name (if different).



(3) Employer Identification Number (EIN).



(4) Street address where alarm system is located, including room or suite number.



(5) Telephone number(s) at the alarm site.



(6) Type of business or activity conducted at the alarm site.



(7) Parent company name, address, and telephone number.



(8) Name and telephone number of person responsible at the parent company location for the alarm system at the alarm site.



(9) Names, addresses , and telephone numbers of three(3) persons (an alarm business will be acceptable as one(1) of these persons) who are able to and have agreed to: receive notification of an alarm activation at any time; respond to the alarm site with one-half () Hour; and grant access to the alarm site and deactivate the alarm system if such becomes necessary.



(10) Name, address, and telephone number of alarm business that installed and/or monitors the alarm system, if applicable.



(11) Type of alarm system ( robbery, burglary, duress, panic, etc.)



(12) Dangerous or special conditions information at the alarm site.



(13) A statement as to whether the alarm user had ever previously registered an alarm system or been issued a permit in Prince George's County, or any county in the Washington Metropolitan area that requires such a permit.



(14) An acknowledgment that they must keep a copy of the alarm permit application form and installation certificate at the alarm site and must produce such registration information for inspection upon reasonable request by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.



(15) Any other information deemed necessary by the Chief of Police.

(e) Requirements for All Applications and Permits



(1) Information in the application shall be maintain current at all times. Any changes in the application information must be forwarded to the Chief of Police within ten (10) days of changed information.



(2) Alarm user shall make provision for silencing the local audible alarm with one-half () hour from the time the signal is received by the police, either automatically or by one of the authorized persons.



(3) An alarm user permit is valid only for the premises registered and is not transferable to another alarm user or premises. A new permit must be obtained for each alarm site.



(4) Exemptions. Local, state, or federal government facilities are exempt from payment of permit fee and false alarm response fees, but are requested to

register alarm sire specified if the Riverdale Park Police Department is normally expected to respond to an alarm at the site.



(f) Alarm User Fees



(1) There shall be a fifty dollar ($50.00) non-refundable nonresidential or commercial alarm permit fee for the initial application. Said permit shall be valid for the balance of the calendar year in which the application is filed, and for the following calendar year. Said permit shall expire on December 31 of the year after which application is made. Payment shall accompany the application.



(2) There shall be a non-refundable biennial nonresidential or commercial alarm renewal fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). The fee is due by January 15 of the following expiration of the permit. The fee may be paid by the alarm user or the alarm business. Payment shall accompany the renewal application.



(3) There shall be a ten dollar ($10.00) fee for duplicate registration stickers.



(4) If an alarm user permit, residential or commercial, has been revoked or suspended, a non-refundable reinstatement fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) must accompany an application for reinstatement.



(5) There shall be no permit or renewal fee for a residential alarm permit. However, any application for a residential alarm permit at a site where the resident is the same and at the same site where a permit has been previously revoked or suspended, must be accompanied by the one hundred dollar ($100.00) reinstatement fee.



(g) Confidentiality of Application Information



All information contained in an alarm user permit application required by this Chapter and any other information received by the Chief of Police through correspondence or communications with an alarm user shall be securely maintained and restricted to inspection by employees of the Riverdale Park Police Department. If any of the aforementioned individuals is found to have knowingly or willfully revealed the information contained in an alarm user permit application or in correspondence or communications with an alarm user to any other person for a any purpose not related to this Chapter, or official law enforcement matters, and without the express written consent of the alarm user supplying such information, that individual shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or incarceration for a period not to exceed six months.



(h) Registration Stickers



Upon the issuance of a permit, the alarm user shall be issued a registration sticker with a registration number which shall be posted at the main entry. The sticker must be prominently displayed in such a manner as to be readily see by police without entry. The sticker must be displayed at least four (4) feet above ground or four (4) feet above the step or landing, whichever is higher.



(I) Registration Violation



It shall be unlawful for any alarm user to operate an alarm system without first obtaining a permit as required by this Chapter, or who, after having a permit revoked or suspended, or who is indebted to the Town of Riverdale Park for false alarm fees and/or fines incurred by the alarm user under the current or any prior permit. First-time violations of the registration requirement shall result in a warning by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, and the alarm system must either be removed or a permit applied for within fifteen (15) days. Failure to comply with such warning shall be deemed a violation of this section. Violations of this section shall be deemed municipal infractions. Violations of which shall carry penalties of $50.00 for the first violation, and $100.00 for each subsequent violation. Each twenty-four (24) hour period during which the violative condition exists shall be deemed a separate violation.



47-4. False Alarms



(a) False alarms shall be deemed municipal infractions. For each false alarm from a user's alarm system, an alarm user shall pay a false alarm response fee, as set forth in the following table:



False Alarm Signal Occurrence False Alarm Response Fee



1st or 2nd No fee

3rd Warning notice

4th, 5th or 6th $ 50.00

7th, 8th or 9th $100.00

10th, 11th or 12th $150.00

13th or greater $200.00

(b) False alarm response fees are payable with ten (10) days of the receipt of notification that fees are due. The failure to pay the false alarm response fee within 30 days shall be grounds for revocation or suspension of such permit. Failure of alarm user to file notice of intent to defend against such municipal infraction shall result in the Town of Riverdale Park taking such action to the District Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, and seeking such remedies as may be available to it, including quadrupling of fines due, as well as a right of entry to remove alarm system at the expense of the alarm owner,



(c) After an alarm user has six (6) or more false alarms within a twelve ( 12) month period, the alarm user must have the alarm system recertified by a licensed burglar or holdup alarm contractor. The recertification, along with a twenty-five ($25.00) recertification fee, shall be submitted to the Chief of Police within thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice that recertification is necessary. Failure to have an alarm system recertified as required by the subsection shall be deemed a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of fifty ($50.00), and shall be grounds to revoke or suspend alarm user's permit.



(d) After an alarm user's system has twelve (12) or more false alarms in a twelve month period, the alarm user must have the system upgraded to meet existing Prince George's County standards or upgrade to a more reliable system technology which shall include, but is not limited to, the installation of dual technology sensor devices. System upgrading must be accomplished within thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice that system upgrading is required. The system upgrade must be accomplished by a licensed burglar and holdup alarm contractor. The alarm user shall submit a certification of the system upgrade, along with a fifty dollar ($50.00) certification fee, to the Chief of Police. Failure to have a system upgrade as required by this section shall be deemed a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00),

and shall be grounds to revoke or suspend alarm user's permit. Following the certification of the system upgrade, the number of false alarms for the given twelve month period shall be reset to zero.



(e) False Alarm Response Waiver Fee



(1) A false alarm response fee may be waived if the alarm system was activated by an act of God, including violent conditions of nature; such as, blizzard, earthquake, high intensity winds, extreme thunderstorms, lightening, electrical surge, or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to the control of the alarm system or alarm users. The request for a waiver of the false alarm fee shall be made in writing and shall include a statement with details the reason, if known, for the false alarm.



(2) If it is determined by the Chief of Police that a false alarm signal was due to an event beyond the reasonable control of the alarm user, the alarm signal shall not be considered a false alarm and the fee shall be waived.



(3) If alarm signals were caused by a malfunctioning alarm system which cause two (2) or more false alarms in a twelve (12) hour period, and the alarm user and the alarm monitoring business exercised their best efforts to limit alarm signals caused by the malfunction, all false alarms within a single twelve (12) hour period will be counted a one (1) false alarm.







(f) False Alarm Appeal Process and Filing Fee



(1) An alarm user may appeal the determination by a police officer that an alarm signal was a false alarm to the Chief of Police within ten (10) days after a notice of a false alarm is received by the alarm user.



(2) The appeal must be in writing and contain sufficient information to determine whether the responding officer's determination that the alarm signal was a false alarm was correct. Any appeal must be accompanied by a twenty-five ($25.00) filing fee which shall be returned to the alarm user if the alarm signal is not determined to be a false alarm or if the false alarm fee is waived.



(3) The Chief of Police, or his designee shall review the appeal and render a written decision based on the facts presented in the appeal. The Police Department's daily alarm records shall be prima facia evidence that a false alarm has occurred and shall constitute a presumption that may be rebutted by the alarm preponderance of evidence indicates that the alarm signal was a false alarm.



(4) Any appeal of the Chief of Police's decision to uphold the determination of a false alarm shall be made to the Public Safety Committee of the Riverdale Park Town Council. The appeal shall be based on the record developed by the Chief of Police, consisting of the Police Department's reports, the alarm user's written appeal and any documentation submitted therewith and the Chief of Police's determination.



(5) The amount of the false alarm response fee is not appealable.



(6) The alarm user must pay the false alarm response fee for a false alarm within thirty (30) days after receipt of the Chief of Police's decision upholding the determination that a false alarm has occurred unless the alarm user appeals the determination to the Public Safety Committee.



(7) The Chief of Police shall not hear any appeal regarding a dispute between an alarm user and alarm monitoring business concerning responsibility for a false alarm or a series of false alarms.



(g) Upon receipt of a notice of intent to revoke or suspend an alarm user's permit

pursuant to this section, the alarm permit holder may within ten (10) days of such receipt submit a written request by first-class mail, return receipt requested, for a hearing before the Chief of Police setting forth the reasons that his permit should not be revoked or suspended. Written notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be served on the holder of the permit by the

Chief of police or his/her designee by certified mail at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for the hearing.



(h) At the hearing before the Chief of Police, the alarm user, or his authorized representative, shall have the right to confront and examine witnesses, and to present evidence on his own behalf. After the hearing, the Chief of police may either issue an order of revocation, withdraw the notice of revocation, or suspend the permit until reimbursement or such time that he/she is satisfied that the cause or causes of the false alarms have been eliminated.



(I) Any alarm user whose permit has been revoked or suspended pursuant to this section shall have the right, within ten (10) days after receiving the notice or revocation from the Chief of Police, to file a written appeal by first-class mail or hand delivery to the Public Safety Committee Chairman of the Riverdale Park Town Council; and no alarm user shall be required to discontinue use of the alarm system prior to the expiration of the ten (10) day period in which the appeal may be filed. The Public Safety Committee shall hold a hearing on the appeal within thirty (30) days after receipt, and shall cause the appellant to be given at least ten (10) days advance written notice of such a hearing. At the hearing, the appellant or his designated representative shall have the right to present written or oral argument, or both, in support of his appeal. The Public Safety Committee shall issue its written decision within ten (10) days of the hearing.



(j) If an alarm user files an appeal pursuant to subsection (I) of this section, he shall not be required to discontinue the alarm system until a final decision is made on his appeal.



47-5. Enforcement and Penalties



(a) The first failure by an person to obtain an alarm user permit as required by this Chapter, or to obey any order of the Chief of Police of suspension or revocation of an alarm

user permit after such person has exhausted his rights to hearings or appeals, constitutes a municipal infraction, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00). The second, and any subsequent offense shall be deemed a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to

five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or sixty (60) days in jail. Each day that such a violation exists, following the appropriate period of compliance, shall constitute a separate offense.



(b) Compliance periods (first offense). In the event an alarm user receives a citation or warning for failure to obtain a permit for said system, the alarm user shall have ten (10) days to make application for such permit or to remove the alarm system and permit inspection by the Riverdale Park Police Department to verify that it has been removed. The alarm user shall send written notice to the Chief of Police within the ten (10) day period stating that the system has been removed, and providing at least three (3) dates and times with the following two (2) weeks that such an inspection can occur. If the alarm user fails to comply with the requirement of removal or filing application, each day following the expiration of the ten (10) day period shall constitute an offense.



(c) Compliance periods (second offense). In the event the alarm user has received a second or subsequent citation for failure to obtain a permit, or if such permit has been suspended or revoked, there shall be no period during which noncompliance is excusable. Each day shall constitute a separate offense.



47-6. Alarm Business Licenses



The Town of Riverdale Park, through the enactment of Chapter 47 of the Ordinance Code of the Town of Riverdale Park, herein adopts the provisions of Division 6 of Subtitle 9, sections 9-139, 9-140, and 9-141 of the Prince George's County Code. All businesses that install, monitor, or are otherwise engaged in the business of providing alarms or alarm systems within the Town of Riverdale Park, shall comply with the requirements of the Prince George's County Code. Violations of which shall be prosecuted by the Prince George's County government or its individual subdivisions as specified in sections 9-139, 9-140, and 9-141 of the Prince George's County Code.



47-7. Severability of Sections



The provisions of the False Alarm Reduction Act of 1997 (Chapter 47 of the Ordinance Code of the Town of Riverdale Park) are hereby declared to be severable: and, in the event that any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining portions of this Act, since the remaining portions would have been enacted without incorporation into this Act of any such invalid or unconstitutional word, phrase, clause, sentence, subparagraph, paragraph, subsection, or section.



47-8. Effective Date



The provisions of Chapter 47 shall take effect thirty (30) days from the date of enactment.

































Chapter 50

PEACE AND GOOD ORDER



50-1. Fraudulent representation or false statements.



50-2. Damaging or tampering with public property.



50-3. Injury to trees and shrubbery.



50-4. Commercial activity in residence unlawful.



50-5. Unsanitary premises.



50-6. Drainage ditches, obstructing or contaminating.



50-7. Stables, barns and poultry houses.



50-8. Kennels, regulation of.



50-9. Cesspools, regulation of.



50-10. Burying unlawful.



50-11. Unreasonable noise prohibited.[Repealed and replaced 4-7-97, effective 4-27-97]



50-12. Spitting in public.



50-13. Abatement of menace to public health or safety upon vacant premise or

unimproved lot; when cost assessable as a tax.



50-14. Penalties. [Amended 9-13-95][Amended 3-6-95] [Repealed and Replaced 4-7-97, effective 4-27-97]



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended in its entirety 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95,

adding 50-5 through 50-13 from former Chapter 54. Prior amendment history noted where

applicable.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.

Streets and sidewalks -- See Chapter 57.







50-1. Fraudulent representation or false statements.



It shall be unlawful for any person to make any fraudulent or false statements of material fact in any application for a permit or license, or in any certificate or statement required in connection with a town election, filed with the Mayor and Council.



50-2. Damaging or tampering with public property.



It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to destroy, damage, cut, injure, mar, deface, move or otherwise injure or tamper with any of the property of the town or of the Riverdale Fire Department, or with any property used by the town, whether belonging to it or to another, or to tamper with, destroy, break, move, or deface any traffic sign, signaling device, radio, siren, electric or other light, street sign, memorial, marker, barricade, guard rail, bridge, retaining wall, culvert, catch basin, manhole cover, drain or other device of whatever kind or character, erected, installed, operated or maintained by the Mayor and Council or by anyone by their authorization and direction.



50-3. Injury to trees and shrubbery. [Amended 1-8-68.]



(a) Prohibited acts.



(1) It shall be unlawful to break, cut, damage or remove any of the trees, shrubs or ornamental plants on or along any street, public park, playground or other town or public place or property without the consent of the Mayor and Council.



(2) No person shall do or cause to be done by others any of the following acts to any tree, shrub or plant on town or public property without the consent of the Mayor and Council. [Added 1-8-68.]



(A) Plant, care and maintain.



(B) Cut, prune, mutilate or in any manner injure.



(C) Cut, disturb or interfere in any way with any root.



(D) Spray with any chemical.



(b) Maintenance and care. [Added 1-8-68.]



(1) No person shall, without the consent of the Mayor and Council, place or maintain or cause to be placed or maintained upon the ground any stone, cement, sidewalk or other substance that will impede the free access of air and water to the roots of, or will do injury to, any tree or shrub on town or public property.

(2) No person shall place salt, brine, oil, weed killer or other substances injurious to plant growth in any street in such a manner as to injure any tree or shrub growing thereon.



(3) No person shall build any fire or station any tar kettle, road roller or other engine in any street in such a manner that the vapors or fumes therefrom may injure any tree or shrub thereon.



(4) In the erection, altering or repairing of any building or structure, the owner or contractor thereof shall place such guards around all nearby trees and shrubs on town or public property as will effectively prevent injury to such trees or shrubs.



(c) Excavation. [Added 1-8-68.]



(1) No person shall do any excavating within two (2) feet of any tree or shrub on any street without notification to the Mayor and Council.



(2) Where, in authorized excavation, it becomes necessary to expose or cut roots more than one (1) inch in diameter of a tree on any street, it shall be the duty of the contractor to protect such roots under the direction of the Mayor and Council.



50-4. Commercial activity in residence unlawful.



It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, within the town, any public garage, automobile repair shop, machine shop, factory, printing establishment or other commercial business in or connected with a residence which has not been zoned to commercial uses by the District Council of Prince George's County.



50-5. Unsanitary premises. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-6.]



The town code enforcement officer is hereby authorized and empowered to investigate and to order and direct the removal or elimination of any foul, filthy or offensive material or refuse, or any unclean or unsanitary condition in any street, alley, park or driveway, lot, building or property within the town which is or which may constitute a nuisance or menace to life and health.





50-6. Drainage, ditches, obstructing or contaminating. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-9.]



It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct in any manner or by any means or to alter the natural course of any drainage ditch by which the streets of the town are drained, so that the flow of water in such ditch is impeded; or to cast, throw or deposit in any drainage ditch any trash, garbage, refuse, dead animal or putrescible matter or waste material of any kind by which the water therein may become contaminated to endanger the public health.



50-7. Stables, barns and poultry houses. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-10.]



No person shall keep any poultry, cattle, live stock or other animal in such manner that the filth or stench therefrom may become offensive or that may endanger health.



50-8. Kennels, regulation of. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-11.]



It shall be unlawful to keep any dog or dogs within the town in any pen or kennel located within thirty (30) feet of any building used for residential or public purposes other than the residence of the owner or keeper of such dog or dogs. It shall be unlawful to keep any dog or dogs in any pen or kennel within the town unless such pen or kennel is in a sanitary condition and free from disagreeable odors.



50-9. Cesspools, regulation of. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-14.]



No privy, septic tank, vault, cesspool or reservoir shall be constructed, erected, used or maintained within the town unless such privy, vault, cesspool or reservoir is constructed, erected, used and maintained in conformity with the regulations of the State and County Boards of Health.



50-10. Burying unlawful. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-14. Amended 9-13-65.]



It shall be unlawful to deposit or bury the contents of any privy, vault, cesspool or the body of any animal within the town.



50-11. Environmental Noise Control . [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-17. Titled "Unreasonable Noise Prohibited"] [Repealed and replaced, retitled 4-7-97, effective 4-27-97].



50-11-1 Definitions.

"Commercial land use"- Property zoned or used for the sale of goods and services or for office uses.





"dBA"-Abbreviation for the sound level in decibels determined by the A-weighting network of a sound level meter or by calculations from octave band or 1/3 octave band data.



"Daytime"- Between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time.



"Nighttime"- Between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. local time.



"Decibel" - A unit of measure equal to ten times the logarithm to the base of ten of the ratio of a particular sound pressure squared. For purposes of this section, twenty (20) micropascals shall be the standard reference pressure.



"Industrial land use" - Property zoned or used for manufacturing or storing goods.



"Person" - Any individual, group, firm, association, agency, or other entity.



"Residential land use" - Property zoned for the use of habitation dwellings.



"Sound" - An oscillation in pressure, particle displacement, particle velocity or other physical parameter, in a medium with internal forces that causes compression and rarefaction of the medium. The description of sound may include any characteristic of such sound, including duration, intensity, and frequency.



"Sound level" - The weighted sound pressure level obtained by the use of a sound level meter and frequency weighting network, such as A, B, or C as specified in American Standards Institute specifications for sound level meters (ANSI S1.4-1971, or the latest approved revision thereof). If the frequency weighting employed is not indicated, the A-weighting shall apply.



"Sound level meter" - An instrument designed to measure noise levels, meeting

ANSI S1.4-1971 ( or latest approved revision thereof) specifications.



"Trained operator" - A person who has been trained in the use of the specific sound level meter and can demonstrate proficiency in the operation of such, and has a general working knowledge of instrument employed.



"Unnecessary noise" - Excessive or unusually loud noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injuries or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others within the Town limits.



50-11.2 Standards.



(a) No person shall operate, play or permit the operation or playing of any radio, television, record player, tape recorder, musical instrument, amplifier or any similar device

so as to cause sound measurable beyond the property line of the source at levels greater than the following:

Industrial 75 dBA, daytime or nighttime

Commercial 67 dBA, daytime

62 dBA, nighttime

Residential 60 dBA, daytime

50 dBA, nighttime



(b) Sound level measurements may be taken anywhere beyond the property line

of the source, on public or private property, five feet above the ground. In the case of a multiple dwelling unit, the property line shall be defined as that area beyond the walls of an individual

dwelling unit. Measurements from unzoned property shall conform with those standards for residential zoned property.



(c) Sound level measurements shall be taken by a trained operator using a sound level

meter set on the "slow" setting. The sound level meter shall be maintained and calibrated and remain in good working order.



50-11.3 Loud Noise Prohibited



(a) Generally - Loud and unnecessary noise which disturbs the public peace between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., local time, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall be deemed a public nuisance and is prohibited. Sound levels measured from the property line of the source not in compliance with levels specified in section 50-11.2 of this chapter are presumed a public nuisance, and subject the violator to the penalties set forth in section 50-11.5.



(b) Unnecessary Noise -Any noise may be deemed to be unnecessary noise regardless of whether the sound level is in compliance with levels specified in section 50-11.2. The following, among others, are declared to be loud and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be an exclusive list:



(1) Horns, signaling devices, etc. - The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, or other vehicle on any street or public area with the Town, except as a danger warning;



(2) Loud speakers, amplifiers for advertising - The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated of any radio, receiving set, musical instrument, record players, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is broadcast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public to any building or structure;



(3) Yelling, shouting, etc. - Yelling, shouting, or other similar activity that annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, or anywhere else within the Town;



(4) Animals - The keeping of any animal, which by causing frequent or long continued noise, shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity;



(5) Exhausts - The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any stem engine, internal combustion engine, motor boat, or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which prevents unnecessary loud noise;



(6) Defect in vehicle or load - The use of any automobile, motorcycle, or vehicle so out of repair, so loaded, or in such manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling, or other noise;



(7) Construction or repair of structures - The erection, excavation, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or structure can only be done during daytime hours, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and then only with a permit from the Town Administrator or Mayor. Said permit may not be for more than three consecutive days, and may not be renewed unless the application meets the same urgent necessity and public interest threshold;



(8) Hawkers, peddlers- The shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of a neighborhood.



50-11.4 Exemptions



(a) This section shall not apply to activities or events conducted, sponsored, or permitted by the Town of Riverdale Park.



(b) This section shall not apply to sound equipment used by any Public Service Company as defined in Article 78 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, or to federal, state or local governmental agencies.



50-11.5 Penalties



(a) Generally - Violation of any subsection of section 50-11 of the Ordinance Code of the Town of Riverdale Park shall be deemed a municipal infraction. Violators shall be subject to a fine of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS($100.00). Each hour any violation of any provision of this section shall continue after citation for said offense by any peace officer or other authorized official of the Town of Riverdale Park shall constitute a separate offense.



(b) Repeat Violations - The third conviction under this section shall be deemed a misdemeanor, with violators subject to a fine up to FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS($400.00) and up to six months incarceration. For purposes of this section, convictions may be by way of admission of guilt or by or by formal adjudication. The third conviction will also subject violators to confiscation and forfeiture of the device used to create unnecessary noise, with the right of entry by the Town of Riverdale Park, or its appointed representative.



50-12. Spitting in public. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-18]



It shall be unlawful for any person to expectorate or spit on the floors, walls, side or doors of any public building, place of amusement or any sidewalk or other public place where the public is invited to enter.



50-13. Abatement of menace to public health or safety upon vacant premise or

unimproved lot; when cost assessable as a tax. [Adopted 1-20-54 as former 54-19.]



If the Mayor and Council find that a menace to the public health or safety exists upon any vacant premise or unimproved lot and that the owner or person in charge thereof has failed, after written notice, to remove such menace, they may proceed as provided in the Code of General Public Laws of Maryland to cause the removal of such menace and to assess the cost of such removal as a tax against the property in the manner prescribed by such code.



50-14. Penalties. [Amended 9-13-65. Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95]

[Repealed and replaced 4-7-97, effective 4-27-97]

(a) Violations of the provisions of 50-1 through 50-3 are misdemeanors and, upon conviction thereof, violators shall be subject to a fine of not more than ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS($1,000) or imprisonment of not more than Six Months(6), or both.



(b) Violations of the provisions of 50-11 can be misdemeanors or municipal infractions. Penalties for violations thereof are contained in 50-11.5.



(c) Violations of the provisions of 50-4 through 50-10, and 50-12 are municipal

infractions, the penalty for which shall be ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) for each

offense, except for violations of 50-12, the penalty for which shall be FIFTY DOLLARS ($50.00) for each offense.



Chapter 53

POLICE DEPARTMENT



53-1. Contents of chapter.



53-2. Functions of Department; coordination of functions.



53-3. Composition of Department.



53-4. Appointment of police officers.



53-5. Training of newly appointed police officers.



53-6. Compensation.



53-7. Acquisition and maintenance of vehicles and other equipment.



53-8. Oath required; supervision.



53-9. Responsibility for uniforms and equipment.



53-10. Powers and duties.



53-11. Conduct of officers and civilian employees.



53-12. Civilian employees.



53-13. Lost, abandoned or confiscated property.



53-14. Administration and conduct.



53-15. Disciplinary action.



[HISTORY: Adopted 8-4-75. Amended and revised 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]





53-1. Contents of chapter.



This chapter consists of the rules and regulations adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of Riverdale Park for the conduct and administration of the Riverdale Park Police Department.





53-2. Functions of Department; coordination of functions.



(a) Police Department functions:



(1) The protection of life and property.



(2) The preservation of peace and good order.



(3) The prevention of crime.



(4) The enforcement of the laws of the State of Maryland, Prince George's County, Maryland, and the ordinances of the Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland.



(5) The arrest of violators of the law.



(6) The investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators, in conjunction with the county police or Maryland State Police.



(7) The control of lost, abandoned or confiscated property unless superseded by rules and regulations of the state or county.



(b) Coordination of functions. In carrying out such functions, all members and employees of the Police Department shall coordinate their efforts in such a manner as will tend to establish, maintain and promote the highest standards of efficiency as defined in this chapter and the Riverdale Park Police Manual.

53-3. Composition of Department.



The police force shall consist of a Chief of Police and such members or officers as the appropriate town officials see fit to appoint from time to time.



53-4. Appointment of police officers.

(a) To be eligible for appointment to the police force, an applicant shall meet the following requirements:



(1) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.



(2) Be of a weight in proportion to his or her height.



(3) Be of good moral character.



(4) Be of good physical and mental health.



(5) Be a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent.



(6) Pass a background investigation as prescribed by the Chief of Police and the State of Maryland.



(b) Appointments to the police force will be for a probationary period of one (1) year after full certification as a police officer. Continued employment after the expiration of this period will be contingent upon both satisfactory performance and the recommendation of the Chief of Police. If the officer's performance in this probationary period is unsatisfactory, he or she shall be notified in writing to that effect by the Chief of Police, and his or her continued service with the Police Department shall be terminated. The Chief of Police may extend the probationary period for no more than six (6) months. Any termination will be subject to appeal to the Mayor and Council according to the town's personnel policy.



53-5. Training of newly appointed police officers.



(a) Each newly appointed member of the police force shall receive training at such time and place as may be designated by the Chief of Police. The ability to assimilate and apply the material taught at the police training facility will be a major factor in determining a prospective officer's retention as a member of this Department. If the prospective officer does not receive passing grades in all Maryland Police Training Commission requirements, he or she will be terminated.



(b) Before a member is enrolled in the Police Academy, he or she will be expected to enter into and sign an agreement with the Town of Riverdale Park wherein he agrees to serve two (2) years as a police officer subsequent to the successful completion of the Academy training course. If he or she terminates employment before the expiration of this period, he or she will agree to reimburse the salary paid to him or her as stated in the contract.



53-6. Compensation.



The officers and probationary officers of the Police Department shall receive such salaries and allowances and benefits as may be authorized from time to time by the Mayor and Council.



53-7. Acquisition and maintenance of vehicles and other equipment.



The Mayor and Council are authorized to pay for the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles and other equipment to be used by the members of the police force.





53-8. Oath required; supervision.



Upon an officer's appointment to the Riverdale Park Police Department, he or she shall take an oath before the Mayor or any person duly authorized to administer the oath as prescribed by the Charter, and shall immediately report to the Chief of Police and thereafter shall at all times be under the Chief's supervision and control.



53-9. Responsibility for uniforms and equipment.



(a) Members of the Police Department are required to be neat, clean and well-groomed at all times. Uniform and civilian clothes shall be clean and pressed at all times. Shoes, leather equipment and brass shall be regularly polished and sidearms shall be clean and serviceable at all times.



(b) No member of the Police Department shall allow another member of the Department or any other person to use his or her badge or any other of his or her means of personal identification.



(c) Each uniformed member of the Police Department shall be held responsible for the uniforms, motor vehicle or other equipment issued to him or her, and where it is established that such uniforms, motor vehicle, or other equipment are lost or damaged through negligence, the officer concerned shall be subject to appropriate administrative or disciplinary action as prescribed in the Riverdale Park Police Manual, this chapter, and in accordance with the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.



(d) All members of the force shall have their last two (2) weeks' salary retained in escrow by the Town of Riverdale Park. When a member terminates his or her employment, this escrow amount will be refunded upon his or her returning, in good condition, the uniforms and equipment issued to him or her. Certification of compliance shall be made in writing by the Chief of Police to the Town Administrator. Any missing or damaged uniforms or equipment shall be paid for out of this escrow amount.



53-10. Powers and duties.



(a) The Chief of Police is the commanding officer and administrative head of the Police Department. He shall have the authority to delegate responsibility and assign functions to officers and personnel of the Department in such manner as in his judgment is necessary to establish and maintain efficiency and good administration.



(b) The Mayor and Council herein delegate to the Chief of Police the authority and responsibility to develop a manual of rules and procedures, referred to as the Riverdale Park Police Manual, and said rules and procedures shall be followed by all members of the Police Department.



(c) Sworn members of the Department shall exercise full police authority within the corporate limits of the Town of Riverdale Park. Members of the Department shall not, while on duty, leave the confines of the Town of Riverdale Park except when in the fresh pursuit of a flagrant traffic violator or of a person he has probable cause to believe has committed or is about to commit a felony, or if directed by competent authority. Competent authority shall be defined as the Mayor, Chief of Police or other police command officer, or as directed in the Riverdale Park Police Manual.



(d) When a member of the Department is under suspension, he or she shall not wear the uniform and shall not exercise any police powers.



53-11. Conduct of officers and civilian employees.



(a) Conduct unbecoming an officer or civilian employee.



(1) Conduct unbecoming a member of the Police Department or any civilian employee in the Department is prohibited.



(2) All members of the Police Department shall be subject to the rules and regulations set forth in this section.



(b) Private compensation or reward; contests.



(1) No compensation, reward or other consideration from any private sources shall be solicited or accepted by any members of the Police Department without

special, written permission from the Chief of Police. Upon receipt of any reward, compensation or consideration, after permission has been granted, a complete report shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police.



(2) Members of the Police Department shall not engage or solicit votes or contributions for any prize contest, or engage, either directly or indirectly, in the sale of tickets or soliciting of advertisements of business of any nature, without written approval of the Chief of Police.



(c) Disobedience to lawful order; ranking officer.



(1) No member of the Police Department shall willfully disobey any lawful command or order, either verbal or written, of any officer senior in rank, but shall execute such order or command promptly. If any such order conflicts with any previous order, from any other superior officer, or with any general order or special order, or provisions of this section, the member receiving such order shall courteously so inform the superior officer of the conflict. If such officer does not change his order to avoid conflict, his order shall stand and the responsibility shall be his. The person obeying the order shall not be held responsible for disobedience of any orders therefore issued.



(2) Where two (2) or more officers, commissioned or noncommissioned, of the same rank are assigned to special detail, unless specific instructions have been issued to the contrary, the senior present shall be in command.



(d) Violation of laws; false statement.



(1) No member of the Police Department shall intentionally violate any law of the United States, the state, the county or the ordinances of any city or municipality within the state.



(2) No member of the Police Department, under any circumstances, shall make any false official statement or intentional misrepresentation of facts.



(e) Members of the Police Department shall be punctual in attendance to all calls, requirements of duty, court appointments and other circumstances where time is specified.



(f) Members of the Police Department shall not be concerned, directly or indirectly, in making any compromise or arrangements between suspected violators of the law and persons who are alleged to have suffered by their acts.



(g) All employees shall be required to attend work regularly, to be punctual in reporting for duty at the prescribed time, and to work the number of hours prescribed in their standard work weeks, where applicable, unless absent on authorized and approved leave. Supervisors shall be responsible for the proper attendance of employees under their jurisdiction.



53-12. Civilian employees.



Civilian employees of the Police Department shall include all employees who have not been sworn in as peace officers, such as clerks, radio dispatchers and any other employee who may be hired. The conduct of these employees shall be governed by the rules and regulations adopted for the administration and discipline of the Department as prescribed in the Riverdale Park Police Manual and the town's personnel procedures.



53-13. Lost, abandoned or confiscated property.



(a) Appointment and duties of property custodian. The Chief of Police is authorized to appoint or designate from his police force members to act as property custodians. The property custodians shall keep a complete record, under the supervision and direction of the Chief of Police, of all property and money coming into their possession.



(b) Property coming into possession of officers to be turned over to property custodian.



(1) Every member of the police force and all other law enforcement officers shall, at the end of their daily tour of duty, deliver to the property custodian, for immediate registering in the property record book, all property and money coming into their possession in any manner whatsoever by reason of their official duties, and the property custodian shall give a receipt for and retain all such property except as provided in paragraph (b)(2) of this subsection.



(2) In every instance in which a law enforcement officer or member of the State's Attorney's office informs the property custodian that such property is required to be retained by such officer for the purpose of investigation or for use as evidence in a trial, the property custodian, after duly registering such property, shall turn it over to the officer for such purpose. All property thus turned over to such officer, after having served its purpose for investigation, shall be redelivered to the property custodian who shall thereupon sign and give a receipt for such property.



(3) It shall be the duty of the property custodian to return any property upon satisfactory evidence of ownership and after obtaining proper receipts therefor.



(4) The property custodian shall maintain files for audit and keep records of property sold or destroyed.



(c) Property to be held by Police Department; time limit for establishing ownership. All personal property, equipment and incidental articles which may be turned over to, found, recovered or otherwise acquired or possessed by the Police Department, with the exception of motor vehicles, shall be held by the Department for a period of six (6) months, and if not identified, returned to or claimed by the owners of such property, then such property shall be deemed forfeited and all rights in and to such property shall be foreclosed and lost to the owners.



(d) Confiscation of unclaimed property held more than six (6) months. The Chief of Police shall cause to be inventoried all personal property in the possession of the Police Department, and all such property which has been held for more than six (6) months and not recovered, identified, claimed or returned to the rightful owners thereof shall be and the same is hereby confiscated and all rights thereto forfeited.



(e) Sale or destruction of confiscated property.



(1) The Mayor and Council shall cause to be sold all property, with the exception of drugs, firearms and other weapons, confiscated under this chapter and held for more than six (6) months, at public auction for cash, the proceeds to be paid to the town after deducting the costs of such sale.



(2) The Chief of Police shall cause to be destroyed any confiscated weapons or firearms which are not serviceable or which they feel are dangerously or irregularly constructed, and may sell any other weapons or firearms but only to gun dealers who are registered pursuant to Article 27, section 4-43, of the Annotated Code of Maryland.



(3) Firearms and other contraband weapons or property shall in no case be disposed of until checked and referenced by the Chief of Police, or his designee, with the National Crime Information Center and federal firearms authorities, and ascertained whether they may be needed as evidence in any pending court case.



(4) All contraband drugs and marijuana shall be disposed of through proper state and local practices and procedures as required.



53-14. Administration and conduct.



(a) Matters relating to the administration and the conduct of members of the Police Department not covered in this chapter shall be found in the Riverdale Park Police Manual or state law.



(b) The Riverdale Park Police Manual and any changes or additions thereto not in conflict with this chapter may be adopted at a regular public meeting by resolution of the Council.



(c) By virtue of the authority vested in the Chief of Police by the Mayor and Council, he shall have the power to issue additional rules, regulations and orders not in conflict with this chapter or the Police Manual, as circumstances or an emergency may require, and which shall have the same effect as though adopted by the Mayor and Council.



53-15. Disciplinary action.



Any violation of rules and regulations covered in this chapter shall be punishable by proper disciplinary action to be taken by the Chief of Police and/or by the Mayor and Council as provided in the Riverdale Park Police Manual and the State of Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.



Chapter 55

RENTAL LICENSING AND INSPECTION



55-1. Purpose.



55-2. Matters covered.



55-3. Definitions.



55-4. License required prior to occupancy; exceptions.



55-5. Application; forms; fees.



55-6. Temporary certificates; inspections; issuance or denial of license.



55-7. Expiration of license; renewal; reapplication.



55-8. Periodic inspections; time limit for correction of violations; revocation of

license.



55-9. Appeals; procedure.



55-10. Display of license required.



55-11. Local agent; service.



55-12. Penalty.



[HISTORY: Adopted 6-6-94, effective 7-1-94.]



REFERENCES

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.





55-1. Purpose.



The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public by:



(a) Establishing minimum standards, in accordance with the Prince George's County Housing Code and applicable town ordinances, for basic equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, space heating, and sanitation; structural soundness for safety from fire; for space, use, and location; for safe and sanitary maintenance; and for cooking equipment in all single family rental units/dwellings;



(b) Establishing the responsibilities of owners and occupants of single family rental units/dwellings; and



(c) Providing for administration, enforcement, and penalties.



55-2. Matters covered.



(a) The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all single family rental units/dwellings used for human habitation with respect to structure, protection against fire hazard, equipment or maintenance, adequate provisions for light and air, proper heating, and sanitary conditions, and with respect to matters of over-crowding, illegal activities, or factors otherwise deemed to constitute a menace to the safety, health or welfare of the occupants or adjacent property owners, or such conditions, factors, or characteristics that adversely affect public safety, health and welfare and may lead to the continuation, extension, or aggravation of urban blight. Adequate protection of the public, therefore, requires establishment and enforcement of the licensing and inspection of single family rental units/dwellings.



(b) The Housing Code of Prince George's County, Maryland, as compiled and amended from time to time, ("Housing Code") is hereby incorporated by reference in this chapter to the extent it is not inconsistent herewith.



55-3. Definitions.



The terms used in this chapter are defined as follows:



"Town" is the Town of Riverdale Park.



"Town administrator" is the town administrator of the Town of Riverdale Park.



"Code enforcement officer" is the code enforcement officer of the Town of Riverdale Park.



"Minimum standards" are the provisions of the Prince George's County Housing Code, as amended from time to time, and applicable town ordinances.



"Rental unit" for purposes of this chapter shall be defined as any rented room or group of rooms in a structure forming a single habitable unit that is used or intended to be used by one or more occupants for living and sleeping.



"Rental dwelling" for the purposes of this chapter shall be defined as a structure being occupied or intended to be occupied by a single family and/or one or more individual(s) who are not the legal owners of record of the property.



"Local agent" is a Maryland resident appointed by the owner to supervise and/or care for the property and to respond to any violations concerning the property.



55-4. License required prior to occupancy; exceptions.



(a) The legal owner of record of any rental unit or rental dwelling located within the town shall not, except as provided by the terms of a temporary certificate issued upon application for a rental license, permit or allow such unit or dwelling to be occupied without first having obtained a rental license from the town.



(b) All rental units within a single family dwelling shall be individually licensed in accordance with this chapter.



(c) Any owner of record of a multi-family apartment house, as defined in H-210.0 of the Housing Code, shall be exempt from this section upon showing to the town administrator or the person(s) or firm designated by the Mayor and Council that the owner has obtained a license or temporary certificate issued pursuant to 13-181 of the Housing Code.



(d) Any single family dwelling that is occupied by a legal owner as a principal place of residence containing no more than one (1) rental unit/dwelling shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.



(e) Any rental unit/dwelling leased by a legal owner to a relative related to the owner to the second degree of consanguinity or less -- that is, grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and first cousins -- shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.



55-5. Application; forms; fees.



(a) Within thirty (30) days after the effective date of this chapter, owners of all existing rental units/dwellings shall make written application to the town for a rental unit/dwelling license upon such form or forms as the town shall, from time to time, designate. All new rentals shall be initiated by application thirty (30) days prior to occupancy. Such application(s) shall be submitted together with the license and inspection fee(s). The initial amount of such fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100). The amount of such fee may be revised from time to time by the Council in the same manner as an ordinance and shall be posted on the face of the application form.



(b) A late fee of five dollars ($5) per day shall be assessed to the applicant for every day that the application is delinquent.



55-6. Temporary certificates; inspections; issuance or denial of license.



(a) Upon receipt of a completed application for a license with tender of the appropriate license and inspection fee for an existing rental unit/dwelling, the town shall issue a temporary certificate indicating that a license has been duly applied for that will be issued or denied following inspection of the rental unit/dwelling and authorizing continued occupancy of the rental unit/dwelling without penalty pending the issuance or denial of a license.



(b) Upon receipt of a completed application for a license with tender of the appropriate license and inspection fee for a new rental unit/dwelling, the town shall inspect the property within thirty (30) days and issue or deny the license.



(c) An inspection of the rental unit or dwelling shall be conducted by the town's code enforcement officer or by the person(s) or firm so designated by the Mayor and Council, who shall certify that the rental unit or dwelling is in compliance with all applicable provisions of the Prince George's County Housing Code -- specifically, Subtitles 4, Building; 11, Fire Safety; 12, Health; 13, Housing; and 27, Zoning, of Title 17 -- and all applicable provisions of town ordinances. The inspection may, but shall not be required to, include a check of all systems and subsystems in the home for safety and operation. Upon such certification, a rental unit/dwelling license shall be issued. The certification and license shall not be considered under any circumstance a warranty by the town as to the safety or operation of any systems and subsystems. The town may, but shall not be required to, have experts such as engineers or the like check any and all systems or subsystems. The town's inspection may be limited to obvious visible problems and shall not be deemed to include any latent or hidden defects or problems.



(d) Should the inspection reveal violations of any of the provisions set forth in subsection (c), above, then the town shall notify the applicant in writing, specifying each violation and the relevant code section violated. The applicant shall then have not more than fifteen (15) days to initiate correction of the specified violations and not more than sixty (60) days within which to complete correction of the violations, unless otherwise specified. Within such period, the Council shall have the authority to extend the time for correcting such violations at the written request of the applicant upon a showing that a good faith effort has been initiated to correct such violations but that they cannot be corrected within the established period. Permission for such inspections, without the necessity for obtaining any further permission or judicial warrant, is a condition of any license or temporary certificate. Failure, upon reasonable notice, to allow entry for such inspection or to require any tenant or occupant to allow entry for such inspection shall constitute sufficient reason for the denial or revocation of the rental license or temporary certificate and is a violation of this ordinance.



(e) Failure of an applicant to correct all violations within the 60 day period or the time allowed shall result in the application for the license being denied. No further temporary or permanent certificates or licenses shall be issued until all violations have been corrected.



55-7. Expiration of license; renewal; reapplication.



(a) Each license issued pursuant to this chapter shall expire one year from the date of issuance.



(b) Application for the renewal of an existing license shall be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date and shall be submitted together with the appropriate license and inspection fee. The late fee for applications shall also be applicable to renewals.



(c) Every applicant whose application for a license has been denied or whose license has been revoked may not reapply for the rental unit/dwelling license within ninety (90) days from such denial or revocation.



(d) When reapplying after a denial, a new application shall be submitted together with all applicable fees.



55-8. Periodic inspections; time limit for correction of violations; revocation of

license.



The town's code enforcement officer or other designated person(s) or firm shall have the authority to conduct periodic inspections of any licensed property to determine whether it continues to be in compliance with the requirements for a rental unit or dwelling. The licensee as a condition of the license shall allow said inspections to take place at any and all reasonable times and upon reasonable notice, which for purposes of this chapter shall be seventy-two (72) hours as requested by the town. These inspections shall occur prior to the issuance of a license; prior to the renewal of a license; and when violations are reasonably suspected to exist. The procedures set forth in 55-6(d) shall be followed for compliance.



55-9. Appeals; procedure.



(a) Designation of Housing Review Board. A Housing Review Board is hereby established and designated to hear appeals from the application of this chapter. The Board shall consist of a chairman and two (2) members to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council for two year terms that shall begin on January 1. The terms of the initial members of the board shall begin after confirmation by the Council and shall expire the following January.



(b) Rules of Procedure. All persons challenging an action under the provisions of this chapter may, within ten (10) days of date of violation notice, request a hearing before the Board. The hearing request will be on forms provided by the town administrator and shall be filed with the town administrator, who will notify the appellant in writing of the time and place set for the hearing. Within thirty (30) days of the filing of the notice of hearing, the Housing Review Board shall conduct a hearing at which time an opportunity shall be given to both the person(s) challenging and the town staff to present evidence. The hearing shall be open to the public and records and minutes shall be maintained by the Board at all such hearings. Within ten (10) days after the hearing, the Board shall present its findings of fact and decisions. Said decisions may either reverse, modify, or affirm the action taken by the town's code enforcement officer or by the person(s) or firm designated. The decision of the Housing Review Board shall be final.



(c) Failure to abide by the decision of the Housing Review Board shall constitute a violation of this chapter.

55-10. Display of license required.



The license issued under this chapter shall be prominently and publicly displayed on the premises of the structure or produced on demand of the tenant or prospective tenant and shall be available at reasonable times for inspection by the town's code enforcement officer or such person(s) or firm designated.



55-11. Local agent; service.



(a) Requirement of local agent. The legal owner of record of any rental unit/dwelling required by this chapter to obtain a license shall appoint a local agent for each licensed premises. The local agent shall be over the age of eighteen (18) and reside in the State of Maryland.



(b) Filing of the local agent's name and address. The name and address of the local agent shall be filed in writing during normal business hours with the town administrator upon the issuance of any license herein. The legal owner of record shall notify the town administrator in writing of any changes with respect to the local agent within thirty (30) days of such changes.



(c) Service of complaint for municipal infraction. Notice of a complaint or municipal infraction with respect to premises required to be licensed may be brought by service upon the owner of record of the property or upon the local agent. Service on the owner of the property shall be deemed appropriate if mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner at his or her last known address as provided on the license application. In the event that the certified mail is returned unclaimed for any reason, service may be affected by posting the notice on the front door of the premises. Service may also be affected by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the local agent as designated by the owner. Personal service on either the local agent or the owner shall also be deemed appropriate service.





55-12. Penalty.



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm, or corporation to violate any of these provisions, which are hereby declared by the Council to be municipal infractions, and will be subject to pay a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Each day that a violation continues after assessment of the initial fine shall constitute a separate or repeat offense. Payment of the fines without correction of violation(s) does not constitute abatement of the violation(s).



(b) For purposes of enforcing this chapter, the town is authorized to exercise all powers available to it under state and county law and the Housing Code to prohibit or prevent occupancy of an unlicensed premises subject to licensing under this chapter for which a temporary certificate has not been issued or has expired, or for which a license has expired or been revoked, including, but not limited to, eviction of the occupants and barring entry by occupants to the unlicensed premises.



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Chapter 57

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS



ARTICLE I

General Provisions



57-1. Erection of buildings or obstructions in streets.



57-2. Depositing or burning refuse on streets.



57-3. Obstructing drains.



57-4. Dropping of litter or other material.



57-5. Excavated materials.



57-6. Daily removal.



57-7. Grease and oil on streets.



57-8. Blocking street with merchandise.



57-9. Overhanging trees, shrubbery or hedges; trimming at owner's expense;

extraordinary conditions.



57-10. Grass bordering sidewalks and paths.



57-11. Swinging gates.



57-12. Advertising signs and banners.



57-13. Parades.



57-14. Use of streets by contractors.



57-15. Sidewalk covers.



57-16. Protective barricades and lights required, when.



57-17. Extinguishing lights.



57-18. Removal of barricades unlawful.



57-19. Cutting streets and sidewalks.



57-20. Cutting curbs.



57-21. Entrances to private property.



57-22. Obstruction of streets by common carriers.



57-23. Unauthorized use of streets for repairs.



57-24. Snow and ice removal required.



57-25. Penalties.



ARTICLE II

Street Improvements - Minimum Standards



57-26. Street improvements; minimum standards.



57-27. Permit required.



57-28. Authority to hire town engineer to supervise or inspect street improvements.



57-29. Engineering fee.



57-30. Penalty for violation.



[HISTORY: Article I adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54; Article II adopted 7-11-49. Amended 3-6-95,

effective 3-26-95. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Building code, permits -- See Chapter 15.

Fire code, house numbers -- See Chapter 15.

Garbage and refuse -- See Chapter 36.

Municipal infractions -- See Chapter 46.

Utilities -- See Chapter 62.

Walls and fences -- See Chapter 66.



ARTICLE I

General Provisions



57-1. Erection of buildings or obstructions in streets.



It shall be unlawful for any person to erect or maintain any building or obstruction in or upon any street or sidewalk beyond the property line except upon the authorization of the Mayor and Council.



57-2. Depositing or burning refuse on streets.



It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, lay, sweep, deposit, scatter or drop, leave or cause to be thrown, cast, laid, swept, deposited, scattered or dropped or left, any dirt, mud, ashes, filth, sawdust, shavings, hay, nails, glass, straw, offal, leaves, litter, paper, vegetable matter, decayed fruits, fruit skins or putrescible matter of any sort, animal matter, scraps, rubbish, garbage, trees, cinders or other refuse material or any dead animal, or to burn or set fire to any such material or to cause the same to be burned or set fire to, upon any street, alley, sidewalk, gutter, roadway or other public place within the town.



57-3. Obstructing drains.



It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, lay, sweep, deposit, scatter, drop, leave, spill or place any dirt, mud, ashes, filth, sawdust, shavings, hay, straw, offal, leaves, litter, paper, vegetable matter, decayed fruits, fruit skins, tin cans, trash, cinder, rubbish or any material of any kind in or upon any gutter, drain, culvert, stream or passageway provided for the flow of water from, over or under or adjacent to any street, road or alley within the town so as to obstruct any such gutter, culvert, stream, drain or passageway, or so as to prevent or decrease the easy flow of water and other liquid matter along, over, and through such gutter, culvert, stream, drain or passageway.



57-4. Dropping of litter or other material.



It shall be unlawful to cause or permit any earth, clay, dirt, sand, gravel, broken stone, mortar, hay, straw, manure, shavings, sawdust, coal, ashes, paper, rubbish or any loose material of any kind to be scattered, dropped, leaked, spilled or let fall from any cart, wagon, dray, truck or other vehicle in which the same may be carried, upon any of the streets of the town; and this prohibition shall apply to the owner, driver, operator, contractor, manager, agent, foreman, superintendent or person or persons in charge of any such cart, wagon, dray, truck or other vehicle from which any of the materials hereinbefore mentioned shall be scattered, dropped, leaked, spilled or let fall upon any street or roadway.







57-5. Excavated materials.



It shall be unlawful to deposit or permit to be deposited upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, gutter or improved roadway or street within the town any earth, clay, sand, gravel or other excavated material by spilling, dropping or placing the sand thereon or by tracking the same thereon by the wheels of vehicles or feet of animals, either in process of conveying such excavated material from the place where the excavation is being made or in returning from the place where the excavated material shall have been deposited, and this prohibition shall apply to the owner of the land where the excavation is being made, the owner of the land where the excavated material shall have been deposited, every driver, operator, teamster, owner of horses and vehicles, foreman, superintendent, and contractor engaged in making any excavation.



57-6. Daily removal.



Every person having charge of any building or hauling operations, either as owner or contractor, shall remove or cause to be removed, at the expiration of each working day, from the sidewalks, gutters and roadways, all earth, sand, gravel, dirt, mortar, stones, broken brick, shavings, rubbish and all other litter that may have been deposited or accumulated thereon as a result of such building or hauling operations.



57-7. Grease and oil on streets.



It shall be unlawful for any person to pour, spill or permit to drop upon any sidewalk of the town any kerosene, gasoline, benzene or any similar oil or oily substance or liquid, or for any person to drain, flush, deposit or cause to be drained, flushed or deposited any crankcase drainings, oil, gasoline, grease or other automobile refuse or waste into any gutter, sewer, catch basin, ditch or stream, or onto or across any street, alley, sidewalk, drive or parkway.



57-8. Blocking street with merchandise.



It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any sidewalk of the town with merchandise, and each day such obstruction shall be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.







57-9. Overhanging trees, shrubbery or hedges; trimming at owner's expense;

extraordinary conditions. [Amended 2-21-72. Amended 3-6-95.]



(a) No person shall allow any wall, hedge or shrub located on his property, or property of which he has possession, to project therefrom so as to obstruct or cover any part of the sidewalk, or permit any tree or shrub to overhang the sidewalk or street in any manner so as to impede the full and free use thereof by the public.



(b) Trimming at owner's expense. Upon a complaint to the town or upon observation by the town code enforcement officer or the town police that a condition exists prohibited by the preceding subsection, the town shall notify the owner or custodian of the property to remedy the condition within fifteen (15) days after the receipt of such notice. Upon failure to comply, the owner or custodian will be subject to the penalties set forth in 57-25. In addition, the town may employ a person or persons to do the work, the cost of which shall be assessed against the owner or custodian of the property, such costs to become a lien against the property and collectible as other municipal taxes are collected.



(c) Extraordinary conditions. If the Mayor and Council determine that an extraordinary condition exists and that trees, shrubs, hedges andor walls are obstructing access to any public way or obstructing the view at street intersections so as to cause a danger to traffic, the owner or custodian of the property will be so informed, and the work of removing said condition must be carried out immediately. If said condition is not rectified in the required time period, the Mayor and Council shall have the right of employing a person or persons to do the work, the cost of which shall be assessed against the owner or custodian of the property. In the event that the owner or custodian cannot be successfully notified of such condition, the Mayor and Council reserve the right to correct such condition, the cost of which shall be assessed against the owner or custodian.



57-10. Grass bordering sidewalks and paths. [Added 10-5-81. Amended 11-7-83. Amended

3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



(a) It shall be the duty of every person in charge or control of any building or parcel of land located in the town, fronting or abutting on a public sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant or otherwise, to cut and keep trim grass from the edge of the property line to the paved road, whether the land is public or private, and not to allow any trash, waste material, garbage, offensive dirty material, weeds, briars, brush and grass to grow more than ten (10) inches tall. It shall be unlawful to fail, neglect or refuse to comply with this section.



(b) Violation of 57-10(a) is declared to be a municipal infraction, the penalty for which shall be twenty-five dollars ($25) for each initial offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each repeat offense.





57-11. Swinging gates.



It shall be unlawful for any person, whether the owner or tenant of property, to permit any gate on his property to swing outward on any public road, sidewalk or public passageway within the town.



57-12. Advertising signs and banners.



It shall be unlawful for any sign or board to project over any sidewalk, and no flag, banner or other display shall be stretched across any of the streets of the town without permission of the Mayor and Council.



57-13. Parades.



Any person or organization desiring the use of the streets of the town for any parade, pageant or demonstration shall apply to the Mayor and Council for a permit for such purpose. The Mayor and Council shall have authority to issue such permit, subject to such conditions as may be reasonably necessary to ensure public safety, the prevention of fire hazards and the orderly flow of traffic within the town.



57-14. Use of streets by contractors.



It shall be unlawful for any contractor or any employee of any contractor or any other person to use the streets or sidewalks of the town to store or place materials thereon without the permission of the Mayor and Council to use the street or sidewalk in such manner.



57-15. Sidewalk covers.



Whenever a building immediately abutting on a street shall be constructed, razed or repaired, substantial sidewalk covers shall be erected and maintained during such construction. The covered sidewalk shall be kept unobstructed and clear of rubbish, dirt and snow. Excavation on either side of such sidewalk shall be protected by a tight board fence which shall be maintained as long as any danger exists.





















57-16. Protective barricades and lights required, when.



It shall be unlawful to maintain any excavation or obstruction in or along any of the public streets or sidewalks or other public places in the town without properly protecting the same by lights thereon from one (1) hour after sunset until sunrise.



57-17. Extinguishing lights.



It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to extinguish or obstruct the light in any public lamp or street light or any red lantern or other light required as a warning of any barricade, excavation or construction work.



57-18. Removal of barricades, unlawful.



Whenever any street is closed or a barricade is placed thereon by order of the Mayor and Council, or by any person or governmental agency with the sanction and approval of the Mayor and Council, it shall be unlawful for any person to remove or attempt to remove such barricade without the written authority of the Mayor and Council.



57-19. Cutting streets and sidewalks.



It shall be unlawful for any person to dig up, cut, break, destroy or in any way injure any sidewalk, curb, gutter or footway or roadway or bridges in any of the streets or other public places of the town, or to make an excavation in any of the streets or other public places of the town or to remove from any of the streets, alleys or other public places of the town, any earth or material without having a lawful permit so to do from the Mayor or the Town Administrator, or on order of the Mayor and Council.



57-20. Cutting curbs. [Amended 2-6-88.]



(a) No person shall cut any curb for private or public driveways without a permit authorized by the Mayor and Council and issued by the town. With each application for such permit, the applicant shall deposit with the town the sum of seventy five dollars ($75), and upon completion of the work to the satisfaction of the Town Administrator, and upon payment of all costs incurred by the town in connection with said work, the town shall refund to the applicant fifty dollars ($50) of the above deposit, retaining twenty-five dollars ($25) as the cost for such permit and inspection. When application for a permit is made for such a project, the work shall be done by the town, unless otherwise ordered, and the cost thereof shall be borne by the property owner or applicant, as the case may be.



(b) Wherever permission is given to cut the curb for a private or public driveway, a suitable apron or approach shall be constructed to the sidewalk, if the curb is not a part of the sidewalk, the cost of which shall be borne by the property owner or applicant for the permit, as the case may be.



(c) Wherever the property owner or applicant does the work personally in connection with any permit issued as aforesaid, such work shall be done only if the permit has been issued in accordance with this section, and under proper supervision of the town.



57-21. Entrances to private property.



No obstruction shall be placed in or across any gutter abutting on any street or alley within the town. Whenever a private driveway or walk is constructed across any such gutter, it shall be built over a drain of not less than eight (8) inches in diameter, inside measurement, and protected at each end by a suitable cement work. Any such drain must be kept free at all times of dirt and rubbish. Before commencing work on such culvert or drain, application must be made to the Town Administrator and a permit shall be issued by the town, provided the work is found to be necessary. No charge shall be made for such permit. Where a permit is issued, the work shall be under the supervision of the town. When the property owner or resident thereof so desires, the necessary work may be performed by the town employees, and upon completion of the work the property owner or resident shall pay to the town the actual cost of the labor or, labor and material, where material was also furnished, as estimated by the town. Wherever a culvert or drain now laid along the gutter of a public street, highway or alley for entrance into private property is of lesser dimensions than set forth in this section, the Mayor and Council may demand of the property owner or resident benefited by such entrance, the enlargement thereof to the dimensions mentioned herein, under the conditions set forth.



57-22. Obstruction of streets by common carriers.



No railroad locomotive, engine or railroad car or train of cars shall encumber or obstruct any sidewalk, crosswalk or street of the town for a period longer than ten (10) minutes. It shall be unlawful for any steam or electric railroad company, whose tracks run across or front on any of the streets of the town, to obstruct any of the said streets with lumber, ties, gates or other material, or to obstruct any of the said streets by the standing of freight trains over the public crossing for a period longer than ten (10) minutes. Each violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.



57-23. Unauthorized use of street for repairs.



It shall be unlawful for any person to use any street or sidewalk or other public property for carrying on the business of automobile or machinery repairing, but nothing herein shall prevent the making of emergency repairs to stalled or wrecked cars at the place where the stalling or wrecking occurred, provided it shall not unduly interfere with the movement of traffic.





57-24. Snow and ice removal required. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Every person, whether as owner, tenant, occupant or otherwise, in charge or control of any building or parcel of land located in the town that fronts or abuts on any public sidewalk shall be required to remove or clear snow or ice that accumulates on any such sidewalk surface within twenty-four (24) hours of the accumulation. It shall be unlawful to fail, neglect or refuse to comply with this section.



57-25. Penalties. [Amended 9-13-65. Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of the provisions 57-1 through 57-9 and 57-11 through 57-24 are declared to be municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation.





ARTICLE II

Street Improvements - Minimum Standards.

[Adopted 7-11-49. Amended in its entirety 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



57-26. Street improvements; minimum standards.



Minimum standards are established for all street improvements, defined as the construction, repair, maintenance, improvement, and opening or closing of cuts in all town streets, which includes streets, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks for all public streets and areas under the jurisdiction of the town. The minimum standards hereby adopted are those required for road and street improvements in Prince George's County, Maryland, as provided in Title 17, the Prince George's County Code, a copy of which specifications are filed with the town.



57-27. Permit required. [Amended 6-7-82.]



It shall be unlawful for any person, defined as any private person, partnership, corporation, contractor, employer, agent, servant or employee, to do any excavating or other work as set forth in 57-26 of this Article without first obtaining authorization and a permit from the town, the cost for which shall be established by the Mayor and Council from time to time.



57-28. Authority to hire town engineer to supervise or inspect street improvements.



The town is authorized to employ the services of an engineer for purposes of supervising or inspecting all street improvements described in 57-26 of this Article, and may require as a condition of granting a permit under 57-27 that all street improvements be subject to the supervision or inspection of the town's engineer.





57-29. Engineering fee.



In making application for authorization and permit as provided in 57-27, the applicant shall designate whether or not the work will be performed under the supervision of his own engineer. If the applicant has the service of his own engineer, he shall, in addition, pay to the town the sum of three percent (3%) of the total cost of such improvements to cover the expense of inspection of the improvements by the town. If the applicant does not have the services of an engineer, he shall pay to the town the sum of six percent (6%) of the total cost of such improvements to cover the expense of preparing plans and specifications and for supervision and inspection of the improvements by the town. These requirements may be waived by the Mayor and Council by resolution.



57-30. Penalty for violation.



Any person making street improvements described in 57-26 without first obtaining the authorization and permit as provided in 57-27, in violation of the provisions of this article, which is declared to be a misdemeanor, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months, or both.

Chapter 58

STREET AND SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS:

SPECIAL BENEFITS



58-1. 4801 Rittenhouse Street.



58-2. 5000 Oglethorpe Street.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-6-75. Amendment history noted where applicable.]



REFERENCES

Streets and sidewalks generally -- See Chapter 57.





58-1. 4801 Rittenhouse Street.



The property at 4801 Rittenhouse Street, Riverdale Park Subdivision, shall be assessed twenty-five percent (25%) of the engineering costs for construction and overhead costs plus such interest and other properly chargeable expenses for the construction of one hundred (100) feet more of less of concrete curbs and gutters along the 48th Street side of the aforesaid property, such payments, plus whatever interest at the current legal rate is necessary, to be in ten (10) equal payments over a period of ten (10) years.





58-2. 5000 Oglethorpe Street. [Added 7-10-78, effective 7-30-78.]



The properties at 6000 Taylor Road being Lots 14, 20, 21 and 22, Block 49, Riverdale

Park abutting footage about one hundred eighty-five (185) feet; 5010 Oglethorpe Street being Lot 14A, Block 49, Riverdale Park abutting footage about sixty-four (64) feet; 5012 Oglethorpe Street being south one-half () of Lot 15 and part of abandoned street, Block 49, Riverdale Park abutting footage about eighty-five (85) feet; 5020 Oglethorpe Street being Lot 34, Block 49, Riverdale Park, abutting footage about fourteen (14) feet; and 5022 Oglethorpe Street being Lot 18, Block 49, Riverdale Park, abutting footage eighty-two (82) feet shall be assessed twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of construction and overhead costs plus such interest and other chargeable expenses of the construction of concrete curbs and gutters north side of the 5000 block of Oglethorpe Street. Computation of the proportionate share of the cost for each property shall be based upon the ratio of the abutting footage of the property to total abutting footage of the improvement. Payment of this assessment, plus whatever interest, at the current legal rate is necessary, to be in ten (10) equal payments over a period of ten (10) years, or the total assessment may be paid in full at the time the assessment is levied.



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Chapter 60

TAX ON TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY





60-1. Tax levied.



60-2. Overdue or delinquent taxes.



[HISTORY: Adopted 4-15-74, effective 4-15-74. Amended 3-6-95.]





60-1. Tax levied.



The Mayor and Council shall levy a tax on both domestic and foreign ordinary business corporations owning tangible personal property within the Town of Riverdale Park as certified by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, such tax to be at the same rate as the real estate tax levied by the town.





60-2. Overdue or delinquent taxes. [Amended 3-6-95.]



Overdue or delinquent taxes shall be collected as provided for in 613 and 614 of Article VI the Charter of the Town of Riverdale Park.



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Chapter 61

TELEVISION, CABLE



61-1. Franchise required; penalty.



61-2. Definitions.



61-3. Limitations of franchise.



61-4. Liability and indemnification.



61-5. Technical requirements and channel capacity.



61-6. Safety requirements.



61-7. Service standards; business office; complaints; inspections.



61-8. Conditions for use of public ways.



61-9. Indemnity bond.



61-10. Franchise fee.



61-11. Acts beneficial to subscribers.



61-12. Public service requirements.



61-13. Duration of franchise.



61-14. Tampering and unauthorized connections.



61-15. Individual antennas and reception protected.



61-16. Delegation of powers.



61-17. Promulgation of rules and regulations.



61-18. Forfeiture of franchise.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-7-80. Subsection designations revised 3-6-95. Amendment history noted

where applicable.]





61-1. Franchise required; penalty.



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, operate or solicit subscribers for any cable television system without first having obtained a franchise from the franchise authority.



(b) Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both.



61-2. Definitions.



For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings herein unless the context clearly indicates that another meaning is intended. When not consistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future. Words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.



"Agency" -- The Town Council or the person, department or agency designated by the Council, by resolution, to act for it in administrative matters relating to cable television.



"Auxiliary services" -- Any communication service in addition to regular subscriber services, including but not limited to pay television, burglar alarm service, data transmission, facsimile service, home shopping service, etc.



"Cable television system" or "CATV system" -- Any facility that, in whole or part, receives directly or indirectly over the air and amplifies or otherwise modifies the signals transmitting programs broadcast by one (1) or more television or radio stations and distributes such signals by wire or cable to subscribing members of the public who pay for such service.



"Channel" -- A band of frequencies six (6) megahertz wide in the electromagnetic spectrum capable of carrying either one (1) audio-visual signal or a few non-video signals or a large number of nonvideo signals.



"Federal Communications Commission" or "FCC" -- The present federal agency of that name as constituted by the Communications Act of 1934 or any successor agency created by the United States Congress.



"Franchise" -- An authorization granted by the town which permits construction, operation and maintenance of a cable television system within the franchise area under terms not inconsistent with this chapter.



"Franchise area" -- That portion of the franchise entity for which a franchise is granted under the authority of this chapter. The "franchise area" may or may not be coterminous with the franchise entity.



"Franchise authority" -- The governing body of the franchise entity.



"Franchise entity" -- The Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland, as presently constituted and including any area henceforth added thereto during the terms of any franchise granted hereunder.



"Grantee" -- Any entity, its successors, heirs or assigns who shall be awarded a franchise in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

"Gross revenues" -- Revenues derived directly or indirectly by a grantee from both regular subscriber service and auxiliary services.



"Gross subscriber revenues" -- Those revenues derived directly or indirectly by a grantee from the supplying of regular subscriber service, that is, the installation fees, disconnect and reconnect fees and fees for regular cable benefits, including the transmission of broadcast signals and access and origination channels if utilized. It does not include revenues derived from auxiliary services or from any taxes, whether or not passed on to users, per-program or per-channel charges, leased channel revenues, advertising revenues or any other income derived from the system.



"Major stockholder" -- A beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of ten percent (10%) or more of the issued and outstanding voting stock of any corporation.



"Persons" -- Any people, firms, corporations, associations or other legally recognized entities.



"Public way" -- The surface of and the space above and below any public street, avenue, highway, boulevard, concourse, driveway, bridge, tunnel, park, parkway, waterway, dock, bulkhead, wharf, pier, alley, right-of-way, public utility easement and any other public ground or water subject to the jurisdiction and control of the franchise entity.



"Regular subscriber service" -- That service regularly provided to all subscribers. It includes all broadcast signal carriage and Federal Communications Commission-required access channel carriage, including origination programming. It does not include specialized programming for which a pre-channel charge is made.



"Subscriber" -- Any person receiving regular subscriber service.





61-3. Limitations of franchise.



(a) The franchise granted under this chapter shall be nonexclusive, and nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the franchise authority from granting identical or similar franchises to more than one (1) person within all or any portion of the franchise entity.



(b) Any grantee shall, at all times during the life of this franchise, be subject to the lawful exercise of the franchise entity's police power and such reasonable regulations as the franchise authority may subsequently promulgate thereunder. Nothing contained in this ordinance shall be deemed to prohibit in any way the right of the Council to levy nondiscriminatory occupational license taxes on any activity conducted by the grantee.



(c) All privileges prescribed by this chapter shall be subordinate to any prior lawful occupancy of the public streets, and the franchise authority reserves the right to reasonably designate where a grantee's facilities are to be placed within the public ways.



(d) The franchise shall be a privilege which is personal to the original grantee. It shall not be sold, transferred, leased, assigned or disposed of, in whole or in part, either by sale, merger, consolidation or otherwise, without prior consent of the franchise authority expressed by resolution, and then only under such conditions as may therein be prescribed. Any such proposed transfer or assignment shall be made only by an instrument in writing, which shall include an acceptance of all terms and conditions of the franchise by the transferee, a duly executed copy of which shall be filed with the agency within thirty (30) days after any such transfer or assignment.



(e) The granting of any franchise shall be based upon the franchise authority's judgement as to whether it will serve the public's interest, the applicant's construction, technical and financial plans and arrangements and the benefits to the welfare and safety of the town and its citizens. Such judgement shall be discretionary, and no provision of this chapter shall require the granting of a franchise.



(f) Nothing herein shall be deemed to in any way impair or affect the right of the town to acquire the property of the grantee, either by purchase or through the exercise of the right of eminent domain, at a price reflective of its fair market value as an ongoing concern, and nothing herein shall be construed to constitute a waiver or bar to the exercise of any governmental right or power of the town.



61-4. Liability and indemnification.



(a) The grantee shall pay, and by its acceptance of a franchise specifically agrees to pay, any and all damages or penalties which the town may be legally required to pay as a result of the grantee's installation, operation or maintenance of a franchise cable television

system under this chapter, whether or not the acts or omissions complained of are authorized, allowed or prohibited by the town.



(b) The grantee shall also pay all expenses incurred by the town in defending itself with regard to any and all damages and penalties mentioned in subsection (a) above. These expenses shall include all out-of-pocket expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees and the reasonable value of services rendered by any employee of the town.



(c) The grantee shall maintain, throughout the term of the franchise, liability insurance insuring the town and the grantee with regard to all damages mentioned in subsection (a) above, set forth in the franchise.



61-5. Technical requirements and channel capacity.



Any CATV system to be constructed by a grantee shall be installed, maintained and operated at all times in full compliance with the technical and channel capacity standards of the Federal Communications Commission. The results of annual performance tests conducted in accordance with section 76.601 (c), Federal Communications Commission Rules (or such other section of the rules as shall incorporate its substance), shall be retained for at least five (5) years and be available for inspection by the town.



61-6. Safety requirements.



The grantee shall at all times:



(a) Install and maintain its wires, cables, fixtures and other equipment in accordance with the requirements of the town and county building, electrical, fire, health and plumbing codes and in such manner that they will not interfere with any installations of the town.



(b) Keep and maintain in a safe, suitable and substantial condition and in good order and repair, all structures, lines, equipment and public ways or places of the town, wherever situated or located.



61-7. Service standards; business office; complaints; inspections.



Throughout the life of its franchise, a grantee shall:



(a) Maintain all parts of its system in good condition and in accordance with standards generally observed by the cable television industry. Sufficient employees shall be retained to provide safe, adequate and prompt service for all of its facilities.



(b) Maintain a conveniently located business office and service center to which subscribers may telephone without incurring added message units or toll charges. This office shall be open during all usual business hours and be so operated that complaints and requests for repairs or adjustments may be received by telephone at any time when any television signals are being broadcast.



(c) Dispatch personnel to investigate all service complaints and equipment malfunctions within twenty-four (24) hours and strive to resolve such complaints as promptly as possible. Planned interruption of service shall be only for good cause. Insofar as possible, planned service interruptions shall be preceded by notice, be of brief duration and occur during minimum viewing hours.



(d) Maintain a complete list of all complaints received, and the measures taken to resolve them, in a form to be approved by agency. This list shall be available to the agency upon request.



(e) Permit the agency to inspect and test the system's technical equipment and facilities upon reasonable [twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) hours'] notice.



61-8. Conditions for use of public ways.



(a) Any pavements, sidewalks, curbing or other paved area taken up or any excavations made by a grantee shall be done under the supervision and direction of the agency under permits issued for work by the proper officials of the town and shall be done in such manner as to give the least inconvenience to the inhabitants of the town. The grantee shall, at its own cost and expense and in a manner approved by the agency, replace and restore any such pavements, sidewalks, curbing or other paved areas in as good a condition as before the work involving such disturbance was done and shall also make and keep full and complete plats, maps and records showing the exact locations of its facilities located within the public streets, ways and easements of the franchise entity. These maps shall be available for inspection at any time during business hours by the agency.



(b) The grantee shall, at its expense, protect, support, temporarily disconnect, relocate or remove any of its property when required by the town by reason of traffic conditions, public safety, road construction, change of street grade or installation of sewers, drains, water pipes, power lines, signal lines, tracks or any other type of municipal improvement.



(c) The grantee shall, on the request of any person holding a building moving permit issued by the town, temporarily raise or lower its wires to permit the moving of buildings. The expense of such temporary removal or raising or lowering of wires shall be paid by the person requesting same, and the grantee shall have the authority to require such payment in advance. The grantee shall be given no less than forty-eight (48) hours' advance notice to arrange for such temporary wire changes.



(d) The grantee shall have authority to trim the trees upon and overhanging the public street so as to prevent the branches of such trees from coming in contact with the wires and cables of the grantee, except that, at the option of the town, such trimming may be done by it or under its supervision and direction at the expense of the grantee.



(e) In all sections of the franchise area where the cable, wires or other similar facilities of public utilities are placed underground, the grantee shall place its cables, wires or other like facilities underground to the maximum extent that existing technology reasonably permits.



61-9. Indemnity bond.



Concurrently with the acceptance of its franchise, a grantee shall file with the town a bond with an acceptance surety in an amount designated by the town to indemnify the town against any losses it may suffer in the event that the grantee fails to comply with one (1) or more of the provisions of its franchise. Said bond shall be obtained at the sole expense of the grantee and remain in effect for the full term of the franchise or any renewal thereof, plus an additional six (6) months thereafter.



61-10. Franchise fee.



The town shall be entitled to collect a franchise fee in such amount as may be from time to time established by the Council for each franchise granted.



61-11. Acts beneficial to subscribers.



The town shall be empowered to include as part of any franchise such terms and conditions as it deems beneficial to the subscribers in the franchise area, including the regulation of rates charged to such subscribers.



61-12. Public service requirements.



A grantee shall:



(a) Provide at least one (1) service outlet to all municipal facilities, libraries and schools within its franchise area at no cost to the town, library or schools involved.



(b) Make its facilities immediately available to the town upon request during the course of any emergency or disaster.



61-13. Duration of franchise. [Amended 8-1-94.]



The council shall establish the duration of each franchise granted under this ordinance and the terms and conditions for any renewal thereof. Upon the written request of a franchisee and the furnishing of information in support of such request as being in the best interest of subscribers, the Council shall have the power to extend an existing franchise for a period of time less than that of the franchise as originally granted.



61-14. Tampering and unauthorized connections.



It shall be unlawful for any person to make or use any unauthorized connection, whether physically, electrically, acoustically, inductively or otherwise, with any part of a franchised cable television system within the town for the purpose of enabling himself or others to receive any television signal, radio signal, picture, program or sound without authorization of the grantee or owner of said system.



61-15. Individual antennas and reception protected.



This ordinance shall not prohibit the erection or continued use of individual television antennas nor require any person to receive cable television service or connect with a cable television system.



61-16. Delegation of powers.



The Council shall have the right to delegate any right, benefit, duty, obligation or power under this chapter to the agency or any employee, officer or department of the town.



61-17. Promulgation of rules and regulations.



The Council shall have the authority to promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement, administer and enforce this chapter and any franchise granted hereunder.



61-18. Forfeiture of franchise.

In addition to the rights and powers pertaining to the town contained in any franchise, the town shall have the right to terminate and cancel a franchise if the grantee refuses to obey any duly promulgated rule, order or promulgation of the Council or agency made pursuant to a franchise, becomes insolvent, unable or unwilling to pay its debts or is adjudged a bankrupt or attempts to evade any of the provisions of a franchise or practices any fraud or deceit upon the town; provided, however, that before any franchise may be terminated or canceled under this section, the grantee shall be entitled to a hearing before the Council.



Chapter 62

UTILITIES





62-1. Permission required.



62-2. Restoration of streets.



62-3. When a nuisance; authority to abate.



62-4. Gas, sewer, water installation.



62-5. Penalties



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54; effective 2-1-54. Amended 3-6-95. Amendment history noted where

applicable.]





62-1. Permission required.



No poles, posts, cables, wire and overhead apparatus, conduits, ducts, mains, pipes, manholes or other apparatus or means for the transmission of electricity, gas, telegraph, oil, gasoline, and other fuel and lighting lines of any kind shall be laid, erected or constructed without a permit from the Mayor and Council, and upon such terms and conditions as the Mayor and Council shall from time to time establish, including notice to all affected parties.



62-2. Restoration of streets. [Amended 9-13-65.]



It shall be a condition of the issuance of any permit that the person, firm, association or corporation applying for such permit shall and must agree to indemnify the town from any and all damages that may arise in the prosecution of the work for which such permit shall be given, and the streets and roadways shall and must be restored to the same or better condition existing before the beginning of such work, at the cost and expense of the holder of any such permit.



62-3. When a nuisance; authority to abate.



Any posts, pole or poles, cable or cables, wire or wires of overhead apparatus, conduit or conduits, duct or ducts, main or mains, pipe or pipes, manhole or manholes, or other apparatus whether along, in or upon, over or under any street or sidewalk, roadway or other public space hereafter erected, laid or constructed or maintained without such permit and without full compliance with the terms and conditions upon which such permit shall be issued, shall constitute a nuisance and may be abated by the town at the cost of the person or persons, firm, association or corporation erecting, laying, constructing or maintaining the same, and in addition thereto may be punished or fined as provided in this Code.



62-4. Gas, sewer, water installation. [Amended 3-6-95.]



It shall be unlawful to install or maintain any water, sewage or gas service, or any pipe, fitting, accessory, equipment or attachment using the service, except in conformity with the applicable state and county laws, regulations, and standards relating thereto.



62-5. Penalties. [Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of the provisions of this chapter are misdemeanors and, upon conviction thereof, violators shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in such place of confinement as may be provided by law, not exceeding six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court hearing the case. Imprisonment in default of fine and costs shall be regulated by Section 4 of Article 38 of the Code of Public General Laws of Maryland, 1957 Edition, and any amendments thereof.



Chapter 64

VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC



64-1. Definitions.



64-2. Enforcement.



64-3. Official signs.



64-4. Vehicles to be licensed; fire lanes and ceremonial routes.



64-5. Trucks over five tons' gross weight.



64-6. Stopping prohibited in specified places.



64-7. Blocking or obstruction of fire department vehicle bays.



64-8. Right-side parallel parking.



64-9. Double Parking.



64-10. Limitations on parking or standing in specified places.



64-11. Overtime parking.



64-12. Limitations on parking or standing of certain vehicles on streets or highways.



64-13. Parking permit areas.



64-14. Parking meters.



64-15. Removal and impounding of unattended vehicles.



64-16. Junked motor vehicles.



64-17. Violations and penalties.[ Revision 10-7-96][subsection (b) stricken and replaced 11-4-96]



64-18. Payment of fines; penalty for late payment.



64-19. Snow Emergencies [Added 11-4-96]



[HISTORY: Adopted 2-12-62. Amended and revised in its entirety 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.

Amendment history noted where applicable.]



64-1. Definitions.



For purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:



"Vehicle" -- Any device in, upon or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.



"Motor vehicle" -- Any vehicle that is self-propelled.



Definitions of other the terms used in this chapter shall be found in the Maryland Vehicle Laws, as amended and supplemented from time to time, and shall be made a part of this chapter as though written herein.





64-2. Enforcement.



The Town of Riverdale Park's Code Enforcement Officer and/or Police Department shall be responsible for enforcement of the provisions of Chapter 64.



64-3. Official signs.



The signs referred to in this chapter, when authorized by the Mayor and Common Council of Riverdale Park, shall be deemed sufficient when in connection with the inscription thereon there shall appear the words, "Mayor and Council," "Police Department" or other language indicating that it is officially authorized.



64-4. Vehicles to be licensed; fire lanes and ceremonial routes.



(a) No vehicle shall remain on or be operated upon any street, alley or public way in the Town of Riverdale Park, unless such vehicle bears the appropriate license for the current year if such license be required by the state, county or municipal law.



(b) No vehicle shall be operated within any fire line established by the Fire Department, or in or upon any street, alley or public way or portion thereof from which traffic is excluded by the Mayor and Council for public ceremonies or because of a public emergency. The Police Department is authorized and directed to enforce such temporary traffic regulations.







64-5. Trucks over five tons' gross weight. [Added 4-3-72.]



No vehicle in excess of five (5) tons' gross weight shall be operated on or in any town street where said town street has been posted by a sign: "No Trucks [or Vehicles] Over 5 Tons' Gross Weight."



64-6. Stopping prohibited in specified places.



No vehicle shall be stopped in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the instructions of a police officer, an official traffic sign or a traffic light:



(a) Within a street intersection.



(b) On a crosswalk.



(c) On a sidewalk space.



(d) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction, when such stopping would impede traffic.



(e) On any bridge or approach thereto.



(f) On any streetcar or railroad track.



64-7. Blocking or obstruction of fire department vehicle bays. [Added 2-3-92.]



No vehicle is permitted to block or obstruct the entrances and exits to and from the fire department vehicle bays at any time. To "block" or "obstruct" for purposes of this ordinance shall mean stopping, standing, pausing, or delaying a vehicle anywhere within the area marked by signs and/or yellow stripes on the street in front of the fire department's vehicle bays' doors so that the offending vehicle cannot be removed immediately from the area to permit immediate exit or entrance of any fire department vehicles. Violation of this section is a municipal infraction and the penalty for each violation shall be fifty dollars ($50).



64-8. Right-side parallel parking.



All motor or horse-drawn vehicles on any two-way street within the town shall, when not in motion, be parked or left standing on the right-hand side of the street parallel to and not more than twelve (12) inches from the right-hand curb or curbline of the street, except during an emergency or while actually loading or unloading passengers or merchandise.







64-9. Double Parking.



Double parking on any street is prohibited, except that a vehicle may stop as near as practicable to parked vehicles only long enough to expeditiously load or unload passengers if no curb space is available within a reasonable distance, provided that such vehicle while so stopped will not unreasonably impede traffic or endanger public safety.



64-10. Limitations on parking or standing in specified places. [Amended 4-3-72.

Subsections (c) through (l) added 2-4-80. Other amendments noted where applicable.]



It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle in any of the following circumstances:



(a) Within three (3) feet of the front or rear of another vehicle parked on any street.



(b) Within three (3) feet of the exit of, or the entrance to, any alley or driveway without the consent of the owner.



(c) Where a sign prohibits parking.

(d) In a loading or unloading zone.



(e) Within twenty-five (25) feet of a stop sign.



(f) Within twenty-five (25) feet of any intersecting street.



(g) Within ten (10) feet of a fire plug.



(h) On any street or public space for making repairs, except in minor cases.



(i) Within twenty (20) feet of either side of a bus stop.



(j) With respect to any commercial vehicles, on any street or public space unless loading or unloading.



(k) Parking or leaving unattended any gasoline truck or other combustibles conveyance.



(l) Next to a yellow curb.



(m) In a designated handicap parking space without displaying the official Maryland vehicle handicap tag or handicap placard. [Added 3-1-82.]





(n) In a driveway or on driveway aprons so that the vehicle blocks or overhangs a sidewalk thus obstructing free pedestrian passage. [Added 6-7-82.]



(o) Upon, over or beyond the curb, within the public right-of-way. [Added 8-2-82.]





64-11. Overtime parking.



(a) At any point on a street where an official sign designates a time limit for parking, no vehicle shall be left standing or remain parked in excess of the period of time so designated.



(b) No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle on any street for more than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours, Sundays and holidays excepted; provided, however, that this subsection shall not apply to an owner/occupant who otherwise legally parks his vehicle on streets abutting his property. [Amended effective 10-22-89.]



(c) In a parking meter zone during hours of its operation, no vehicle shall be left standing or remain parked in excess of the period of time designated. [Added 8-2-82.]



64-12. Limitations on parking or standing of certain vehicles on streets or highways. [Added 4-3-72. Amended 10-2-78.]



It shall be unlawful to park or leave standing on the streets, highways, and public spaces of the town any truck, truck-tractor, trailer or semitractor-trailer, including but not limited to travel trailers, camping trailers, tractor trailers, or any combination of motor vehicles with one (1) or more vehicles propelled or pushed as a unit, mobile homes, special mobile equipment including but not limited to tractors, construction or maintenance machinery, ditch-digging apparatus and concrete mixers, buses and school buses, and boat trailers except that exception may be made for trucks parked or left standing temporarily in the transaction of some business enterprise by permission of the Mayor and Council for good cause shown. This law shall not apply to those lightweight pickup or panel body trucks commonly described as having one-half-ton to one-ton capacities and which are not used in the furtherance of commercial enterprise.



64-13. Parking permit areas. [Added 1-7-80. Amended 10-2-89.]



(a) Designation. The Mayor and Council may, by resolution, designate sections of the town to be permit parking areas. Any such resolution shall be initiated only upon consultation with the affected residents and is subject to public hearing. On-street parking in such areas shall be restricted to those vehicles displaying a proper parking permit, in general from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) unless specified otherwise by the signs posted in a designated area.



(b) Permits.



(1) Permanent resident permits. These permits can be obtained at the Town Office for a fee of two dollars ($2.00) per permit upon presentation of vehicle registration. Permanent residential permits are nontransferable. Permit stickers must be attached to the back of the inside rearview mirror.



(2) Guest permits. Residents can obtain up to two (2) permits for use by their guests. Guest permits are designated to a certain residence and must be turned in to the Town Office if the resident moves. There is no fee for guest permits.



(3) Temporary permits. Permits for other than residents and their guests will be granted only on a case-by-case basis by the Town Administrator, subject to reviewby the Mayor and Council. Such permits will be considered on a temporary basis only, and a time period will be defined. There is no fee for temporary permits.



(c) Penalty. Any permit not used appropriately is null and void, and a vehicle displaying such permit will be subject to a parking violation ticket.



64-14. Parking meters. [Added 4-4-83.]



(a) Designation. The Mayor and Council may, by resolution, designate certain sections of the town to have parking meters installed.



(b) Rates. The Mayor and Council shall establish, by resolution at any regular Council meeting, the rates for such metered parking areas as well as hours of operation.



(c) Penalties. Vehicles parking in areas with meters indicating violation or expired time shall be subject to a penalty of ten dollars ($10) to be paid on or before fifteen (15) days after issuance of the parking violation ticket. Tickets paid after fifteen (15) but less than thirty (30) days shall be doubled in cost to twenty dollars ($20) Tickets paid after thirty (30) days shall be thirty dollars ($30).



64-15. Removal and impounding of unattended vehicles. [Amended 4-3-72.]



If any vehicle is left unattended upon any public road, highway, alley or parking lot in violation of any law, ordinance or order regarding the parking of vehicles, or if any vehicle is left unattended upon any road, highway, alley or parking lot for an unreasonable length of time so as to impede the movement of traffic or constitute a threat to public safety, the Police Department shall have authority to impound and remove such vehicle and charge the owner thereof the costs of towing, storage and any other charges incurred in connection therewith. No vehicle so impounded for a parking violation shall be released until all applicable costs, charges, and fines have been paid.











64-16. Junked motor vehicles. [Added 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



(a) Definitions. "Junked motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle that is in wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled condition, or from which the wheels, engine, transmission, or any substantial parts thereof have been removed, or which for any reason is incapable of operation on its own power, or is unlicensed or bearing expired license tags.



(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to junk any motor vehicle at any place within the town, nor shall any owner or lessee permit any junked motor vehicle to remain on property within the town except in an enclosed garage.



(c) Exempt properties. Properties exempt from this section are licensed motor vehicle dealers, motor vehicle mechanical or body repair facilities, and towing storage compounds. Such vehicles must be stored on the licensed property.



(d) Notice of intent to impound. The Code Enforcement Officer or his designee may impound a junked motor vehicle after first attaching a notice on the presumed junked vehicle that shall state, in part, "This vehicle is presumed junked. If not removed within seven (7) calendar days of the date of this notice, this vehicle shall be impounded and sent to a scrap processor."



(e) Authority to grant extension. The Code Enforcement Officer or his designee shall have the authority to grant an extension of the seven (7) day limit for a period not to exceed an additional seven (7) calendar days. Upon receipt of a written statement prior to completion of the extension already granted, setting forth the reasons necessitating additional time beyond the fourteen (14) day period, the Council shall have the right to extend the seven day period for any definite time.



(f) Notice to property owner of completed impoundment.



(1) Within twenty-four (24) hours after impoundment of any vehicle pursuant to this section, the town Code Enforcement Officer shall send by registered or certified mail a notice to the last known registered owner of the vehicle and/or the property owner of record from which the vehicle was removed.



(2) The notice shall contain the following:



(A) A statement as to the reason why the vehicle has been impounded;



(B) The year, make and model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of

the vehicle as available;





(C) The location of the impounding facility where the vehicle is being held; and



(D) A statement that the owner has the right to reclaim the vehicle upon payment of all towing, storage, and other charges, penalties, and fines relating to the disposition of the vehicle. No vehicle so impounded shall be released until all applicable costs, charges, and fines have been paid.



(g) Removal of junked motor vehicles. Whenever any person fails to comply with the requirements of this section within thirty (30) days of the notice of impoundment, the cost of removal and storage of the junked motor vehicle, as well as any reasonable administrative and legal costs, shall be chargeable. Any costs and expenses incurred shall constitute a lien on the property from which the junked motor vehicle was removed if not paid within thirty (30) days of notice of impoundment.



(h) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or corporation to violate any of the provisions of this section, which violations are declared to be municipal infractions and for which the penalty for each violation shall be one hundred dollars ($100). Each day a violation continues after initial notice shall constitute a separate or repeat offense.



(I) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the authority of the town to further regulate parking, vehicles or traffic.



64-17. Violations and penalties. [Added 3-1-82. Amended 7-1-85. Amended 3-6-95, effective

3-26-95.] [ Revision adopted 10-7-96][subsection (b) stricken and replaced 11/4/96]



(a) Violations of 64-4 through 64-10(k) (except 64-7) and 64-10(n) through 64-13 are declared to be municipal infractions, for which the penalty for each violation shall be twenty-five dollars ($25).



(b) Violations of 64-10(l-m) and 64-19 are declared to be municipal infractions, for which the penalty for each violation shall be two hundred dollars ($200).



64-18. Payment of fines; penalty for late payment. [Added 9-7-82.]



If a person elects to stand trial for a violation under Chapter 64, the request for a trial date must be made in writing to the Police Department no later than ten (10) days from issuance of the citation. If no such request is received within the stated ten (10) days, the following shall apply:



(a) Any person issued a citation for violation of any section of this chapter shall pay the fine imposed as a penalty for violation of that section at the Police Department within fifteen (15) days from the date of notice of violation.





(b) Any person who fails to pay a required fine within fifteen (15) days of the date of notice of violation shall pay at the Police Department:



(1) Twice the amount of the fine if paid after fifteen (15) days but not more than thirty (30) days after the notice of violation; or

(2) Three (3) times the amount of the fine if paid more than thirty (30) days after the date of notice of violation.



64-19 Snow Emergencies [ added 11-4-96]

(a) The Town Council is authorized to adopt special parking restrictions which shall be in effect during any time that a snow emergency condition exists. For purposes of this section, a "snow emergency condition" shall be considered in effect within the Town of Riverdale Park whenever a snow emergency is declared in effect in Prince George's County by the Prince George's County Executive, the Maryland State Highway Administration or the Maryland State Police.



(b) During any period in which a snow emergency condition exists and a snow emergency is in effect, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any part of any street designated as a snow emergency street, provided that signs have been erected on that street giving notice that such street is a designated snow emergency street.



(c) During any period in which a snow emergency condition is in effect, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on the even-numbered side of any public street in the Town of Riverdale Park regardless of whether such street has been designated a snow emergency street. For purposes of this subsection, the "even numbered side" of a public street shall mean that side of the public street on which any residence or business shall have an address that is devisable by the number two without a remainder.



(d) Any vehicle parked in violation of the snow emergency provisions of the section may be removed and impounded by or under the direction of any duly-authorized police officer.

The owner of said vehicle, in addition to any towing or impound fee, shall be liable for a fine

of $200.



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Chapter 66

WALLS, FENCES AND HEDGES



66-1. Height of walls and fences.



66-2. Height of hedges and shrubbery.



66-3. Procedure for removal.



66-4. Planting of hedges.



66-5. Retaining walls.



66-6. Violations and penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 2-21-72, effective 3-13-72. Amended 12-7-98, effective 12-27-98. Amended 12-7-98. Effective 12-27-98. Amendment history noted where applicable.]





66-1. Height of walls and fences.



(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to erect any wall or fence, or combination thereof, in excess of three and one-half (3 ) feet in height, measured from the surface of the finished grade, around or on any property within the town without first obtaining a permit from the Mayor and Council.



(b) A permit may be granted for any deviation from such height as a special exception by the Mayor and Council if the fence is located to the rear of the building line, or if it is an ornamental iron fence or such that would enhance the beauty of the property. The Mayor and Council may require as a condition of granting a special exception that any such proposed fence having a more finished face on one side be so erected that the more finished face is outward when viewed from the surrounding properties. [Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



66-1.1 Prohibited Fences. [Adopted 12-7-98, Effective 12-27-98.]



(a) Purpose. It is the intent and purpose of this section to protect the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the Town of Riverdale Park and its residents by generally restricting the placement of certain types of fences on residential and commercial lots. Such restrictions shall, among other things: prevent the obstruction or reduction by made-made structures of visibility at corners and intersections for drivers and pedestrians; add to the attractiveness of the community; create a better home environment; preserve an area generally regarded by the public as pleasing to the eye; and preserve, improve and protect the general character of the lands within the Town and improvements thereon.



(b) Rule of Construction. In applying the fence restrictions contained in this section, the term "front yard" shall mean the property between the front building line and the public street on which the property is located. The term "corner lot" shall mean any property that abuts two adjacent public rights of way.



(c) Front Yard Fences. Except as otherwise provided, all metal fences are prohibited between the front building line of property and other adjacent property, dwelling, publicly dedicated street, private street or parking area.



(d) Side and Rear Yard Fences. Nothing in this section shall affect the design, permitting or erection of side and rear yard fences within the Town of Riverdale Park. The building code of the Town of Riverdale Park and Prince George's County, Maryland, as well as Section 66-1 of the Ordinance codes of the Town of Riverdale Park shall govern such fences.



(e) Permitted From Yard Fences. Fences that otherwise meet all design and construction specifications of the building codes of the Town of Riverdale Park and Prince George's County, Maryland, as well as the Ordinance Code of the Town of Riverdale Park shall be permitted as front yard fences so long as they are not constructed of chain-link.



(f) Corner Lots- Special Rule of Construction. For any property deemed to be a corner lot under this section, in addition to other proscriptions of the section, no chain-link fence may be erected along the side yard that abuts a public right of way.



(g) Chain-Link Fence Defined. For purposes of this section, "chain-link fence"

shall be defined as a fence made from wire helically wound and interwoven in such manner as to provide a continuous mesh without knots or ties, except in the form of knuckling or of twisting the ends of the wires to form the selvages of the fabric, as well as all posts, clamps, and other accessories necessary for the stable construction of the chain-link fabric into a fence.



(h) Grandfather Clause. All front yard fences legally existing as of the date of introduction of the ordinance resolution creating section 66-1.1 which do not comply with any subsection (i.e., front yard chain-link fences), shall be deemed non-conforming uses. All front yard fences erected subsequent to the introduction of the resolution creating section 66 1.1 (November 2,1998 ) that are intended to replace those fences deemed non-conforming uses shall conform to the requirements of this section. A fence deemed to be a non-conforming use under this subsection which has been removed or destroyed through no fault of, and due to circumstances beyond the control of the owner, may be replaced or repaired in a manner substantially identical in all material respects to the fence so removed or destroyed. Consideration shall be given to the similarly of such factors as materials, height, length and fence location between the original fence and the replacement fence. Nothing contained in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the maintenance and repair of a non-conforming

fence so long as the fence is not changed in character and all repairs are made with materials substantially the same as the materials requiring maintenance or repair.



66-2. Height of hedges and shrubbery.



(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any premises within the town to permit any hedge or shrubbery within three (3) feet of any public sidewalk or public path to grow to a height of more than three (3) feet, measured from the surface of the sidewalk grade or path.



(b) On any corner lot in any residential zone, there shall be no fence, hedge, wall, terrace, structure, shrubbery, planting or other obstruction to vision having a height greater than three (3) feet above the curb level for a distance of twenty-five (25) feet from the intersection of the front and side street lines.



66-3. Procedure for removal.



Whenever any hedge or shrubbery is found to be higher than is permitted by the preceding section, the town shall mail or cause to be delivered to the owner or occupant of such premises a written notice of the violation, requiring the owner or occupant of the premises to comply with the preceding section within ten (10) days from the date of service of the notice, and if the same be not corrected to conform to this chapter within the time specified in the notice, the person responsible for the condition of the property shall be cited for a violation of this chapter; provided, however, that if any person interested in the property feels aggrieved by the application of this provision to his particular case, he may appeal, at any time before expiration of the notice, to the Mayor and Council where he shall be given a hearing. If the Mayor and Council find that an exceptional condition exists which would make the application of this provision as to height unreasonable in the particular case, and that permitting the greater height would result in no traffic or other hazard to the public, then the Mayor and Council may determine what is a reasonable height for the particular location under the circumstances, and such person shall, from and after the expiration of three (3) days from the time of such determination, not permit such hedge, fence or shrubbery to be or grow to a height greater than that determined.



66-4. Planting of hedges.



All hedges or shrubbery shall be planted sufficiently back of the property line so that when grown to three (3) feet and trimmed they shall not extend over the sidewalk



66-5. Retaining walls.



All retaining walls constructed along a sidewalk shall require a building or construction permit.





66-6. Violations and penalties. [Amended 3-6-95, effective 6-26-95.]



Violations of the provisions of this chapter are declared to be municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Each day that a violation continues after initial notice shall constitute a separate offense.

Chapter 68

WEEDS



68-1. Control of weeds.



68-2. Cutting of weeds at owner's cost.



68-3. Penalties.



[HISTORY: Adopted 1-20-54, effective 2-1-54. Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95. Amendment

history noted where applicable.]





68-1. Control of weeds. [Amended 11-7-83.]



No owner or occupant of property within the town shall permit weeds, grass or thickets to grow upon his property more than ten (10) inches tall so as to constitute a menace to health or an obstruction to the free passage of persons using the sidewalk contiguous thereto.



68-2. Cutting weeds at owner's expense. [Amended 10-2-89. ]



Upon complaint to the Mayor and Council that a condition exists prohibited by the preceding section, the Town Administrator shall notify the owner of the property in writing to remedy the condition within ten (10) days after receipt of such notice. Upon failure to comply with such notice, the Mayor may employ persons to have the work done, who shall have the right of entering the premises for that purpose. The cost thereof shall be assessed against the owner of the property.



68-3. Penalties. [Amended 9-13-65. Amended 3-6-95, effective 3-26-95.]



Violations of the provisions of this chapter are declared to be municipal infractions, the penalty for which shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. Penalties may be assessed against the owner of the property in the same manner as costs incurred by the town pursuant to 68-2, and shall be payable in addition to any such costs incurred.



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Chapter 69

URBAN RENEWAL/ REDEVELOPMENT



69-1. Definitions.



The following terms wherever used or referred to in this article shall have the following meanings, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context:



"Federal Government" shall include the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality, corporate or otherwise, of the United States of America.



"Slum area" shall mean any area where dwellings predominate, which, by reason of depreciation, overcrowding, faulty arrangement or design, lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities, or any combination of these factors, are detrimental to the public safety, health, or welfare.



"Blighted area" shall mean area which a majority of buildings have declined in productivity by reason of obsolescence, depreciation, or other causes to an extent they no longer justify fundamental repairs and adequate maintenance.



"Urban renewal project" shall mean undertakings and activities of a municipality in an urban renewal area for the elimination and for the prevention of the development or spread of slums and blight, and may involve slum clearance and redevelopment in an urban renewal area, or rehabilitation or conservation in an urban renewal area, or any combination or part thereof in accordance with an urban renewal plan. Such undertakings and activities may include:



(1) Acquisition of a slum area or blighted area or portion thereof;

(2) Demolition and removal of buildings and improvements;

(3) Installation, construction or reconstruction of streets, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other improvements necessary for carrying out in the urban renewal area the urban renewal objectives of this article in accordance with the urban renewal plan;

(4) Disposition of any property acquired in the urban renewal area including sale, initial leasing or retention by the municipality itself, at its fair value for uses in accordance with the urban renewal plan;



(5) Carrying out plans for a program of voluntary or compulsory repair and rehabilitation of buildings or other improvements in accordance with the

urban renewal plan;



(6) Acquisition of any other real property in the urban renewal area where necessary to eliminate unhealthful, unsanitary or unsafe conditions, lessen density, eliminate obsolete to remove other uses determintal to the public welfare, or otherwise to remove or prevent the spread of blight or deterioration, or to provide land for needed public facilities; and



(7) The preservation, improvement, or embellishment of historic structures or monuments.



"Urban renewal area" shall mean all property within the corporate limits of the Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland, which the Town hereby so designates because of combinations of slum and blighted areas within the municipality that the Town designates as appropriate for an urban renewal projects.



"Urban renewal plan" shall mean a plan, as it exists from time to time for an urban renewal project, which plan shall be sufficiently complete to indicate such land acquisition, demolition and removal of structures, redevelopment, improvements and rehabilitation as may be proposed to be carried out in the urban renewal area, zoning and planning changes, if any, land uses, maximum density, and building requirements.



"Bonds" shall mean any bonds (including refunding bonds), notes, interim certificates, certificates of indebtedness, debentures or other obligations.



"Person" shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint stock association, or body politic; and shall include any trustee, receiver assignee, or other person acting in similar representative capacity.



"Municipality" or "Town" shall mean the Town of Riverdale Park, a municipal corporation of the State of Maryland.



69-2. Powers.



The municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to carry out urban renewal projects which shall be limited to slum clearance in slum or blighted areas and redevelopment or the rehabilitation of slum or blighted areas and redevelopment or the rehabilitation of slum or blighted areas; to acquire in connection with such projects, within the corporate limits of the municipality, land and property of every kind and any right, interest, franchise, easement or privilege therein, including land or property of every kind and any right, interest therein already devoted to public use, by purchase, lease, gift, condemnation or any other legal means; to sell, lease, convey, transfer or otherwise dispose of any said land or property, regardless of whether or not it has been developed, redeveloped, altered, or improved, and irrespective of the manner or means in or by which it may have been acquired, to any private, public or quasi-public corporation, partnership, association, person, or other legal entity.







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Chapter 70

URBAN RENEWAL PROJECTS





70-1. Urban Renewal Project One

[History: Adopted 12-7-98; effective 12-17-98]



70-1. Urban Renewal Project One



(a) The property known as Lots 21 and 22, Block 34, Riverdale Park Subdivision (hereinafter "the property") is hereby declared an urban blight pursuant to Chapter 69 of the Ordinance Code of the Town of Riverdale Park.



(b) The property (1) has deteriorated to the extent as to constitute a serious and growing menace public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Riverdale Park, (2) is likely to continue to deteriorate unless an urban renewal project is initiated, (3) if allowed to continue deteriorating will contribute to the blighting or deterioration of the area immediately surrounding it, an area more commonly referred to as the "town center," and (4) has had an owner who has failed to correct the deterioration of the property, and the present owner is unlikely or unable to correct conditions at the property.



(c) The present owner of the property is the United States Bankruptcy Court. The property was previously owned by Oldline Management, Inc. prior to the initiation of the bankruptcy proceedings.



(d) The Town hereby declares that the area containing Lots 21 and 22, Block 34, Riverdale Park Subdivision is subject to an urban renewal project that is initiated by the Town following a full hearing on this matter as prescribed by Section 69-5 (d) of the Ordinance Code of Riverdale Park, and after adoption of this ordinance by the Town Council.



(e) Urban renewal project. Pursuant to all authority vested in the Town through Chapter 69 of the Ordinance Code of Riverdale Park, the Town hereby declares the initiation of an urban renewal project for Lots 21 and 22, Block 34, Riverdale Park Subdivision. The Town may use any and all powers vested in it pursuant to Chapter 69, including purchase of the property at fair market value, redevelopment and transfer of rights in the property.



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