Board adopts trio of or­di­nances

The Ambler Gazette - - OBITUARIES - By Thomas Celona

Whit­pain Town­ship’s rule­book has some new ad­di­tions, with the chap­ters on loi­ter­ing, burn­ing and so­lic­it­ing re­cently be­ing updated.

The board of su­per­vi­sors adopted a trio of or­di­nances re­vis­ing the town­ship code on these three top­ics at its Sept. 18 meet­ing.

The town­ship’s reg­u­la­tions on dis­turb­ing the peace now con­tain a re­worded or­di­nance on loi­ter­ing, which “make[s] it un­law­ful for any per­son to loi­ter within the lim­its of the town­ship,” ac­cord­ing to a sum­mary of the or­di­nance pro­vided on the meet­ing agenda.

Loi­ter­ing is de­fined as a gath­er­ing for no le­gal pur­pose that causes some an­noy­ance or dam­age to the pub­lic safety or wel­fare, ac­cord­ing to town­ship So­lic­i­tor Jim Garrity.

“This or­di­nance was caused by the very odd sit­u­a­tion of a per­son liv­ing in one of our bus shel­ters,” Garrity said, not­ing noth­ing on the books ex­pressly pro­hib­ited the per­son from do­ing so.

The pre­vi­ous or­di­nance did not ad­dress loi­ter­ing in shop­ping cen­ters or bus stops, ac­cord­ing to town­ship of­fi­cials.

A sec­ond ap­proved or­di­nance re­vised the town­ship’s reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns when it comes to both fires and community gath­er­ings.

The new or­di­nance pro­hibits both re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als and leaf waste from be­ing burned any­where in the town­ship. It also pro­hibits out­door burn­ings ex­cept for con­trol fires; burn­ing by fire com­pa­nies for in­struc­tional pur­poses; cook­ing; and burn­ing for cer­e­mo­nial, recre­ational and cer­tain agri­cul­tural pur­poses, ac­cord­ing to a sum­mary of the or­di­nance.

The pro­hi­bi­tion on burn­ing does not ap­ply to chimineas or fire pits at res­i­dences, ac­cord­ing to Fire Mar­shal David Ca­marda.

In an­other part of the or­di­nance, re­cy­cling re­cep­ta­cles are now re­quired for community events of 200 peo­ple or more. Pre­vi­ously, only trash re­cep­ta­cles were re­quired.

The new or­di­nance makes the town­ship code more ac­cept­able to the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion — and there­fore makes the DEP more likely to pro­vide grant fund­ing, ac­cord­ing to Garrity.

Fi­nally, the town­ship updated its or­di­nance on so­lic­it­ing. The new or­di­nance re­quires an ap­pli­cant to get a back­ground check and pro­vide it to the town­ship — pre­vi­ously the town­ship had to pay for the back­ground check — and it pro­hibits fliers from be­ing placed on wind­shields and ad­ver­tise­ments from be­ing thrown onto drive­ways.

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