The “Urinating in Public” ordinance obviously does not address restroom or toilet usage, but takes an additional steps beyond state laws regarding “Indecent Exposure” of a person's private parts (G.S. 14-190.9) and sanitation concerns. This new ordinance makes it a violation to urinate or defecate on a public place the private property of another. This new law promotes the use of sanitary restrooms or toilets.
“Begging and Soliciting Alms” ordinances are intended to deter persons from engaging in aggressive begging tactics or in areas where acts may be unwelcome or make the public uncomfortable, such as ATM's. These restrictions address specific conditions that have become problematic in Yadkinville. An acclimation period will be observed so that individuals can be informed of the new ordinances and become compliant.
Below are the specific ordinances enacted August 2nd, 2010 by the Town of Yadkinville at the request of Chief Tim Parks.
“Title 8, Chapter 1 – Disorderly Conduct
§8-1-7 Urinating or Defecating in Public
It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate on any public place, sidewalk, street, alleyway or right-of-way, or in any public building except in designated water closets or toilet facilities. It shall also be unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate on any private property without the property owner’s consent.
Any person violating this ordinance shall be guilty of a Class Three Misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to punishment in accordance with North Carolina General Statute §14-04. Unless otherwise provided, the maximum fine for a misdemeanor violation is $500.00. (Enacted Aug. 2, 2010)
Title 8, Chapter 1 - Disorderly Conduct
§8-1-8 Begging or Soliciting Alms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to ask, beg or solicit alms or contributions, or exhibit oneself for the purpose of begging or soliciting alms or contributions;
• By approaching or speaking to someone in such a manner as would cause a reasonable person to fear imminent bodily harm or the commission of a criminal act upon his person, or upon property in his immediate possession; or
• Continuing to request, beg or solicit alms after the person to whom the request is directed has declined or ignored the request; or
• Blocking the passage of the person addressed; or
• Following or walking alongside the person being solicited; or
• Otherwise engaging in conduct, which could reasonably be construed as intended to compel or force a person to accede to demands; or
• Within 100 feet of an entrance or exit of any bank or financial institution or other establishment whose function is dispensing cash, or within 100 feet of any automatic teller machine or other device which dispenses money to the public; or
• At any outdoor dining area or outdoor merchandising area, provided such areas are in active use at the time; or
• At any transit stop or taxi stand or in a public transit vehicle; or
• At the entrance to or exit of any toilet facility open to the public, including any temporary use site (port-a-toilet); or
• In a parking lot or garage including entryways, stairwells, exits or paybox or paystations connected therewith; or
• Within any areas adjacent to or near any public, private, or parochial schools and/or community college, or school zones; or
• While the person being solicited is standing in line waiting to be admitted to a commercial establishment; or
• By touching the person being solicited or the motor vehicle occupied by the person being solicited without that person's consent.
• By making any false or misleading representation in the course of soliciting; or
• By or with the use of profane or abusive language during the solicitation or following an unsuccessful solicitation with the use of any gesture intended to cause a reasonable person to be fearful of the solicitor; or
• After dark, which shall mean one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise; or
• While under the influence of alcohol or after having used any illegal substances defined in the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.
Any person violating this ordinance shall be guilty of a Class Three Misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to punishment in accordance with North Carolina General Statute §14-04. Unless otherwise provided, the maximum fine for a misdemeanor violation is $500.00. (Enacted August 2, 2010)