AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING RULES FOR USE OF PARKS WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF HECKER, ILLINOIS
BE IT ORDAINED by the President and Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hecker, Monroe County, Illinois, as follows:
WHEREAS, the Village of Hecker, County of Monroe, State of Illinois (“Village”), is a duly created, organized and validly existing municipality of the State of Illinois under the 1970 Illinois Constitution and the laws of the State of Illinois, including particularly the Illinois Municipal Code, and all laws amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto; and
WHEREAS, the Village of Hecker owns and maintains a park for the use and enjoyment of its residents and others (the “Park”); and
WHEREAS, the corporate authorities have determined that the establishment of rules for the use of parks within the Village of Hecker is in the best interest of the public residing within the Village of Hecker:
NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Hecker, Monroe County, Illinois, as follows:
Section 1: A new Chapter 28, Parks, is hereby added to the Revised Code of Ordinances for Hecker, Illinois, to provide as follows:
28-1-1 HOURS OF OPERATION. The Park shall be open daily to the public every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, and it shall be unlawful for any person other than village personnel conducting village business therein to occupy or to be present in the Park during any hours in which the Park is not open to the public.
28-1-2 REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING USE OF GROUNDS AND FACILITIES. (A) Reservations may be made through Village Hall for the use of the pavilion in the Park. Reservations are neither required nor accepted for the Park property other than the pavilion. Reservation of the pavilion shall make only the pavilion private for the date reserved, and all other Park property shall remain open to the public.
(B) The pavilion will be available for reservations on weekends from April 1st through October 31st and the holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Pavilion reservations will be accepted by telephone at the Village Hall (618-473-2300) at a first-come, first-serve basis. The pavilion will be reserved if a reservation is made and a fee paid and application received at least one week prior to the reservation date and a “reserved” sign is posted by the Village on either end of the pavilion. Applications will be sent out upon request. Village of Hecker residents may reserve the pavilion at a rate of $15 per day and out of town residents may reserve at a rate of $25 per day. Use of the pavilion includes water and electric. Whether or not reserved, the pavilion shall be used only during the park hours of operation. On any date that the pavilion is not reserved, it shall be available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.
(C) Reservations of the pavilion are for private events only. Any other events must be approved by the Village Board of Trustees, on such conditions as it shall deem appropriate.
28-1-3 ANIMALS. No pets are allowed in the Park unless kept on a leash at all times. Any pet waste must be removed by the person responsible for the pet’s presence in the Park.
28-1-4 FIRES. No fires are allowed in the Park, except in fire receptacles. Any fires must be completely extinguished by the person responsible for such fire before leaving the Park.
28-1-5 DEBRIS. No refuse or trash shall be left anywhere on the grounds of the Park, but shall be placed in proper receptacles, with any excess refuse or trash being placed next to such receptacles or carried away from the Park by the person responsible for its presence. All decorations, tacks, staples and similar items placed by any person using the pavilion shall be removed after such use.
28-1-6 PROHIBITED ACTS. The following acts are prohibited on any Park property:
(A) Climbing on any pavilion or other building in the Park;
(B) Disorderly conduct or any infringement of the rights of others;
(C) Possession of any firearm;
(D) Possession of any glass bottle;
(E) Removing or damaging any Park property or equipment;
(F) Skateboarding; and
(G) Operation of any vehicle of any kind on the grass or sidewalks in the Park.
28-1-7 ALCOHOL. No alcohol shall be possessed by any person on any Park property except with written permission of the Village Liquor Commissioner.
28-1-8 PENALTY. Any person who violates, disobeys, neglects or refuses to comply with the provisions of this Article shall be subject to fine in accordance with the general penalty provision of this Revised Code of Ordinances, Section 1-1-20.
Section 2: The Village Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Ordinance, and cause the same to be published in pamphlet form; and this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its approval and publication, as required by law.
Section 3: This ordinance shall be in full force and effect forthwith upon its adoption, approval, and publication, as provided by law.