Chapter 9.10


9.10.010    Short title.

9.10.020    Purpose.

9.10.030    Definitions.

9.10.040    Prohibited activities.

9.10.050    Enforcement.

9.10.060    Singular or plural.

9.10.070    Permitted conduct.

9.10.010 Short title.

This chapter shall be known as the Marion County Courthouse ordinance and shall be so cited and pleaded. [Ord. 858 § 1, 1990.]

9.10.020 Purpose.

This chapter is designed to protect public property and ensure safe, unimpeded public access and use of the Marion County Courthouse and grounds thereof, parking structure, driveways, parking spaces, and walkways, steps and entryways to the Marion County Courthouse; and to facilitate the conduct and operation of government/public business and the operation of the courts from obtrusive sounds on the Marion County Courthouse grounds. [Ord. 858 § 2, 1990.]

9.10.030 Definitions.

“Athletic contests” are defined as one or more persons engaging in the activity of football, boxing, baseball, softball, soccer, frisbee throwing, volleyball, basketball, hackeysack, martial arts, bicycle riding, unicycle riding, skateboarding, wrestling, knife throwing, tree climbing, or scaling the exterior walls of the Marion County Courthouse or parking structure without authorization.

“Electronically enhanced sound producing device” is a device which amplifies sound, such as a speaker for an FM/AM radio, speakers for a boom box, loudspeaker system, amplifier and speakers, speakers for a record player, speakers for a tape player, or speakers for a compact disc player. This definition does not include police, fire, emergency services, or other public agencies that use shortwave/microwave radio equipment, does not include audio or visual recording devices that are being used for recording of audio or visual material, and does not include any such equipment used by a court, state court official, employee or agent, Marion County official, agent or employee relating to the conduct of public business in the Marion County Courthouse or on the Marion County Courthouse block or grounds or Marion County parking structure.

“Marion County Courthouse block” is the city block within the city of Salem, Oregon, bounded by High, State, Church and Court Streets.

“Marion County Courthouse grounds” is the area outside the Marion County Courthouse on the Marion County Courthouse block. [Ord. 858 § 3, 1990.]

9.10.040 Prohibited activities.

A. No person or group of persons shall intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence block, obstruct or hinder any other person or persons from using the sidewalks, steps, alcoves, entryways, doors, halls, passageways, elevators, stairwells, driveways, parking structure, parking location, or curb areas at the Marion County Courthouse.

B. No person or persons shall engage in athletic contests on the Marion County Courthouse block, Marion County Courthouse grounds, or in the Marion County Courthouse parking structure, or any driveways attached thereto.

C. No person or group of persons shall play or operate an electronically enhanced sound producing device on the Marion County Courthouse grounds, during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at any other time a court is in session in the Marion County Courthouse. [Ord. 858 § 4, 1990.]

9.10.050 Enforcement.

A. All persons who are found to be in violation of this chapter shall be orally advised to discontinue their activities by a person designated as a “person in charge” as defined by ORS 164.205.

B. Any person or persons who, after being orally advised of the violation of this chapter, fails to comply with the terms of this chapter shall be in violation of the provisions of ORS 164.245. [Ord. 858 § 5, 1990.]

9.10.060 Singular or plural.

As used in this chapter, the singular may include the plural, and the plural the singular for any term or terms. [Ord. 858 § 7, 1990.]

9.10.070 Permitted conduct.

A. This chapter shall not be interpreted to prohibit people from assembling together in a peaceful manner to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their elected representatives; nor for applying to the elected officials for redress of grievances.

B. This chapter shall not be interpreted to restrain the free expression of opinion, or restrict the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right. [Ord. 858 § 8, 1990.]