Chapter 11.50


11.50.010    Title.

11.50.020    Purpose.

11.50.030    Definitions.

11.50.040    Prohibitions.

11.50.050    Enforcement responsibility and authority.

11.50.060    Violations.

11.50.070    Permitted conduct.

11.50.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the Marion County bridge ordinance and may be so cited and pleaded. [Ord. 1111 § 1, 1999.]

11.50.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect public health, safety and welfare from the dangers presented by persons congregating on, loitering on or jumping from county bridges. This includes physical dangers to the persons on or jumping from the bridges, the traveling public and adjoining property owners, as well as problems associated with disorderly conduct, drinking, drugs, trespass, damage to public and private property and parking in a hazardous manner as set out in ORS 819.120 (1997). [Ord. 1111 § 2, 1999.]

11.50.030 Definitions.

“County bridge” means any bridge structure and the approaches thereto located in Marion County and within the jurisdiction of the county.

“Jumping” means leaping, falling, diving or otherwise projecting oneself from a county bridge and includes but is not limited to bungee jumping.

“Motor vehicle” means any vehicle which is, or is designed to be, self-propelled. [Ord. 1111 § 3, 1999.]

11.50.040 Prohibitions.

A. No person shall jump, or cause another person to jump, leap, fall, dive or otherwise be projected, from a county bridge.

B. No person(s) shall congregate on or loiter on a county bridge. This prohibition shall not apply to persons within or on a designated pedestrian walkway that is constructed as part of a bridge and is separate from the motor vehicle lanes of travel. This prohibition shall also not apply to persons crossing a county bridge; provided, that the persons do not congregate or loiter on the bridge.

C. No person shall fish from a county bridge except within or on a designated pedestrian walkway that is constructed as part of a bridge and is separate from the motor vehicle lanes of travel.

D. No person shall park a motor vehicle within a posted area of a county bridge or on or near a county bridge in a manner that creates a hazard or obstruction for the traveling public under ORS 819.120 and 811.550 through 811.560 or that blocks or impedes access to private properties or to mailboxes. In addition to any penalties provided for in this chapter, vehicles that constitute a hazard or obstruction to motor vehicle traffic using the road or highway may be taken into immediate custody and removed pursuant to the provisions of ORS 819.120.

E. No person shall remove signs, deface, paint, destroy or otherwise damage a county bridge or the appurtenances thereto. [Ord. 1264 § 2(13), 2008; Ord. 1111 § 4, 1999.]

11.50.050 Enforcement responsibility and authority.

This chapter shall be enforced by the Marion County sheriff’s office or any law enforcement agency with whom Marion County has a cooperative law enforcement agreement. [Ord. 1111 § 5, 1999.]

11.50.060 Violations.

Violation of any provision of this chapter is an infraction as provided in Chapter 1.25 MCC. [Ord. 1111 § 6, 1999.]

11.50.070 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 from 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 abuse of this right. [Ord. 1111 § 7, 1999.]