88 - Disorderly Conduct, Panhandling, Public Drink

Ordinance #88
Disorderly Conduct, Panhandling, Public Drinking

106-1. Disorderly Conduct. Whoever does any of the following may be fined not more than $500: In a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which such conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance.

106-1.1. Aggressive Panhandling.

1. DEFINITIONS. a. "Aggressive behavior" means engaging in any conduct with the intention of intimidating another person into giving away money or goods, including but not limited to, intentionally approaching, speaking to or following a person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to fear imminent physical injury or the imminent commission of a criminal act upon the person or upon the property in the person's immediate possession; intentionally touching another person without consent; or intentionally blocking or interfering with the free passage of a person.

b. "Panhandling" means begging, soliciting, or asking for any item of value; attempting to sell or obtain compensation for an item or service for an amount that is at least twice its value, or an item or service that is already offered or available at no charge to the general public; or attempting to sell or obtain compensation for an item or service under circumstances that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the payment is in substance a donation.

2. PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person to aggressively panhandle.

3. PENALTY. Any person violating this section shall upon conviction forfeit not more than $25, or in lieu of paying the forfeiture perform community service work, in accordance with s. 800.09, Wis. Stats.

Note to s. 106-1.1: Section 106-1.1 shall be null and void after December 31, 1998.

106-1.8. Public Drinking and Possession of Alcohol Beverages. 1. PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcohol beverage or possess on his or her person, any bottle or receptacle containing alcohol beverages if the bottle has been opened, the seal broken or the contents of the bottle or receptacle have been partially removed upon any public alley, highway, pedestrian mail, sidewalk, or street within the limits of the city. Public events for which a permit has been issued under s.105-55.5 to barricade and occupy the public right of way are exempt from this section.