We talked about the two alcohol related pending ordinances, but over on the Montclair Watercooler, there’s a lot of discussion about a third proposed ordinance, which has been described by one Coolerista as positively “medieval.”
ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 127 OF THE MONTCLAIR TOWNSHIP CODE (“DISORDERLY CONDUCT”) TO ESTABLISH PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES OF MINORS
You can download the ordinance here. Here’s a synoposis:
Parental Responsibility Ordinance. The primary purpose of this proposed Ordinance is to encourage parents and guardians to accept greater responsibility for the conduct of minors. The ordinance essentially requires that parents and guardians exercise “reasonable supervision and control” over the conduct of their minor children and provides that they can be held accountable for the minor’s unlawful activities if there is a direct connection between the child’s unlawful activity and the parent or guardian’s failure to exercise reasonable supervision. The ordinance applies only to criminal and disorderly persons offenses and the ordinance requires that the parent or guardian must have “actual or implied knowledge of prior instances involving the same or similar conduct” in order to be found in violation of the ordinance.
To let the council know what you think about any of the pending ordinances, you can show up tomorrow night (Tuesday, 1/8) for the meeting (info here).