Riding a horse on the Gardner golf course, juvenile loitering and criminal littering are just a few of the additions made to the Uniform Public Offense Code, adopted annually by Kansas cities. In a report to the city council at their Nov. 7 meeting, James Pruetting, chief of police, suggested several amendments.
The four new additions to the Uniform Public Offense Code (Criminal Littering, Disturbing the Peace, Unlawful Juvenile Activity and Urinating or Defecation in Public) were recommended by the police department to address misdemeanor violations that are not specifically covered in the code.
“Officers encountering these issues were left without a viable course of action to address these issues, which all have an impact on the quality of life in Gardner,” Pruetting said. “Each of the additions are common to other Johnson County and surrounding jurisdictions, but have never been added into our municipal code.”

Horses
It’s illegal to lead or ride horses on the Gardner Golf Course, as well as other unauthorized vehicles.
Pruetting said this addition to the uniform ordinance has been a carry forward adjustment for several years.
Although he is unaware of an ongoing issue with horses, he said, “This was not one of the new provisions that I recommended.  This has been one of the annual additions from well before I arrived, so I’m assuming it was an issue at some point in the past.  A violation is a Class C misdemeanor. “

Juvenile loitering/unlawful activity
It is unlawful for a juvenile, to tarry, dawdle, stand around, hang out, etc. unless accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
“Under the ordinance, both the juvenile and the parent can be cited,” Pruetting said. “A juvenile charge would be adjudicated in juvenile court.”
Violation is Class B misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $1000 or up to 6 months in jail.
Juveniles just “hanging out” and loitering in an area could be considered in violation of the ordinance, Pruetting said.

Criminal littering
Complaints regarding urine jugs could be considered as criminal littering and subject to fine.
Pruetting said “urine jugs” sometimes discarded on roads would fit the criminal littering criteria.
“We are currently not seeing much of this (urine jugs) in the Conestoga/Walmart area anymore,” Pruetting said, “as they have moved to the South Moonlight area around 183rd.”
Pruetting said public works averages about an hour a month picking up urine jugs, which are then emptied and disposed of in a dumpster.
A violation would be subject to a first time fine of $250, with second and third convictions ranging up to $2,000. In addition, those found guilty may be court ordered to pick up the litter.
Illegal dumping would also be considered criminal littering, which is defined as intentionally or recklessly depositing items on public streets or places, or private property without the consent of the owner.

Disturbing the Peace
Making or continuing excessive noise is unlawful.
More specifically, the operation of tools or equipment, music, etc. that is plainly audible across a property boundary line in a residential area, or for 50 feet in multi-family areas between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. are considered a violation.
Disturbing the peace is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Urination/defecation
in public
It is illegal to urinate or defecate upon any street, highway, alley or upon the premises of any public place or building, or in private property in open view of a person.
Violation is a Class C misdemeanor is Up to 1 month in jail and a fine of up to $500 per KSA 21-6602, 21-6611.