Private Property Ordinances - 2012 Recap

At the start of 2012, only 8% of Hunterdon County (HC) municipalities had a Private Property Ordinance in place. At the end of 2012, there are now 35% of HC municipalities with an ordinance. This increase was due to the collaborative efforts of the Coalition, the HC Prosecutor's Office and local law enforcement.

Clinton and East Amwell were the only two townships with an existing ordinance on the books. Lambertville (4-0 vote) adopted the ordinance on July 16th. Raritan Township voted (4-0) on July 19th in favor of the ordinance.

Unfortunately, Holland Township had voted against the ordinance in June, and both Tewsbury and Alexandria Townships decided against the enactment of this law at their July Town Council meetings.

Readington Township (3-2 vote) passed the ordinance on August 1st. After an incident in Milford with underage drinking along the banks of the Delaware River, Milford adopted the ordinance on August 1st as well (5-1 vote).

Delaware Township followed by adopting the ordinance on September 10th (4-1 vote), and Flemington Boro adopted the law on September 12th.

Franklin Township was scheduled to vote on the ordinance but no vote has yet been taken.

The Private Property Ordinance provides consequences to the underage youth who is caught drinking on private property but no criminal record. Youth are charged a fine of $250 for the first offense and $350 for the second offense. If brought before a municipal court judge, the judge has the right to revoke the youth's license or delay the getting of a license by six months. Law enforcement still needs probable cause to go on private property, and youth would not be arrested so as not to have a criminal record.

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