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(1) “Rollerskates,” “in-line skates” and “street skates” are defined as a recreational piece of equipment with small wheels near the toe and near the heel of a shoe, boot or frame that would attach to a shoe, which are used for gliding on a hard surface such as a floor, sidewalk, concrete and the like.
(2) “Skateboards” are defined as a recreational piece of equipment consisting of a short, oblong board with small wheels at each end, that is to be ridden on a hard surface such as a floor, sidewalk, concrete and the like. Rollerskating or skateboarding is the act of using rollerskates, street skates, in-line skates and skateboards.
(b) No person shall rollerskate, in-line skate, skateboard or use any other type of skating artifice or device within the City without complying with the terms of this section.
(c) Whenever any person is rollerskating, in-line skating, street skating or skateboarding upon a sidewalk or other paved surface intended for use by pedestrians, such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall not approach, overtake or pass such pedestrian in a reckless or careless manner, and shall not pass such pedestrian except in single file if such person is rollerskating, in-line skating, street skating or skateboarding with other such skaters or riders.
(d) No person shall rollerskate, in-line skate, street skate or skateboard on any bench, plant or wall, retaining wall, porch, steps or other device or structure which is located on public property, or jump or step on or off such device or structure in the process of using rollerskates, in-line skates, street skates or skateboards.
(e) In-line skating and skateboarding shall be prohibited at all times within the Central Business District. For purposes of this section, the Central Business District is defined by the following street locations, which when intersected is the area to be enforced: the west boundary of the area shall be Center Street; the east boundary of the area shall be Court Street; the south boundary of the area shall be Sibley Street; and the north boundary of the area shall be Clinton Street.
(f) The City Council may, in its discretion, by resolution, authorize the City Manager to erect signs on any other City owned property or in any other place of the City prohibiting the use of rollerskates, in-line skates, street skates and skateboards thereon. It shall be unlawful to perform such acts on any such City owned property or within such City area when the same is posted. No person shall rollerskate, in-line skate, street skate or skateboard on any sidewalk or other paved surface intended for pedestrians in a reckless or careless manner or in a manner which is likely to result in injury or harm to any person or property.
(g) If an individual violates this section, the Police Department may impound the skateboard, in-line skates or street skates for not more than thirty days in lieu of instituting a civil infraction action. In the case of temporarily impounding the skateboard, in-line skates or street skates of a minor pursuant to this section, written notice within a reasonable time period from the date of the impoundment shall be given to the minor's parent or legal guardian by first class mail.
(Ord. 690. Passed 5-10-99.)