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HELPFUL ORDINANCES


Bicycles

Residents should register any bike with the City. The Police Department encourages registration of bicycles for the following reasons:

(1) Many bike riders carry no identification when riding a bike. Police have found lost children and were able to identify them through a bike license;

(2) If a bike had a license, it would not be included with the bicycles that will be sold to the highest bidder at a City of Hart auction. Many bicycles are recovered by the police and then auctioned after 6 months when the owners are not located;

(3) Should a registered bike be stolen, the police would have the serial number to put into a nationwide police computer. Also, a recovered bike could be returned to the owner due to the bicycle license enabling police personnel to contact the owner.

City ordinance prohibits bicyclists from riding on sidewalks in the business district. The police will be stopping bicyclists of all ages who are observed riding on the sidewalks in the business district. Violators could receive a ticket and a fine. City bicyclists riding on the street are required to observe traffic regulations as they pertain to motorists generally. This includes stopping at stop signs and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.


Parking

Parking on any City street between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. is prohibited from November 1 through March 31. Downtown area streets are posted for 1 and 2 hour parking. The exceptions are on Sundays and legal holidays. Left wheel to curb parking is not permitted on any street within the City of Hart.

If you do receive a parking ticket while parked in the City of Hart please pay your fine at City Hall. City Hall is located at 407 S. State Street next to the Hart Area Public Library. Fines can be paid during normal business hours Monday through Friday.


Alcohol

By state law, persons under the age of 21 may not consume or possess alcoholic beverages. Additionally, the State has adopted a zero tolerance for the consumption of alcohol by drivers under the age of 21. If you are stopped while driving a motor vehicle after consuming any alcoholic beverage, your driver’s license may be revoked. Possession of alcohol by any underage person will result in a fine.


Tobacco Products

State law prohibits persons under 18 years of age from using or possessing tobacco products. City of Hart officers routinely enforce this law and a violation can result in a fine and/or community service.

YOUNG ADULT REMINDERS


Tobacco Products

State law prohibits persons under the age of 18 years of age from using or possessing tobacco products. Hart’s officers routinely enforce this law and a violation can result in fines and/or community service.


Alcohol

By state law, persons under the age of 21 may not consume or possess alcoholic beverages. Additionally, the State has adopted a zero tolerance for the consumption of alcohol by drivers under the age of 21. If you are under 21and stopped while driving a motor vehicle after consuming any alcoholic beverages, your driver’s license may be revoked. Possession of alcohol by any underage person will result in a fine and/or community service.


Skateboarding/Rollerblading/Biking -

City ordinance prohibits skateboarding, rollerblading, and bike riding on sidewalks in the downtown area. Sidewalks are clearly marked where these activities are prohibited.


Curfew – Children under 12 years old.

No minor under the age of 12 years shall loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or some adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child.


Curfew – Children under 16 years old.

A minor under the age of 16 years shall not loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m., immediately following, except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the minor, or where the minor is upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by his parent or guardian.