Code of Conduct
All persons are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which enables other customers, staff, citizens and themselves to accomplish their intended tasks in a safe and orderly atmosphere. City staff will listen to, and respond when appropriate, to complaints voiced by customers. Staff will take appropriate action when customer behavior causes disruption or unreasonable interference in the delivery, use, or receipt of City property and services.
The City reserves the right to require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises, the right to restrict privileges for a specified period of time, and the right to ban the individual from the City property for a specified period of time or permanently. In most cases, a staff member will notify the individual that he or she is in violation of the standards of conduct and will provide one verbal warning. Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the police. If police must be called to handle a disruption or violation, those involved shall not return to or enter upon City property until meeting with City Council at the next designated meeting. The City Council reserves the right to deny reinstatement of privileges at that time.
Any staff member who witnesses disruptive l behavior will notify his or her immediate supervisor who will contact the police when necessary. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
Harassment. Threatens or annoys another person by physical contact or abusive or obscene language (including inappropriate tone of voice) or follows a person in or about a public place.
Drunk and/or Disorderly Conduct. Causes public inconvenience by fighting, unreasonable noise, abusive or obscene language or gestures, threatening behavior, hazardous or physically offensive condition.
Trespass. Knowingly enters or remains unlawfully on the premises or any area that has restricted access.
Theft (Larceny). Wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds the property of another.
Criminal Mischief. Intentionally damages the property of another (includes vandalism and mutilating City equipment or materials).
Assault. Approaching someone in a threatening manner, cursing or threatening person verbally.
Battery. Intentionally or by reckless conduct causes injury to another person.
Public Lewdness. Intentionally exposes the private parts of the body in a public place.
Controlled Substances. Includes using, selling, or possessing controlled substances on City property, and entering upon City property while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal controlled substances. The use of alcohol is prohibited on City property, except in connection with a specifically licensed event.
Abusive or Obscene Language or Gestures. Includes language or gestures that convey a sexually explicit message or are conveyed in a coarse or crude matter and any language that verbally abuses another individual.
Loitering. Defined as a person who wanders around without apparent legitimate reason and disturbs other persons or customers.
Cellular or Portable Telephones. Use of cellular or portable telephones by customers at the front counter in City Hall is restricted. All cellular or portable telephones should have the ringer set on silent in order to not disturb other citizens or customers.
Playing Music. Includes playing music or other media at a level that is disruptive to other customers.
Solicitation. Includes selling anything for personal gain or a charitable cause, begging, panhandling, or circulating petitions among other patrons and staff members. Public petitions may be posted on the public bulletin board.
Loud Talking and Laughing. Sensitivity to noise varies from one person or group to another; however, if one person or group is heard above the general noise level at a particular place or event so as to interfere with the event or activities of others, this person or group may be asked to lower their voices.
Eavesdropping. Attempting to overhear, listen, record, amplify, or intercept a conversation by others that is intended to be private.
Fighting. Includes any type of fighting, whether real or pretend.
Throwing Objects. Includes wadded up papers, paper airplanes, other small objects, and larger objects that could cause injury.
Boisterous Behavior. Includes running, horseplay, and annoying other citizens or customers.
Smoking or Other Uses of Tobacco Products, Eating and Drinking. Prohibited in all City buildings and vehicles. May be restricted to specific areas outdoors.
Improper Attire. Shoes and shirt must be worn in all City buildings. Inappropriate displays of underwear or skin will not be tolerated.
Abuse of City Equipment, Furniture, and Materials. Includes but is not limited to placing feet on tables and chairs, standing on furniture, mutilating or defacing books, records, or files, and mistreating equipment, vehicles, or computers.
Bikes, Rollerblades, Skateboards, and Scooters. May not be ridden or used anywhere on City property where designated.
Blocking Aisles or Doorways. Includes obstructing aisles or doorways or in any way interfering with the free movement of any other persons.
Weapons. Carrying, using, discharging, brandishing, or displaying weapons of any type on City property, unless licensed to do so, is not permissible.
Excessive Displays of Affection. Includes any sexual conduct or physical contact deemed inappropriate for a public place.
Hygiene. A person may be required to leave City property if his/her personal hygiene interferes with orderly operations of the City or with the ability of other citizens or customers to use and enjoy the facility.
Animals. Animals of any kind are prohibited unless serving as an aide animal.
Unattended Children. A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany children under the age of 8 at all times. Children may not be left unattended.
Misuse of Restroom. This includes but is not limited to bathing, changing clothes, and bringing City materials into the restroom.