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$500 Minimum Fine for Public Urination, Defecation Introduced

Amendment introduced by Town Council Tuesday; final vote set for Sept. 11.

When you've got to go, you've got to go. But, you may want to hold just a little while more if you're in a public place in Morristown, or it'll cost you.

An ordinance introduced at Tuesday's council meeting, if approved at the council's next meeting on Sept. 11, would make the minimum fine for anyone urinating or defecating in a public space in Morristown $500.

There currently is no minimum fine associated with public urination or defecation in town. Meaning, a judge could technically issue a fine anywhere from $10 to the maximum allowable fine of $2,000, said Vij Pawar, the town attorney.

"It would still be the judge's discretion, but now the minimum would be $500," he said. "Hopefully, they would be discouraged."

If someone isn't discouraged to answer the call of nature in public, and has other violations, it could cost them even more. Under the ordinance amendment, if approved, people with three violations would have to pay a minimum fine of $1,000.

Mayor Tim Dougherty said the amendment was not aimed solely at business areas, such as those with a higher concentration of bars, but for the entire town.

"It's a townwide quality of life issue," he said. "We should have a minimum fine in place."

Timothy A. Jackson August 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The Great Spectre of Public Urination again rears it's head. Politicians just cant get enough of criminalizing Nature. The Spectre of Urination was a huge part of restricting Soccer matches in Public parks a few years ago, Why not just provide facilities for the public? Oh, yes, no money in that... Dogs now have more liberty than Humans. Ill bet it was a unanimous vote!
Timothy A. Jackson August 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM
PCams on every corner, perhaps?
Motown Resident August 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Your right Tim, public urination isn't as egregious as a $500 fine warrants, having recently traveled to Paris, the Parisians peed everywhere. But, I will say that the dirty little secret in Morristown is that 2 public urination tickets each weekend night from our out-of-town guests can sure help balance the budget.
Tryclyde August 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Who the hell defecates in public?!... Even though I understand the purpose behind this ordinance due to drunken people running around town pretty often (especially the St. Pat's parade), it's ironic how for thousands of years human did their business outside but now we can be fined for it. Good thing I hide myself well in a wooded area when I have to go on one of my long runs.
The Mud Lady August 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I don't care what ordinance you pass, council. It's every man's God-given right to pee on a tree when nature calls.
Hammer1424 September 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Weekend after weekend when droves of people piss on your business, driveway, wall - ull see there is nothing natural about it - plain nasty - Hoboken is $1,000 - Im all for it
Freda's Sugar Daddy September 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You might as well tax toilet paper and diapers

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