Committee on Public Property and Public Works

Philadelphia City Hall, Room 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Committee on Public Property and Public Works of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, at 1pm in Room 400, City Hall, to hear a testimony on the following item:

" #120534: An Ordinance amending Title 10 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity," to prohibit certain activities that damage, deface, or risk damage to, public artwork or memorials, and to provide for penalties for violations of such prohibitions, all under certain terms and conditions."

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Public Property and Public Works, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item.

This proposed bill specifies: "With respect to any outdoor public artwork or memorial including, but not limited to, public sculpture, and any military, police, firefighter or other national defense or public safety memorial, no person shall, while using a skateboard, rollerblades, or a bicycle, intentionally: (a) come into contact with any such outdoor public artwork or memorial; or (b) cause such skateboard, rollerblades, or a bicycle to come into contact with any such outdoor public artwork or memorial."

The penalties associated with the above have been proposed as a fine up to $2,000 and imprisonment of up to ninety (90) days.  Franklin's Paine has been reaching out to Councilmembers, the Mayor's Office, and other City agencies to express our concerns with this bill including the vagueness of what might be defined as public art paired with drastic penalties.  Our concerns will be brought forth during this hearing and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  A full copy of the bill can be found attached below.  All italicized sections are proposed new language by the City. 

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