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Hamilton Township – Clare County
Harrison Michigan 48625
ORDINANCE NUMBER 53 as amended
Date Amended: January 2, 2014
PURPOSE and INTENT
The purpose of this Ordinance is to establish guidelines for the usage of all beaches, parks and
boat launch areas which are the property of Hamilton Township
The goals are as follows:
A. To promote the safe, effective, and efficient use of the above areas.
B. Preserve and protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life by governing the
usage of the above areas.
C. To establish standards the above areas shall be regulated.
BEACH, PARK and BOAT LAUNCH RULES
The Township of Hamilton, Clare County resolves that the following rules shall be established
for all beaches, parks and boat launch areas which are the property of the Township. The term
“these areas” applies to all of the afore mentioned except as stated in the following regulations.
A. HOURS: – These areas are closed to the general public for normal recreational usage
from 30 minutes after sunset, local time, as recognized by N.O.A.A. (National
Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration) until 7:00 A. M., local time.
1. No person shall cause, create, or make noise at any time which will disturb the peace
of the citizens of the area (Ref. Hamilton Township Anti-Noise and Public Nuisance
Ordinance, Section 4, General Prohibitions).
2. Excessive volume from loudspeakers or sound amplifying equipment of any kind,
including: radio, television, phonograph, tape player, stereo equipment or any other
device which would violate No. 1 above will not be permitted.
3. Violent, abusive, loud, vulgar, lewd, obscene, boisterous, wanton or otherwise
disorderly conduct tending to create a breach of peace is unlawful.
4. No motor vehicle may be operated within these areas in a manner which would result
in excessive noise or disturb the peace and quiet of the area.
5. No alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances may be possessed or consumed
in these areas.
6. No person shall be allowed in these areas who is under the influence of intoxicants or
7. No glass containers are allowed on the swimming beach.
8. All pets must be on a leash, no pets in the immediate area of the beach; and horses are
not allowed in these areas.
9. Bonfires or other non-cooking fires shall not be permitted; only grills or fire pits
provided shall be used for cooking.
10. All refuse and litter shall be placed into trash receptacles, if provided, or removed
from these areas. It is unlawful for anyone to deposit waste or refuse of any kind
generated outside of these areas into these areas, including into trash receptacles located
in these areas.
11. Bicycles and /or motorized vehicles are not permitted beyond the designated parking
12. Fishing and/or boat launching will not be permitted in the swimming beach area.
13. Parking is not permitted in the boat launch area, a designated area is provided in the
beach/ park area; and no overnight storage of any vehicles, trailers, boats or any other
personal property is permitted.
14. Swimming and fishing are not permitted in the boat launch area.
15. Camping is not permitted in any of these areas.
16. It is unlawful to remove, damage, destroy or deface any tree, shrub, wildflower or
other vegetation; or to remove, damage, destroy or deface any facility or other equipment.
17. It is unlawful to peddle, solicit, post bills or advertisements or to operate a concession
stand within these areas.
18. It is unlawful to leave a fire unattended.
19. It is unlawful to carry or possess a firearm or bow on these areas, unless totally
unloaded, disassembled and encased, in accordance with State of Michigan Department
of Natural Resources and Environment guidelines.
The Hamilton Township Board authorizes the following
enforce the provisions of
this Ordinance; Hamilton Township Zoning Administrator, Hamilton Township
Attorney, Clare County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police.
A. First Violation is a Municipal Civil Infraction. A violation of this Ordinance, first
offense, is a municipal civil infraction. Any property owner or legally responsible party
who violates this Ordinance shall, as a first offense, be responsible for a civil infraction,
for which the fine shall be $150.00.
B. Second Violation (within two years after municipal civil infraction). A second or
repeat violation (within two years after a municipal civil infraction) is a misdemeanor.
Any property owner or legally responsible party who violates any provision of this
Ordinance a second time within 24 months of the date a civil infraction ticket is issued
(whether the violation of this Ordinance is for the same offense as a civil infraction or for
some other offense under this Ordinance) shall upon conviction and in a court of
competent jurisdiction be guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to a fine of not more
than $500.00 and/or imprisonment for a period of not more than 93 days, plus court costs
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and costs of prosecution that may be ordered by the court. For purposes of this
Ordinance, each day that a violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.
C. Enforcement. Enforcement of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be the Hamilton
Township Zoning Ordinance Enforcement Officer (or such other Hamilton Township
Official as may be designated by the Hamilton Township Board), the Hamilton Township
Zoning Administrator, the Hamilton Township Attorney, the Clare County Sheriff’s
Department and/or the Michigan State Police.
D. Continuing Offense. Each act of violation and each day upon which any such violation
shall occur, shall constitute a separate offense.
E. Remedies Not Exclusive. In addition to any remedies provided for in this Ordinance, any
equitable or other remedies available may be sought.
F. Judge or Magistrate. The Judge or Magistrate shall also be authorized to impose costs,
damages, and expenses as provided by law.
G. Civil Contempt.
1. If a defendant defaults in the payment of a civil fine, costs, damages, expenses, or
installment as ordered by the District Court, upon motion of Hamilton Township or upon
its own motion, the court may require the defendant to show cause why the defendant
should not be held in civil contempt and may issue a summons, order to show cause, or
bench warrant of arrest for the defendant’s appearance.
2. If a corporation or an association is ordered to pay a civil fine, costs, damages or
expenses, the individuals authorized to make disbursements shall pay the fine, costs,
damages or expenses, and their failure to do so shall be civil contempt unless they make
the showing required in this subsection.
3. Unless the defendant shows that the default was not attributable to an intentional
refusal to obey the order of the court or to a failure on his or her part to make a good faith
effort to obtain the funds required for a payment, the court shall find that the default
constitutes a civil contempt and may order the defendant committed until all or a
specified part of the amount due is paid.
4. If it appears that the default in the payment of a civil fine, costs, damages or
expenses does not constitute civil contempt, the court may enter an order allowing the
defendant additional time for payment, reducing the amount of payment or of each
installment or revoking the fine, costs, damages or expenses.
The provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. If any clause,
section, subsection, paragraph or sentence is declared to be void or inoperable for any
reason, it shall not affect any other portion thereof.
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The Ordinance shall become effective immediately upon publication as required by
law following adoption by the township board.