ARTICLE XVI


MUNICIPAL ADDRESSING


EDITORIAL NOTE: Article XVI was created by the authority of Ord. No. 99-3033, adopted 3/18/99)

SEC.

15-980.00 Required



    It is hereby required that each and every property holder identify the physical location of any and all residential, commercial and industrial structures by obtaining a municipal address for each such structure from the Parish governing authority. Thereafter, it is the responsibility of each property holder to purchase and affix numbers in a visible location on every residential, commercial or industrial building belonging to him/her.

SEC.

15-981.00 Numbering


    Municipal numbers shall be composed of individual Arabic digits, not less than a minimum height of four inches (4") each, to be posted on the building or structure in such a manner as to be read from the street, road or public right-of- way. If the building is not visible from the roadway, the mailbox or other means for visible posting must be numbered. With respect to apartments, all apartment complexes must have approved numbers, plus numbers or letters on each individual door of the complex.

SEC.

15-982.00 New Construction/Building Permit


    With regard to new construction, expansion or renovation, no building permit shall be granted until a municipal address has been assigned to the property and numbers must be posted prior to issuance of a final inspection approval.

SEC.

15-983.00 Prohibited


    The installation and/or placement of municipal addresses within parish rights-of-way is hereby prohibited.

SEC.

15-984.00 Violation


    Violation of this Article shall constitute a misdemeanor and be punishable in accordance with Sec. 1-008.00 of this Code.

(Sec. 15-980.00 through 15-984.00 created authority of Ord. No. 99-3033, adopted 3/18/99)

ARTICLE XVII

REGISTRATION OF SEX OFFENDERS; VERIFICATION PROCEDURES

EDITORIAL NOTE: Article XVII created by the authority of Ord. No. 06-1252, adopted 03/02/2006)

SEC. 15-985.00 Findings; Purpose

    The legislature has found that sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators often pose a high risk of engaging in sex offenses, and crimes against victims who are minors even after being released from incarceration or commitment and that protection of the public from sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators is of paramount governmental interest. The legislature has also found that local law enforcement officers' efforts to protect their communities, conduct investigations, and quickly apprehend offenders who commit sex offenses and crimes against victims who are minors, are impaired by the

lack of information available to law enforcement agencies about convicted sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators who live within the agency's jurisdiction, and the penal and mental health components of our justice system are largely hidden from public view and that lack of information from either may result in failure of both systems to meet this paramount concern of public safety. Restrictive confidentiality and liability laws governing the release of information about sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators have reduced willingness to release information that could be appropriately released under the public disclosure laws, and have increased risks to public safety. Persons found to have committed a sex offense or a crime against a victim who is a minor have a reduced expectation of privacy because of the public's interest in public safety and in the effective operation of government. Release of information about sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators to public agencies, and under limited circumstances to the general public, will further the governmental interests of public safety and public scrutiny of the criminal and mental health systems so long as the information released is rationally related to the furtherance of those goals.
    It is the express policy of this state to assist local law enforcement agencies' efforts to protect their communities by requiring sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators to register with state and local law enforcement agencies, to require the exchange of relevant information about sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators among state, local, and federal public agencies and officials, and to authorize the release of necessary and relevant information about sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators to members of the general public as provided in Chapter 3-B of Title 15.

    In order for St. Tammany Parish to further assist local law enforcement officers' efforts to protect this community, conduct investigations, and quickly apprehend offenders who commit sex offenses and crimes against victims who are minors, it is necessary that the sheriff's office have an effective means of continuing verification of the information and notifications that sex offenders are required to provide.

SEC. 15-985.01 Definitions

    Where necessary for clarification or interpretation of this ordinance, reference to the definitions and provisions of La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:540 La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:541, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:542, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:542.1, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:544, and any relevant provisions cited therein, is permissible.

SEC. 15-985.02 Procedure for Verification

    Any person who currently resides in St. Tammany Parish, or who moves into St. Tammany Parish, and is required by the provisions of La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:542.1H(2) or (3) to register for life with the sheriff of the parish of his/her residence and/or with the chief of police, shall be required to continuously have on his/her person, commencing upon registration with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, a location tracking electronic monitoring device for the purpose of providing an ongoing verification of the registrant's stated residence within this parish, the location of enrollment or worker status at an institution of post secondary education, the location where the registrant provides recreational instruction, and

in order to insure that all required information is accurate and that all required notifications are current and are being provided within the designated areas.

SEC. 15-985.03 Fee for monitoring

    The Sheriff of St. Tammany Parish is hereby authorized to charge a fee for the cost of the electronic device and the costs associated with the monitoring thereof.

SEC. 15-985.04 Penalties

    (A) Any person who fails or refuses to wear a location tracking electronic monitoring device, when required to do so under the provisions of this ordinance, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars and imprisonment of not less than thirty days in the parish jail.

    (B) Any person who tampers with a location tracking electronic monitoring device shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars and imprisonment of not less than thirty days in the parish jail.

    (C) When a person is required to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person to assist that person in avoiding or circumventing any of the requirements of this ordinance. Any person who is found guilty of assisting a person in avoiding or circumventing the requirements of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars and imprisonment of not less than thirty days in the parish jail.
(Ord. No. 06-1252, adopted 03/02/2006)



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