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Famous Reading Outdoors, LLC – Access Permit With Release and Indemnification

In consideration of payment by the undersigned (“Permit Holder”) of the amount of the prevailing rate in USD and intending to be legally bound, Famous Reading Outdoors, LLC (“FRO”) hereby grants the Permit Holder this Access Permit, and the Permit Holder accepts this Access Permit, on the following conditions:

[ Foster Township Regulations | Cass Township Regulations ]

1. This Access Permit is valid for calendar year 2017 & 2018. This Access Permit shall terminate at sunset on December 31, 2018 unless FRO terminates this Access Permit earlier.2. Access Permits are non-transferable and non-assignable. If FRO determines that this Access Permit has been used by any person other than the Permit Holder, this Access Permit shall be immediately terminated and the Permit Holder will forfeit this Access Permit for the remainder of the calendar year. Further, the Permit Holder agrees that he or she will be banned from purchasing another Access Permit in the future. The Permit Holder understands and agrees that any person found to be using this Access Permit without signing for it will be prosecuted under the laws of Pennsylvania and for trespassing on FRO leased property and/or property owned by Reading Anthracite Company (“RAC”). FRO currently leases certain real property from RAC, which is set forth on Exhibit “A” (“FRO Properties”).

3. This Access Permit provides Permit Holder with permission to be on FRO’s Properties between sunrise and sunset, excluding those properties where there is active mining or any other working facilities or any posted properties by FRO, RAC, and/or any other entity. The Permit Holder must have this Access Permit displayed on their dashboard of their vehicle at all times; otherwise, any vehicle without a valid Access Permit will be towed at the Permit Holder’s sole cost and expense. The Permit Holder must have a separate permit from FRO on them at all times, which must be visible on the Permit Holder and/or any off-road vehicle they are operating on FRO Properties. The Permit Holder agrees that he or she may not enter FRO Properties prior to sunrise and/or remain on FRO Properties after sunset. This Access Permit does not grant Permit Holder access and/or any rights to enter onto any other property owned and/or leased by FRO, RAC, and/or any other entity of the Rich Family of Companies.

4. Permission is granted for recreational activities only; provided however, camping, overnight camping, fires, bon fires, swimming, fishing, trapping, or any organized events such as races or parties are strictly prohibited. The Permit Holder agrees that he or she is not permitted to have any type of fire on FRO Properties. Further, the Permit Holder agrees that the use of alcohol, drugs and controlled substances on FRO Properties is strictly prohibited. The Permit Holder agrees that he or she shall not be under the influence of any alcohol, drugs and controlled substances while on FRO Properties.

5. If the Permit Holder desires to hunt on FRO Properties, the Permit Holder must have a valid hunting license on him and/or her at all times while on FRO Properties and must provide FRO with a copy of a valid hunting license within five days of any request by FRO. Permit Holder must have a valid hunting license prior to entering FRO Properties to hunt in accordance with said hunting license. Hunting is only permitted from sunrise to sunset during the respective hunting season. If the hunting license is suspended or revoked, the Permit Holder must notify FRO immediately.

6. If the Permit Holder desires to take any type of licensed vehicle on FRO Properties, the Permit Holder must provide FRO with a copy of proof of insurance and registration, if applicable, for that vehicle. The Permit Holder agrees to maintain said insurance and registration throughout the calendar year and to provide FRO with updated proof of insurance and registration during the calendar year.

7. The Permit Holder is encouraged to report to FRO any person that he or she observes trespassing on FRO Properties to FRO; provided however, Permit Holder agrees not to engage and/or interact with any person that he or she suspects of trespassing. If any such report leads to the prosecution of a trespasser, then the Permit Holder shall receive a free access permit for the following year unless the Permit Holder is in violation of this Access Permit.

8. The Permit Holder affirms that he or she is at least 12 years of age. If any Permit Holder is under the age of 18 years of age, the parent(s) or legal guardian of the Permit Holder shall join and co-sign this Access Permit.

9. Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnification. In consideration for the access and permission granted herein, and intending to be bound legally , the undersigned Permit Holder, on his/her behalf and on behalf of my respective heirs, personal representatives, successors and/or assigns, also agrees to:

A. Release, hold harmless and discharge FAMOUS READING OUTDOORS, LLC, READING ANTHRACITE COMPANY and/or their respective owners, operators, affiliated companies, stockholders, stockholder family members, directors, officers, agents, servants, members, employees, all entities that are part of the Rich Family of Companies, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”), from any and all claims, demands, actions, costs (including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees), damages, liabilities, expenses and judgments which the Permit Holder ever had, or now have, or may have, or which Permit Holder’s heirs, executors, personal representatives, administrators, successors or assigns may have, or claim to have, against any of the Released Parties for all personal injuries to the Permit Holder (including but not limited to bodily injury, severe bodily injury, and/or death), known or unknown, and injuries to any of Permit Holder’s property, real or personal, caused by, or arising out of, directly and/or indirectly, the use of this Access Permit by the Permit Holder.

B. Indemnify, defend and hold harmless FAMOUS READING OUTDOORS, LLC, READING ANTHRACITE COMPANY, and the other Released Parties referenced in subparagraph A above, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, suits, demands, actions, expenses costs (including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees), and/or judgments, arising from any personal injury (including but not limited to bodily injury, severe bodily injury, and/or death) and/or property damage that the Permit Holder causes to any other individual, person and/or entity while the Permit Holder is on FRO Properties.

C. Reimburse FRO and/or RAC at replacement cost for any damage caused by the Permit Holder to any FRO and/or RAC real property and/or personal property while on FRO Properties and/or while using this Access Permit.

10. The Permit Holder agrees to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Foster Township, Cass Township, and any other municipality where the Permit Holder may access RAC property pursuant to this Access Permit. A copy of the ordinances issued by Foster and Cass Townships, as of 2017, are attached to this Access Permit for your convenience. It is the Permit Holder’s responsibility to become fully familiar with said Ordinances and any changes and revisions made to said Ordinances after the date of this Access Permit. RAC is not responsible for any future ordinances, changes, and/or revisions, but rather said responsibility rests solely with the Permit Holder.

11. Any Permit Holder who violates any laws, rules and regulations, be they Federal, State or Local, will have his or her Access Permit revoked and terminated without refund of any monies.

12. FRO does not warrant the condition of the FRO Properties and the Permit Holder assumes any and all risks associated with entering and using FRO Properties. Permit Holder acknowledges, acknowledges and agrees that (a) recreation activities such as off-road activities are inherently dangerous and assumes all risks including but not limited to the risk of bodily harm, severe bodily harm, and/or death; (b) FRO and RAC have not made any warranties and/or representations, written and/or oral, with regards to the condition of the FRO Properties; (c) FRO, RAC and its affiliated companies, owners, insurers, employees, and/or agents have absolutely no obligation to ensure my safety while on FRO Properties; (d) FRO Properties are not maintained and there may be boulders and other objects located on FRO Properties; (e) my use of the rights granted under the Access Permit to enter upon FRO Properties may result in injury and/or illness, including but not limited to bodily injury, disease, strains, fractures, partial and/or total paralysis, death or other ailments that could cause serious disability; (f) these risk and dangers may be caused by the negligence, intentional acts, and/or omissions of myself, other individuals granted access to FRO Properties, other individuals, FRO, other entities and/or their respective agents, insurers, employees, and/or representatives; and (g) by my entry onto FRO Properties, I HEREBY ASSUME ALL RISKS AND DANGERS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LOSSES AND/OR DAMAGES, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence, intentional acts, and/or omissions of myself and/or others.

13. The Permit Holder warrants and represents that (a) the vehicle(s) that the Permit Holder are using is/are lawfully registered, inspected, and insured, and that Permit Holder has no knowledge of any condition that might render the vehicle(s) unsafe in any manner; (b) the Permit Holder is properly licensed and/or certified to operate the vehicle(s); (c) the Permit Holder is physically and mentally healthy and able to operate said vehicle(s); (d) the Permit Holder has no condition, physical and/or mental, that will put him/her and/or others at risk while on FRO Properties; (e) the Permit Holder will not operate the vehicle(s) under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or any other substance; and (f) the Permit Holder will not bring alcohol, drugs, and/or any other illegal substances onto FRO Properties and/or will not provide any alcohol, drugs, and/or any other illegal substances to any other individual including but not limited to minors.

14. Permit Holder Agrees to wear a governmentally approved safety helmet at all times while operating and/or riding on any type of vehicle, ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, UTV, dirt bike, and/or any other off-road vehicle. Further, Permit Holder agrees to wear a seatbelt and/or safety harness at all times while operating and/or riding on any type of vehicle, ATV, motorcycle, UTV, dirt bike, and/or any other off-road vehicle. Permit Holder agrees to wear proper footwear. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this Access Permit, including but not limited to this paragraph, will result in the immediate termination and revocation of this Access Permit without any refund.

15. Any Permit Holder, whose actions cause Foster Township, Cass Township, any municipality, or any governmental agency to cite, ticket or fine RAC shall have their Access Permit immediately terminated without refund of any monies. Further, the Permit Holder who causes such a citation agrees to indemnify RAC and the other Released Parties set forth in Paragraph 9A above and said Permit Holder shall pay and be solely responsible for any and all fines, costs, and attorney’s fees incurred by FRO and/or RAC on account of said citation or ticket.

16. Permit Holder acknowledges and agrees that Permit Holder has read this document and fully understands its terms and fully understands that he/she has given up substantial rights by signing it, and Permit Holder is signing it freely and voluntarily without any inducement.

17. This Access Permit shall be governed by the laws of Pennsylvania. The captions used herein are for the convenience of the parties. If any paragraph of this Access Permit shall be held unlawful, invalid or enforceable, that paragraph shall be deemed deleted and without prejudice to the lawfulness, validity, and enforceability of the remaining paragraphs and sections. This Access Permit is binding on Permit Holder and his/her respective heirs, personal representatives, successors, and/or assigns.

18. In the event that the Permit Holder is under the age of 18 years old, the undersigned parent(s) or legal guardian of the Permit Holder agrees to be bound to this Access Permit with Release and Indemnification to the same extent as if they were the Permit Holder and further acknowledge and agree that they authorize the Permit Holder to enter into this Access Permit with Release and Indemnification. The undersigned parent(s) or legal guardian certifies that he/she/they have legal responsibility of the Permit Holder. Further, the undersigned parent(s) or legal guardian consents to Permit Holder agreeing to the terms and conditions set forth in in this Access Permit including but not limited to the release, waiver, and indemnification. Further, the undersigned parent(s) or legal guardian of Permit Holder consents and agrees to be bound by all terms of the Access Permit for himself/herself/themselves and their respective heirs and/or the heirs of the Permit Holder. I/We have read, understand, and agree to the terms and conditions set forth above and by my/our signature below, I/we, intending to be legally bound, agree to the terms contained hereon on my/our respective behalf and on behalf of the Permit Holder, and our respective personal representatives, heirs, successors and/or assigns.

Foster Township Regulation

No person shall operate and no landowner or owner shall permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on property in the Foster Township under the following circumstances at the following locations:

  • No person shall park or store, nor shall any landowner permit to be parked or stored on any roadway, sidewalk or public ground within Foster Township any all-terrain vehicle.
  • Upon a public highway, road or street, or on public parking lot not specifically designated for the use of all-terrain vehicles, except under the following situations.
  • The supervisors, any police officer or law enforcement officer may authorize and limit the use of an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway or street when the need arises such as an emergency for transportation due to snow or other highway or special conditions.
  • For groups of five or fewer all-terrain vehicles’ owner(s) and/or operator(s), on private property not owned, leased or under the control of the operator(s) unless the operator(s) have the express consent of the landowner, lessee or other person in control of the real property, except in the case of any emergency when other means of travel are not feasible or possible.
  • For groups of six or more all-terrain vehicles, on any private property within the Township of Foster not zoned as a racetrack/recreational facility. Any all-terrain vehicle who engages in such use and any landowner who permits such use without proper zoning shall be fined a minimum of $300 per occurrence up to a maximum fine of $20,000, plus court costs and any reasonable expenses involved in the prosecution.
  • For groups of six or more persons camping on land overnight for the purpose of operating all-terrain vehicles, unless the land on which they are camping is zoned a campground. The landowner must provide restroom and trash collection facilities at the entrance(s) to the camping area(s) and meet all other requirements for land zoned as a campground. Any all-terrain vehicle operator who engages in such use and any landowner who permits such use without the proper zoning and/or facilities shall be fined a minimum of $300 per occurrence up to a maximum fine of $20,000, plus court costs and any reasonable expenses involved in the prosecution.
  • At a speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having due regard for conditions then existing.
  • During the hours from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise without displaying a lighted headlight and lighted tail lights.
  • Unless such all-terrain vehicle is equipped with a muffler or baffle in good working order and in constant operation so that noise emission at fifty feet at right angles from the vehicle path under full throttle does not exceed 86 DBA (decibels on the “A” scale).
  • Within one hundred (100) feet of a dwelling between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. at a speed greater than minimum required to maintain forward movement of the vehicle.
  • In any areas on which public hunting is permitted during the season open to the taking of deer with firearms from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during an emergency or lawful enforcement purpose, to go to and from a permanent residence or hunting camp otherwise inaccessible by conventional wheeled vehicle or for the conduct of necessary work functions involving land and timber survey, communication and transmission line patrol and timber harvest operations, or on the operator’s own property or as an invited guest of any owner or person in control of the that property.
  • While transporting a bow, unless unstrung, or a firearm, unless disassembled, and securely encased or equipped with and made inoperative by a key locked trigger housing mechanism.
  • On or across a cemetery or burial ground.
  • On a railroad right-of-way, except for railroad, public utility or law enforcement personnel while in the performance of their duties.
  • Unless it has at least one headlight, one tail light and adequate brakes capable or stopping the vehicle.

Section 3 – ENFORCEMENT

In addition to any authority contained in the Pennsylvania Vehicle laws, any police officer of the Township or other appropriate law enforcement officer is authorized to issue a citation for each violation of this ordinance in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of criminal procedure pursuant to 53 P.S sec 66601.

Section 4 – PENALTY

Except as otherwise provided above, any person, owner, landowner, partnership, corporation, or the partners or officers, thereof, who or which violates any of the provisions of township ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof is summary proceeding or upon verdict in a civil enforcement proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine of no less than $1,000 per occurrence up to a maximum fine of $20,000, plus court costs and any reasonable expenses involved the persecution in accordance with the Civil Enforcement Procedure Ordinance of Foster Township.

Section 5 – IMPOUNDING /STORAGE

In addition to the penalties assessed in Section 4, all-terrain vehicle(s) used in violation of township ordinance may be impounded and placed in storage with all towing and storage costs to be incurred by the offender/owner of the all-terrain vehicle. The Township will only return the all-terrain vehicle following the recouping of the cost of impoundment.

Cass Township Regulations

No personal shall operate and no owner shall permit the operation of an all-terrain vehicle under the following circumstances at the following location:

Section 204.1. No personal shall park or store, nor shall any property owner permit to be parked or stored on any roadway, sidewalk or public ground with in the Township of Cass any all-terrain vehicle.

Section 204.2. Upon a public highway or road, and used as farm or play areas, or street, or on a public or private parking lot not specifically designated for the use of all-terrain vehicles, except under the following situations:

Section 204.2.1. The supervisiors, any police officer or law enforcement officer may authorize and limit the use of an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway or street when the need arises such as an emergency for transportation due to snow or other highway or special conditions.

Section 204.3. On private property not owned, leased or under the control of the operator unless the operator has the express consent of the owner, lessee or other person in control of the real property, except in the case of any emergency when other means of travel are not feasible or possible.

Section 204.4. At speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having due regard for conditions then existing.

Section 204.5. During the hours from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise without displaying a lighted headlight and lighted tail lights.

Section 204.6. Unless such all-terrain vehicle equipped with a muffler or baffle in good working order and in constant operation so noise emission at 50 feet at right angles from the vehicle path under full throttle does not exceed 86 DBA (decibels on the “A” scale).

Section 204.7. Within 100 feet of a dwelling between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. at a speed greater than minimum required to maintain forward movement of the vehicle.

Section 204.8. In any areas on which public hunting is permitted during the season open to the taking deer with firearms from 7:00a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during an emergency or lawful enforcement purpose, to go to and from a permanent residence or hunting camp otherwise inaccessible by conventional wheeled vehicle or for the conduct of necessary work functions involving land and timber survey, communication and transmission line patrol and timber harvest operations, or on the operator’s own property or as an invited guest of any owner or person in control of that property.

Section 204.9. While transporting a bow, unless unstrung, or a firearm, unless, disassemble and securely encased or equipped with an made inoperative by a key locked trigger housing mechanism.

Section 204.10. On or across a cemetery or burial ground.

Section 204.11. On a railroad right-of-way, except for railroad, public utility or law enforcement personnel while in the performance of their duties.

Section 204.12. Unless it has at least one headlight, one tail light and adequate brakes capable of stopping the vehicle.

Section 205. Enforcement

In addition to any authority contained in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Laws, any police officer of the Township or other appropriate law enforcement officer is authorized to issue a citation for each violation of this ordinance in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure Pursuant to 53 P.S. 66601.

Section 206. Penalty

Any person, partnership, corporation, bureau or utility, or the partners or officer thereof, who or which violates any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding or upon verdict in a civil enforcement proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine in accordance with 1 Cass Code 107, Penalties.

Section 207. Impounding/Storage

In addition to the penalties assessed in Section 204, an ATV used in violation of this ordinance may be impounded and placed in storage with all towing and storage costs to be paid by the offender/owner of the ATV. The Township will only return an ATV that was impounded proven owner once all outstanding fines, assessments and costs have been verified as paid.

Section 208. Savings Clause

The Provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. If any clause, sentence, paragraphs, section or subsection is declared void or inoperable for any reason by any Court, it shall not affect any other part of portion than the part declared void or inoperable.

(Ordinance No. 703, Adopted July 31, 2003)

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