Odd Missoula Ordinances Regulate ‘Phonographs,’ Spitting, and Toilet Paper
On top of state and county regulations, Missoula police officers are also tasked with familiarizing themselves with Missoula city ordinances… some of which are pretty strange.
For example, on first reading of municipal code 9.32.10, it appears that using a car radio would be prohibited, not to mention carrying a boombox on your shoulder or, more explicitly, the use of a "phonograph" while driving through town.
Transportation of sound devices through city. The construction, maintenance, operation, moving, carrying or transportation beside, along or upon any street, alley or public highway within the city of any radio, phonograph or other musical instrument, or other sound producing device, while same is producing, or reproducing sound, song, speech or music is declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited, except as provided in Section 9.32.020. (Prior code §21‑28)
There was an update to this law in the 70's which allowed such behavior to continue if an individual first gets a permit.
Missoulian's also need to be careful where they spit, According to Missoula Muncipal Code 8.04.050.
Expectoration- It is unlawful for any person to expectorate upon any sidewalk, hallway or office or public building, floor or public conveyance or stairway or public or office building in the city. (Prior code §15‑8)
If you find yourself in a dirty bathroom without toilet paper you may want to remind the property owner of Municipal Code 8.04.070.
Public restroom requirements. Every establishment required by city, county, or state law or regulations to provide restroom facilities for employee or public use shall provide in the restroom hot and cold running water, a dispenser of handwashing soap, a functional toilet, a reasonable supply of toilet paper, and a reasonable supply of hand drying towels or other hand drying equipment. The restroom shall be maintained on a daily basis so as to provide a reasonably clean facility. (Ord. 1997, 1979).
Although all of these ordinances are still on the books, Missoula Police Officer Travis Welsh says the last time he can remember enforcing any of these was a “conveyance of a musical device” charge back in the 90s. Even though it was in the 90's, Welsh said the instance involved a loud car stereo system... not a boombox.