Town of Kent, NY
Putnam County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Kent 9-24-1973 by L.L. No. 16-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 32.
Fees — See Ch. 36.
Noise — See Ch. 48.
Public assembly — See Ch. 56.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 72.

§ 50-1 Definitions.

The following terms, wherever used in this chapter, shall have the respective meanings assigned to them unless another meaning clearly appears from the context:
BATHING AREA
Any beach, shore or area designated as a "bathing area," including the water area and lands underwater adjacent to said area and the docks and structures therein.
OWNER
Any person owning or having the use, possession or control of a vehicle, animal or other property by lease or otherwise.
PARK DISTRICT NO. 1
All of the parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, beaches, boardwalks, piers, docks and other recreational areas, open places, roadways, roads, paths, walks, waters and lands underwater and other appurtenances as the same shall be utilized, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by the Town of Kent. Said district shall be defined as all that property shown on a certain map entitled "Lake Carmel, Town of Kent, Putnam County," filed in the Putnam County Clerk's office May 17, 1930, as Map No. 130-1, 130-AA, 130-BB, 130-CC, 130-DD, 130-EE, 130-FF, 130-GG, 130-HH, 130-I, 130-J, 130-K, 130-L and 130-MM, excepting therefrom any exclusion of record.
PERMIT
Any written authorization issued by the Town Clerk of the Town of Kent or other authorized individual for a specified privilege within the aforesaid park district.
PERSON
Any natural person, corporation, association, society, organization, firm or partnership.
POLICE OFFICER
Any member of the police force of the Town of Kent, or any constable, sheriff or deputy sheriff assigned by the Town Board of the Town of Kent or other proper authority to duties in said park district.

§ 50-2 Interpretation and scope.

The interpretation of these rules and regulations and provisions shall be construed as follows:
A. 
Any term in the singular shall include the plural.
B. 
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
C. 
Any requirement or provision involving any act shall include the causing, procuring, aiding or abetting, directly or indirectly, of such act, or the permission or allowance of any minor in the custody of any adult, doing any act prohibited herein.
D. 
These provisions shall not make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer or employee in the line of duty or work.
E. 
Any act performed hereunder which might be otherwise unlawful shall be lawful if performed under or pursuant to a permit, except that it be not otherwise prohibited by any local law or ordinance.

§ 50-3 Access to park by residents.

Residents, inhabitants and taxpayers of Park District No. 1 shall at all times have access to and may enter upon and use the privileges appurtenant to the parklands defined herein. However, at such times when deemed necessary by the proper authorities in the interests of public safety, welfare or emergency, such access to said parklands and permission to use said parklands may be revoked for any period of time necessary.

§ 50-4 Identification; car stickers.

A. 
All residents, inhabitants and taxpayers of said Park District No. 1 shall be required to obtain a Park District photo ID for identification at Park District beaches. Residents shall produce their Park District photo ID when called upon to do so by any authorized representative of the Town Board or any person assigned to such duty by the Town Board or its agents. All other persons shall be required to display a permit issued pursuant to § 50-4 hereof.
[Amended 10-19-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
B. 
The use of the beach areas shall be restricted to property owners, their lessees and the members of their immediate families and their guests. Only those persons shall be admitted to beach areas who are properly identified as members of those groups named above. All motor vehicles and other vehicles shall have their identification verified by a car sticker to be issued each year by the Lake Carmel Park District. These stickers are to be issued for each motor vehicle or other vehicle belonging to the residents and owners of the park district upon presentation of a paid tax bill covering the current year. These stickers may be obtained at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

§ 50-5 Boat registration.

[Amended 11-24-1986 by L.L. No. 5-1986; 4-20-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]
A. 
Registration stickers.
[Amended 5-20-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
(1) 
All persons maintaining boats on Lake Carmel shall register each boat with the Town of Kent Park District Office. The Park District Office will assign a number and will issue two registration stickers to each boat, free of charge. However, boat owners shall be charged a replacement fee, as set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board, for the reissuance of a registration sticker that has been lost or misplaced. The Park District Office shall provide the registration numbers to the Kent Police Department.
[Amended 4-20-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009; 11-15-2011 by L.L. No. 6-2011]
(2) 
The number and registration stickers must be displayed on both sides of the boat. The numbers must be displayed in characters at least three inches high. If a boat is not registered or if a boat is abandoned within the judgment of the park officials, the same shall be impounded by the park officials, and a charge of $75 shall be collected before the same is returned. Said $75 shall be added to the Park District funds.
B. 
All boats shall be removed from the Park District property around Lake Carmel for the period of time from November 1 until March 15. Within two weeks after November 1 of each year, the Town Board shall notify the owner to remove his or her boat. Any person found guilty of a violation will result in the park officials impounding said boat. A charge of $75 shall be collected before the same is returned. Said charge of $75 shall be added to the Park District funds.
[Amended 5-20-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
C. 
Life preservers.
(1) 
There shall be one life preserver in any boat on Lake Carmel for each occupant of said boat. Life preservers shall conform to United States Coast Guard standards.
(2) 
Occupants of boats, who are under 13 years of age, must wear approved life preservers while on the water of Lake Carmel. However, between March 15 and May 1, all persons, regardless of age, must wear approved life preservers while on the water of Lake Carmel.
[Amended 11-15-2011 by L.L. No. 6-2011]
(3) 
Any person found guilty of a violation of Subsection C(1) or (2) of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to:
(a) 
A restriction of lake privileges for one week for a first offense.
(b) 
A fine of $25 for a second or subsequent offense along with the revocation of the boat registration.
(4) 
Any owner or registrant who permits a boat to be on the waters of Lake Carmel in violation of any provision of this section shall be guilty of an infraction as above stated.
D. 
No boat shall be allowed on the waters of Lake Carmel that is over 20 feet in length from bow to stern. No floating device shall be allowed on the waters of Lake Carmel that is over 20 feet from one end to the other lengthwise or more than six feet in width.
[Amended 8-1-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]

§ 50-6 Curfew.

[Amended 11-19-1979 by L.L. No. 6-1979; 11-24-1986 by L.L. No. 5-1986]
There is hereby imposed a curfew on bathing areas and bathing area parking lots. Curfew hours shall be from 9:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

§ 50-7 Preservation of plant life.

A. 
No person shall, in any park or park street, destroy, cut, break, deface, mutilate, injure, disturb, sever from the ground or remove any growing thing, including, but not limited to, any plant, flower, flower bed, shrub, tree, growth, or any branch, stem, fruit or leaf thereof.
B. 
No person shall bring into any park or park street any tool or instrument such as a hatchet, axe or saw for the cutting of any living thing.
C. 
No person shall bring into the park any spade, shovel, rake, hoe or any of the so-called garden or agricultural implements or tools for the removal of any tree, shrub or plant.
D. 
No person shall pile or maintain any material or debris of any kind against or upon any tree, shrub, grass or plant.
E. 
No person shall attach any rope, cable or other contrivance to any tree, shrub or other plant.
F. 
No person shall set fire or assist another to set fire to any timber, tree, shrubs, plants, flowers, grass or plant growth, or suffer any fire upon other land to extend into parklands.
G. 
No person shall hitch any horse or other animal to, or leave the same standing near enough so as to injure, any lawn or grass plot.
H. 
No person shall go upon any tree, shrub, grass or plant, except at such times when permission to do so shall have been given by the Town Board to the public.

§ 50-8 Rubbish and refuse; pollution. [1]

A. 
Rubbish and refuse matter. No person shall take into, carry through, leave in, or throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or on, or suffer or permit any servant, agent, employee or person in his or her charge to take into, carry through, leave in, throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or on, any park or park street any rubbish of any sort, including, but not limited to, ashes, dross, cinders, shells, fruit, fruit skins, vegetable foodstuff, paper, pasteboard, dirt, sand, oil, grease, clay, loam, stone or building rubbish, hay, straw, oats, sawdust, shavings, or manufacturing, trade or household waste, vehicles or parts thereof as junk, old iron or other metal, or objects made therefrom; or sick, diseased or dead animals, organic refuse or other offensive matter, including swill, brine, urine, offal, fecal matter, garbage or rubbish; provided that in the morning before 8:00 a.m. or before the first sweeping of the roadway of the park street by the street cleaners, dust from the sidewalk may be swept into the gutter, if there piled, but not otherwise.
B. 
Spitting prohibited. No person shall, in any park or park street, spit upon any walk, crossing, safety zone, structure, bridge, platform, stairway or floor of any building.
C. 
Pollution of waters. No person shall throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or leave in the waters used for bathing or waters in any park or in any storm sewer or drain flowing into said waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which may or shall result in the pollution of said waters.
D. 
Drains and sewers. No person shall discharge, directly or indirectly, into any opening or into any gutter leading into any sewer, receiving basin or drain, in or leading into any park or park street, any gas or vapor or any substance which may form a deposit tending to choke same, or any volatile liquid which will emit an inflammable vapor at a temperature below 160° F., or any steam or hot water above 100° F.
E. 
Protection of bathing area. No person shall throw, cast, lay or deposit any bottle or piece of crockery, or any glass or glassware or any part thereof, or metallic or other substance with sharp edges or projections, on any bathing area in, on or adjoining any park.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 40, Garbage and Refuse; Landfill.

§ 50-9 Firearms and weapons.

No person shall have or carry, whether or not concealed upon his person, any pistol or revolver, or any instrument or weapon commonly known as a "toy pistol" or in which or upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used, or any loaded or blank cartridges or ammunition therefor, except when so authorized by law. No person shall use any rifle, shotgun or fowling piece, or any air gun, spring gun or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring or air, within the confines of Park District No. 1.

§ 50-10 Dogs. [1]

No dogs shall be allowed at any time on the designated beaches, and the owners of or persons harboring such dogs or otherwise responsible for such dogs shall be liable for violation of this provision of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 32, Dogs and Other Animals.

§ 50-11 Picnics and outings.

No picnics, outings, gatherings or similar groups shall be permitted at any time upon the parkland except by permission of the Town Board.

§ 50-12 General conduct.

Any person shall be guilty of violating these rules and regulations for the following:
A. 
Disobeying an order of a police officer, playground director, parking attendant or other person designated by the Town Board to give orders, or disobeying the notices, prohibitions, instructions or directions on any park sign.
B. 
Using threatening, abusive or insulting language.
C. 
Doing any obscene or indecent act.
D. 
Throwing stones or other missiles.
E. 
Soliciting alms, subscriptions or contributions for any purpose.
F. 
Annoying persons.
G. 
Interfering with, encumbering, obstructing or rendering dangerous any drive, path, walk, dock, beach, boardwalk or public place.
H. 
Climbing or lying upon any wall, fence, shelter, seat, statue, monument, boardwalk or other structure.
I. 
Doing any act tending to or amounting to a breach of peace.
J. 
Entering or leaving any restricted park area except at established entranceways or exits or at established times; or using or gaining admittance to, or attempting to use or gain admittance to, the facilities in any park.
K. 
Introducing, carrying or firing firearms, firecrackers, torpedoes or fireworks, except as provided by § 50-9 hereof.
L. 
Engaging in, instigating, aiding or encouraging a contention or fight, whether or not a ring fight or prizefight.
M. 
Assaulting any person.
N. 
Doing, aiding, abetting or assisting in doing any act injurious to any person, animal or property within any park or on any park street not specifically prohibited herein.
O. 
Acting as crier or advertiser, through the media of voice, public address system or other mechanical device, on beaches or boardwalks or in the vicinity of same.
P. 
Dressing or undressing in autos, trucks, buses or other conveyances or anywhere within the parkland except in such places as may be designated or maintained by the Park District for such purpose.
Q. 
Feeding any waterfowl on Lake Carmel and anywhere along the shores of Lake Carmel is prohibited. The shores on Lake Carmel for purposes of this section shall be defined as the land extending from the shoreline to the pavement of the nearest roadway.
[Added 12-7-1987 by L.L. No. 6-1987]

§ 50-13 Traffic control. [1]

A. 
The speed limit for all vehicles within the area of said parkland may be provided for by the Town Board and designated by suitable signs on the roads and roadways in the parkland. All owners and operators of motor vehicles and other vehicles shall comply with the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York while operating any vehicle within the parkland, with such modifications of said law as provided for herein.
B. 
Commercial vehicles shall not be allowed within said parkland except as may be necessary for building or construction purposes or for the rendering of some necessary and useful service.
C. 
The Town Board may designate and limit such roads and roadways as in its discretion may be used for the operation of any commercial vehicle.
D. 
Nothing in this section shall apply to vehicles and apparatus of the Fire Department, Police Department or public service emergency vehicles when in such parkland in case of fire or other emergency.
E. 
No person shall cause or permit any motor vehicle or other vehicle unnecessarily to obstruct traffic on any road, street or roadway, or stop or park except at such places as may be designated, except in case of emergency. This provision shall be deemed to include parking at night.
F. 
Parking of any motor vehicle or other vehicle is prohibited on the lakeshore side of any road abutting Lake Carmel.
[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 72, Vehicles and Traffic.

§ 50-14 Structures.

A. 
The Town Board shall have the right to remove or cause to be removed any and all existing projections, encroachments, docks, piers and other impediments when, in the opinion of the Town Board, such removal shall be necessary or desirable for the improvement of the parkland.
B. 
Hereafter, no person shall erect a wharf, pier or other structure on the park property without obtaining the prior consent of the Town Board by resolution passed at a meeting of the Town Board duly called and held, and such resolution, if passed, shall provide appropriate safeguards to assure that the structure, when erected, shall be available to all the inhabitants of the Park District.

§ 50-15 Motorboats and airplanes.

Pursuant to § 198, Subdivision 4, of the Town Law, the operation of motorboats or airplanes on Lake Carmel in Park District No. 1 of the Town of Kent is hereby prohibited.

§ 50-16 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 11-24-1986 by L.L. No. 5-1986]
Any person found guilty of a violation of this chapter or any part thereof or any rule or regulation made thereunder, that does not have its own penalty provision, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or to imprisonment of not more than 15 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

§ 50-17 Fishing restrictions.

[Added 8-2-1976 by L.L. No. 6-1976]
A. 
In the interest of public safety, no fishing shall be permitted along Route 311 where Route 311 crosses Lake Carmel at any time, nor within any bathing area during the months of June through September, inclusive.
[Amended 12-7-1987 by L.L. No. 7-1987]
B. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be liable for and shall pay a penalty not exceeding $50.

§ 50-18 Glass containers.

[Added 4-2-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979]
No person shall take into, carry through, leave in or throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or on any park or park road, with the exception of that area leased to Lake Carmel Fire Department No. 1, any glass container of any sort, including but not limited to bottles, jars and glasses.

§ 50-19 Alcoholic beverages.

[Added 4-2-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979]
No person shall enter or remain upon any parklands of Park District No. 1, with the exception of that area leased to Lake Carmel Fire Department No. 1, while in possession of any alcoholic beverage.

§ 50-20 Certain passage prohibited.

[Added 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
No entry shall be permitted from Champlain Drive onto Terry Hill Road, nor entry from Terry Hill Road onto Champlain Drive. A physical barrier, removable only in case of emergency, shall be erected to prevent passage on Champlain Drive either from or to Terry Hill Road.

§ 50-21 Smoking prohibited on beaches.

[Added 10-30-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006; amended 11-27-2006 by L.L. No. 3-2006]
Smoking on any and all of the beaches located within Park District No. 1 in the Town of Kent is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this section, "smoking" shall include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and any other form of smoking.