City of Hudson, NY
Columbia County
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§ 305-13 Definitions.

The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
OPERATOR
Every individual who shall operate a vehicle as the owner thereof or as the agent, employee or permittee of the owner, or who is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
PARK, PARKING or PARKED
The stopping of a motor vehicle upon any public highway and leaving such motor vehicle unattended by a person capable of operating it, for a period longer than is necessary to load or unload passengers or freight.
PERSON
Every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
STREET
Any public street, avenue, road, boulevard, highway or other public place located in the City of Hudson, New York, and established for the use of vehicles.
VEHICLE
Any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, except a device which is operated upon rails or tracks.

§ 305-14 Purpose of parking meters.

It is hereby declared to be the purpose of the City of Hudson, New York, to use parking meters as a means, but not as an exclusive means, for governing or restricting the parking or standing of vehicles in the streets and public places of the City for the convenience, safety and accommodation of the public and the relieving of traffic congestion.

§ 305-15 Establishment of parking meter zones.

Parking meter zones are established on the streets in the City of Hudson, New York, as set forth in Schedule A, entitled "Streets Included in Metered Area," hereto attached and made part hereof[1], limiting the time of parking or standing as therein prescribed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.

§ 305-16 Power of Police Commissioner to establish other zones.

[Added 11-18-1969 by L.L. No. 10-1969]
In addition to the streets set forth in Schedule A,[1] power is hereby delegated to the Commissioner of Police, by official order, rule or regulation, to establish such other parking meter zones on the streets in the City of Hudson as he in his discretion may deem necessary. Wherever in other sections of this Article V the words "§ 305-15" now are used, such words shall be deemed to have added thereto and to include "§ 305-16."
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.

§ 305-17 Method of installing parking meters.

Parking meters installed in the parking meter zones established as provided in § 305-15 hereof shall be placed upon the sidewalk or curb immediately adjacent to the individual parking places hereinafter described. Each parking meter shall indicate by a proper legend the legal parking or standing time established by the City, and when operated shall indicate on and by its face a signal for the duration of the period of legal parking or standing, and on the expiration of such period of legal parking or standing shall indicate illegal parking or standing by a signal on its face.

§ 305-18 Vehicles to park entirely within marked spaces.

Where lines or markings are painted or placed upon the curb, sidewalk and/or upon the streets adjacent to each parking meter for the purpose of designating the parking space for which said meter is to be used, each vehicle parked or standing adjacent or next to any parking meter shall park or stand within the lines or markings so placed. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article to park or stand any vehicle across such line or marking or to park or stand said vehicle in such position that the same shall not be entirely within the area so designated by such lines or markings.

§ 305-19 Vehicles in diagonal spaces to face curb.

When a parking space in any parking meter zone is diagonal to the curb or sidewalk, any vehicle parked or standing in such parking space shall be parked or shall stand with the foremost part of such vehicle nearest to such meter.

§ 305-20 Parking in meter zones: general regulations.

A. 
When any vehicle shall occupy any space adjacent to which a parking meter is located in accordance with the provisions of this article, the operator shall, upon entering said parking space, immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in such parking meter coins of the United States for a one-hour parking period or coins of the United States for a two-hour parking period, as such time period is prescribed by this article and as indicated upon the metal plates to be affixed to each meter, at rates as established by the Common Council and failure to deposit such coins as hereinbefore prescribed shall constitute a breach of this article and shall subject such person to the penalty prescribed in § 305-43E hereof. Upon the deposit of such coins as hereinbefore prescribed and placing said meter in operation, the parking space may be lawfully occupied by such vehicle during the period of time prescribed hereinbefore in § 305-15. If said vehicle shall occupy such parking space beyond the period so prescribed, the parking meter shall, by a signal on its face, indicate such illegal parking or standing, and in that event such vehicle shall be considered as parked or standing overtime and beyond the period of legal parking or standing time in any such part of a street where any such parking meter is located, and the operator thereof shall be in violation of this article and punishable as hereinafter set forth.
[Amended 12-13-1973 by L.L. No. 9-1973; 9-21-1982 by L.L. No. 6-1982[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
No vehicle, other than a commercial vehicle as herein provided, shall occupy the same parking meter space or area continuously for a period of time in excess of two hours except in the municipal parking lots as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Parking meters in the areas and zones in and upon the streets, avenues and thoroughfares herein designated as parking meter zones and areas shall be in use and operation as follows: on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of each week, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to the hour of 5:00 p.m.; on Thursday of each week, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to the hour of 9:00 p.m. On Sundays, January 1, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, such parking meters in the areas herein defined shall not be in operation and the provisions of this article shall have no application.
D. 
Commercial vehicles may occupy such parking meter space for a reasonable length of time for the purpose of being loaded and unloaded, when actually so engaged, without the deposit of such coins as hereinbefore prescribed in the parking meter. Commercial vehicles parked or standing in such parking meter areas and not engaged in actually being loaded or unloaded shall require the deposit of such coins as hereinbefore prescribed in the same manner as other vehicles.
[Amended 12-13-1973 by L.L. No. 9-1973]

§ 305-21 Overtime parking prohibited.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person or operator to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked or to stand overtime or beyond the period of legal parking or standing time established for any parking meter zone as herein described.

§ 305-22 Extension of parking time prohibited.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter a coin for the purpose of increasing or extending the parking or standing time of any vehicle beyond the period hereinbefore prescribed.

§ 305-23 Depositing slugs in meters prohibited.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article to deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter any slug, device or metallic substitutes for legal coins of the United States.

§ 305-24 Damaging meters prohibited.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person to deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this article.

§ 305-25 Duty of police officers and parking enforcement officers.

[Amended 8-19-1980 by Ord. No. 1-1980; 1-20-1981 by Ord. No. 1-1981; 8-9-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the police officers and parking enforcement officers of the City of Hudson, New York, acting in accordance with instructions issued by the Chief of Police, to issue and file with the City Court a simplified traffic information with regard to any vehicle that is or has been parked or is standing in violation of any of the provisions of this article.
B. 
Each such police officer or parking enforcement officer shall also place on such vehicle a notice to the owner or operator thereof that such vehicle has been parked or has been standing in violation of the provisions of this article and an appearance ticket requiring such owner or operator to appear in City Court with respect to such violation upon a date and time therein specified.

§ 305-26 Removal of vehicles parked overtime authorized.

Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked or standing overtime in any parking meter space or shall be found parked or standing therein in violation of any of the provisions of this article, such vehicle may be removed as provided in § 305-38 hereof.

§ 305-27 Registration plate evidence of violation by owner.

In any prosecution or proceeding hereunder, the registration plate displayed on a motor vehicle shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption that the owner of such vehicle was the person who parked or stood such vehicle at the place where such violation occurred.

§ 305-28 Police Commissioner authorized to suspend provisions.

The provisions of this article may be temporarily suspended by the Commissioner of Police, and he may prescribe such temporary rules and regulations as traffic conditions may require from time to time.

§ 305-29 Free space for certain vehicles may be provided.

The Commissioner of Police may provide free parking or standing space for the use of funeral vehicles, taxicabs, buses, doctors' and nurses' vehicles, ambulances, municipal vehicles, loading and unloading trucks and matters of a similar nature.

§ 305-30 Disposition of moneys received.

The coins required to be deposited in parking meters as provided herein are hereby levied and assessed as fees to provide for the proper regulation and control of traffic upon the public streets and also the cost of supervising and regulating the parking or standing of vehicles in the parking meter zones created hereby and to cover the cost of the purchase, supervision, protection, inspection, installation, operation, maintenance, control and use of the parking meters described herein.

§ 305-31 Provisions paramount during hours of meter operation.

On such street or streets where parking meters are installed, the provisions of this article shall supersede, during the hours when such parking meters are in use, any of the other provisions of any article relating to parking or standing of vehicles or traffic upon public streets and property of the City of Hudson, New York.

§ 305-32 Metered parking lots: fees; hours of operation.

[Amended 6-29-1967 by L.L. No. 4-1967; 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
There shall be metered parking in the municipal parking lot on the south side of Columbia Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, with parking charges at the rates as established by the Common Council.

§ 305-33 Parking within spaces on metered lots required.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article to park any vehicle in a municipal parking lot in any location other than a space designated for parking.

§ 305-34 Annual permits.

[Added 4-28-1983 by L.L. No. 3-1983; amended 10-16-1984 by L.L. No. 8-1984; 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004; 3-15-2005 by L.L. No. 3-2005; 9-18-2012 by L.L. No. 8-2012]
A. 
The City Clerk is authorized and directed to make available annual parking permits to be issued as of January 1 of each year hereafter. The annual parking permit shall allow the vehicle in which such annual parking permit is prominently displayed to be parked in any municipal parking lot without parking meter payments, for the annual fee as established by the Common Council; provided, however, that no vehicle 84 inches or more in width and more than 84 inches in height or more than 20 feet in length may use such annual parking permit. No refunds for lost or stolen permits are available.
B. 
It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person to:
(1) 
Deface, tamper with or destroy any annual parking permit issued pursuant to this article;
(2) 
Reproduce or counterfeit for purposes of avoiding compliance with the provisions of this article any annual parking permit issued pursuant to this article;
(3) 
Use any annual parking permit issued pursuant to this article without the permission of such annual parking permit holder.
C. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the fine for any violation of this section shall be equal to three times the annual fee established by the Common Council pursuant to this section in addition to any other fine permitted or required pursuant to this chapter or any other provision of applicable law. A finding after due process that a person has violated Subsection B(2) of this section shall be prima facie evidence of intent to defraud the City.

§ 305-35 Tradesman's and merchant's permits.

[Added 4-18-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995; amended 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004; 6-17-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008]
A. 
The Police Department is authorized and directed to issue long-term on-street parking permits at rates as established by the Common Council for the following:
(1) 
Tradesman's permits;
(2) 
Merchant's permits.
B. 
Tradesman's permits shall be for seven consecutive days or annually. The permit holder shall be permitted to park one vehicle adjacent to a parking meter or in an alley immediately adjacent to the work site without obstructing traffic flow in said alley. The permit holder must be actively engaged in a trade, business or not-for-profit business enterprise or activity while such permit is exhibited and the vehicle parked in accordance with such permit. A tradesman's permit shall be used only for construction and remodeling activities in the City. The annual permit shall commence as of January 1 of each year. The card permit shall be placed prominently in the front windshield while the vehicle is parked pursuant to the permit.
C. 
A merchant's permit shall allow the permit holder to reserve and use one or two adjoining metered spaces for a twenty-four-hour period in the vicinity of the permit holder's business. No business or location will be issued more than 20 such permits in a year. The permit holder must be actively engaged in a trade, business or not-for-profit business enterprise or activity while such permit is exhibited and the spaces used in accordance with such permit.
D. 
No tradesman's or merchant's permits may be used in spaces reserved for the handicapped.