Town of Goshen, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Goshen 3-26-1987 by L.L. No. 1-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Clearing and grading control — See Ch. 53.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 83.

§ 58A-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EXPLOSIVES
The same as its definition in § 451 of the Labor Law of the State of New York.

§ 58A-2 Permits; applicability.

A. 
Permits.
(1) 
No person shall store, transport or use any explosives without:
(a) 
Holding a valid current explosives license and a valid current certificate of competence, both as issued by the State of New York, Department of Labor; and
(b) 
Obtaining a permit in written form from the Town Clerk.
(2) 
The fee for each permit obtained from the Town shall be $25.
(3) 
Each permit granted by the Town Clerk shall expire on the first day of January next succeeding its issuance.
(4) 
Where, in the opinion of the Town Clerk, blasting operations are liable to involve a hazard to life and property, he may require an examination of proposed blasting activities by a qualified blasting engineer to be selected by the Town Board. Said engineer shall then submit a report in writing to the Town Board. The fee of such engineer shall be paid by the owner or operator, who shall deposit the amount of such fee, as estimated by the Town Board, with the Supervisor of the Town immediately after the selection of such engineer.
B. 
This chapter shall not apply to manufacturing, dealing in, giving or disposing of explosives by a dealer as defined in § 451 of the Labor Law of the State of New York, nor shall it apply to the storage at any one time by farmers of 200 pounds or less of blasting explosives for agricultural purposes as set forth in § 438, Subdivision 3, of the Labor Law of the State of New York, nor shall it apply to the storage of such limited amount of sporting or smokeless powders as permitted by § 453 of the Labor Law of the State of New York.

§ 58A-3 Storage and transportation.

All of the applicable provisions of the Labor Law of the State of New York and regulations made thereunder affecting the storage and transportation of explosives are incorporated in this chapter.

§ 58A-4 Use.

A. 
All blasting operations shall be so conducted as not to endanger the health, safety and welfare of persons and the safety of property. Such operations shall be under the direct control and supervision of licensed, competent and responsible persons and shall be carried on in accordance with the provisions of New York State laws and regulations and with the provisions of this chapter. No person shall be permitted to handle and use explosives except a New York State licensed blaster who shall have had experience with the type of blasting being conducted. The superintendent or other person in charge of every blasting operation shall post in a conspicuous place in proximity to the operation the name or names of persons whom he has designated as blasters, having satisfied himself as to their license status, previous blasting experience and competency, and shall promptly notify the Town Clerk, in writing, of the persons so designated. It shall be unlawful to use in any blasting operation a quantity of explosives greater than is necessary to produce a well-designed efficient blast. It shall be the duty of every person or corporation conducting any blasting operation in the Town to make and keep a record for a period of two years with respect to each individual blast, which record shall show:
(1) 
The amount of explosives used.
(2) 
The calculated quantity and type of material removed.
(3) 
The time the blast was set off.
B. 
The short-interval delay firing of blasts shall be practiced wherever necessary to prevent vibration damage to nearby structures. The practice of mud capping, or similar practices involving the unconfined use of explosives, is specifically prohibited. Where blasting is being conducted in the vicinity of structures which may be subject to damage from flying material, all blasts shall be adequately matted. Before any blast is fired, the owner or blaster shall make certain that all roads or other modes of access to the blast area are adequately guarded for the safety of the public and employees. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or operator to remove promptly from public highways all stone or other debris resulting from blasting operations. Blasting operations may be conducted only during daylight and between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

§ 58A-5 Enforcement.

The Building Inspector and the Chief of the Fire Department in the district in which said blasting operation is conducted are hereby designated by the Town Board, individually and jointly, for the purpose of enforcing this chapter, for which purpose said officials, jointly and severally, are authorized to make such inspection or inspections as may reasonably be necessary in the enforcement of this chapter, and any of such officials charged with the duty of enforcement may be authorized by the Town Board to prosecute any violation of this chapter.

§ 58A-6 Severability.

If any section, paragraph, subdivision or provision of this chapter shall be invalid, such invalidity shall apply only to the section, paragraph, subdivision or provisions adjudged invalid, and the rest of this chapter shall remain valid and effective.

§ 58A-7 Penalties for offenses; remedies.

A. 
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter or failing to comply with any provision or condition contained in any permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuance of an offense shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct violation.
B. 
In addition to the penalties and remedies provided above, an action or proceeding in the name of the Town may be commenced in any court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or restrain by injunction the violation of any provision of this chapter or of the provisions and conditions contained in any permit issued pursuant to this chapter.

§ 58A-8 When effective.

This chapter shall become effective upon publishing and posting as required by law.