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Town of Rock Hall, MD
Kent County
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It shall be unlawful for any person to cast, throw or sweep any trash, refuse, leaves or sweepings into any of the streets, public alleys or sidewalks within the corporate limits of the Town.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or tenant of any building or lot in the Town to permit any wastewater, slop or liquid substance of any kind, except rainwater and water from noncommercial car washing or water from a hose, to run or flow from any building or lot into the streets, gutters or sidewalks of the Town. It shall be unlawful in business and industrial districts to permit any wastewater, including rainwater, to run or flow from any building across any sidewalk of the Town.
No person shall place or allow to remain in or upon or over any sidewalk or street within the Town any box, crate, barrel, carton, bricks, logs, lumber, lime, cement or other building material or anything else which might obstruct the free passage along and upon the sidewalk or street or which may make the street or sidewalk unsightly or dangerous to the public health or safety, without first obtaining from the Mayor and Council a permit to place and maintain the obstruction.
No person shall burn any paper or other refuse matter or place coal ashes or any waste materials on any sidewalk or street bed of the Town.
No person shall move, remove, tear down, destroy or carry away any barricade or obstruction that has been placed upon or across any street or sidewalk under or at the direction of the Mayor and Council for the purpose of preventing or regulating traffic on such street or sidewalk.
It shall be unlawful for any person to molest, destroy, damage, mutilate or carry away any stake, post, stone or pin placed in any street or sidewalk for the purpose of indicating the grade thereof or any lantern, street designation, road marker or any part of any public lamp.
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit or cause any sign or board to project over any sidewalk or any flag, banner or any other manner of display to be stretched across any of the streets of the Town without first securing a permit therefor from the Mayor and Council.
It shall be unlawful for any person, without the permission in writing of the Mayor and Council, to pave or cover with any material any parking space or the space between the sidewalk and curb, or any part thereof, or place upon any sidewalk in any manner whatever any letters or advertising device.
As an aid to freer and safe movement of vehicles at and near street intersections and in order to promote more adequate protection for the safety of children, pedestrians and operators of vehicles and for property, for proposed construction hereafter:
A. 
There shall be limitations on the height of fences, walls, gateways, ornamental structures, hedges, shrubbery and other fixtures, construction and plantings in all districts where front yards are required on corner lots.
B. 
Such barriers to clear, unobstructed vision at corners of intersecting streets shall be limited to a maximum height of three feet above the established street grade for a minimum distance of 20 feet, or such other heights and distance as may be necessary to eliminate a safety hazard along both the front and side lot lines measured from the point of intersection of said intersecting lot lines. Such safety hazard shall be documented in writing by the Rock Hall Police Department to the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council will then determine the proper height and distance requirements necessary to eliminate the hazard.
[Amended 6-12-1997 by Ord. No. 97-06]
C. 
Within the isosceles triangle formed as required in Subsection B hereof by connecting the ends of the respective twenty-foot distances, all the fixtures, construction, hedges, shrubbery and other plantings shall be limited to a height of not over three feet above the elevation of the curb level at said intersecting streets.
D. 
Within said triangle, the ground elevation of such front yards shall not exceed three feet above the established curb elevation at said intersecting streets.
E. 
Any barriers to clear, unobstructed vision within said triangle validly existing before the effective date of this article may be removed by use of the condemnation power provided in the Town Charter or by any other lawful means selected by the Mayor and Council.
A. 
All owners of property abutting on a street, alley or other public way of the Town which is about to be constructed, paved or repaved, made, changed or repaired, to which property water, gas and sewer and any and all necessary underground conduits, pipes and connections have not been made, shall lay or place such water, gas, sewer and any and all necessary conduits, pipes and connections within 30 days after having received written notice from the Mayor and Council to do so.
B. 
All utilities or other installations not owned by the Town of Rock Hall which are located in streets, alleys or other public ways are the sole responsibility of the owner to adjust, alter or repair as required by the Mayor and Council for routine street maintenance or improvements to such streets, alleys or other public ways. Such adjustments, alterations or repairs shall be completed within 30 days of receipt of notice unless an extension is granted by the Mayor and Council.
C. 
Upon failure to comply with the written notice within 30 days from the receipt thereof, the Mayor and Council are hereby authorized and directed to perform such work and charge the cost of the same to the property owners. Such costs shall draw interest after 30 days at the rate of 1/2 of 1% per month, or fraction thereof, and shall be collectible in the same manner as are other Town taxes.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to ride a bicycle or skate upon any sidewalk in any business or industrial district in the Town.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to ride any horse or pony upon any sidewalk in the Town.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or tenant of any building to erect or allow to remain on the building, over any sidewalk, any awning or covering of any description, whether movable or immovable, the bottom or lowest part of which is less than seven feet above the sidewalk.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or play with a ball or missile of any description in any street of the Town.
[Amended 5-5-1994 by Ord. No. 94-4]
Violations of this article shall be punishable as a municipal infraction. Violators shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100. Repeat offenders may be assessed a fine not to exceed $200 for each offense.