[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango 1-9-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and general welfare by regulating the operation of snowmobiles within the Village of Chittenango in a manner which will promote their safe and proper use for recreation and commerce, minimize detrimental effects of such use on the environment and permit use of the highways and other lands of the village compatible with the use thereof for vehicular and pedestrian travel and other uses.
The chapter is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Article 21 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, as enacted by Chapter 660 of the Laws of 1972.
For the purpose of this chapter, the definition of words, phrases and terms adopted by Article 21, § 21.05, of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and by rules and regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation as provided by § 25.01 of Article 25 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and as the same shall be amended or supplemented hereafter, are incorporated herein.
Whenever the word "village" is used herein, reference shall be to the Village of Chittenango.
Snowmobiles may be operated on the following portions of highways which have been designated and posted as provided by law:
Shoulders and inside banks.
On roadways of such designated and posted highways in case the outside banks or shoulders are determined by the Village Board of Trustees to be impassable or nonexistent by reason of prevailing snow conditions or conditions of terrain.
On such designated and posted highways, for a distance not to exceed 500 yards, when the Village Board of Trustees determines it is otherwise impossible for snowmobiles to gain access to areas or trails adjacent to the highway, for the purpose only of gaining access to and from the areas of operation.
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on any highway of the village as provided in § 119-4 above, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby established and shall be applicable to all such snowmobile operation, pursuant to Article 25, § 25.09, Subdivision 1, Clause (d), but shall not be construed as limiting or modifying the conditions and restrictions of the operation of snowmobiles as set forth in said Article 25:
Public or private lands. No snowmobiles shall be operated on any lands owned or occupied by any governmental authority, except as is otherwise provided by this chapter or on private property of another without the express permission of such owner or occupant.
Sidewalks. Snowmobiles shall not be operated upon any public sidewalk or walkway.
School areas. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on any lands or roadways owned by the Chittenango Central School District.
Church areas. Snowmobiles shall not be operated within 1,000 feet of any church or religious society during the hours when such church or society is conducting publicly posted religious services.
Quiet zones. Snowmobiles shall not be operated at any time within 500 feet of lands or buildings occupied and used as a licensed hospital, sanatorium, nursing or other health-related facility.
Speed limit. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on any village highway or any portion thereof at a rate of speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
Seasonal limitation. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on any village highway or portions thereof or on any village-owned or -occupied lands from the 15th day of April to the first day of November in any year.
Hours of operation. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on any village highway or any portion thereof between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 am. of the following day, except that on Fridays and Saturdays the prohibited hours shall be from 2:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on each of said days.
Unnecessary noise. Snowmobiles shall not be operated, except at special events as defined in said Article 25, § 25.11, in any manner which creates loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons or in any other manner which constitutes a public nuisance or annoys, injures or endangers the health, safety or comfort of the public.
Unattended snowmobiles. It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to leave or allow a snowmobile to be left unattended on any village highway or at any public place while the motor is running or with any key for starting the same left in the ignition or elsewhere in said snowmobile.
Minimum age. No person shall operate a snowmobile on any village highway or any portion thereof or upon any village-owned or -occupied lands unless such operator has attained the proper age required to receive a license to operate a motor vehicle or a learner's permit relating thereto as prescribed by the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
Accident reports. A copy of or a similar report of any accidents required of any owner, operator or participant involved in or having knowledge of an accident to be reported to the Office of Parks and Recreation and/or any other law enforcement agency as prescribed by Article 25, § 25.25, shall be, within the same time limits as required of such person under Article 25, filed with or reported to the Police Department of the village.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation.