[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ontario 5-15-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the Bear Creek Harbor Law.
The Ontario Town Board has determined that in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Town of Ontario and for the protection of users of Lake Road in said Town, it is necessary to regulate actions and activities within the boundaries of the area known as Bear Creek Harbor within said Town.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BEAR CREEK HARBOR
- The water outlet from Bear Creek to Lake Ontario and all land owned and designated by the Town of Ontario associated with recreation and parks and located at Bear Creek on Lake Road in the Town of Ontario. It shall further include all properties directly adjacent to the harbor area itself owned by the Town of Ontario.
- Any vehicle or craft used on the water, whether motorized or nonmotorized.
- BOAT CARRIER
- Any device attached to a vehicle used to transport a boat.
- BOAT TRAILER
- Any highway vehicle used to transport a boat.
- BOAT LAUNCH PERMIT
- A written license issued by the Town Clerk of the Town of Ontario authorizing launching of a boat at Bear Creek Harbor.
- In accordance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
No person shall launch any boat from Bear Creek Harbor unless such person has obtained and has in his/her possession, a valid launch permit issued by the Town Clerk of the Town of Ontario. If the boat is launched from a trailer attached to a vehicle, the trailer shall display the current Town launch permit. In addition, the vehicle towing such trailer must also display a current Town launch permit. In the event that the boat is brought to the harbor by boat carrier, the vehicle carrying such boat shall have prominently displayed a current Town launch permit.
The fee for said launch permit will be as set out in the Town of Ontario Fee Schedule.
Editor's Note: Said Fee Schedule is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
Except when in compliance with the law or directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall park a vehicle at Bear Creek Harbor except in a designated area. All such areas shall be clearly marked by signs.
Handicapped parking shall be permitted in any designated area. In order to park in handicapped designated parking, a handicapped sticker must be prominently displayed.
No parking is permitted by vehicles with trailers or boat carriers unless such vehicles have prominently displayed the current Town launch permit.
No firearms and/or explosives shall be discharged within Bear Creek Harbor.
No dumping shall be permitted.
No person shall operate a snowmobile or other off-road vehicle on lands covered by this chapter. No vehicle shall be operated except on designated roads within the harbor.
No dogs or other animals shall be permitted in Bear Creek Harbor area unless such dog or other animal is on a leash or in a cage. No dogs or other animals shall be permitted in the portion of Bear Creek Harbor known as “Memorial Point in Thompson Park,” at any time.
[Amended 7-27-2020 by L.L. No. 3-2020]
No person being the owner or the agent of the owner of any dog shall permit such dog to commit any nuisance within Bear Creek Harbor or to cause any nuisance or to cause damage to the person or property of others.
Fishing is prohibited in Bear Creek Harbor while standing or sitting within the boundaries of the highway right of way known as "Lake Road, in the Town of Ontario, Wayne County, New York."
The Director of Recreation and Parks is authorized to issue rules and regulations governing conduct in Bear Creek Harbor after Town Board approval.
Upon conviction for a violation of any provision of this chapter, the Court shall impose a sentence consisting of a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $100 for the first offense and a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $200 for each subsequent offense.
Nothing in this chapter shall operate to bar the enforcement of any New York State ordinance or law.
The Director of Recreation and Parks is hereby authorized to adopt rules and regulations subject to Town Board approval to implement the provisions of this chapter.