[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palmyra 10-14-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-10 (Ch. 26A of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire lanes shall be provided on all plans and specifications for the construction or remodeling of any public building, where deemed necessary. On sites of existing public buildings where fire lanes are either inadequate or nonexistent, and where the same are deemed necessary in the opinion of the Borough Fire Official, the property owners shall be required, upon notice, to locate and designate appropriate fire lanes in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Design. Each fire lane shall be constructed to a minimum width of 18 feet, 12 feet of which shall be paved, graveled or constructed of an appropriate stable base with grass or sod topping. Construction of the fire lane can be combined with a pedestrian path if appropriately located and constructed. Based on existing site conditions, design of the fire lane may be altered at the discretion of the Fire Official.
Location. Fire lanes shall be located so as to serve the entire building from the building site and so as to provide the most direct means of access for all emergency vehicles. The location of the fire lane shall lie with the Fire Official of the Borough of Palmyra and the Palmyra Fire Chief.
Fire lanes shall be appropriately posted with signs indicating "No Parking Fire Lane" or "No Parking by Order of the Fire Official" in red letters on a white background, with a red line bordering the perimeter of the sign. Said signs are to be 12 inches by 18 inches, made of metal with rust-resistant reflectorized coating, and posted at the ends of each fire lane and at one-hundred-foot intervals therein. Fire areas shall also be designated by covering the face and top of the curb of the prohibited areas with a solid yellow color of paint. The above criteria for the painting of fire areas is to be considered minimum, and additional painting may be placed on the site consisting of cross arches, solid yellow areas or such other designations, in addition to the curb painting, as may serve to act as a deterrent to parking in fire areas.
The owner of the site involved with the construction or remodeling shall be responsible for procuring, erecting and marking the fire lanes.
All maintenance and repair of the signs, pavements and markings, if any, will remain the responsibility of the owner and any successor. The maintenance and repair shall be a continuing condition of any approval conferred with respect to the construction, remodeling or occupancy of the building or structure on the premises. Any failure to maintain or repair said signs or pavement markings shall be a basis for voiding the prior approval. Approvals shall be conditional under this subsection and shall include but not be limited to formal site plan approval and certificates of occupancy and the approval of the Fire Official and Palmyra Fire Department Chief.
No unauthorized vehicles shall be allowed to park, stand or stop in any fire lane. Any violation of this provision shall be subject to a fine of $50. Each subsequent offense will be subject to a fine not to exceed $100. "Unauthorized vehicle" shall be interpreted to mean a vehicle other than emergency or registered Borough vehicles.
For any vehicle in violation of this chapter and requiring towing, the cost of said towing will be paid for by the owner of said vehicle.