[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney 6-2-1980 by Ord. No. 872. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this chapter to provide for the designation of fire lanes wherever it appears that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding the free movement of fire-fighting equipment, police motor vehicles, ambulances or any other rescue or emergency equipment anywhere within the corporate limits of the Borough of Punxsutawney, on public or private property.
The Fire Chief, Police Chief and Mayor, working as a joint committee, shall have the power to designate fire lanes anywhere within the corporate limits of the Borough of Punxsutawney, on public or private property, where they deem necessary and where they deem that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding free movement of fire-fighting and any other emergency-type equipment or vehicles. The before-mentioned committee, upon designating a fire lane, shall advise the Public Works Foreman or his designated agent thereto of the lane so sanctioned.
The Public Works Foreman or his designated agent thereto shall dispatch the necessary work force to line-paint or otherwise paint the area sanctioned as a fire lane, painting and marking said area as such: NO PARKING — FIRE LANE, and/or to post the fire lane with NO PARKING — FIRE LANE signs.
Parking or otherwise obstructing fire lanes in any way shall be prohibited within any designated fire lane.
Placing or causing to be placed any sign or signs indicating a loading zone, pickup zone, parking area or similar signs indicating that parking or stopping is permitted in a designated fire lane shall be prohibited. The imposition of a penalty as set forth in § 127-7 shall not excuse the violation or sign or signs to exist, and all such violations or signs shall be required to be removed within a reasonable time.
[Added 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
The Borough of Punxsutawney Public Works Department thereafter shall be responsible for the maintenance and continued upkeep of fire lanes by cleaning, sweeping and/or repainting the immediate fire lane area, as may be needed, and/or replacing damaged or missing fire lane signs.
The Fire Chief, Police Chief and Mayor shall be responsible for the administration of this chapter concerning the designating of fire lanes within the Borough.
The Punxsutawney Police Department shall be responsible for the patrolling of all designated fire lanes of the Borough to ascertain that the same are maintained free of obstructions and vehicles. Any vehicle observed parked in a designated fire lane by the Punxsutawney police shall be tagged with a formal ticket advising the driver of said vehicle that he is improperly and illegally parked in a designated fire lane and that a citation will be issued for the illegal act.
[Amended 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction before the District Justice, shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to pay a fine not less than $25 nor to exceed the maximum fine of $300, plus costs of prosecution, or to undergo imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.