[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Grand Island 8-21-2006 by L.L. No. 7-2006 (Ch. 6A of the 1963 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise pollution control — See Ch. 232.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 323.
The Town of Grand Island, New York finds that from time to time certain neighborhood groups desire to have Town streets closed for the purpose of conducting block parties or similar neighborhood events. The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons and property by imposing restrictions and establishing procedures for the granting of permits authorizing the temporary closure of streets within the Town for such parties.
As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- Party sponsor and real property owner in the Town who must be at least 18 years of age.
- A neighborhood block party, celebration or event as provided in Town Law, § 64(10-b), sponsored solely by real property owners, but shall not include a garage sale, yard sale, bazaar, rummage sale, or other similar activity having the principal purpose as fund-raising for an individual or an organization, nor shall it include a political meeting or rally, carnival, theatrical or musical performances such as rock concerts or similar events.
- A Town street, highway or road.
The Town Board shall be authorized to issue a permit for the temporary blocking of a street for the purpose of holding a party.
An application for such permit shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 20 days before and no more than one year before party date.
Application shall contain at least the following information:
Name of applicants, sponsoring organization, if any, and the address and telephone numbers of each;
Name of the street or streets where party will be held including description/addresses of the portions thereof to be blocked; and
Description of the party to be held including date and hours of the party and rain date, if any.
The applicant may be required to provide such additional information as the Town Board shall prescribe by resolution, and pay fees, as established by the fee schedule.,
Upon approval by the Town Board, the Town Clerk shall issue a permit upon a determination that the party is authorized by state and local laws and regulations.
Immediately upon granting a permit, the Town Board will direct the Town Clerk to draft a resolution to issue the permit with notification of such to the applicant, parks and recreation, highway department, zoning, Town police, sheriff's department, and state troopers.
The permit shall be denied if the Town Board finds that blocking the street or portion thereof, on the date requested in the application, will unduly interfere with the flow of vehicular traffic, access to property, may constitute a threat to public safety and welfare, or upon determining that the party is not authorized pursuant to the Town Code or state laws.
A permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall be valid only for the date and the hours specified on the application, which shall not be before 9:00 a.m. and after 12:00 midnight. The Town Board shall have the authority to revoke a permit at any time if it determines that any condition of the permit has not been met or is violated. A decision by the Town Board to revoke the permit is final.
The applicant shall be responsible for removal of litter, debris and other materials from the street, or portion thereof used for the party, which is attributable to or caused by the party and if not removed by the applicant may be removed by the Town and the cost thereof charged to the applicant.
The applicant is responsible for and must notify all abutting residents within 10 days before commencement of party.
Prior to the commencement of party, the Town Board shall request that the Town Superintendent of Highways cause the street, or portion thereof, to be blocked to motor vehicles except authorized emergency or hazard vehicles, as defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and to provide detour signs for vehicular traffic. No other person shall in any manner block or place barricades in the road.
A street or portion thereof blocked off for a party shall not be obstructed by barricades or obstacles which cannot be readily moved to allow emergency and hazard vehicles to enter it in response to an emergency.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority vested in the Town pursuant to the New York Constitution, Article IX, § 2 and the New York Municipal Home Rule Law § 10.