Borough of Edgewater, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Edgewater 8-10-1982 by Ord. No. 723A-82 (Ch. 150 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 45.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 204.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 432.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish certain areas that are private property that are open to the public or in which the public is invited that shall prohibit parking in areas designated as "No Stopping or Standing" (fire zones).
[Amended 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 1483-2012]
This chapter is enacted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46, which does confer upon the Borough of Edgewater the right to establish “No Stopping or Standing” (fire lanes), in order to preserve and safeguard the public health, safety, morals and welfare.
In and on all premises within the Borough of Edgewater whereon there is located a retail store, shopping center, office building, industrial plant, research laboratory, school, church, multifamily residential building or other public or quasi-public structure wherein the public is invited, there shall be established a fire zone for the purpose of accommodating fire and other emergency equipment, which zone when designated shall be paved and designated "fire zone."
The location and size of the fire lanes to be created shall be determined by the Fire Official of the Borough of Edgewater or, in the case of any application pending before it, by the Planning Board upon recommendation of the Fire Official of the Borough of Edgewater. In formulating the size and location of the fire zone, due consideration shall be given to the size of the building and location of the structure to be served to water supplies and existing facilities for the utilization by emergency equipment, as well as the flammability of the materials used in the construction of each particular building.
[Amended 9-16-1986 by Ord. No. 849-86; 10-21-1986 by Ord. No. 851-86; 2-22-1989 by Ord. No. 913-89; 9-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1103-97; 10-16-2000 by Ord. No. 1198-2000; 7-16-2012 by Ord. No. 1475-2012; 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 1483-2012]
Whenever a determination has been made for the designation of a fire zone as hereinbefore provided, the Fire Official shall notify the owner of the property, in writing, by registered or certified mail or by hand delivering such notice, specifically describing the area designated as a "No Stopping or Standing" (fire zone), together with a statement of reasons therefor.
The marking and remarking of fire lanes shall be the responsibility of and shall be made at the cost and expense of the property owner. The execution of the work required shall be fully performed within a period of 90 days from the date of mailing by the Fire Official or receipt by the property owner in the event that such notice is delivered by hand.
The areas designated as "No Stopping or Standing" (fire lanes) shall be so marked by signs indicating prohibition of parking in conformance with the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 1483-2012]
The property owner shall be required to maintain fire zone designations in a good state of repair. The designated area shall be redesignated in each instance where the area in which the zone has been designated is repaved, sealed or coated in a manner so as to obscure the fire zone designation, and otherwise at such time as, in the reasonably exercised judgment of the Fire Official, the designation shall become obscure; provided, however, that in such latter instance, no such redesignation shall be required for at least a period of three years from the date of the former execution of a fire zone designation plan.
[Added 11-19-2012 by Ord. No. 1483-2012]
Except as set forth in Subsection B, it shall be unlawful for any person to park, stop or stand any motor vehicle or to otherwise place or store material or obstruct the fire zone.
The following vehicles shall be permitted to park, stop or stand in the fire zone:
Any fire or emergency vehicle that is actively engaged in the performance of official business.
School buses that are loading and unloading passengers. These vehicles must park in their designated area when waiting more than 15 minutes for passengers.
[Added 2-22-1989 by Ord. No. 913-89]
The Fire Official shall have the authority to designate certain roads and areas as temporary fire lanes during the construction of a development project, and the owner or person in control of such development shall be required to post such designated areas as temporary fire lanes when so directed by the Fire Official.
[Added 9-20-2010 by Ord. No. 1439-2010]
Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.