[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Islesboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCESAttachment 1 - Attachment A, Diagram of Parking Lot at Grindle Point Attachment 2 - Attachment B, Sticker Fees
Shore areas, piers and floats — See Ch. 142.
The purpose of this article is to prevent damage to Town ways and bridges in the Town of Islesboro which may be caused by vehicles of excessive weight, to lessen safety hazards and the risk of injury to the traveling public, to extend the life expectancy of Town ways and bridges, and to reduce the public expense of their maintenance and repair.
This article is adopted pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3009 and 29-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2388 and 2395.
The definitions contained in Title 29-A of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated shall govern the construction of words contained in this article. Any words not defined therein shall be given their common and ordinary meaning.
The Board of Selectmen, the Road Commissioner or authorized agent may, either permanently or seasonally, impose such restrictions on the gross registered weight of vehicles as may, in their judgment, be necessary to protect the traveling public and prevent abuse of the highways, and designate the Town ways and bridges to which the restrictions shall apply.
Whenever notice has been posted as provided herein, no person may thereafter operate any vehicle with a gross registered weight in excess of the restriction during any applicable time period on any way or bridge so posted unless otherwise exempt as provided herein.
The notice shall contain, at a minimum, the following information: the name of the way or bridge, the gross registered weight limit, the time period during which the restriction applies, the date on which the notice was posted, and the signatures of the municipal officers.
The notice shall be conspicuously posted at each end of the restricted portion of the way or bridge in a location clearly visible from the travel way. Whenever a restriction expires or is lifted, the notices shall be removed wherever posted. Whenever a restriction is revised or extended, existing notices shall be removed and replaced with new notices.
No person may remove, obscure or otherwise tamper with any notice so posted except as provided herein.
The following vehicles are exempt from this article:
Any two-axle vehicle while delivering home heating fuel;
Any vehicle while engaged in highway maintenance or repair under the direction of the state of Town;
Any emergency vehicle (such as firefighter apparatus or ambulances) while responding to an emergency;
Any school transportation vehicle while transporting students;
Any public utility vehicle while providing emergency service or repairs; and
Any vehicle whose owner or operator holds a valid permit from the Board of Selectmen as provided herein.
The owner or operator of any vehicle not otherwise exempt as provided herein may apply in writing to the Board of Selectmen for a permit to operate on a posted way or bridge notwithstanding the restriction. The Board of Selectmen may issue a permit only upon all of the following findings:
No other route is reasonably available to the applicant;
It is a matter of economic necessity and not mere convenience that the applicant use the way or bridge; and
The applicant has tendered cash, a bond or other suitable security running to the Town in an amount sufficient, in its judgment, to repair any damage to the way or bridge which may reasonably result from the applicant's use of same.
Even if the Board of Selectmen make the foregoing findings, it need not issue a permit if it determines the applicant's use of the way or bridge could reasonably be expected to create or aggravate a safety hazard or cause substantial damage. The Board may also limit the number of permits issued or outstanding as may, in its judgment, be necessary to preserve and protect the highways.
In determining whether to issue a permit, the Board of Selectmen shall consider the following factors:
The gross registered weight of the vehicle;
The current and anticipated conditions of the way or bridge;
The number and frequency of vehicle trips proposed;
The cost and availability of materials and equipment for repairs;
The extent of use by other exempt vehicles; and
Such other circumstances as may, in their judgment, be relevant.
The Board of Selectmen may issue permits subject to reasonable conditions, including but not limited to restrictions on the actual load weight and the number or frequency of vehicle trips, which shall be clearly noted on the permit.
This article shall be administered and may be enforced by the Board of Selectmen or its duly authorized designee (such as Road Commissioner, Codes Enforcement Officer or law enforcement officer).
Any violation of this article shall be a civil infraction subject to a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1,000. Each violation shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to any fine, the Town may seek restitution for the cost of repairs to any damaged way or bridge and reasonable attorney fees and costs.
Prosecution shall be in the name of the Town and shall be brought in the Maine District Court.
This article may be amended by the Board of Selectmen at any properly noticed meeting.
[Adopted 3-25-2003; amended 5-17-2006; 11-1-2006; 4-30-2008; 6-16-2011; 7-20-2011]
The purpose of this article is to regulate and control parking in the Town of Islesboro in order to reduce congestion, prevent obstruction of ferry lanes, roads, and parking areas, and to prevent vehicles from obstructing snow removal activity.
Authority to enact this article is conferred by 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3009.
The areas of Grindle Point to which these regulations apply are:
Entire parking lot area;
Entire pier area;
The road shoulder, marsh side from the Row #3 ferry line marker to the eastern most parking regulations sign (No Parking Between Signs), approximately 1,360 feet.
Water side between the parking regulation signs, up around the corner, approximately 215 feet;
Adjacent to the boat launching ramp shore area from the very-low-tide line to the parking lot itself.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL USE
- Those vehicles primarily used for commercial purposes; and/or a vehicle showing business-related advertising/lettering on its side.
- Any day of the week, 6:01 a.m. to 5:29 p.m.
- ISLAND RESIDENT
- Those individuals paying real estate or personal property
taxes or vehicle excise taxes to the Town of Islesboro.[Amended 6-6-2012]
- Any night of the week, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- OUTER ISLANDS
- Spruce, Warren, 700 Acre, Minot, Middle, Job and Lime Islands.
- OVERNIGHT PARKING
- From approximately 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
- PARKING SLOT
- A parking area of approximately 18 feet by eight feet in size, and usually located by white lines.
- PERSONAL USE
- Those vehicles primarily used for personal use.
- SUMMER SEASON
- June 15 through September 1.
- WINTER SEASON
- From September 2 until June 14 of the following year, or
when plowing operations are occurring.[Amended 6-6-2012]
No parking at any time is permitted on the marsh side between the end of the guardrail heading east to the last parking regulation sign.
No parking at any time is permitted on the water side between the no-parking signs on the road curve and in the intertidal/beach area adjacent to the boat launching ramp.
There will be no overnight parking of any kind in marked Section G, year-round. (Section G is the parking directly adjacent to the lawn and stretches between the Sailor's Museum and the ferry terminal building.)
During the summer season, no vehicle shall be parking within the regulated area in the same parking slot for more than 24 hours with the following exceptions:
The Town Office, on request, shall issue an exemption placard to each household on the outer islands which shall be hung on the rearview mirror of the vehicle for which the exemption is requested. Up to two placards per household can be issued. At the time of the request, vehicles registration numbers must be written on the exemption placard as the placard is valid for those vehicles only.
During the summer season, the following sticker regulations apply:
Placards (one per vehicle) will only be issued at the Town Office. The vehicle must be present at the Town Office and available for viewing verification by Town Office employees when the placards are issued for it. Placards must be placed in their designated location at time of issuing.
Personal placards are vehicle (registration) specific. Commercial placards are business specific.
There will be an unlimited number of Island personal placards issued per household. Off-Island personal placards are limited to one per person.
Island commercial placards are limited to two per business. off-Island commercial placards are limited to one per business.
During days, placards are not required on any vehicles in the regulated areas.
During nights, only vehicles with placards are allowed in the regulated areas.
If more than three tickets are issued on any one placard during the summer season, the placard will be revoked and will not be reissued until the next June 15. If the placard (vehicle) is then found in any regulated areas at any time, that vehicle will be towed.
Motorcycle class vehicles (motorcycles/moped/bicycles) and trailers are not required to affix a placard to them unless they are taking up the space (slot) of a vehicle.
During the winter season, no overnight parking is permitted in the Grindle Point parking area on the road shoulder, marsh side, from the Row #3 ferry line marker to the corner telephone pole by the Phillips property, in the ferry line parking area, and in the short-term parking area immediately adjacent to the ferry waiting lines.
During the winter season, owners of vehicles which are left for more than two weeks in regulated areas where such parking is not otherwise prohibited shall provide the Town Office with a description of the vehicle, the name of an individual to contact in case of emergency, and written authorization to tow the vehicle, together with acknowledgment of responsibility for reimbursing the Town for the cost of towing.
During the winter season, the Town may impose a ban on all parking in the ferry line parking area and all center parking areas. Notice of the parking ban may be given by public posting, radio announcements, posting of flyers and by erecting temporary signs in the area affected.
Vehicular parking on the Grindle Point Pier shall not exceed two consecutive hours.
The Public Safety Officer or, in his or her absence, either a duly authorized law enforcement officer or the Town Manager, may cause vehicles which have been parking in violation of the twenty-four-hour limit or which are creating a safety hazard or interfering with plowing, to be removed at the owner's or operator's expense.
The Public Safety Officer, or in his or her absence, either a duly authorized law enforcement officer or the Town Manager, may impose a ban on parking in any of the regulated areas when deemed necessary for safety reasons.
One reserved parking spot for a Central Maine Power vehicle, as designated on the revised map Attachment A.
Signs may be erected at the direction of the Town Manager designating the regulated areas and giving notice of the parking restrictions which have been imposed within the areas in question. These parking control signs shall constitute the official designation of the areas which are subject to these regulations. Anyone who tampers with or removes an official parking sign shall be guilty of a civil violation and subject to a civil penalty of no more than $1,000.
The Board of Selectmen shall establish fees for stickers. (See Attachment B for sticker fees effective with adoption of this chapter.)
Editor's Note: Attachment B is included at the end of this chapter.
Violation of any of the restrictions imposed by this article shall constitute a civil violation as provided by 30-A M.R.S.A § 3009, Subsection C. Owners and operators of vehicles which have been parked in violation of this article are jointly and severally responsible for the consequences of the violation.
The Public Safety Officer, the Town Manager, or any duly authorized law enforcement officer may issue a notice of the violation of any provision of this article. The notice of violation may be affixed to the vehicle in question or delivered or mailed to the owner or operator of the vehicle.
If more than three tickets are issued on any one sticker during the summer season, then the sticker will be revoked and will not be reissued until next June 15. If the stickered vehicle is then found in any regulated areas at any time, that vehicle will be towed.
With sticker attached to vehicle: Initial violations shall be punishable by a civil penalty of $25 payable to the Town of Islesboro at the Town Office.
Without sticker attached to vehicle: Initial violations shall be punishable by a civil penalty of $125 payable to the Town of Islesboro at the Town Office.
Any vehicle which has been parked in violation of this article resulting in a civil penalty of $100 or $350 may be removed by the Town. In order to recover any such towed vehicle, the owner or operator shall reimburse the cost of towing and storage in addition to the civil penalty of $100 or $350. Any person who removes a vehicle which has been towed and placed in Town custody without permission shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 in addition to the cost of towing and storage.
Any civil violation of this article may be prosecuted in the District Court by the Public Safety Officer, duly authorized law enforcement officer or other authorized Town official on behalf of the Town of Islesboro.