Town of Van Buren, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Van Buren 11-19-2010 by L.L. No. 7-2010.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 84.
Littering and dumping — See Ch. 129.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law was originally adopted as Ch. 197 but was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical sequence of the Code.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BLOCK PARTY
A neighborhood party, celebration or event, as provided in Town Law § 64, Subdivision 10-b, but such definition shall not include a garage sale, yard sale or other similar activity having the principal purpose of fund-raising for an individual or an organization, nor shall it include a political meeting or rally, carnival or theatrical or musical performances, such as concerts or similar events.
A. 
The Town Board shall issue a permit for the temporary blocking of a street for the purpose of holding a block party. An application for such permit shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 30 days and no more than 365 days before the commencement of such block party. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name and the address of the applicant;
(2) 
The name of the involved street or streets and a description of the portions thereof intended to be blocked;
(3) 
A description of the specific nature of the party to be held; and
(4) 
The date(s) and the hours the party or event will be held.
B. 
The application shall contain the following additional documentation:
(1) 
Signatures of 75% of the residents consenting to the block party on the block impacted in the form required by the Town Board;
(2) 
Proof of special event insurance coverage if alcoholic beverages are to be involved in the manner and terms as the Town Board shall require;
(3) 
A release of liability and indemnification agreement signed by the applicant in the form, manner and terms as the Town Board shall require; and
(4) 
Written documentation that the proposed block party will not disrupt any religious events or celebrations if the block party will block part of a street where a house of worship is present.
C. 
The application may require such additional information and documentation as the Town Board shall require by resolution hereafter.
The application shall be accompanied by a fee as hereafter established by resolution of the Town Board, which shall be nonrefundable. A permit may 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 or the access to property or may constitute a threat to public safety and welfare. The decision by the Town to deny a permit shall be absolute and final.
A. 
All residents located within the block must be notified of the date and time of the block party event within a reasonable time prior to said event.
B. 
The Town of Van Buren Fire Department, ambulance services, Sheriff's Department, Highway Department and Code Enforcement Officer must be notified at least seven days prior to the block party event.
A permit issued pursuant to this article shall be valid only for the date(s) and hours specified thereon.
A. 
A block party for the same or adjoining blocks shall be limited to once per year.
B. 
No obstructions shall be placed in front of fire hydrants.
C. 
Fireworks and explosives of any kind are prohibited.
D. 
No structures, including tents, canopies, amusement rides, bouncy houses, scaffolding, bleachers or similar structures, shall be erected within the streets affected.
E. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited except if the applicant obtains a New York State alcohol permit and obtains insurance coverage pursuant to § 197-2(B)(2) of this chapter with a waiver of the Town of Van Buren open-container law pursuant to Chapter 83 of the Code of the Town of Van Buren.
F. 
Once a block party has commenced, no vehicular traffic is permitted on the streets affected except for emergency vehicles.
The applicant shall be responsible for any damage to the Town highway or right-of-way and for the 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.
A street or portion thereof blocked off for a party shall not be obstructed by obstacles or cars which cannot be readily moved to allow emergency and hazard vehicles to enter into the area in response to an emergency. The means and methods of blocking any street or portions thereof for a permitted block party shall be approved by the Superintendent of Highways prior to the placement thereof, but in no event shall obstructions be utilized which are not easily and readily moved to allow access by emergency and similar vehicles or equipment.