[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Bath 1-21-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Bath, New York, hereby finds that the use of notices, temporary signs and advertising devices along public streets, highways and roads and upon public property creates unreasonable distractions to operators of motor vehicles, creates confusion with regard to traffic lights, signs and signals, impairs visibility of pedestrians and motor vehicles, creates safety hazards to the public and, in particular, pedestrians, distracts from identification of surrounding businesses and house numbering and further detracts from the aesthetic character of buildings, sites, districts and the Village as a whole. In addition, the Board of Trustees finds that the undue proliferation of notices, temporary signs and advertising devices along public rights-of-way and upon public property detracts from the established character of the adjoining properties and of the neighborhood in which they are located and further depreciates the value of said properties and neighborhoods. It is hereby determined that the removal of said notices, temporary signs and advertising devices will promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community in which they are located.
[Amended by 1-21-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
With the exception of any notice or sign placed or erected by or authorized to be placed or erected by the Village, town, county, state or any other governmental authority, and further, with respect to all signs pertaining to traffic regulations, parking regulations and fire zones which are subject to the rules and regulations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, and, further, with respect to any business or commercial advertising sign erected and/or placed on or immediately in front of the business or commercial establishment for which such sign is intended to advertise, no notice, temporary sign or advertising device shall be located within or upon the right-of-way of any Village, town, county or state street, road or highway or upon any Village, town, county or state or other publicly owned building or land located within the Village of Bath, New York. Any signage not prohibited herein shall be erected and/or placed as to not unreasonably interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
The Street Supervisor or his designee is hereby authorized to remove any notice, temporary sign or advertising device placed within the right-of-way of any Village street, road or highway, or upon any property owned by the Village of Bath, including but not limited to, Village buildings, streets, highways, parks or other public lands. The Street Superintendent or his designee shall be authorized to dispose of said notices, temporary signs and advertising devices as he shall determine. Upon receipt of written authorization from the New York State Department of Transportation and/or the Steuben County Public Works Department, the Street Supervisor shall be authorized to remove notices, temporary signs and advertising devices in accordance with this section from any state and/or county road and highway.