Town of Mansfield, MA
Bristol County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Mansfield 5-19-2015 ATM by Art. 21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 207.
Zoning — See Ch. 230.

§ 189-1 Awnings, shades and signs.

A. 
No person shall place or maintain over any sidewalk any awning, shade, shade frame, canopy, sign, or signboard without a permit from the Board of Selectmen, but no such awning, shade, shade frame, canopy, sign, or signboard shall be less than eight feet from the ground in the lowest part or extend beyond the line of the sidewalk.
B. 
Exemption for A-frame or sandwich board signs. A-frame or sandwich board signs advertising local businesses may be allowed in the Downtown Business Zone only when properly permitted by the Inspector of Buildings and in conformance with the size, location and hours of display standards for signs in the Mansfield Zoning Bylaw (Chapter 230 of the Town Code).

§ 189-2 Encroachments prohibited.

No person shall allow any wood, coal or other obstruction to remain within the limits of a street or upon any sidewalk so as in any manner to obstruct the travel thereon, or for more than 24 hours after he has been notified to remove the same by the Town Manager or by an officer having charge of the highway or any constable or police officer.

§ 189-3 Excavations.

A. 
No person who is not in the employ of the Town or of some office or department thereof, having authority so to do, shall dig up, excavate, or assist in breaking or digging up or excavating any part of a public street, highway, or Town way, or remove any gravel or other material from a public street, highway, or Town way, unless he has obtained from the Board of Selectmen or Town Manager a written permit therefor.
B. 
Whoever, by virtue of such a permit, breaks, digs up, or excavates, or causes to be dug up, broken up, or excavated, any part of a public street, highway, or Town way shall cause a rail or other sufficient barriers to be placed so as to enclose part of the street so dug up, broken up, or excavated; and he or they shall cause a sufficient number of lighted lanterns for public protection to be attached to some part of such barrier and so kept from the beginning of twilight through the whole of every night during all the time such street, highway, or Town way remains dug or broken up or such excavation exists.

§ 189-4 Restoration of excavated way.

Said person or persons shall restore said street, highway, or Town way immediately upon completion of work; and the expense of repairs on said ways rendered necessary by said digging up and accruing within one year thereafter shall be paid by such person or persons.

§ 189-5 Gates or doors.

No person shall allow any gate or door belonging to premises under his control and adjoining any sidewalk or public way to swing on, over, or into said walk or way.

§ 189-6 Solid and liquid waste discharges prohibited.

No person shall place or cause to be placed or empty or cause to be emptied upon any street, way, lane, sidewalk, or brook any leaves, house dirt, offal or rubbish, any sewage or the drainage of any sink or stable, or the contents of any cesspool, vault, privy or privy well, or any waste matter whatsoever.

§ 189-7 Sump pump discharges prohibited.

No person shall discharge water from a sump pump or other mechanical source into any street, way, land, or sidewalk which could cause safety concerns due to icing or dangerous driving conditions or cause damage to the Town's property.

§ 189-8 Drain layers.

No person or company shall violate the provisions of the Town of Mansfield drain layers license and regulations.

§ 189-9 Motorized vehicle restrictions.

A. 
Definition. This section refers to scooters, power boards, all-terrain vehicles and mini-motorbikes that have handlebars that have two or more wheels, that are designed to be stood upon or sat upon by the operator, and that are electric or gas-powered by an engine or motor capable of propelling the vehicle with or without human thrust, excluding wheelchairs and vehicles which are medically necessary.
B. 
Prohibition from sidewalks. No person may use, ride or otherwise operate an electric or a gas-powered scooter, power board, or mini-motorbike on a sidewalk of the Town of Mansfield.
C. 
Prohibition from streets. No person may use, ride or otherwise operate an electric or a gas-powered scooter, power board, all-terrain vehicle or mini-motorbike on a public way, private way, street or on the grounds of any public school in the Town of Mansfield unless that person is 16 years of age or older and is carrying a valid Massachusetts driver's license in his/her possession.
D. 
Penalties. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of $25 for a first offense and $50 for a second or subsequent offense.
E. 
Exceptions. Nothing in these subsections shall prevent the legal use of:
(1) 
Any mechanical or motorized device designed and used to assist a person with a disability affecting ambulation;
(2) 
A moped that has been registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles; and
(3) 
A motorized bicycle that has been registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
F. 
Enforcement. The Mansfield Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this section. The provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21D, may be used to enforce these subsections. The Chief of the Mansfield Police Department shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce these subsections.
G. 
Regulatory authority. The Chief of the Mansfield Police Department shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce these subsections.
H. 
Severability. If any provisions of these subsections are held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be considered separately and apart from the remaining provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect.
I. 
Violation. In addition to the fines described in Subsection D above, anyone who violates this section shall forfeit the vehicle immediately and the Town shall have possession of the same and shall return it only upon payment of a fine in accordance with Subsection D.
J. 
Vendors. All vendors selling vehicles described in Subsection A shall be required to post in clear and conspicuous terms the statement that these vehicles are banned on public and private ways, sidewalks, and public grounds and deliver a copy of this bylaw to a purchaser of any vehicle defined under this bylaw.