Town of Mount Hope, NY
Orange County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope 7-12-1971 by L.L. No. 2-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Solid waste — See Ch. 195.
Zoning — See Ch. 250.
A. 
This Town Board, in order to promote proper government and to insure the proper protection, order, conduct, safety, health, welfare and well-being of persons or property within the Town of Mount Hope, finds it is in the public interest to enact this chapter.
B. 
This chapter shall regulate mass gatherings, where such mass gatherings are likely to attract 1,500 persons, or more, at any place within the Town of Mount Hope.
A. 
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings herein indicated.
BUILDING
A structure wholly or partially enclosed within exterior walls and a roof, of permanent or temporary nature, affording shelter to persons, animals or property.
MASS GATHERING
The gathering, collecting or congregating of persons with or without the levy of an admission fee.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, partnership, or group.
STRUCTURE
A combination of materials to form a construction that is safe and stable and includes, among other things, stadiums, stages, platforms, radio towers, sheds, storage bins, tents, billboards and display signs.
TOWN OF MOUNT HOPE or TOWN
Includes the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope.
B. 
Word usage.
(1) 
Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number includes the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine.
(2) 
"Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
A. 
No person shall hold or promote by advertising or otherwise, a mass gathering of persons in excess of 1,500 unless a written permit authorizing such use shall have been obtained from the Town Board.
B. 
Application for such permit shall be by verified petition addressed to the Town Board and shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 20 days prior to the date upon which such mass gathering is contemplated. Such application shall include the following written material:
(1) 
A statement of the name, age and residence address of the applicant; if the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation, the names and addresses of its directors; if the applicant does not reside in the Town of Mount Hope, the name and address of an agent, who shall be a natural person and shall reside or have a place of business in the Town of Mount Hope and who shall be authorized to and shall agree by verified statement to accept notices or summonses issued with respect to violations of any law, ordinance, rules or regulations.
(2) 
A statement containing the name and address of the record owner of the property and the nature and interest of the applicant therein; the proposed dates and hours of such mass gathering; the expected minimum number of persons intended to use the property at one time and collectively; the expected number of automobiles and other vehicles intended to use the property at one time and collectively; and the purpose of the function, including the nature of the activities to be carried on and the admission fee to be charged, if any.
(3) 
A map showing the size of the property; the zoning district in which it is located; the names of the record owners of the adjoining properties; the streets or highways abutting said property; the size and location of any existing building, buildings, or structures or of any proposed building, buildings or structures to be erected for the purpose of the mass gathering.
(4) 
A plan or drawing showing the method to be used for the disposal of sanitary sewage and general refuse.
(5) 
A plan or drawing showing the method to be used for the supply, storage and distribution of adequate and satisfactory water.
(6) 
A plan or drawing showing the layout of any parking area for automobiles and other vehicles and the means of ingress and egress to such parking area.
(7) 
A statement containing the type, number and location of any radio device, sound amplifier, loudspeaker, sound truck or other similar sound equipment.
(8) 
A statement specifying whether food or beverage is intended to be prepared, sold or distributed. If food or beverage is intended to be prepared, sold or distributed, a statement specifying the method of preparation and distribution of such food or beverage and the method of disposing of any garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse arising therefrom. If a person, other than the person applying for the permit, will be engaged in the sale and distribution of food or beverage, the name and address of such person shall be submitted. All garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse shall be stored until removed at an unobtrusive area of the premises in securely covered containers. Such containers shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be cleaned at least daily. No garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse shall be removed from the premises between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(9) 
A statement specifying whether any private security guards or police will be engaged and, if so, the names and addresses of such persons, and the duties to be performed by such persons.
(10) 
A statement specifying the precautions to be utilized for fire protection, and a map specifying the location of fire lanes and water supply for fire control.
(11) 
A statement specifying whether any outdoor lights or signs are to be utilized and, if so, a map showing the number, location, size, type and luminating power of such lights and signs. No light on any part of the property holding the mass gathering shall be permitted to shine unreasonably beyond the property line of the property. All exterior lights on the property shall be so situated or equipped with shielding devices so that no unreasonable glow shall shine beyond the property line of the mass gathering.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(12) 
A statement specifying the facilities to be available for emergency treatment of any person who might require immediate medical or nursing attention.
(13) 
A statement specifying whether any camping or housing facilities are to be available and, if so, a plan showing the intended number and location of the same.
(14) 
A statement that no soot, cinders, smoke, noxious acids, fumes, gases or unusual odors shall be permitted to unreasonably emanate beyond the property line of the mass gathering.
(15) 
A statement that no music shall be played in any place of assembly, either by mechanical device or live performances, in such a manner that the sound emanating therefrom shall be unreasonably audible beyond the property line of the place of the mass gathering.
(16) 
A statement that no loud, unnecessary or unusual noise shall be permitted to be made, continued or caused to be made or continued so as to be unreasonably audible beyond the property line of the mass gathering.
(17) 
A statement specifying the facilities to be available in the way of adequate toilet and lavatory accommodations with such accommodations to be denoted in the plans required hereunder to be submitted under other provisions of this chapter.
(18) 
A statement specifying the manner in which insects and noxious weeds will be controlled.
(19) 
A statement as to whether the mass gatherers will sleep on the premises of the mass gathering and, if so, a statement specifying the sleeping facilities and areas, with such sleeping areas to be denoted in the plans required hereunder to be submitted under other provisions of the chapter.
(20) 
A statement that no law, ordinance, rule, or regulation applicable to the place of assembly or enforceable by any governmental authority will be violated and that the regulations of the New York State Department of Labor Industrial Board of Appeals for places of public assembly will be adhered to.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
The Town Board, before issuing any permit, may require the approval of any or all of the following applicable governmental agencies:[3]
(1) 
The New York State Department of Health, the Town Sanitary Inspector, the Town Health Officer and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits, as to any proposed sanitary sewage disposal system, and proposed lavatories or toilets.
(2) 
The New York State Department of Health, the Town Building Inspector, the Town Sanitary Inspector, the Town Health Officer, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, Bureau of Water Permits, as to any proposed system for the supply, storage and distribution of water.
(3) 
The Orange County Highway Department, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police, the Chief Engineer of the controlling Fire District, the Fire Commissioners of the controlling Fire District, and the Fire Advisory Board of the Town of Mount Hope, as to the proposed parking area and the means of ingress and egress to such parking area.
(4) 
The Zoning Board of Appeals and Building Inspector, as to the proposed type, number and location of any sound-producing equipment.
(5) 
The New York State Department of Health and the Town Health Officer, as to the proposed method of preparing, selling or distributing food or beverage and the removal of refuse, trash, rubbish or garbage arising therefrom.
(6) 
The Police of the Town of Mount Hope, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police, as to any proposed private security or police protection.
(7) 
The Chief Engineer of the controlling Fire District, the Fire Commissioners of the controlling Fire District, the Fire Advisory Board of the Town of Mount Hope, and the Fire Coordinator of Orange County, as to any proposed fire protection system.
(8) 
The Zoning Board of Appeals and Building Inspector, as to any proposed outdoor lights and signs.
(9) 
The New York State Department of Health and Town Health Officer, as to any proposed facilities for emergency medical or nursing treatment.
(10) 
The Town Building Inspector and the Zoning Board of Appeals, as to any proposed camping or housing facilities, and the New York State Department of Health and Town Health Officer, as to proposed sleeping areas and sleeping facilities.
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
D. 
Inspections and protection; insurance; surety bonds.
(1) 
No permit shall be issued unless the owner and his tenant or licensee, if any, shall furnish the Town with written authorization to permit the Town or its lawful agents to go upon the property for the purpose of inspecting the same, providing adequate police and fire protection and protecting persons and property from danger.
(2) 
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant shall furnish the Town with a comprehensive liability insurance policy insuring the Town against liability for damage to persons or property with limits of not less than $500,000/$1,000,000 for bodily injury or death and limits of not less than $500,000 for property damage, sufficient in form to save the Town harmless from any liability or causes of action which might arise by reason of the granting of the permit, and noncancelable without 10 days' prior written notice to the Town.
(3) 
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant shall deposit with the Town Clerk cash or good surety company bond, approved by the Town Clerk, in the minimum sum of $100,000, and conditioned that no damage will be done to any public or private property, and that the applicant will not permit any litter, debris or other refuse to remain upon any public or private property, by reason of the granting of the permit; which cash shall be refunded or surety company bond canceled upon certification to the Town Clerk by the Building Inspector that all conditions of this chapter have been complied with.
E. 
The Town may deny the issuance of a permit if it shall find that any of the items as set forth in § 81-3B of this chapter are insufficient to properly safeguard the safety, health, welfare and well-being of persons or property or if the approval of any governmental agency as set forth in § 81-3C of this chapter is not obtained. In no event shall the Town withhold its written approval or denial of a permit for a period in excess of 10 days after a full submission to it by an applicant, except by an extension in writing given by the applicant.
F. 
If after a permit is issued, the Town Board through its lawful agents determines that any of the items as set forth in § 81-3B of this chapter and as specified in the applicant's verified petition in support of the application for a permit is or are not adhered to and accomplished within a reasonable time of the date or dates set for the mass gathering through the time of the mass gathering or if the approval of any governmental agency as set forth in § 81-3C of this chapter is revoked at any time, such permit shall become null and void.
The applicant shall pay to the Town a fee of $100 at such time as he submits his application, which fee shall be returned by the Town if such permit not be issued.
A. 
Any person who shall use, allow, let or permit to be used property for the mass gathering of persons in excess of 1,500, or any person who shall hold, promote by advertising or otherwise, or cause the gathering, collecting or congregating of persons in excess of 1,500 persons in places without having a written permit in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have violated this chapter. Any person who commits or permits any act in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a misdemeanor against such chapter, and shall be liable for the penalties provided. A separate offense against this chapter shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. A separate penalty may be imposed for each separate offense.
B. 
For each violation of a provision of this chapter, the person violating the same shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100, or imprisonment not to exceed six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty enforceable and collectible by the Town in the amount of $100 for each offense.
D. 
In addition to the above-provided penalties, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this chapter.