Town of Riverhead, NY
Suffolk County
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[Added 4-1-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]

§ 289-45 Findings; purpose.

The Town Board of the Town of Riverhead does hereby find that there exists a threat to public safety any time that snow, freezing rain, sleet, or ice is permitted to accumulate on Town highways and roadways. The parking or abandonment of vehicles along the highways and roadways during snow and other winter-weather-related events prohibits and/or restricts the Town's ability to remediate the hazardous conditions on the highways and impedes the ability of fire, police, and ambulance vehicles and personnel to provide necessary services to Town residents. For the above reasons, the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead finds it necessary to enact legislation prohibiting parking and standing of vehicles on Town highways and roadways in anticipation of and during major snow or winter weather events and such other restrictions related to highway safety during snow and other related winter weather events. A snow or winter storm emergency declaration shall be made by the Supervisor or his designee. Such declaration shall be made at the discretion of the Supervisor when weather conditions are forecasted or exist such that the accumulation of snow, freezing rain, sleet, or ice on any roadway will render vehicle travel potentially hazardous and necessitate snow removal operation or such other remediation efforts to address a winter storm by the Town.

§ 289-46 Declaration of snow or winter storm emergency.

A. 
The Town Supervisor or his designee shall declare a snow emergency or winter storm emergency in a signed written notice to the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk within 24 hours of said declaration. Said notice shall become effective immediately after signing and shall indicate the date and exact time of the declaration. The Chief of Police and Superintendent of Highways shall be notified immediately following a snow or winter storm emergency declaration.
B. 
The Supervisor or his designee shall notify at least one local radio station immediately following a snow or winter storm emergency declaration, and the Supervisor or his designee may cause same to be posted on the Town's official website.
C. 
The snow or winter storm emergency declaration shall be in effect until such time as a snow or winter storm emergency termination has been received by the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk in accordance with § 289-48 of this article.

§ 289-47 Parking prohibited during snow emergency.

No parking is permitted on either side of any roadway during a snow or winter storm emergency declaration between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. pursuant to § 289-46 of this article.

§ 289-48 Snow emergency termination.

A. 
The termination of a snow or winter storm emergency shall be declared by the Supervisor or his designee. Such termination shall be made at the discretion of the Supervisor when snow removal operations or such other required remediation efforts have been completed to the satisfaction of the Supervisor.
B. 
The Supervisor or his designee shall declare a snow or winter storm emergency termination in a signed written notice to the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk. Said notice shall become effective immediately upon receipt and shall include the date and exact time of the snow emergency termination. The Chief of Police and Superintendent of Highways shall be notified immediately following a snow or winter storm emergency termination.
C. 
The Supervisor or his designee shall notify at least one local radio station immediately following a snow or winter storm emergency termination.
D. 
The snow or winter storm emergency termination shall nullify any provisions or conditions resulting from a snow or winter storm emergency declaration as provided for in this article.

§ 289-49 Depositing of snow prohibited.

It is prohibited to shovel, plow or otherwise deposit snow onto any roadway in the Town of Riverhead.

§ 289-50 Removal of vehicles in violation; penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any vehicle parked on any highway within the Town of Riverhead during a snow or winter storm emergency between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. as set forth in §§ 289-46 and 289-47 shall be deemed to affect the ability of the Town to remediate hazardous roadway conditions or create a hazardous condition and/or impede or potentially impede the ability of fire, police, highway and ambulance vehicles and personnel to provide necessary services to Town residents on that portion of the public highway on which said vehicle is parked such that said vehicle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board as set forth in § 289-26, and all procedures set forth in § 289-26, including payment of all fees related to storage and removal, shall apply to vehicles removed from the highway pursuant to this provision.
B. 
Any person, association, firm or corporation, owner or occupant who or which violates § 289-49 shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine of not less than $250. Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate additional violation.