[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen 9-16-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the safety and welfare of residents and property owners of the Town of Simsbury by requiring that the owner, agent of the owner or the occupant of any property which has a public or private fire hydrant located on or adjacent to that property shall eliminate any obstructions around such fire hydrants and/or automatic fire sprinkler equipment.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any item, including but not limited to snow, vegetation, ground cover, fences, mailboxes or such that would impede any use or maintenance by Simsbury Fire District personnel.
- PRIVATE FIRE HYDRANTS
- Fire hydrants, to include all automatic fire sprinkler controls, which are owned by private entities but in the case of emergency will be used by Simsbury Fire District personnel.
- PUBLIC FIRE HYDRANTS
- Fire hydrants owned by the Simsbury Fire District, Avon Water Company or Tariffville Fire District that are located along a public roadway.
The owner, agent of the owner or the occupant of any property which has a public or private fire hydrant located on or adjacent to it shall remove, clear away or cause removal or clearing of any obstructions:
It shall be the duty of the Police Department, under direction of the Chief of Police, or his or her designee, to enforce this chapter upon notification by the Fire Marshal, Fire Chief or his/her designees, of a violation. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police or his or her designee to provide notice of all violations to the offending party, which shall set forth the nature of the violation and order of immediate correction thereof.
Any owner, agent of the owner or the occupant of any property which has a public or private fire hydrant located on or adjacent to that property who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter following notification shall be issued a Town ordinance violation ticket for each day that the violation remains unabated after the date of the notification. Each Town ordinance violation ticket shall subject the owner, agent of the owner or the occupant to a fine of $90 for each ticket issued, or the maximum penalty provided by the Connecticut General Statutes Section 5l -164p.
The Town of Simsbury may, at any time after the issuance of the notice of violation and failure to comply by the owner, agent of the owner or the occupant of any property, cause the removal of the obstruction and recover its cost to remove the obstruction in any fashion permitted by law, including the filing of a lien against the subject property, pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes Section 7-148(c)(6)(C)(v).