[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Red Hook 5-30-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It has come to the attention of the Village Board of Trustees that local community groups have sought permission from the Village and local land owners for the public display of publicly viewed installations. In order to assist local community organizations, it is the purpose of this chapter to support local community-based organizations while prohibiting commercial enterprises from obtaining free commercial display areas within the Village.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION
- A Red Hook-based, tax-exempt organization, or affiliation with a tax-exempt organization, which must provide proof of such status, whose mission is to promote service, civic pride and community involvement.
No display or exhibit permitted under this chapter shall allow the sale or conduct of any business operation at the installation site.
Any Red Hook community-based organization wishing to place or utilize a public or private display area within the incorporated Village of Red Hook in a place that is open to the public or visible to the public must first obtain a permit from the Board of Trustees of the Village of Red Hook.
Only entities or organizations that are recognized as a community-based organization may apply for and obtain a permit.
If private land is being utilized for the display, written permission from the property owner must be presented with the application.
Any structure erected for any display must be safe and structurally sound and shall be placed or erected to not interfere with sight lines of motorists or other traffic or to interfere with the use of any public thoroughfare.
Any permit issued shall be valid for a period of 180 days, at the end of which the organization shall have removed and restored the display area to its original condition.
There shall be no fee for a permit application under this chapter.
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Village of Red Hook is hereby authorized to issue summonses or appearance tickets, returnable in the Village Court for any violations of this chapter. Any such violation shall be categorized as a petty offense, punishable by a fine of up to $250 per violation, per day, each day that the offense continues shall be considered a separate violation.
The Village, its boards, agents, employees or anyone working on the approval or installation of the exhibition shall not be liable for loss, injury or damage to the installation/display items or the display site. Insurance is the responsibility of the organization, the participant(s) and/or property owner of the site.
Seasonal/holiday exterior displays of not more than 60 days on private property are exempt from this chapter.