Town of Westerly, RI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Westerly 8-13-1991 by Ch. No. 983 as §§ 5-111 through 5-119 of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking — See Ch. 177.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 238.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIRE ZONE
A designated, unobstructed passageway sufficient in size to permit free passage of fire apparatus and other emergency equipment from a public highway to all necessary areas or portions of any private or public property as herein set forth.
Whenever the Director of Public Safety or Fire Marshal having jurisdiction within any district in the Town shall determine that the reasonable safety of persons occupying or using any public or private premises within such district having a capacity of at least 15 persons requires the establishment of a fire zone for orderly access of fire and other emergency equipment to the premises, he shall establish such fire zone by written order designating and describing said zone. The Director of Public Safety or Fire Marshal shall cause a copy of such order to be delivered by certified mail to the owner, owners or agents thereof, of any private land on which such fire zone is established, and shall cause a public announcement to be made of the establishment of such zone.
Whenever the Director of Public Safety or Fire Marshal of any such district establishes a fire zone, he shall file one copy of his order with the Clerk of the Town Council and one copy with the traffic authority of the Town. Any person aggrieved by such order may file with the Clerk of the Town Council, within 15 days of the date of the mailing of such order, written notice of appeal, setting forth therein reasons of aggrievement. After hearing, the Town Council shall affirm, modify or rescind such order within 60 days of the date of order.
Upon establishment of a fire zone, the traffic authority of the Town shall, within 90 days cause to be erected or installed, adequate signs, markings or other devices to delineate said fire zone. Signs, markings and other devices erected or installed on privately owned premises shall be at the cost of the owner, and may be billed for and collected in the same manner as municipal taxes, provided that such traffic authority causes a notice of lien to be filed on the land records within 60 days after such erection or installation.
No person shall park or permit any motor vehicle to stand in a fire zone or to obstruct a fire hydrant except when actually picking up and discharging passengers.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ch. No. 1433; 9-28-2009 by Ch. No. 1692]
Whenever any police officer finds any vehicle in violation of § 125-5, he shall attach to such vehicle a notice to the owner or operator that such vehicle has been parked in violation of law, which notice shall indicate the nature of the violation and the fine of $100, which shall be payable to the Municipal Court within seven days from notification thereof. In the event such offender neglects or refuses to dispose of said charge within the seven-day period, he or she shall be summoned to Municipal Court for adjudication of said violation.
[Amended 9-28-2009 by Ch. No. 1692]
Any vehicle found parked in violation of this chapter may, if public convenience and necessity so require, be removed or conveyed by or under the direction of a member of the Police Department by towing the same, or by other means, to a public garage in the Town; and such removal shall be at the cost and risk of the owner. Before the owner or person in charge of such vehicle shall be permitted to remove the same from the custody of the Police Department, he shall furnish evidence of his identity and ownership or right to possession and shall pay the towing and storage charges as set by the State Public Utilities Commission.
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Editor's Note: Former § 125-8, Disposition of money collected, and § 125-9, Violations and penalties, were repealed 9-28-2009 by Ch. No. 1692.