Town of Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 105.
Traffic regulations — See Ch. 202.
No person shall park a vehicle in any of the following places, and vehicles found parked in violation of the provisions of this section may be moved by or under the direction of any officer and at the expense of the owner to a place where parking is permitted:
A. 
Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not have a clear and unobstructed lane at least 12 feet wide for passing traffic.
B. 
Upon any street or highway within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
C. 
Upon or in front of any private road or driveway.
D. 
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of an intersecting way, except alleys, excepting where street markings designate otherwise.
E. 
Upon any street, highway, traveled way, or public parking lot during a storm emergency declared by the Director of Public Works, which impedes the flow of traffic, the removal of water, snow, ice, debris, or other objects, or emergency work.
[Amended 6-21-2005 ATM by Art. 27]
No driver of any vehicle shall park such vehicle in any street or in any parking lot controlled by the Town for a period of time longer than two hours between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day.
The owner and/or operator of a vehicle which does not bear the distinctive number plates or placard authorized by MGL c. 90, § 2, a vehicle transporting handicapped persons and which does not display the special parking identification plate authorized by said MGL c. 90, § 2, or a vehicle which does not bear the official identification of a handicapped person issued by any other state or any Canadian province, who parks said vehicle or leaves said vehicle unattended in a public or private on-street or off-street parking space designated by a sign stating “Handicapped Parking: Special Plate Required: Unauthorized Vehicles May be Removed at Owner's Expense” or in such a manner as to obstruct a curb ramp designated for use by handicapped persons as a means of egress to a street or public way shall suffer a fine of $25 for the first occurrence and $100 for any subsequent occurrence within a calendar year.
A. 
The Traffic Commission shall advise the Board of Selectmen on all matters of traffic safety, to include but not be limited to on-street parking, traffic flow, and traffic patterns.
B. 
Membership shall consist of one person from each of the following Town departments/boards and two citizens: Department of Public Works, Police Department and Planning Board. Members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and serve for a one-year term.
[Added 6-21-2005 ATM by Art. 28]
A. 
The Board of Selectmen is authorized to designate spaces in the several parking lots controlled by the Town for the following several categories of use:
(1) 
Parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of designated Town officers;
(2) 
Parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of public officers and employees;
(3) 
Parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of Town, state and federal vehicles on official business;
(4) 
Parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of persons possessing and displaying a valid handicapped parking permit;
(5) 
Parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of persons who shall have purchased and who display on the parked vehicle a valid parking permit issued by the Town of Adams for the lot in which said vehicle is parked;
(6) 
Parking spaces subject to metered parking; and
(7) 
Parking spaces available for free unrestricted public parking.
B. 
The Board of Selectmen is authorized to establish time restrictions on the parking in Town parking lots where not in conflict with these bylaws, including but not limited to providing when metered parking or permit parking shall be in effect and when such lots shall be open for public use or closed to the public. The Board of Selectmen may designate areas of said parking lots or parking garages as no-parking, no-standing or safety zones and may designate pedestrian crossing areas and provide for the erection therein of such traffic control devices and regulations as may be appropriate to facilitate ingress and egress to and from said parking lots and promote the public safety and convenience.
C. 
The Board of Selectmen shall, in the exercise of the authority delegated to them herein, consider the following factors:
(1) 
The demand for parking spaces in the area in which the parking lot or garage is located;
(2) 
The peak time of such demand;
(3) 
The needs of the business community;
(4) 
The needs of Town residents;
(5) 
The needs of Town government and its departments; and
(6) 
The standards for the provision of handicapped-accessible parking contained in state and federal law and regulations.
D. 
Signs. Signs shall be erected by the Police Department specifically designating said parking spaces and indicating that the use of said parking spaces is limited to a particular class of vehicle or individual or that there is no parking or standing allowed in such spaces.
E. 
Prohibition. No person shall park in any parking spaces designated under the provisions of this section unless he or his vehicle shall be within the class to which the parking in said space has been limited.
F. 
Towing. Vehicles parked in violation of this section shall be towed away by the Police Department of the Town of Adams or its authorized representatives at the owner's expense.
G. 
The Board of Selectmen shall establish fees for parking permits.
H. 
The Treasurer Collector is authorized, upon receipt of the fee hereinafter provided, to issue parking permits for the parking of vehicles in Town-owned or Town-operated parking lots or parking garages. Each permit shall indicate which parking lot it has been issued for and at the time period for which the permit is issued, and it shall not be valid in any other parking lot or at any other time period. The permit must be displayed on the vehicle for which it is issued in the manner provided by the Board of Selectmen.