[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Marlborough 11-17-1980 by Ord. No. 20870 (Ch. 101 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL PURPOSE
- The occupancy or use of a building or structure, or any portion thereof, for the display, sale, shelter or storage of goods, wares, products, vehicles or merchandise and the transaction of administrative, business or professional services.
- INDUSTRIAL PURPOSE
- The occupancy or use of a building or structure or any portion thereof, including open spaces appurtenant thereto, where work is performed in manufacturing, assembling, processing, altering or repairing materials or products.
- MULTIPLE DWELLING
- A building or structure or any portion thereof in which there are three or more dwelling or rooming units occupied or offered for occupancy.
Fire lanes shall have a minimum width of 20 feet, unless the Fire Chief determines that a reduced width, which shall be no less than 15 feet, will not adversely affect access by fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.
It shall be the duty of the owner of property affected by this chapter to maintain designated fire lanes in good repair and free of obstructions. Overhead objects, including overhanging tree limbs, shall not be lower than 14 feet above the surface of a fire lane. Accumulations of snow or ice shall be removed from fire lanes within four hours after the snow or sleet has stopped falling.
The Fire Chief is authorized to require and designate fire lanes on private property used and occupied for assembly, commercial, educational, industrial, institutional or multiple dwelling purposes, or on property occupied by clusters of two or more dwellings to which access is provided by private roads, for the purpose of prohibiting parking in front of or adjacent to fire hydrants, fire escapes and egress facilities and providing access to such property for fire apparatus and emergency.
Fire lanes designated by the Fire Chief shall be designed and constructed with a surface durable to all weather and of sufficient strength to support the weight of fire-fighting apparatus used by the Fire Department.
The Fire Chief may order that the curbs of fire lanes be painted a specific color and be repainted as often as necessary to remain distinct.
The Fire Chief may order that signs reading "Fire Lane, No Parking Anytime" be mounted along the side of the fire lane in such numbers and locations as he may direct. No-parking signs shall be designed and installed as follows: constructed of properly treated aluminum 0.063 inches thick, 12 inches wide and 18 inches long, with rounded corners. The words "Fire Lane, No Parking Anytime" shall be painted in red on a white reflectorized background, with each word occupying one line. The sign shall be mounted either on a channelized steel U-post or on an adjacent building wall. The bottom of the sign shall be no less than seven feet above the ground. Where necessary, directional arrows shall be placed below the last word. The words "By Order of the Fire Chief" shall be painted in one-half-inch letters at the bottom of the sign. The Fire Chief may order that amended specifications be substituted for the foregoing. The owner of the affected property shall maintain no-parking signs so they are clearly legible.
The cost of construction, installation, painting, maintenance and repair of the fire lanes and no-parking signs required pursuant to this chapter shall be borne by the owner of the affected property.
It shall be a violation of this chapter to park any vehicle or obstruct a fire lane so designated pursuant to this chapter.
To park any vehicle on private property is in violation of this chapter. Any person convicted of such a violation shall be subject to a fine up to $200.
The Fire Chief is authorized to require the installation of and to specify the number and location of fire hydrants on private property occupied by clusters of two or more single- or two-family dwellings to which access is provided by private roads and on private property used for multiple dwellings or for assembly or for commercial, educational, industrial or institutional purposes wherever the distance to the front entrance of the most distant building on such private property from the nearest fire hydrant on a public street exceeds 500 feet. Installation of such fire hydrants and their water mains shall conform to specifications established by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. The cost of installation, maintenance and repair of fire hydrants and their water mains required pursuant to this section shall be borne by the owner of the affected property.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to existing occupancies one year after the effective date of this chapter, unless the Fire Chief determines, for public safety reasons, that a shorter time is necessary. For purposes of this chapter, "existing occupancies" includes any planned occupancy for which a building permit was issued before the effective date of this chapter.