[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Queensbury 6-17-1991 by L.L. No. 11-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 149.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority set forth in Town Law § 64, Subdivision 10-b. The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the temporary blocking of Town streets, highways and roads in a safe manner to allow neighborhoods to have neighborhood block parties, celebrations, graduation parties, fire parades or other like events.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A neighborhood block party, celebration or event as provided in Town Law § 64, Subdivision 10-b, but shall not include a garage sale, yard sale, bazaar, rummage sale or other similar activity having the principal purpose as fund-raising for an individual or organization, nor shall it include a political meeting or rally, carnival or theatrical or musical performances, such as rock concerts or similar events.
- A Town street, highway or road.
Any person, before blocking or barricading a road in the Town of Queensbury for purposes of holding a block party, celebration, graduation party, fire parade or other like event, shall obtain a permit from the Town Highway Superintendent.
The Superintendent of Highways shall be authorized to issue a permit for the temporary blocking of a street for the purpose of holding a party. Such permit shall allow the temporary blocking of a road on one particular date only, and during a specified time period which shall be of a single duration. An application for such permit shall be filed with the Superintendent of Highways at least 48 hours before the commencement of such party. Such application shall contain the following information:
The exact specific nature of the form of the permits shall be determined by the Superintendent of Highways.
The permit shall be granted by the Superintendent of Highways upon determining that the party is authorized by Town Law § 64, Subdivision 10-b, and this chapter. The permit shall be denied if the Superintendent finds that blocking the street or portion thereof on the date requested in the application will unduly interfere with the flow of vehicular traffic or upon determining that the party is not authorized under Town Law § 64, Subdivision 10-b, and this chapter. The Superintendent of Highways shall advise the applicant, in writing, of the reason for denial of the application. There will be no fee charged for the permit.
A permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall be valid only for the date and hours specified thereon, which shall not be before 8:00 a.m. or after 11:00 p.m.
The applicant shall be responsible for the removal of litter, debris and other materials from the street or portion thereof used for the party which is attributable to or caused by the party.
Prior to the commencement of the time for which the road is to be blocked, the Town Highway Superintendent shall cause the street or portion thereof to be blocked by devices of his choice to motor vehicles except authorized emergency or hazard vehicles, as the same are defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and to provide detour signs for vehicular traffic. No other person shall in any manner block or place barricades in the road.
A street or portion thereof blocked off for a party shall not be obstructed by picnic tables and shall not be obstructed by other obstacles which cannot be readily moved to allow emergency or hazard vehicles to enter in response to an emergency.
The Town Highway Superintendent shall notify the Warren County Sheriff's Department, New York State Troopers and appropriate Fire Company and Rescue Squad of the date and time of the road blocking at the time the permit is issued by telephone call followed by written confirmation.
No more than two permits shall be granted by the Town Highway Superintendent in any calendar year for the same neighborhood.