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Town of Southport, NY
Chemung County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southport (Appendix 1 of the 1975 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Site plan approval — See Ch. 431.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 459.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 464.
Supplemental specifications for sidewalks — See Ch. A535.
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Editor's Note: These specifications are titled " Specifications Relating to the Laying Out and Construction of Highways Prior to Their Dedication to the Town of Southport as Public Highways."
The purpose of these specifications is to regulate the laying out and construction of highways prior to their dedication to the Town of Southport as public highways.
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Wherever used in these specifications the term "highway" shall be construed to include any type street or thoroughfare constructed or planned to be constructed for dedication to the Town of Southport as a public highway pursuant to law.
B. 
Wherever used in these specifications, words in the singular number include the plural and words in the plural number include the singular.
C. 
The word "shall" is mandatory and not directory. Words in the present tense include the future.
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All applications for approval of plans shall be made as heretofore specified in this regulation.
B. 
All applications shall be accompanied by three copies of the highway plans and profiles of each highway showing existing and proposed grades as well as all the necessary detail required by the provisions of this regulation.
C. 
All applications for the dedication of a highway to the Town of Southport, shall be accompanied by a proposed warranty deed conveying said highway to the Town, with all necessary releases from mortgages or other claimants. Such deed shall describe the street to be conveyed as shown on map and shall state the date on which said map was filed in the Chemung County Clerk's Office and the number thereof. Maps are to be of size acceptable to the Chemung County Clerk.
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The owner or all the owners shall have had the land comprising the highway surveyed, mapped and a map thereof shall have been filed in the Chemung County Clerk's office and adequate metal or stone boundary markers shall be inserted in a permanent manner at intervals of not less than 500 feet on tangents and at PC and PT of curves along all boundary lines of such highways. Boundary lines at street intersections shall have a minimum radius of 25 feet.
B. 
If sewer, water, gas or other utility service is to be installed in such highway, they shall be installed prior to the final surfacing of such highway and all laterals and other service connections shall be installed and brought to the outer street line prior to such final surfacing.
The minimum right-of-way width hereinafter laid out shall be 50 feet. These widths shall be measured from lot line to lot line. Said widths shall be measured normal to the lot lines on tangents and on radial lines with curves. Approved turnarounds or Ts are to be used on dead end streets. Recommended radius of turnarounds shall be 50 feet minimum.
There shall be no reserve strips controlling access to highways except where control of such strips is definitely placed in the Town under the offer to dedicate.
Highway grades shall not exceed 6% nor be less than 1% at the gutter. Changes may be made with the approval of the Town Highway Superintendent.
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The highway shall be shaped and crowned so as to slope laterally in order to drain surface water off the roadway onto sides of the highway where shallow ditches or gutters shall be built to carry off said water. Recommended crown 1/4 inch per foot. If the grade or pitch of the road is sharp so that flow of surface water might wash out said ditches or gutters same shall be lined with stone and bound with hard topping to prevent such washing out. These ditches or gutters shall be connected at all intersections by piping of a size and length prescribed by the Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Southport and he may require the installation of catch basins or dry wells at such locations as he deems necessary to properly catch and carry off such surface water as he may estimate will accumulate along the highway or at said highway or at said highway intersections. Headwalls may be required by the Town Highway Superintendent. Bridges over five-foot span to be approved by the County Highway Superintendent.
B. 
Proper drainage shall be installed in accordance with a stormwater pollution prevention plan, as required. Drainage pipe is to conform to the standard usage adopted by the Town Highway Superintendent. A profile map, in duplicate, shall be filed with the Town Board, showing the grade and fall of surface water to be less than 1% and also showing the final disposition of flow, which must be to a live stream or well established natural drainage ditch. If the grade and fall of surface water is shown to be less than the above prescribed, the Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Southport shall require the installation of a surface water drainage system consisting of piping and catch basins or dry wells of such size as he deems necessary under the circumstances. In case where access to a live stream or well established natural drainage ditch is required, easements or rights-of-way leading thereto shall be secured and conveyed to the Town of Southport as below set forth.
[Amended 4-12-2005 by ordinance (Res. No. 105-2005)]
C. 
The developer or owner laying out said street or highway shall obtain all necessary easements or rights-of-way to take care of any surface water caused by reason of the development of said street or highway, and by reason of the installation of culverts or surface drains. No street or highway will be taken over by the Town of Southport, nor approved by the Town Superintendent of Highways before such necessary easements or rights-of-way have been obtained and the legal sufficiency thereof shall be passed upon by the attorney for the Town of Southport. Such easements or rights-of-way shall be at least 20 feet in width.
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Prior to being offered for dedication to the Town, all streets shall be graded and surfaced as follows: All highways or roads offered for dedication shall be suitably and properly graded and shall meet with the approval of the Town Superintendent of Highways. Fill shall be added using suitable run of bank gravel or material acceptable to the Town Superintendent of Highways properly crowned and compacted, to be approved by the Town Superintendent of Highways. All boulder, organic material, soft clay, spongy material and any other objectionable material shall be removed and replaced with suitable material. The subgrade shall be properly shaped, rolled with a ten-ton roller and uniformly compacted to conform with the accepted cross-section and grades. There shall be a gravel base of at least 28 feet in width located in the center of the proposed highway and said gravel base shall be bank run gravel of the quality described below and compressed to 12 inches. The top three inches shall be crushed bank run gravel, maximum size of stone to be No. 2. Greater thickness where poor subsoil is encountered may be ordered by the Town Highway Superintendent.
B. 
Bank-run gravel shall consist of hard durable particles of gravel and filler of sand or other finely divided mineral matter. The gravel shall be free from organic matter and lumps or balls of clay. Shale or crumbly rock will not be acceptable.
C. 
The gravel top shall be given a treatment of bituminous penetrating material applied hot at the rate of 3/4 gallon per square yard for a minimum width of 28 feet, followed by a second treatment of bituminous sealing material applied hot at a rate of approximately 1/2 gallon per square yard for the same width. The Town Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Southport shall be required to inspect and approve the gravel top before application of this bituminous penetrating material and shall be consulted as to the time of application, amount of bituminous material used and the interval between treatment. A proper coat of clean stone chipping shall be applied and rolled after each treatment.
When a street has been accepted by the Town under conditions outlined in § 277 of the Town Law pending final surfacing and approval, the responsibility and liability for maintenance of the drainage system and roadway shall rest with the owners and/or developers. The Town shall have the responsibility and liability for snow removal and ice control.
The Chemung County Superintendent of Highways shall make the final decision on sizes and quantities of materials, methods of construction and other details outlined in §§ A534-6, A534-7, A534-8 and A534-9 if the Town Highway Superintendent and the owners and/or the developers are unable to agree.
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The use of proper names for street names is discouraged. The Town Board of the Town of Southport must by law approve street names and may change any chosen by the developer or owner to avoid duplication or for any other reason of its own.
B. 
Street signs shall be of a size to be recommended by the Town Highway Superintendent so as to conform with existing signs throughout the Town and shall be erected on iron poles three inches in diameter which shall be so erected by the owner or developer in the first instance, later to be maintained by the Town of Southport after the street on which the same are erected has been accepted as a public highway.
No street or highway shall be taken over by the Town unless it meets all of the above requirements and approval of the Town Superintendent of Highways. No special district improvements shall be placed or installed in any street or highway of the Town until such street or highway has been properly graded and drained as provided in these specifications and approved by the Town Superintendent of Highways.
A. 
Approval in writing shall be obtained by the owners and/or developers from the New York State Department of Public Works regarding drainage where proposed streets or highways intersect State roads and its permission to connect said streets with such roads.
B. 
Approval in writing shall be obtained by the owners and/or developers from the Chemung County Superintendent of Highways regarding drainage where proposed streets or highways intersect county roads and his permission to connect said streets with such roads.
All previous regulations or resolutions affecting the acceptance of streets by the Town are hereby rescinded.
The Town Board may, in the exercise of its best judgment, refuse to accept title to any street, roadway or highway in said Town, notwithstanding that all the foregoing rules and regulations have been performed and complied with.
[Added 5-13-1980 (Res. No. 94-80)]
The gravel top will be covered with a minimum of two-and-one-half-inch hot blacktop base material, and covered with one inch of hot NYS Top Mix (hot mix) at a minimum of 28 feet in width.