[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George 12-17-1968 by Ord. No. 46; amended in its entirety 2-2-1987 by L.L. No. 2-1987. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George, New York, hereby finds and declares, as a matter of legislative determination and by authority of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, that, in the best interest of the public and for the welfare and safety of the inhabitants of the Village of Lake George, this local law be enacted to regulate and control traffic, to prevent congestion of traffic and to expedite the orderly movement thereof.
As used in this local law, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including licensed and unlicensed vehicles, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
Whenever road conditions in the Village of Lake George shall become hazardous or such that the free movement of fire, health, police, emergency or other vehicular traffic may be impeded by reason of snow, freezing rain, sleet, ice, water, debris, fire or other natural or artificial causes, either the Mayor of the Village of Lake George, the Street Commissioner, Superintendent or such other person designated by him may and hereby is authorized to declare the existence of an emergency.
The declaration of an emergency may be conveyed to the public by either radio, announcement by two local radio stations, or one daily newspaper published in the Glens Falls/Lake George area or by distribution of notices, leaflets, handbills or other written or printed notices to the general public or affixed to vehicles parked on streets within the Village of Lake George. If the emergency is obvious, such as fire, heavy snowfall or other visible causes, which to a reasonably prudent person would indicate the existence of an emergency, no notice shall be required.
The emergency so declared shall be deemed to continue for a period of 48 hours unless terminated earlier by the Mayor of the Village of Lake George or the person designated by him in accordance with § 174-2 of this chapter.
The following shall be designated as emergency streets: all streets located within the corporate limits of the Village of Lake George, unless otherwise designated.
After the declaration of an emergency and the giving of public notice as aforesaid, or during an emergency when no public notice is required, it shall be unlawful for the owner or driver of a motor vehicle to cause, permit, allow or suffer said vehicle to be parked or to be left unattended on any emergency street during the period of emergency. A violation of this provision shall be presumed to be that of the registered owner of the vehicle.
After the declaration of an emergency and the giving of public notice as aforesaid, or during an emergency when no public notice is required, all vehicles shall be parked in the Village of Lake George Municipal parking lots as provided. Those Municipal parking lots shall be first plowed to afford the general public access to parking if no other parking is available.
The Street Superintendent or his designee shall from time to time find it necessary to conduct snow removal operations to provide for safe access throughout the Village. Notice shall be given by signage placed along the roadway at least 24 hours in advance of such operation. Any vehicles impeding such operation or parked so as to hamper such operation shall be subject to removal or in violation of § 174-12.
[Added 5-17-2004 by L.L. No. 8-2004]
The provisions of § 174-7 aforesaid shall not apply to physicians on emergency call, emergency vehicles, snow control vehicles, public vehicles of service or ambulances on emergency call.
[Amended 3-15-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993; 2-9-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004; 2-11-2008 by L.L. No. 3-2008]
Any vehicle left unattended as set forth in § 174-7 or which shall be stalled or otherwise unable to be moved on an emergency street during an emergency may be towed or removed or caused to be removed under the direction of the Police Agency. The charge for such removal shall be the amount of all expenses incurred in effecting such removal. Such charges shall not exceed $125, together with any charges for storage, and such storage charges are not to exceed $40 per day or fraction thereof, and such amount shall be charged to the owner or person in charge of the vehicle upon payment to the Village Clerk or the garage owner to which the vehicle has been moved for the full amount of expenses aforesaid.
[Amended 3-15-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993]
Any removal of any vehicle by the Police Agency as provided for in § 174-9 shall be done without incurring any liability for damages to the vehicle, provided that reasonable care has been taken in its removal.
The Police Agency shall cause to be made, as to any vehicle removed pursuant to this local law, a report to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles required under the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Editor's Note: Former § 174-11, Placing snow in right-of-way, added 2-9-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004, was repealed 8-17-2009 by L.L. No. 11-2009.
[Amended 3-15-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993; 2-9-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004; 8-17-2009 by L.L. No. 11-2009]
A fine of $50 shall be assessed for each violation, in addition to satisfying all towing and storage charges for said vehicle.
The provisions of this chapter shall be amended by the adoption of regulations by the Board of Trustees pursuant to § 1602, Subdivisions (a), (b) and (c), of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.