Parking during Emergencies or Snow

  1. Parking or standing prohibited. [Amended 1-24-2001 by L.L. No. 2-2001]
    1. Emergency conditions. The parking or standing of vehicles is hereby prohibited at all locations on highways within the Village of New Paltz in the vicinity of floods, fires or other public emergencies where the parking or standing of vehicles constitutes an obstruction to traffic or to emergency or rescue operations.
    2. Snowfall conditions.
      1. The parking or standing of vehicles is hereby prohibited on all streets within the Village of New Paltz and on all parking lots owned, leased or maintained by the Village during any snowfall from the time the accumulation of snow reaches a level of at least two inches until the street or parking lot has been fully plowed by the Department of Public Works. [Amended 12-7-2005 by L.L. No. 10-2005; 1-2-2008 by L.L. No. 1-2008]
      2. It is the responsibility of the owner or operator of any vehicle parked on a Village street or in a parking lot owned, leased or maintained by the Village to be aware of the forecast of weather conditions which may result in an accumulation of greater than two inches of snow.
      3. The Superintendent of Public Works is hereby authorized to post temporary signs at locations along highways and parking lots throughout the Village prohibiting the parking or standing of vehicles for a designated period of time to facilitate snow removal operations.
  2. Removal of vehicles.
    1. In addition to any other penalties or fines imposed for the unlawful parking of a vehicle, the Police Department of the Town of New Paltz is hereby authorized and directed to provide for the removal and storage of vehicles parked or abandoned upon any highways within the Village of New Paltz during snowstorms, floods, fires or other public emergencies or found unattended where the vehicles constitute an obstruction to traffic or to emergency or rescue operation or snow removal. [Amended 3-15-2006 by L.L. No. 6-2006]
    2. The owner or operator of such vehicle shall be responsible for payment of the reasonable charges for the removal and storage. However, the removal charges will not be imposed upon the owner of a vehicle which, while lawfully parked, must be removed immediately because of fire, water or sewer main breaks or other public emergencies.
    3. The owner of the facility at which the vehicle is stored shall be entitled to collect a fee for storage. The fee for storage of vehicles is hereby set according to the Town of New Paltz Schedule. [Amended 3-15-2006 by L.L. No. 6-2006]
    4. The vehicle so removed shall be retained under the custody of the storage facility until such time that the removal and storage charges have been paid.
    5. Any person who removes a motor vehicle from the premises to which it had been removed and is stored without payment of the removal and storage charges then due shall be deemed to have committed a violation and, upon conviction, shall be liable for a fine not to exceed $250.
    
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