[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown 6-27-1988 by Ord. No. 1403; amended in its entirety 4-30-2012 by Ord. No. 10-2012. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Fire Official of each fire district in the Township of Moorestown may, with the approval of the chief executive officer of the Board of Fire Commissioners of that fire district, the Chief of Police and the Township Council, designate fire lanes on private property to which the public is invited or which is devoted to public use, wherever the same shall be necessary or desirable, in order to provide safety for the public or to provide proper access for the Fire Department operations in that district in the event of an emergency. Approval of the designation of such fire lanes by the Township Council shall be by resolution.
[Amended 11-30-2015 by Ord. No. 25-2015]
The approving resolution and a map of each location identifying those areas designated as "fire lanes" shall be kept and maintained in the office of the Township Clerk and shall be available for public inspection and examination by any person during regular business days and hours. Said approving resolution and maps are hereby incorporated by reference as if fully set forth herein.
Whenever a determination has been made that a fire lane should be designated pursuant to § 77-1 above, the Fire Official for the fire district which has made the determination shall notify the owner of the property, or designated agent, upon which the fire lane is to be designated by serving a notice thereof, in writing, upon him, her or it, by registered or certified mail or by hand-delivering such written notice personally to him, her or it. The notice shall specifically describe the area designated and the reason why the designation has been made.
The marking of fire lanes, installation of regulatory signage and maintenance shall be the responsibility of and at the expense of the record property owner and shall be properly accomplished by him, her or it within 30 days of the receipt by him, her or it of the notice pursuant to § 77-2 above. For purposes of this chapter, receipt of said notice shall be deemed complete, in the case of registered or certified mail, upon the date that the green card or other receipt is signed by or on behalf of the record property owner, or designated agent, and, in the case of hand-delivery, upon the date of delivery of the notice at the home, office or business of the registered property owner, or designated agent, to an individual present thereat above the age of 14 years by a uniformed Fire Official or uniformed fire inspector of the fire district in which the property designated is located. Within five days of completion of the improvements, the record property owner shall schedule an inspection with the Fire Official.
Marking of fire lanes and installation of regulatory signs shall be made and maintained as directed and approved by the Fire Official having authority over the fire lane(s) designated in his or her Fire District.
All markings and regulatory signage shall be uniform in design, position and application and so far as possible be in conformity with the then current "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways" and the then current regulations of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Fire lanes shall be appropriately posted with signs on which the words FIRE LANE NO STOPPING OR STANDING have been placed in red letters on a white background, with a red line bordering the perimeter of the sign, said sign to be 12 inches by 18 inches.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person not authorized by law to stop or stand a vehicle in a fire lane, or otherwise obstruct an appropriately marked fire lane at any time.
In order to enforce the provisions of § 77-5 above, the uniformed Fire Officials and uniformed fire inspectors of the respective township fire districts and all municipal police personnel are empowered to issue summonses to any offending party. All such summonses will be on a form issued by the Moorestown Municipal Court. All such summonses shall be cognizable before the Municipal Court of Moorestown, and any and all hearings to be held in connection with any summonses issued hereunder shall be held before said Municipal Court.
All persons pleading guilty to or convicted of violating this § 77-5 shall be fined $75 per violation, plus court costs. All fines and court costs shall be paid to the Municipal Court.