[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Manlius 3-13-1991 as Ch. 60, Art. VI, of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Justices of the Town of Manlius, Onondaga County, New York, are hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau to assist the court in the disposition of charges in relation to traffic violations, pursuant to Article 14-B of the General Municipal Law.
The Town Justices shall designate the person or persons who shall be in charge of the Traffic Violations Bureau and the days and hours that the Bureau shall be open for the transaction of its official business.
The Traffic Violations Bureau is hereby authorized to dispose of violations pertaining to standing, stopping or parking prohibitions and any other nonmoving violations specified by the Town Justices after a person has been notified of a violation by the affixing of a notice of violation on a vehicle parked in violation of any provisions of this chapter or Chapter 139, Vehicles and Traffic, within forty-eight (48) hours of the time of affixing said notice.
A person may appear in person or by a written power of attorney in such form as shall be prescribed by the Town Justices by paying a fine established by the Town Justices and, in writing, waiving a hearing in court, pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such a plea and pay such a fine in court.
The Bureau shall accept such designated fines and issue receipts therefor.
The Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against each person who does not answer within the designated time and a warrant to be issued for his arrest and appearance before the court.
Any person who shall have been, within the preceding twelve (12) months, guilty of a number of parking violations in excess of such maximum number as may be designated by the court or of three (3) or more violations, other than parking violations, shall not be permitted to appear and answer to a subsequent violation at the Traffic Violations Bureau, but must appear in court at a time specified by the Bureau.
Nothing contained in this chapter shall authorize the Traffic Violations Bureau to deprive a person of his right to counsel or to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in court to answer to, explain or defend any charge of a violation of any traffic law, ordinance, rule or regulation.
The Bureau shall keep records and submit detailed monthly reports to the Town Justices of all notices or summons issued and disposed of by said Bureau and such other information as may be prescribed by the Town Justices or by law and transmit with said reports all sums collected to the Town Justices or Acting Town Justices.