[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza 7-16-1974 as L.L. No. 5-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza hereby finds that it is necessary for the village to establish procedures so that fire lanes can be designated on private property located within its jurisdiction. The Board of Trustees further finds that it is necessary to control ingress and egress in connection with these fire lanes. The Board of Trustees believes that these actions are essential in connection with the protection of life and property and that they are an appropriate exercise of the village's police power.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FIRE LANE
- A right-of-way for the passage of fire vehicles and equipment, as well as the entrances and exits associated therewith.
The Chief Fire Inspector of the village is authorized to designate fire lanes on private property located within the village when he finds that such action is necessary to ensure the adequate passage of fire vehicles and equipment on the property. In designating a fire lane, the Chief Fire Inspector shall define its precise location and dimensions and shall have the power to require the owner of the property to grade and pave the fire lane, provide for drainage and make such other improvements as are necessary to permit the ingress and egress of fire vehicles and equipment. The Chief Fire Inspector shall also have the power to require the owner of the property to provide signs and such other markings as are suitable to assure public notice of the existence of the fire lane.
The Chief Fire Inspector, prior to designating a fire lane, shall be required to notify the owner of the property of the proposed designation and any improvements that will be required in connection therewith. Such notice shall be given not less than 14 days prior to any such designation and shall be given either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner's last known address. The notice shall also advise the owner that if he requests the right to appear before the Chief Fire Inspector to discuss the proposed designation, then he shall be given the opportunity to do so, provided that he so notifies the Village Clerk by certified mail, return receipt requested, posted on or before the proposed date of designation.
If the owner of the subject property appears before the Chief Fire Inspector as provided in Subsection B above, then he shall be given an opportunity to present such information as he deems relevant to the designation, including, but not limited to, the impact that the designation will have on his use of the property and the cost, if any, that will be incurred by him in connection with the improvements associated therewith.
An area designated as a fire lane pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be kept unobstructed at all times by the owner of the property, as well as all other persons.
An owner of property who fails to comply with the Chief Fire Inspector's designation of a fire lane, or any improvements required in connection therewith, shall be deemed to violate the provisions of this chapter and shall be liable to pay a penalty not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment for each such violation.
Any person who obstructs a fire lane shall be deemed to violate the provisions of this chapter and shall be liable to pay a penalty not to exceed $250 for each such violation.