[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of West Haven 1-24-1972 by Ord. No. 127. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 219.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FIRE ZONE
- A designated unobstructed passageway sufficient in size to permit free passage of fire and other emergency equipment from a public highway to all necessary areas or portions of any private or public property as hereinafter set forth.
Whenever the Fire Marshal shall determine that the reasonable safety of persons occupying or using any premises, public or private, having a capacity of at least 15 persons requires the establishment of a fire zone for orderly access of fire and other emergency equipment, he shall establish such fire zone by written order and cause to be made public announcement of such fire zone establishment. He shall cause a copy of such order to be delivered to the owner or owners or agents thereof of any private land on which such fire zone is established.
Whenever a Fire Marshal establishes a fire zone, he shall file one copy of his order with the Clerk of the Legislative Council and one copy with the Traffic Authority. Any person aggrieved by such order may file with the Clerk of the Legislative Council, within 15 days after the date of such order, written notice of appeal, setting forth therein reasons of aggrievement. After hearing, the Legislative Council may affirm, modify or rescind such order.
Upon establishment of a fire zone, the Traffic Authority shall cause to be erected or installed adequate signs, markings and other devices to delineate said fire zone. Signs, markings and other devices erected or installed on privately owned premises shall be at the cost of the owner and may be billed for and collected in the same manner as municipal taxes, provided that the Traffic Authority causes a notice of lien to be filed on the land records within 60 days after such erection or installation.
No person shall park or permit to stand a motor vehicle in a fire zone which has been established in accordance with this chapter except when actually picking up or discharging passengers. Any person violating this section shall be fined not more than $100. The registered owner of a motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the operator of such vehicle.
Any motor vehicle found standing in a fire zone which has been established in accordance with this chapter may be towed, upon the direction of a police officer, to any public or private parking facility, and all expenses of such towing and any subsequent storage shall be borne by the registered owner of such vehicle.