[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Mount Union as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-2-2005 by Ord. No. 1069]
This article shall be known and cited as the "Borough of Mount Union Handicapped Parking Ordinance."
Any resident of the Borough of Mount Union may make an application to Mount Union Borough Council for a handicapped parking space after acquiring a handicapped license plate, placard, or a disabled veteran's license plate.
All applications for new permits and renewal permits shall be submitted to the Mount Union Borough office and be accompanied by a copy of the placard or license plate and a copy of form MV-145A.
First-time applications for new permits shall be reviewed and investigated by the Street Committee of Mount Union Borough Council. The Street Committee will make a specific recommendation for action on each individual new permit application to Mount Union Borough Council. Mount Union Borough Council will make the final determination regarding the granting of a handicapped parking space.
Affected neighborhood residents living immediately adjacent to the proposed location of the handicapped parking space shall be notified by the Borough, and comments shall be solicited from them by the Borough Manager or another duly assigned or designated Borough employee as part of this review and evaluation process.
The Borough Street Committee shall review all applications for renewal permits and will make the final determinations regarding the renewal of all existing spaces and shall request that Mount Union Borough Council formally approve said recommendations.
Each applicant, for either a new permit or a renewal permit, shall complete an application form and provide all of the information requested in order for the application to be considered by the Street Committee and by Mount Union Borough Council.
An incomplete permit application form may be cause for the Street Committee to recommend to Mount Union Borough Council that it deny said application for a handicapped parking space.
Each new permit for a handicapped parking space granted by Mount Union Borough Council must be renewed on an annual basis.
Applications for renewal permits shall be submitted to the Mount Union Borough office between January 2 and January 31.
In making final determinations regarding renewals of previously approved permits for handicapped parking spaces, Mount Union Borough Council shall apply the criteria contained in this chapter.
Once a permit is not renewed for any reason, any application by the same applicant shall be considered as an application for a new permit and shall be governed by all provisions of this chapter pertaining to such new permit applications.
The initial fee for a new permit application shall be $10 if the new permit application is submitted from January through June and $5 if the new permit application is submitted from July through December. Fees as set forth in this section may be subject to change by Council from time to time by resolution.
The fee for each subsequent renewal permit application shall be $5 per year.
All fees for handicapped parking space permit applications (new and renewal) shall be paid to the Borough of Mount Union within 30 days of the approval of the permit application by Mount Union Borough Council.
No more than two handicapped parking spaces shall be located on any block where parking is permitted on both sides of the street.
No more than one handicapped parking space shall be located on any block where parking is permitted on only one side of the street.
All handicapped parking spaces permitted prior to the effective date of this chapter shall be allowed to remain as located but must be renewed annually beginning January 1, 2006.
No applications for handicapped parking space permits shall be granted where adequate handicapped-accessible off-street parking is available to the applicant.
In the event that previously approved and permitted handicapped parking spaces exceed the maximum number of such handicapped parking spaces allowed per block, as specified above, Mount Union Borough Council will not grant any such additional handicapped parking space permit applications in that block until the number of handicapped parking spaces falls below the maximum number of handicapped parking spaces allowed.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections A and B of this section, Borough Council may, at its sole discretion, grant or approve one or more additional handicapped parking spaces in any given block upon an applicant's demonstration of an unusual or special hardship. Borough Council may require the submission of additional information, including, but not limited to, additional medical documentation; the number of persons residing within the household; the specific need for a vehicle for employment; the number of daily trips requiring the use of a vehicle; whether or not the applicant operates said vehicle; and such other relevant information as may assist Borough Council in its determination.
[Added 5-1-2006 by Ord. No. 1076]
Mount Union Borough Council, upon specific recommendations from the Street Committee, reserves the right to revoke any handicapped parking space permit at any time for any reason.
The form for application for a handicapped parking space shall be in the form as attached hereto and as may from time to time be revised and approved by Borough Council.
Editor's Note: Said form is on file in the Borough offices.
The effective date of this article shall be June 1, 2005.
[Adopted 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. 1075]
The parking and storage of commercial and recreational vehicles and equipment shall not be permitted along Borough streets and alleys except for loading and unloading.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
- Includes, but is not limited to, the following: trailers of any nature or type; tractor-trailers; tandems; tractors (semi); rigs; cabs; trucks of a capacity exceeding 11,000 pounds gross vehicle weight; other commercial or construction or cargo-moving vehicles and equipment; buses; motor homes; boats; storage vehicles; vehicles or trailers for the hauling of equipment; all-terrain vehicles; and snowmobiles.
The servicing, repair or charging of batteries or changing of other equipment for those commercial and recreational vehicles as described in § 227-10 above and the obstruction or use of public sidewalks by placement of electrical cords or wires or hoses for the transfer of liquids is prohibited.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and, in default of payment of said fine, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.
This article shall become effective on December 1, 2005, in accordance with law.