[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Medfield as Art. IV, Secs. 26 and 27, of the 1926 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 110.
It shall be unlawful to obstruct or block a private way with a vehicle or any other means so as to prevent access by fire apparatus or equipment to any multiple-family building, shopping center, hospital, school, professional building, industrial complex or places of public assembly.
It shall be unlawful to obstruct or park a vehicle in any area designated as a fire lane.
Such fire lanes shall be designated by the Fire Chief and the Police Department Safety Officer, and posted as such.
Said fire lanes shall be a distance of 12 feet from the curbing of a sidewalk in a shopping center, apartment and/or condominium complex and similar locations. Where no sidewalk with curbing exists, the distance and location shall be established by the Fire Chief along with the Safety Officer.
Any object or vehicle obstructing or blocking any fire lane or restricted area may be removed or towed by the Town under the direction of a police officer or fire official at the expense of the owner and without any liability to the Town of Medfield.
The owner of record of any building affected by these Sections shall provide and install signs and road markings as provided in § 130-2. Said signs and road markings shall comply with the following specifications:
Signs shall be no less than 12 inches by 18 inches in size.
Signs shall be constructed of a rust-resistant metal.
Signs shall have a white in color background with four-inch, red in color letters stating "FIRE LANE - NO PARKING - TOW ZONE."
Any area designated as a fire lane shall be outlined with yellow painted lines nine inches in width to enclose the fire lane. Within this designated area, the words "FIRE LANE" shall be painted, also in yellow, and shall be no less than three feet in height.
The number of signs and road markings shall be designated by the Fire Chief and Safety Officer.
[Added 4-29-2019 ATM by Art. 22]
Fire hydrant access: No person shall obstruct access to a fire hydrant. Fire hydrants shall have a three-foot clear radius measured from the center of the stem on the top of the hydrant. No foliage, fencing, parking space, or other object shall obstruct the clear area. No person may landscape to change the grade around the base of the hydrant so as to prevent the use of a four-inch cap. Location where existing objects, such as but not limited to buildings, walls, fences, trees, or sloping grades that does not permit a three-foot clearance radius, may be granted a waiver by the Director of Public Works in consultation with the Fire Chief. Before any waiver of the regulation is granted, all other possible locations must be considered.
Any person violating any of the foregoing Sections may, for each offense, be punished by a fine of $50. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Added ATM 4-30-1990]
Whenever, in the judgment of the Fire Chief, access to or within a structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured openings, or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or fire-fighting purposes, the Chief may require a key box containing master keys to be installed in an accessible location. The key box shall be a type approved by the Chief of the Medfield Fire Department and shall be located and installed as approved by the Chief.
Buildings, general. All new commercial and/or manufacturing buildings constructed after July 11, 1990, and all existing commercial and/or manufacturing buildings which undergo remodeling costing in excess of $1,000 after said date, shall be provided with master keys and key boxes necessary for access to all portions of the premises. Such box and keys shall be provided prior to occupancy and/or final inspection.
Buildings with elevators. All buildings equipped with elevators shall be provided with a master key and key box.
The building owner/manager shall provide:
Any building owner violating this Bylaw after receiving notice by the Fire Department shall be subject to a fine of $50.