[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Middleborough 10-2-2017 STM by Art. 30, AG 1-18-2018, eff. 2-15-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Fire Chief or his designated representative is hereby authorized to establish fire lanes to be located on private and public property devoted to or used in whole or part by the public in the Town of Middleborough, or on such other property where the establishment of fire lanes shall be determined by the Fire Chief to be necessary to allow access of fire apparatus or emergency equipment for the protection of public safety.
The Fire Chief or his designated representative shall establish the specific locations and dimensions of all fire lanes after consideration of the following factors:
The nature of the use of the premises.
The volume of motor vehicle traffic on or about or near the designated premises.
The size and type of fire apparatus and emergency equipment available and necessary for the protection of the premises.
The area of the land and the size of the building or buildings to be protected.
Fire lanes authorized pursuant to § 157-1 may be located at entrances to and exits from parking areas, driveways, and buildings, other areas of public ingress and egress, in or within areas surrounding post indicator valves, hydrants and Fire Department connections and at other locations determined by the Fire Chief or his designated representative.
The Fire Chief or his designated representative shall give written notice of the establishment of a fire lane to the owner of the property which is the subject of such establishment and direct the owner to post fire lane signs at the owner's expense. The property owner shall erect fire lane signs as established within 60 days of the giving of the notice of such establishment. The signs shall be erected at the location established and shall conform to the specifications designated by the Fire Chief. Such owner shall cause the signs to contain the following minimum information: "Fire Lane - No Parking At Any Time - Violator Subject to Fine - Vehicle May be Towed at Owner's Expense."
Fire lanes shall be of an all-weather surface capable of supporting Fire Department apparatus.
No person shall park or leave unattended a motor vehicle in or within any part of an area established and posted or marked as a fire lane pursuant to this bylaw. No person shall otherwise obstruct any such fire lane. An owner of property which has any such fire lane shall keep such fire lane free of snow.
Whoever violates § 157-3 of this bylaw shall be liable to a fine of not more than $300 for each offense. Each day that any violation continues shall constitute and be a separate offense.
Whoever violates § 157-5 of this bylaw shall be liable to a fine established in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 90, § 20A and/or MGL c. 89, § 7A. Fire Department and Police Department personnel are hereby authorized to cause motor vehicles which are parked in violation of § 157-5 to be towed or otherwise removed pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 266, § 120D.