Town of Webb, NY
Herkimer County
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[Adopted 11-13-2001 by L.L. No. 2-2001]
The Town Board of the Town of Webb finds and declares that it is in the best interest of the persons and property in the Town to adopt regulations which will protect and enhance the physical and visual environment while providing for the protection, order, conduct, safety, health and well-being of persons and property in the Town. More specifically, the Town Board finds that the use of personal water craft and specialty prop-craft on the water bodies of the Town has the following adverse effects: air and water pollution, excessive noise, disturbance and disruption of wildlife, damage to plant life, threat and damage to public safety and disruption of tranquility; and that it is in the best interests of the persons and property in the Town to adopt a local law establishing a personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft regulation zone, pursuant to authority under Town Law § 130 and Municipal Home Rule Law § 10, in order to safeguard against the ill effects of their use. The purpose and intent of this article is to establish a personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft regulation zone pursuant to authority under Town Law § 130, Municipal Home Rule Law § 10 and Navigation Law § 46.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
A vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on, or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel (Navigation Law § 2, Subdivision 30).
SHORE and SHORE-LINE
The line at low-water mark of a body of water, including the line at low-water mark along the shore of any tributary, outlet, inlet or island in or adjacent to the body of water.
SPECIALTY PROP-CRAFT
A vessel which is powered by an outboard motor or a propeller-driven motor and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel (Navigation Law § 2, Subdivision 31).
There shall be a personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft regulation zone on the following bodies of water in the Town of Webb: Rondaxe Lake and Woodhull Lake.
Within the regulation zones designated in § 190-8.3 hereof, the use of personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft shall be prohibited within 1,500 feet of the shore-line of such bodies of water. Due to the fact that each of the bodies of water in § 190-8.3 hereof are in all places less than or equal to 3,000 feet from shore to shore, this prohibition is intended to effect a complete ban on the use of personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft on these bodies of water.
The regulations set forth by this article shall be enforced by the Town of Webb Police Department and the Herkimer County Sheriff's Department.
There shall be constructed on the shore of each body of water designated in § 190-8.3 hereof a signboard facing the water and bearing thereon in large letters "Vessel Regulation Zone." Such signboard shall be conspicuously placed on the shore at such locations as the Town Board shall designate to indicate the boundary of the regulation zone. Each signboard shall also set forth the restrictions adopted herein, as now or hereafter amended, stating specifically that the use of personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft vessels is prohibited. A signboard conspicuously displaying the same information shall also be constructed facing land at all public and commercial boat launches on Rondaxe Lake and Woodhull Lake.
Any person violating the regulations within a personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft regulation zone shall be guilty of a violation punishable as set forth in Navigation Law § 73-b, as now or hereafter amended.