[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wilna 7-12-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2010. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Wilna, pursuant to the authority granted it under Article 4 of the Town Law and §§ 10 and 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, hereby enacts as follows.
The Town Board of the Town of Wilna hereby finds 911 addresses have been issued throughout Jefferson County since 1995 to all parcels of land containing a driveway to facilitate rapid response to emergencies, including fire and medical emergencies, among other things. There are currently no requirements that these numbers be posted anywhere on or near the parcel. Since much of the Town of Wilna, especially waterfront properties, are accessed by local roads or rights-of-way, absence of adequate 911 signage inhibits rapid access to such properties. It is the purpose of this chapter to provide for the safety, health, protection and general welfare of persons and property in the Town of Wilna by requiring that all properties to which 911 addresses have been assigned by Jefferson County must post those 911 addresses in such fashion that a stranger can proceed directly to the lot referenced by the 911 number.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- 911 ADDRESS
- A unique address, consisting of a number and street name, issued by the County of Jefferson, State of New York, to aid in locating a given property.
- 911 ADDRESS SIGN
- A group of numbers corresponding to the numerical portion
of the 911 address, attached to a building or to a separate block
of material, and meeting the following physical requirements:[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
- A. The numbers shall be at least four inches high, minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch, of contrasting color and readable at a minimum distance of 50 feet.
- B. The numbers shall be made of weather-resistant material and shall be maintained so as to be visible at all times during daylight hours according to Subsection A of this definition of "911 address sign."
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- The Zoning Enforcement Officer of the Town of Wilna and his duly appointed assistants or deputies or such other person appointed by the Town of Wilna to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
- STREET NAME
- The name assigned to a particular road or right-of-way, whether public or private, by the Town of Wilna, Jefferson County, or the State of New York, and shown on the Official Map of the Town of Wilna.
- STREET SIGN
- A sign containing the street name of a particular road or right-of-way usually placed at least at intersections of roads in order to direct traffic.
Each lot to which a 911 address has been issued shall post at least one 911 address sign on or close to the principal structure on the lot so as to be clearly visible at a minimum distance of 50 feet.
Whenever the principal structure on the lot is not clearly visible from the road or right-of-way bearing the street name of the 911 address, a 911 address sign shall also be posted at the intersection of that road or right-of-way and the named road or right-of-way providing access to it. This may be placed on a mail box or posted separately.
If the principal structure on the lot is only accessible by means of an unnamed right-of-way, one or more 911 address signs, along with directional arrows, must be posted at the last named road, and at intervals along the unnamed road or right-of-way providing access to the building sufficient to allow unambiguous travel to the principal structure. Finally, a 911 address sign must be posted at or close to the principal structure.
Whenever a Town official or another person complains of a 911 violation, or the Zoning Enforcement Officer notices a violation, the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall make an inspection. If a violation exists, the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall issue a notice to correct the violation, which shall inform the landowner of the nature of the violation and require that the landowner comply with this chapter within 14 days.
If the violation continues, it is an offense punishable by fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both. However, for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers, violation of this chapter shall be deemed misdemeanors, and for such purpose only all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations. Each week's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation. The Town may appear in Justice Court and prosecute by the Zoning Enforcement Officer or Attorney retained by the Town, with the consent of the District Attorney. In addition to any other enforcement method, the Code Enforcement Officer, at his choosing, may use an appearance ticket.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
In addition to the penalties provided above, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or restrain by injunction the violation of the law.
If any part of this chapter shall be found to be void, voidable, or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining section or provision of this chapter.