[Amended 12-6-2011 by Ord. No. O-11-078; 2-21-2012 by Ord. No. O-12-02; 2-2-2016 by Ord. No. O-16-005]
It is the purpose and intent of this section, in the interests of public safety and the general welfare of the Township, to facilitate snow removal from curb to curb on public streets of the Township as efficiently and expeditiously as possible after a snowfall.
Notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, no person shall park a vehicle upon either side of any public street or allow any portion of a vehicle to extend into the roadway at any time when snow has covered the roadway sufficient to obscure road markings.
The above parking prohibition shall remain in effect for a period of 12 hours after the snow has ceased, subject to extension by the Township Manager in the event that snow has not been completely cleared.
As used in this section, the term "snow" shall mean any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the public streets of the Township, including, without limitation, snow, sleet, hail or ice.
Regulatory and warning signs in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-138 shall be erected and maintained at major street entrances to the Township for motor vehicles. Signs for exempt streets shall be posted as applicable. Notice of said parking prohibition shall be deemed adequate when posted on the Township website and available via prerecorded phone message.
The Manager shall have the authority, at his or her discretion, to waive or modify parking regulations, including hourly limits, meter and permit fees and parking prohibitions, at all municipally owned or controlled parking lots or decks during a declared snow emergency or at such time as storm warnings have been issued by a recognized weather service or a reasonable basis otherwise exists to anticipate an accumulation of snow greater than two inches.
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or parts of streets where temporary emergency no-parking signs are displayed. The Chief of Police, or in his absence the ranking police officer, is authorized to declare an emergency and to direct the posting of said emergency no-parking signs when weather conditions, accidents, fires or public celebrations dictate or require the avoidance of hazards or other conditions which interfere with the free flow of traffic.
Notification that the emergency no-parking signs are being or will be posted shall be given to the operator or owner of any vehicle which has been parked prior to the posting of the signs.
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this article shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any peace officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage, which may result from such removal, before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Any person violating the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of $100 for the first offense, and a fine not to exceed $500 for each offense thereafter occurring within six months of the previous offense. Each day on which a violation of an ordinance exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine.