Tompkins County, NY
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Tompkins County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic Safety Board — See Ch. 80.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 160.
[Adopted by the Board of Supervisors (now County Legislature) of Tompkins County 8-13-1979 by L.L. No. 4-1979]
Parking of vehicles in the parking lots on the grounds of the Tompkins County Airport is hereby authorized and permitted only pursuant to and in accordance with the sections following.
The manager of the Tompkins County Airport is authorized to designate by appropriate signs, in addition to others, the following parking areas:
A. 
Tower area.
B. 
Aircraft tiedown area.
C. 
T-hangar area.
D. 
Airport tenant area.
E. 
Public parking area.
F. 
Rental vehicle parking area.
The Airport Manager is authorized to issue parking permits to employees or tenants at the airport, persons owning aircraft in the tiedown and T-hangar areas, county employees and others, authorizing parking in the designated parking areas. Permits shall be issued on a calendar year basis.
The parking layout and signs may be changed by the Airport Manager after recommendation by the Commissioner of Public Works and the County Administrator.
All persons required to pay for parking in any paid parking area of the airport shall pay the required parking fee prior to leaving the area or immediately when parking in a metered space.
There shall be no parallel parking on the airport driveways.
A. 
A violation of any of the provisions of this article shall constitute an offense, and a person found guilty of such offense may be punished by a fine not to exceed $100 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
In addition to the foregoing, vehicles in violation of any portion of this article may be towed from the area and the owner required to reimburse the towing garage for the cost of said removal and storage of their vehicle.
[Adopted by the Board of Representatives (now County Legislature) of Tompkins County 11-18-1997 by L.L. No. 5-1997]
The following county-owned lands and areas are designated as controlled parking areas to be used in conjunction with Tompkins County buildings:
A. 
All lands owned by Tompkins County and suitable for parking purposes.
A. 
The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meaning as set forth in this section:
AREA
Includes the county-owned property heretofore described in § 162-1.
CONTROLLED PARKING AREA
The parking areas used in conjunction with county office buildings and courthouses, all subject to control by the provisions of this article.
OPERATOR
Includes every person who shall operate a vehicle as the owner thereof or as the agent, employer, or permittee of the owner, or who is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
PARK
Includes the permitting of any vehicle to be parked or put in place and let remain or leave standing in or upon the county-owned property heretofore described in § 162-1.
PERSON
Includes every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.
RESTRICTED PARKING AREA
Designated portions of the controlled parking areas set aside by the county for the exclusive use by designated county and state officials and including parking areas marked and designated for use by the handicapped.
VEHICLE
Any device in, upon, or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, except a device which is operated upon rails or tracks.
B. 
Unless otherwise herein indicated, all words used shall have the meanings as defined in the General Construction Law of the State of New York.
Parking of vehicles by persons or operators in any of the designated restricted areas is prohibited unless said person or operator shall have a parking permit duly issued by Tompkins County or otherwise granted official permission to park in said areas, which permits shall be restricted to county employees, elected officials, certain state employees, and handicapped individuals designated by the County Public Works Committee, and such other persons having business in county buildings whose circumstances warrant a special parking permit.
The county may also set aside designated areas for parking by the general public, with or without fee, and may contract with others for parking service.
All parking in said restricted areas shall be in areas designated by signs and markings or other directions posted by the Tompkins County Commissioner of Public Works under the direction of the appropriate committee of the County Legislature. It shall be unlawful for any person or operator to park outside of the designated lined spaces or otherwise than is designated by signs, or to use the area unreasonably and contrary to the intent of this article, including the disposal of litter.
The County Legislature, or a committee or staff member designated by the Board, may from time to time designate certain overnight hours during which parking shall be prohibited or limited, in any one or more parking areas of the county.
The Commissioner of Public Works or his designee shall post a notice of illegal parking to the person or operator unlawfully parking a vehicle in the area contrary to the provisions of this article. A copy of such notice of illegal parking shall be delivered to the County Personnel Office.
A. 
Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked in violation of this article, the Commissioner of Public Works, his designee or appropriate police agency shall place a written notice to the owner on such vehicle that such vehicle has been parked in violation of the provisions of this article, and shall thereby summon such owner to appear in the Municipal Court in which the violation occurred to answer for such violation in accordance with this article. Jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon such court to hear, try and determine all questions of law and/or fact arising under this article, and to impose the fine or punishment hereinafter provided. Such summons may permit the owner, as he or she may elect, to plead guilty to the offense indicated thereon, signing his or her true and correct appearance in said court at the time prescribed to be noted, and to pay a fine as designated.
B. 
When a vehicle is found to be parked in violation of this article, such vehicle may be removed and conveyed by means of towing the same or otherwise to some suitable place of storage. Before the owner or person in charge of that vehicle shall be permitted to retrieve the vehicle, he/she must furnish evidence of his/her identity and ownership or right to possession, pay the proper charges and sign a receipt for such vehicle. The county may contract with one or more companies engaged in the towing of vehicles, to carry out this provision.
A. 
Violation of this article is hereby made a traffic infraction and, upon a first, second and third conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine or fines as determined by resolution of the County Legislature.
B. 
Failure to appear or answer on the return date set forth in said summons shall result in a certification of the same by said Municipal Court to the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
All fines assessed by the Municipal Court shall become the property of the municipality.