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Township of Unity, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Unity 6-4-1993 by Ord. No. O-1-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania as now in force, or as hereafter amended, enacted or reenacted, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning. The singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine.
The Board of Supervisors of Unity Township shall have the right, from time to time, to adopt traffic and parking regulations not contrary to the provisions of this chapter, written by resolution, which shall be filed for public inspection at the Office of the Township Secretary and shall be enforced as part of this chapter. Such written resolution may establish stop street and through streets, speed limits on particular highways, delineate restricted parking areas and supplement other provisions of this chapter.
The Board of Supervisors shall have the following powers to regulate traffic and parking temporarily and in times of emergency:
A. 
In the case of fire, flood, storm or other emergency, to establish temporary traffic and parking regulations.
B. 
In the case of emergency or to facilitate public works or in the case of the conduct of parades and other public events, to restrict or prohibit parking or traffic in limited areas for periods of not more than 72 hours. Such temporary and emergency regulations shall be enforced by the Board of Supervisors and the appropriate law enforcement agency in the same manner as permanent regulations. Any person who shall operate a vehicle in violation of any such regulation shall be liable to the penalty set forth in the law or elsewhere in this chapter for such violation.
The police officers of the state are hereby given authority to direct traffic on the highways of the Township and at intersections thereof.
No person shall operate any motor vehicle longitudinally upon any sidewalk in the Township, nor shall any person operate any motor vehicle upon or across any sidewalk except in order to gain egress from a driveway at such locations where the curb, if such sidewalk is curbed, shall have been properly cut down for the purpose, provided that the word "sidewalk," as used in this section, shall mean any portion of any street or abutting upon a street, which is used or reserved as a sidewalk, whether paved or not.
The speed limit on all streets, roads and highways within the Township shall be 55 miles per hour except upon those roadways which are state highways, in which case the speed limit shall be such speed limit as approved by the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Board of Supervisors of Unity Township shall have the right, from time to time, to designate by resolution a lower speed limit for any Township highways, except state highways, and upon the adoption of such resolution and the posting of speed limit signs as provided by law, such lower speed limit shall be the lawful limit.
By resolution of the Board of Supervisors, as hereinbefore provided, streets, or designated lengths thereof, in the Township of Unity may be designated to accommodate traffic in one direction only. Any person who shall operate a vehicle upon a street or portion thereof hereby established as a one-way street other than in the direction established hereby for vehicular traffic thereon shall be in violation of this chapter.
By resolution of the Board of Supervisors as hereinbefore provided, intersectional streets, roadways and highways in the Township of Unity may be designated and declared to be stop intersections, and official stop signs shall be erected for traffic on such streets, roadways or highways in the direction or directions and at such intersections as the Board of Supervisors shall, from time to time, by resolution, direct. The operator of every vehicle approaching any such intersections, facing any stop sign in the direction or directions designated by any such said resolution of the Board of Supervisors, shall come to a full stop within a reasonable distance before entering any such intersection.
By resolution of the Board of Supervisors, as hereinbefore provided, streets in the Township of Unity, or designated lengths thereof, may be designated and declared to be set aside for the use of passenger motor vehicles only, but not including any passenger motor vehicle drawing any trailer or towing any other vehicle. No person shall at any time operate any commercial motor vehicle or any truck or tractor upon any portion of street so set aside, except for the purpose of delivery of goods, wares or merchandise to or collecting the same from premises located on any such portion of street, provided that nothing in this section shall make it unlawful to operate any fire apparatus or Fire Department vehicle upon any street or portion thereof.
Parking is hereby prohibited at any and all times in the following locations:
A. 
In culs-de-sac or turnarounds.
B. 
On such streets, roadways or highways and on such sides or portions thereof as the Board of Supervisors may, by resolution from time to time, so direct.
C. 
In front of a driveway or so close to the front of a driveway as to impede the ingress or egress to or from said driveway.
Within one hour after the commencement of each fall of snow in the Township of Unity, it shall be the duty of the owner, the lessee or the operator of any vehicle which has been parked upon any street, roadway or highway in the Township to remove said vehicle from the public streets and highways of the Township. If a vehicle is not moved as herein provided, its authorized agents and employees shall have the right to remove such vehicle by towing or other means, and the costs of such removal shall be collected from such owner, lessee or operator in addition to the fine and costs hereinbefore set forth.
The Board of Supervisors shall have the right by resolution to temporarily close any Township road, street or highway when, in its opinion, excessive or unusual conditions have rendered such road, street or highway unfit or unsafe for travel. Such road or portion of a road, street or highway shall be properly marked in accordance with law, and any person using such road, street or highway or portion thereof after the same has been properly closed and marked, without a permit from the official in charge, shall be in violation of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 114-13, Weight limits, has been superseded by Ord. No. O-2-2009, adopted 4-9-2009, which provided a comprehensive update of vehicle weight limit regulations. See now Ch. 115, Vehicle Weight Limits.
A. 
Any person required to obtain a permit as prescribed in § 114-13[1] shall:
(1) 
Designate in writing to the Supervisors which roads are to be used and the length of time the excessive usage is to continue.
(2) 
Maintenance and replacement agreement.
(a) 
Enter into an agreement with the Supervisors of Unity Township to maintain the roadway, street or highway, including culverts, drains, drainage pipes and bridges, and, as well, to resurface the road upon termination of its use.
(b) 
The agreement shall also contain a provision for the posting of an appropriate bond to cover the cost of replacement of the surface and base of the roadway and, as well, to maintain the roadway during the term of its use. The amount of said bond shall be determined by the Township Engineer.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 114-13, Weight limits, has been superseded by Ord. No. O-2-2009, adopted 4-9-2009, which provided a comprehensive update of vehicle weight limit regulations. See now Ch. 115, Vehicle Weight Limits.
B. 
In those circumstances where the permit obtained involves the use of a bridge or bridges, then the bond shall include an amount equal to 50% of the replacement cost of the depreciated value of the bridge as determined by the Township Engineer.
[Amended 11-28-2000 by Ord. No. O-10-2000]
Where a violation of any section of this chapter shall also constitute a violation of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code[1] or the Motor Vehicle Code,[2] then any person violating such provisions shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof by the District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine in accordance with the applicable section of the Crimes Code or Motor Vehicle Code, along with all costs of prosecution and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by Unity Township in the enforcement of this chapter or, in default of payment thereof, to undergo imprisonment as authorized by the Crimes Code or the Motor Vehicle Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 18 Pa. C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
All posted speed limit areas, stop signs, traffic lights and restricted parking areas which are to date of the adoption of this chapter in effect in the Township of Unity, are hereby declared ratified and validated and the violation of such provisions is an offense under this chapter in the same manner as if such regulation had been enacted after the effective date of this chapter.