[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cohoes 3-25-2003 by L.L. No. 3-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 263.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 266.
Commercial vehicles — See Ch. 269.
Motor-driven vehicles — See Ch. 271.
Storage of vehicles — See Ch. 274.
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Ch. 82, Traffic Commission, adopted 7-14-1964 by Ord. No. 52-1964, as amended.
There shall be a City Traffic Commission to consist of five members to be appointed by the Mayor. The following shall be the members of the Commission: The Chief of Police, the Commissioner of General Services, the Fire Chief, and the City Planner. These members of the Commission may send a designee to one or more meetings; said designee to be within their respective departments and approved in advance by the Mayor. The fifth member of the Commission shall be the Chairperson. The Chairperson shall be a licensed professional engineer who shall have at least ten years' experience in traffic engineering.
Other than the Chairperson, the members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The Chairperson shall receive such compensation as set by the Board of Managers and approved by the Common Council.
Technical and other services for such Commission shall be performed by City officers, including police officers, or employees without additional compensation, upon approval of the Mayor.
The Commission shall possess exclusive power and authority to, by rule or regulation:
Regulate, direct, restrict and otherwise to control the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but not inconsistent with the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law in relation thereto.
Limit the carrying capacity of vehicles used in the business of carrying passengers for hire, except omnibuses operated pursuant to certificates of public convenience and necessity issued by the Commissioner of Transportation.
Determine the location of parking garages, parking lots, and parking meters. The location of parking garages and parking lots is subject to the approval of the City Planning Commission.
Determine the design, type, size, method of erection, installation, removal, maintenance, operation arid location of any and all signs, signals, markings, and similar devices for guiding, directing or otherwise regulating and controlling such traffic.
Make rules and regulations for the conduct of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the use of the public streets, squares and avenues as the Commission may deem necessary.
Designate through streets and order stop signs, flashing signals or yield signs erected at specified entrances thereto, or designate any intersection as a stop intersection or a yield intersection, and order like signs or signals erected at one or more entrances to such intersection.
Prohibit or regulate the turning of motor vehicles or specified types of motor vehicles at intersections or other designated locations.
Regulate the crossing of any roadway by pedestrians.
Designate any street or any separate roadway thereof for one-way traffic.
Exclude trucks, commercial vehicles, tractors, tractor-trailer combinations and trucks in excess of any designated weight from designated highways.
Prohibit, restrict or limit the stopping or standing or parking of vehicles.
Determine those streets or portions which shall be marked to indicate where overtaking or passing or driving to the left of said street would be especially hazardous in accordance with standards established by the NYS Department of Transportation.
Designate safety zones.
Provide for the installation, operation, maintenance, policing and supervision of parking meters; establish time limits at such meters; designate hours of operation of such meters; and fix and determine and require the payment of fees applicable to parking where such meters are in operation.
Establish a system of truck routes upon which all trucks, tractors or tractor-trailer combinations having a total gross weight of 10,000 pounds are permitted to travel and operate and exclude such vehicles and combinations from all streets except those which constitute such truck route system. Any system of truck routes shall provide suitable connection with all state routes entering or leaving the City. Set limits on hours of operation of or exclude trucks, commercial vehicles, tractors, or tractor-trailer combinations in excess of any designated weight, length, height, or eight feet in width on particular City streets or segments of streets. Such exclusion shall not be construed to prevent the delivery or pickup of merchandise or other property along streets from which such vehicles are otherwise excluded.
Regulate traffic by means of traffic control signals.
To give recommendations to the Chief of Police or the Commissioner of General Services regarding the issuance of licenses or permits for processions, assemblages, or parades, whenever such a proposed procession, assemblage, or parade would block the movement of traffic on arty street or streets for a period in excess of 15 minutes. Regulate or prohibit speed contests, races, or exhibitions of speed.
Prohibit or regulate the operation and the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles in public parks, cemeteries, property owned or leased by the City of Cohoes, or in designated areas reserved for public business at or adjacent to a government facility.
Make special provisions with relation to stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles registered pursuant to § 404-a of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law or those possessing a special vehicle identification parking permit issued in accordance with § 1203-a of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Cause to be determined for all bridges and elevated structures the capacity in tons which the bridge or structure will safely carry. At bridges and structures of insufficient strength to carry permissible legal loads, the Commission shall cause signs to be erected to inform persons of the safe capacity.
Cause signs to be erected to inform persons of the legal overhead for all bridges and elevated structures on streets under its jurisdiction. The legal clearance shall be one foot less than the measured clearance. The measured clearance shall be the minimum height to the bridge or structure measured vertically from the traveled portion of the street. On bridges or structures having 14 feet or more of measured clearance, no such signs shall be required.
Establish maximum speed limits at which vehicles may proceed within said City of Cohoes, within designated areas within said City and along certain streets within said City. No such speed limit applicable throughout the City shall be established at less than 30 miles per hour. No such speed limit applicable to a designated area or certain street shall be established at less than 25 miles per hour, unless in a school or hazard zone, or other exception pursuant to law.
Establish maximum speed limits which may be maintained without structural damage on bridges and elevated structures in the City and, if such maximum speed is lower than the maximum speed limit otherwise applicable, then such maximum speed as fixed for bridges and elevated structures shall be the legal maximum speed at which vehicles may travel on such bridges and structures.
Approve or disapprove applications for curb cut-outs and driveways. Approval by the Commission shall be necessary before a building permit for such work may be issued.
[Added 1-24-2006 by Ord. No. 2-2006; amended 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 6-2017]
Such rules and regulations shall be filed with the City Clerk upon adoption and shall become effective when published in the City's official newspaper. The Commission shall keep a permanent record of all traffic regulations and an official street index with corresponding traffic and parking regulations on all City streets. Such records and index shall be on file with the City Clerk and available for public inspection. Nothing in this section shall require the publishing in the official newspaper of regulations in existence at the time of adoption of this chapter.
The Commission shall promulgate its rules of procedure for meetings, and shall comply with the Open Meetings Law, set forth at Article 7 of the NYS Public Officers Law.
Any violation of this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter shall be punished in accordance with applicable state law, or if no state law applies then shall be deemed a violation and punished by a fine up to $250 or up to 15 days in jail, or both.