[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bethel 11-2-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988 (Ch. 93 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Bethel hereby finds that the leaving of vehicles on Town highways during periods of snowfall has hindered and obstructed the Superintendent of Highways in snow removal operations. The Town Board further finds that the leaving of vehicles on highways within the Town during snowstorms causes hazards to persons using such highways.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons and property by imposing restrictions on the leaving of vehicles on highways during snowstorms.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Town of Bethel.
Other definitions. The words and phrases used in this chapter shall, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by Article 1 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
The parking of vehicles is hereby prohibited on all highways within the Town of Bethel from December 1 of each year to May 1 of the following year during the hours commencing at 10:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.
Any vehicle left abandoned or permitted to remain parked unattended, in violation of the provisions of this chapter, shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic. The Superintendent of Highways, his agents, servants or employees and/or any police officer may remove or cause to be removed any such vehicle to any location without any liability for damage to said vehicle. The owner or person in charge of said vehicle shall be required to reimburse the Town for the actual necessary costs of removal and storage thereof before such vehicle shall be returned. Reimbursement shall be in addition to any penalty for a violation of this chapter as set forth herein.
It shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Highways and/or any police officer, as the case may be, to ascertain to the extent possible the owner of the vehicle or person having charge of the same and to notify such person of the removal and disposition of such vehicle as provided in this chapter and the amount which will be required to redeem the same.
[Amended 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.
The Highway Superintendent shall maintain appropriate signs at such places and for such periods as he, in his sole discretion, shall deem appropriate, advising the public in general and the residents of the Town of Bethel in particular that there shall be no parking on any streets or highways within the Town of Bethel during the period commencing December 1 of each year and ending on May 1 of the following year, during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.