AN ORDINANCE DEFINING AND DESIGNATING FIRE LANES AND FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCESS ROADS, USE, EXCEPTIONS AND PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS
Be it ordained by the Board of Alderman of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri as follows:
SECTION 1 – Definitions
Fire Department Access Road: A road that provides fire apparatus access from a fire station to a facility, building or portion thereof. This general term shall include, but is not limited to, all other terms such as fire lane, public street, private street, parking lot lane, alley and access roadway.
Fire Lane: A road or other passageway that allows passage of fire or emergency apparatus. A fire lane is not necessarily intended for vehicular traffic other than emergency apparatus.
SECTION 2 – Designation and enforcement of fire lanes or Fire Department access roads
a. Any area designated by the Fire Chief and/or an owner or lessee shall be authorized pursuant to this Ordinance to designate such area as a fire lane or Fire Department access road.
b. The designated area shall be marked with signs stating: “No Parking Fire Lane” and any curb in that area shall be painted red.
c. The owner, lessee or his authorized agent shall mark and maintain the markings of the designated area.
SECTION 3 – Prohibitions, exceptions
a. No person shall stop or park a vehicle in any area that is posted with authorized signs or when painted curbs are constructed or erected designating the area as a fire lane.
1) The restrictions shall not apply to public officers or emergency personnel acting within the scope of duty.
2) Any person that has a written consent from the Fire Chief prior to the use of a fire lane.
SECTION 4 – Police may enter private property to enforce
All law enforcement officials are hereby empowered to enter upon property open to the public use in order to enforce the provision of this Ordinance.
SECTION 5 – Penalties
Upon conviction of or guilty plea to a violation of the provisions of this Ordinance, a fine not to exceed $500, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both fine and imprisonment may be imposed.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.
This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage and approval.[i]
First reading: March 28, 2017 Second reading: March 28, 2017
This Ordinance was read two times and passed this 28th day of March 2017.
________________________________ Ayes: Humble, Pilcher, Robb, Rich
Jennifer Perkey-Ewing, Mayor
________________________________ Nays: None
Brittany Schenker, City Clerk
[i] The above provisions were removed from Ordinance No. 1504, enacted June 9, 2015.