APPENDIX A - LOCAL REGULATIONS

Traffic Regulations

1 Use of skateboards and roller blades in Central Business District.
2 Parades and assemblages.
3 Engine braking (Jake braking).
4 Loud sound amplification systems prohibited.
5 Operation of vehicles principally used in playing golf prohibited.


Parking Regulations

15 Village parking lots; prohibition against parking during certain hours.
16 Prohibited standing or parking places.
17 Manner of parallel and angle parking; disabled persons.
18 Snow emergencies.
19 Parking of commercial and heavy vehicles.
20 Angle parking of motorcycles.


CROSS REFERENCES

Disposition of unclaimed vehicles see Ohio R.C. 737.32, 4513.61 et seq.
Burden of proof see Ohio R.C. 2901.05
Arrest without warrant for misdemeanor see Ohio R.C. 2935.03
Right of trial by jury see Ohio R.C. 2945.17
Time within which hearing or trial must be held see Ohio R.C. 2945.71
Extension of time for hearing or trial see Ohio R.C. 2945.72
Discharge for delay in trial see Ohio R.C. 2945.73
Uniform application of Ohio Traffic Law see Ohio R.C. 4511.06
Power to regulate processions or assemblages - see Ohio R.C. 4511.07
Authority of arresting officer when radar, electrical or mechanical timing device used see Ohio R.C. 4511.091
Marking motor vehicles used by traffic officers see Ohio R.C. 4549.13
Distinctive uniform required for traffic officers see Ohio R.C. 4549.15
Parking Enforcement Unit - see ADM. 248.04
Motorcycle defined see TRAF. 402.23
Parking defined - see TRAF. 402.26
Sidewalk obstructions; damage or injury - see GEN. OFF. 660.10
Stop defined - see TRAF. 402.45
Stopping and standing defined - see TRAF. 402.47


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TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

1 USE OF SKATEBOARDS AND ROLLER BLADES IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT.

(a) No person shall ride or operate a skateboard or roller blades on any street or sidewalk in the Central Business District of the Village.
(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in ' 408.01.           (Ord. 93 11, passed 10 11 1993)

 

2 PARADES AND ASSEMBLAGES.

(a) No person shall conduct or participate in any parade, procession or assemblage upon any street or highway, or block off any street or highway area without first obtaining a permit from the Mayor or Chief of Police.
(b) Applications for such permits shall be made on such forms as may be prescribed and shall contain such information as is reasonably necessary to a fair determination of whether a permit should be issued. Applications shall be filed not less than five days before the time intended for the parade, procession or assemblage.
(c) The permit may be refused or cancelled if the resultant conditions would unreasonably hinder the movement of traffic or would require the diversion of such number of police officers or firefighters so as to deprive the municipality of normal police and fire protection, or would be reasonably likely to provoke disorderly conduct or create a disturbance.
(d) The permit or any order accompanying it may limit or prescribe reasonable conditions, including the hours, the places of assembly and of dispersal, the route of march or travel and the streets, highways or portions thereof which may be used or occupied.          (Ord. 86 13, passed 7 14 1986) 

 

Penalty, see 408.01 and 408.02

 

3 ENGINE BRAKING (JAKE BRAKING).

(a) The practice of engine braking (jake braking) is hereby prohibited within the Village limits.
(b) The Village Administrator is hereby directed to erect signs at the Village corporation limits informing motorists of the prohibition against the use of engine brakes.
(c) Whoever violates division (a) hereof is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in 408.01.          (Ord. 98 4, passed 4 27 1998)

 


4 LOUD SOUND AMPLIFICATION SYSTEMS PROHIBITED.

(a) No person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle. Such prohibition shall apply when the motor vehicle is stopped, standing, parked or moving on a street, alley, parking lot or driveway.
(b) As used in this section, "sound amplification system@ means any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loudspeaker or other electronic device used for the amplification of the human voice or music.
(c) As used in this section, "plainly audible" means any sound produced by a sound amplification system which can be clearly heard at a distance of 50 feet or more. Measurement standards shall be the auditory senses, based upon direct line of sight. Words and phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included.
(d) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the operator was not otherwise prohibited by law from operating the sound amplification system and that any of the following applies:
(1) The system was being operated to request medical or vehicular assistance or to warn of a hazardous road condition;
(2) The vehicle was an emergency or public safety vehicle;
(3) The vehicle was owned and operated by a political subdivision or a gas, electric, communications or refuse company; or
(4) The vehicle was used in an authorized public activity, such as a parade, fireworks exhibition, sports event, musical production or other activity which had the approval of the department of the Village authorized to grant such approval.
(e) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in '408.01.          (Ord. 98 8, passed 7 2 1998)

 

5 OPERATION OF VEHICLES PRINCIPALLY USED IN PLAYING GOLF PROHIBITED.

(a) The use of any vehicle principally used in the playing of golf, including motorized golf carts, regardless of how powered, are prohibited on any street or highway or right-of-way or property owned or controlled by the Village of Grand Rapids within the Village of Grand Rapids, Ohio.
(b) Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor imprisoned by more than ten days or both.          (Ord. 2008-4, passed 9-8-2008)

 

PARKING REGULATIONS

15 VILLAGE PARKING LOTS; PROHIBITION AGAINST PARKING DURING CERTAIN HOURS.

(a) The following parking lots owned and operated by the Village are hereby established:
(1) Parking Lot No. 1. Front Street from Wapakoneta Road to Beaver Street;
(2) Parking Lot No. 2. The Village lot on the north side of Front Street, directly west of the railroad tracks;
(3) Parking Lot No. 3. The Village property on the north side of Front Street, directly east of the railroad tracks; and
(4) Parking Lot No. 4. The Village property south of Front Street, located between Mill and Beaver Streets.
(b) There shall be no parking in the village parking lots during the times as set forth in Part Four, Appendix B, Schedule I.
(c) The Village Administrator shall post at least four signs publicly displaying the restricted hours of parking on Village Parking Lot No. 1, and at least one sign notifying the public of the restricted hours for Village Parking Lots Nos. 2, 3 and 4. The signs shall bear the words:
(1) Parking Lot No. 1. "No parking between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Violators will be towed at owner's expense and may be subject to fine."
(2) Parking Lots Nos. 2, 3 and 4. "No parking between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Violators will be towed at owner's expense and may be subject to fine."
(d) Whoever violates any provision of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in 408.01.          (Ord. 94 9, passed 4 25 1994)

 

16 PROHIBITED STANDING OR PARKING PLACES.

(a) No person shall stand, place an obstruction or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of this Traffic Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic-control device, in any of the following places:
(1) On a sidewalk, except a bicycle;
(2) In front of a public or private driveway or alley;
(3) Within an intersection;
(4) Within ten feet of a fire hydrant;
(5) On a crosswalk;
(6) Within 33 feet of the corner point of a right angle that runs along the paved portion of the street created by the parallel portion of all corners of both the stop street and through street;
(7) Within the greater of that noted in division (a)(6) hereof or 20 feet from a stop bar or a stop sign, a stop bar taking precedence;
(8) On any paved portion of any street within the Village, except within the Commercial District;
(9) Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
(10) Within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any fire station, within 75 feet of the entrance when it is properly posted with signs;
(11) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(12) Alongside any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street or in the right-of-way;
(13) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street, or within a street tunnel;
(14) At any place where signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking, or where the curbing is painted yellow, or at any place in excess of the maximum time limited by signs;
(15) Within one foot of another parked vehicle;
(16) On the roadway portion of a freeway, expressway or thruway; or
(17) Within three feet of the paved portion of any street within the Village except within the Business District.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) "Commercial District" means that area from 100 feet east of Mill Street to the east side of West Street along Front Street.
(2) "No-parking triangle zone" means the area falling between the three points represented by the right angle corner point of the street intersection and the distances from either of the no parking points.
(3) "Obstruction" means any item in the street, within the right-of-way area or the triangle zone, that is a hazard to the public health and welfare or that blocks the visibility of a driver at the stop street or an oncoming vehicle driver on a through street. "Obstruction" may include but is not limited to fencing, rocks, tree branches, shrubs, railroad ties, trailers and vehicles.
(4) "Right-of-way" means that part of the public right-of-way, paved or unpaved, that is adjacent to either side of the street.
(5) "Stop bar" means a figure found normally on wide angled stop streets, showing on the street surface as a white bar with the word "Stop." A stop bar is located between the stop sign and the entrance to the through street.
(6) "Street" means that portion of the public right-of-way that is paved, that is at a paved minimum of 17 feet wide, and that is used for vehicular traffic.

(Ord. 96 1, passed 2 26 1996; Ord. 2001-9, passed 6-25-2001) Penalty, see 408.01, 408.02 and 452.13

 

17 MANNER OF PARALLEL AND ANGLE PARKING; DISABLED PERSONS.

(a) Every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there is an adjacent curb shall be stopped or parked with the right hand wheels of the vehicle parallel with and not more than 12 inches from the curb, unless it is impossible to approach so close to the curb; in such case, the stop shall be as close to the curb as possible and only for the time necessary to discharge and receive passengers or to load or unload merchandise.
(b) No vehicle shall be stopped or parked on a road or street with the vehicle facing in a direction other than the direction of travel on that side of the road or street.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision of this Code, air compressors, tractors, trucks and other equipment, while being used in the construction, reconstruction, installation, repair, or removal of facilities near, on, over or under a street, may stop, stand or park where necessary in order to perform such work, provided a flagperson is on duty, or warning signs or lights are displayed as may be prescribed by the State.
(d) Special parking locations and privileges for persons with disabilities that limit or impair the ability to walk, also known as disabled parking spaces or disability parking spaces, shall be provided and designated by the Municipality and all agencies and instrumentalities thereof at all offices and facilities where parking is provided, whether owned, rented or leased, and at all publicly owned parking garages. The locations shall be designated through the posting of an elevated sign, whether permanently affixed or movable, imprinted with the international symbol of access, and shall be reasonably close to exits, entrances, elevators and ramps. All elevated signs posted in accordance with this division and Ohio R.C. 3781.111(B) shall be mounted on a fixed or movable post, and the distance from the ground to the top edge of the sign shall measure five feet.
(e) Pursuant to division (d) hereof, parking places for disabled persons are hereby established as set forth in Appendix B, Schedule II.
(f) No person shall stop, stand or park any motor vehicle at special parking locations provided for in division (d) hereof or at special clearly marked parking locations provided in or on privately owned parking lots, parking garages or other parking areas and designated in accordance with division (d) hereof, unless one of the following applies:
(1) The motor vehicle is being operated by or for the transport of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk and is displaying a valid removable windshield placard or special license plates; or
(2) The motor vehicle is being operated by or for the transport of a disabled person and is displaying a parking card or special disabled license plates.
(g) When a motor vehicle is being operated by or for the transport of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk and is displaying a removable windshield placard or a temporary removable windshield placard or special license plates, or when a motor vehicle is being operated by or for the transport of a disabled person and is displaying a parking card or special disabled license plates, the motor vehicle shall be permitted to park for a period of two hours in excess of the legal parking period permitted by the Municipality, except where a local ordinance or police rule provides otherwise or where the vehicle is parked in such a manner as to be clearly a traffic hazard.
(h) No owner of an office, facility or parking garage where special parking locations must be designated in accordance with division (d) hereof shall fail to properly mark the special parking locations as required by that division or fail to maintain the markings of the special locations, including the erection and maintenance of the fixed or movable signs.
(i) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a person or organization to apply for a removable windshield placard or special license plates if the parking card or special license plates issued to the person or organization under prior law have not expired or been surrendered or revoked.
(j) For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
(1) "Disabled person" means any person who has lost the use of one or both legs or one or both arms, who is blind, deaf, or so severely disabled as to be unable to move without the aid of crutches or a wheelchair, or whose mobility is restricted by a permanent cardiovascular, pulmonary or other disabling condition.
(2) "Person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk" means any person who, as determined by a physician or chiropractor, meets any of the following criteria:
A. Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
B. Cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device;
C.  Is restricted by a lung disease to such an extent that the person=s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 millimeters of mercury on room air at rest;
D. Uses portable oxygen;
E. Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or
F. is severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.
(3) "Special license plates" and "removable windshield placard" mean any license plates or removable windshield placard or temporary removable windshield placard issued under Ohio R.C. 4503.41 or 4503.44, and also mean any substantially similar license plates or removable windshield placard or temporary removable windshield placard issued by a state, district, country or sovereignty.
(ORC 4511.69)
(k) Where angle parking is permitted, every vehicle parked shall be parked at an angle to the curb so that the right front wheel of the vehicle is not more than 12 inches from the curb. All vehicles angle parking shall face in the direction of the curb.          (Adopting Ordinance, Ord. 72 10, passed 7 18 1972)

18 SNOW EMERGENCIES.

(a) In order to facilitate the cleaning of certain streets and to expedite the free flow of vehicular traffic, motor vehicles shall not be parked on the streets designated herein at such times as the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow have fallen and that there is a prospect of a further snowfall. All cars parked prior to the time weather conditions prohibited parking must be removed by the owners or operators. Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this prohibition shall be removed at the order of the Village Administrator, and the owner or operator thereof shall be subject to the penalty provided for a violation of this section.
(b)

It shall be the responsibility of the owners or operators of motor vehicles to ascertain whether or not weather conditions require the removal of their motor vehicles from the streets designated and to remove all cars parked in violation of this section. While the Village shall make every effort to inform the public of the existence of weather conditions requiring the removal of parked motor vehicles from the streets designated herein, the owners and operators of motor vehicles parked in these areas shall have full responsibility to determine existing weather conditions and to remove parked motor vehicles if the weather conditions are such as require such removal under the provisions of this section.

(c) After the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow have fallen and that there is a prospect of further snowfall, the Village Administrator shall order the removal of all the vehicles parked on the streets designated herein which have not been removed by the owners or operators. Such vehicles shall be removed to a motor vehicle pound as designated by the Village Administrator. Records shall be kept by the Police Department of all vehicles removed.
(d) Any person violating the provisions of this section, with respect to failure to remove parked motor vehicles when the weather conditions described in this section require such removal, shall be subject to the traffic penalties provided by law for illegal parking in normally regulated streets. In addition, where a car is towed to a motor vehicle pound, the car shall be recovered only upon payment of the towing charges imposed.
(e) The Village Administrator and the Police Department shall use all available means of disseminating information as to the existence of weather conditions requiring removal of parked motor vehicles from the areas designated. Such notice shall be disseminated through all available media to the extent feasible. The dissemination of this information, however, shall not relieve owners or operators of motor vehicles from the responsibility of ascertaining the existence of weather conditions requiring the removal of parked motor vehicles from the areas designated.
(f) Streets where parking is prohibited after two inches of snow have fallen and there is a prospect of further snowfall, are as set forth in Appendix B, Schedule III.
(g) The Village Administrator shall post signs at each end of the affected streets, on both sides, so as to remind the residents of the Village of the existence of this section. The sign shall bear the words: "Snow Street."
(Ord. 80 1, passed 1 14 1980) Penalty, see 408.01, 408.02 and 452.13

 

19 PARKING OF COMMERCIAL AND HEAVY VEHICLES.

No person shall park a school bus, commercial tractor, agricultural tractor, bus, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer or moving van on any street within the Village, or on property owned by the Village, except when making delivery or picking up property or merchandise.     (Ord. 89 6, passed 4 24 1989) Penalty, see 408.01, 408.02 and 452.13

 

20 ANGLE PARKING OF MOTORCYCLES.

Where angle parking is permitted in the Village, motorcycles are permitted to back into the parking places for parking purposes in addition to other ways permitted for angle parking.
(Ord. 81 19, passed 1 11 1982)

 

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