ORDINANCE 13-007 FOR HEARING JULY 2, 2013 @ 7:00 P.M. TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE 2000 SMITH STREET, NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI 02911
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE(31), ARTICLE FIVE (V) TO ADD SECTION 31-23 ENTITLED
"SPEED CONTROL DEVICES"
IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE AS FOLLOWS:
That Chapter Thirty-One (31), Article Five (V) of the Town of North Providence Code of Ordinances is hereby amended to add Chapter 23 as follows:
Section 31-23. Speed Control Devices. 23-1:
This ordinance is adopted to establish criteria, construction standards, and procedure for the construction of traffic calming structures to reduce speed along a roadway in accordance with
transportation engineering principles. This ordinance outlines the
procedure for citizen initiative requests. The Town on its own initiative, and without a petition to the Town Clerk or Town Council, may install a speed calming device,, if it deems necessary for public safety.
23-2 CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS:
Construction shall conform to the standards established by the Director of Department of Public Works and approved by the Director of Public Works. The Department of Public Works reserves the right to change, modify or adopt different standards provided the Town Council is informed of the changes prior to its implementation.
23-3 WARRANT FOR LOCATING A SPEED BUMP/HUMP:
Prior to considering any installation of a speed bump/hump, the Director of Department of Public Works must prepare a warrant to certify that the proposed roadway and or location meets the criteria set forth herein as follows:
A. Streets are classified or could be classified as Collector or Arterial is not eligible for speed bumps.
B. The street shall provide access (via a driveway or on-street parking) to abutting residential properties. Residential properties include multiple dwellings such as apartment complexes.
C. The street shall not have more than one traffic lane in each direction.
D. The street shall have a posted speed limit of 25 mph or less.
E. The 85th percentile speed on the street section must be at least 10 mph over the posted speed limit as determined by the Chief of Police.
F. The speed bumps/humps should not be located within 200 feet of intersections, in a horizontal curve, on vertical curves where visibility of the bump is restricted, or on approaches to these curves.
G. The street should have curb and gutter. Consideration may be given to streets without curb and gutter. In such case, special care should be used to accommodate drainage and prevent vehicle run-arounds.
H. The North Providence Fire Department, North Providence Police Department, and Department of Public Works must approve the street for installation of speed bumps.
I. Speed bumps will not be installed on a portion of any street with a grade in excess of eight percent (8%).
J. Speed bumps will not be installed on any street that is a primary access route for emergency vehicles and would cause, in the judgment of the Town's emergency response providers, unacceptable delay in response time to emergencies.
K. Storm drainage in the area will be considered for location and design of possible speed bump.
23-4 PROCEDURES AND PETITION:
A. SPEED BUMP PETITION AND INSTALLATION PROCEDURES
The North Providence Town Council's adopted policies and procedures for the installation of speed bumps will be made available to all interested parties. A representative of a local residential street, who believes the residents on his or her street will support the installation of speed bumps, may submit a petition in writing to the North Providence Town Clerk's Office. The petition shall include signatures of 100% of the residences immediately adjacent to the proposed speed bumps/humps and 80% of the occupants of the residences on the street requesting the speed bump/hump. Only one vote will be counted per ownership and per dwelling unit. The sponsor of the petition shall contact every resident of the abutting
properties on the subject street. If a resident is against the
speed bump/hump, the word "opposed" will be noted on the petition
signature space. If the sponsor is unable to contact a resident, "no contact" will be noted on the petition signature space with the days and times the contact was attempted. The sponsor must make at least two (2) attempts on separate days to contact a resident.
The Town Clerk (or his/her designee), upon receipt of a completed petition, shall forward the request to the Town Council. The Town Council, upon a vote of its majority may forward the request to the Police, Fire and Public Works Department for the purpose of making a determination as to whether the street in question is eligible for further consideration for the installation of speed bumps/humps
based on the criteria in this speed bump/hump policy. The Police
and Fire Departments will forward their recommendations to the
Director of Department of Public Works. The Director of the
Department of Public Works shall prepare a warrant according to this
B. DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY AND APPEAL
If the Director of Department of Public Works warrants the
installation of speed bump/hump (or other speeding calming device) and upon availability of funds, it shall be scheduled for installation. If it is determined that a street is not eligible for speed bumps/humps, the Director of Department of Public Works shall notify the Town Clerk, who shall notify the representative(s) of the street in writing of the reason why the street is not eligible. The representative(s) of the street will have fifteen (15) days to appeal the decision to the North Providence Town Council. Appeals must be delivered timely in writing to the Town Clerk and set forth the basis of the appeal. The North Providence Town Council will consider the appellants' appeal in light of the speed bump/hump policy, and either affirm, reverse or modify the Departments decision. The decision of the Town Council shall be final.
23-5 FUNDING AND PRIORITY RANKING:
Speed bump/hump requests will be funded in the order received and approved, unless the Town determines that conditions on a particular street, as demonstrated by special or accident statistics require greater priority. There is no guarantee that public funding will be available. The work shall be done under Department of Public Works supervision.
23-6 REMOVAL OF SPEED BUMPS:
Speed bumps/humps installed by resident petition pursuant to this policy may be removed either by the Town, upon a determination that the removal is required for public safety reasons, or by petition of 51% (or more) of occupants of residences within the same geographic area as petitioned for the bumps/humps, requesting. If removal is by petition, the residents shall pay the cost of removal, which sum shall be deposited with the Town prior to removal.
This ordinance shall be administered by the Town Clerk, who shall establish all required forms and keep records of the same.
This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its passage.
TOWN SOLICITOR Adopted:
COUNCIL PRESIDENT Approved: