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Town Ordinances

Article III - Parking, Standing, or Stopping

Sec. 14 Application of Article:

The provisions of this article shall apply except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions with a police officer or official traffic control device.

Sec. 15 Parking Prohibited:

No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets described:

Main St. (West) In front of Dunkin Donuts to a point 25 feet south.

Main St. (East) From the southern entrance of the Municipal office.

Paul St. (South) From a point 150 feet east of Main St. to Highland Ave.

Railroad Ave. (Both) From Norton St. to Spring St.

Jewett Ave. (East) Entire street

Norton St. (Both) From the intersection of Main St. to the intersection of Colcord St.

Wadleigh Ln. (North) Parking permitted on school side only.

Sec. 16 Stopping or Standing:

No person shall stop or stand a vehicle in any of the following places:

  1. On a sidewalk
  2. In front of a public or private driveway
  3. Within an intersection
  4. On a painted marking on the street or crosswalk
  5. Alongside or opposite a street or highway excavation
  6. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked parallel to the shoulder or curb
  7. Within ten (10) feet of any fire hydrant
  8. On any public way such that the front of the parked vehicle is facing oncoming traffic in its lane
  9. In a painted parking space such that the roadway side of the vehicle extends over the roadway side of the painted parking
  10. space, or in such a manner that the right side of a vehicle or portion thereof is three (3) feet or more from the curb, sidewalk, or edge or pavement.

Sec. 17 Parking Prohibited certain hours:

No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified of any day, unless otherwise indicated, upon any of the streets or parts of streets described:

All streets, (Both sides) 12:00 midnight to 7:00 am, November 30th through March 31st. (Except for authorized emergencies)

Sec. 20 Time Limit Parking:

No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit shown at any time between the hours listed, of any day, unless
otherwise indicated, upon any of the streets or parts of streets described:

Main St. (Both) 1hr, Monday through Saturday, 7:00am –6:00pm

from Norton St. intersection to Rt. 236 intersection

Portland St. (Both) 1hr, Monday through Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm

from Main St. intersection to Colcord St. intersection.

Sec. 22 Loading Zones:

The following locations shall be designated as loading zones:

Paul St. (Both) From Main St. to a point 150 feet east (15 minutes only)

Business (Both) All (30 minutes only)

Sewall Rd. (Both) For a 150 feet from the intersection of main St. (30 minutes only)
Article IV - Heavy loads on closed public ways
Sec. 25 Definitions:

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Special Mobile Equipment- Every self propelled vehicle not designated or used primarily for the transportation of persons or
property and incidentally operated or moved over the highways, including, but not limited to, road construction or maintenance
machinery, ditch digging apparatus, stone crushers, air compressors, power shovels, cranes, graders, rollers, well drillers, and wood sawing equipment used for hire.

Sec. 26A Authorization to Close Public Ways:

The municipal officers may close all or any part of a public way under the municipalities’ control at any time for the following

Protection of road surfaces, which will not support continual truck traffic or for safety issues which may be raised by the
increase of commercial traffic.

** The following roads or sections of roads are prohibited to all thru trucking (Commercial Motor Vehicles)**

  1. Finson Rd. to Wells town line.
  2. Boyds Corner Rd. east from the North Berwick town line.
  3. Ogunquit Rd. east to the York town line.

Sec. 27 Notice:

Notice shall be given by erecting at each end of the closed public way a poster indicating the following:

  1. The date of the posting
  2. A description of the highway closed
  3. A summary of the vehicles exempt from the closing
  4. The name, business address, and telephone number of the road Commissioner
  5. Statutory and Regulation reference

Sec 28 Exemption for Frozen Highways:

This Article shall not apply to any closed highway, which is solidly frozen.

Sec. 29 Exempt Vehicles:

The following vehicles are exempt from this article:

A. Any vehicle or combination of vehicles registered for a gross weight of twenty three thousand (23,000) pounds or less.

B. Any vehicle or combination of vehicles registered for a gross weight in excess of twenty three thousand (23,000) pounds and traveling without a load other than tools or equipment necessary for the proper operation of the vehicle. This exemption does not apply to Special Mobile Equipment. It shall be a defense to a violation of this chapter if the combined actual weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles registered for a gross weight in excess of twenty three thousand (23,000) pounds and their load is in fact less than twenty three thousand pounds.

C. Any vehicle under the direction of public jurisdiction and with permission of the Town of South Berwick, engaging in emergency maintenance of the public highway.

D. Highway maintenance vehicles under the direction of the Town of South Berwick.

E. Any vehicle transporting home heating fuel (oil, gas, coal, or stove sized wood) to a private customer, bulk milk or bulk feed which is registered in excess of twenty three thousand (23,000) pounds carrying a partial load with a weight equal to or less than indicated on the exemption certificate issued by the Town of South Berwick as documented by delivery slips or bills of lading accompanying the vehicle. The allowable weight indicated on the exemption will be calculated based on various reduced loads per inch of tire width, manufacturers rating.

F. Any combination vehicle of five (5) axles or more weighing eighty thousand (80,000) pounds or less hauling perishable
products. A permit issued by the Town of South Berwick shall accompany any load of perishable products.

G. Any public utility vehicle performing routine maintenance or emergence maintenance.

H. Any emergency services vehicle under the direction of organized police, fire, or rescue service.

I. Any vehicle utilized primarily for the transportation of solid or liquid waste, which is in the process of either collecting waste or transporting it to a disposal facility.

J. Any vehicle owned and operated by an individual or company having its principle place of residency on a closed road, may operate on the road only as a means to gain access to an non-posted road. The vehicle shall utilize a route that minimizes the amount of travel over the posted road.

Article V - Miscellaneous Provisions

Sec. 30-A Penalties of Offenses

A. Whosoever violates any provision of this chapter, except parking violations, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine, of not less than thirty dollars ($30.00), but not more than one hundred and seventy five dollars ($175.00), and the cost of prosecution; or by imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment. The York District Court shall have jurisdiction of all offenses hereunder, subject to exception and appeal as provided by law.

B. Anyone receiving a ticket for a violation of any parking regulation must appear at the South Berwick Town office. A fine
of five dollars ($5.00) will be charged for the first offense and ten dollars ($10.00) for each subsequent offense. If such fine is not paid within five (5) days of such violation, the violation may be referred to the York District Court. At the end of three (3) years, the accumulation against any person will terminate.

Sec. 31 Authority to Impound Vehicles:

Members of the Police Department and Highway Department are hereby authorized to remove a vehicle at the owners expense
from a street or highway to the nearest garage or other place of safety under circumstances hereinafter enumerated:

A. A vehicle left unattended upon any bridge when such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic.

B. When a vehicle upon a highway is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the person or persons in charge of the vehicle are by reason of physical incapacitated to such an extent as to be unable to provide for its custody or removal.

C. When any vehicle is left unattended upon a street or highway and is so parked illegally as to constitute a violation of these
ordinances or constitute a definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic.

D. When any vehicle receives four (4) or more parking tickets within a 365 day period, in accordance with Sec. 30 (B) hereof.

Sec. 32 Interference with Snow Removal:

No vehicle shall be parked at any time on a public way as to interfere with municipal snow removal or plowing. Any vehicle
found by a Police officer to be so parked shall be immediately towed away at the owners expense.

Sec. 33 Bicycles:

No person shall ride a bicycle on a sidewalk in the business district, nor on any street or the sidewalk except in a prudent manner and at a reasonable rate of speed, yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians, and giving audible signal of approach.