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(A) Obstruction prohibited. It shall be deemed a misdemeanor to obstruct any street or alley within the city by leaving or allowing to remain in such street or alley any wagon, truck, dray, automobile, float or other vehicle, or by placing or allowing to remain in any such street or alley anything of a large or bulky nature which may obstruct the free passage through the street or alley.
(`67 Code, § 7-10-1)
(B) Exception. This shall not apply to cases where lumber or other building material or building appliances are placed in such street or alley for the purpose of erecting, altering or repairing any building or structure located upon adjoining property, provided, however, that in such cases, materials or appliances shall be placed so as to offer the least possible obstruction to the free passage of such street or alley, and provided further that any such material or appliance shall be placed or stored as directed by the Public Works Director.
(C) Block parties.
(1) A block party or similar event is defined for these purposes as a street closure not exceeding one city block on other than arterial or collector streets. The event must be sponsored only by such owners/residents/tenants, and not be for commercial or advertising purpose or profit.
(2) The purpose of this section is to establish appropriate and safe conditions, in which the city will issue residents a permit to close streets for the purpose of a block party.
(3) All street closures within city limits must be approved through the permit process. Applicants must have permits into the Sheriff's Department no later than 20 working days prior to the event. The permit will be issued or denied within five working days of the event. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must accompany the application submittal. Applicant must provide Certificate of Insurance with submittal.
(4) Scope: All block party permits must meet the following conditions:
(a) The closure of a street for block parties must pertain only to local residential streets;
(b) The city requires 12 feet of clear and unobstructed access to be maintained for emergency vehicles. During the time of the block party, the street must be blocked off with approved Type II barricades at each end of the street, or in the case of a cul-de-sac, only at the entrance, with the required 12 foot access. The city will not furnish barricades;
(c) The event will only occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight of the day of the event;
(d) Adult supervision must be provided at all times;
(e) The city will not be held responsible for any injuries, accidents, or liabilities that might occur during the party;
(f) The city's noise ordinance is enforced on a complaint basis. Block party permits provide no waiver to the noise ordinance;
(g) Clean up shall be the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must provide for the collection and removal of all trash, garbage, and litter caused by or arising out of the event. If city crews are required to provide this service, a $250 charge shall be assessed to the applicant;
(h) Event activities shall not create a public or private nuisance or an undue hazard or disturbance to the public peace, tranquility, health, welfare, safety, or morals, or create an excessive burden on police or fire or other public operations;
(i) A Certificate of Insurance for $1,000,000 that includes an endorsement naming the City of Riverbank, its officers, employees, agents, and volunteers as additional insured is required at the time you submit your application;
(j) Approval will be subject to all other city ordinances and governmental restrictions. Applicants and all event participants must comply with all other applicable city, county, state, and federal regulations;
(k) Signatures from 80% of all households within the closure area indicating their consent must be submitted with the application;
(l) Applications must be submitted at least 20 working days prior to the event;
(m) Incomplete or improperly completed applications will not be processed;
(n) Applications will be routed to both the Fire and Public Works Departments for approval;
(o) You will receive approval/denial notification at least five working days prior to the event. The notice will be your permit;
(p) You must post the permit in a conspicuous place during the event.
(`67 Code, § 7-10-2) (Am. Ord. 2004-009, passed 10-25-04)