PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Parking Requirement Questions?

Contact City Hall with any questions pertaining to parking at 828-3380.

17.04.041 OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

In all zoning districts, off-street parking shall be provided for all new buildings, existing buildings undergoing a change in use, and commercial buildings that are being enlarged.

A.  Location of Parking Spaces.

All off-street parking provided pursuant to this section shall be provided on the same lot as the use that it serves or an adjacent lot. The planning commission may approve a parking lot in a different location depending on the use the parking will serve.

B.   Parking Design.

A parking space shall be of the dimensions of nine feet by twenty feet to accommodate vehicles of all sizes.

C.   Interpretation of Space Requirements.

When a use cannot be found in this section, the planning commission will determine the most similar use which is specifically listed in subsection D of this section. The parking space requirements shall be the same as that determined use.

D.  Required Parking Spaces.

RESIDENTIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Single-family dwellings, duplex, triplex, apartments, mobile homes, trailers and other places containing dwelling units One parking space for each dwelling unit.
COMMERCIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Banks and office buildings One public parking space per each 300 square feet of gross floor area, not less than five spaces.
Grocery stores, shopping centers, markets, small retail sales One public parking space per each 400 square feet of gross floor area.
Hotel and motels One public parking space per every two guest rooms
Restaurants, other eating and drinking establishments One-half parking space for each employee plus one public parking space per every five seats.  
Laundromat One public parking space per every two washers.  
Service station, automobile repair shop Two parking spaces for each service stall.  
  INDUSTRIAL USES   MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Manufacturing industries One parking space per 400 square feet of gross floor area plus one parking space for each company vehicle.  
Equipment storage and maintenance One-half parking space for each employee and one space for each company vehicle.  
     
PUBLIC  USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Churches, theaters and other places of public assembly One public parking space per five seats.  
Schools One parking space per employee.  
Municipal buildings and health clinics One parking space per employee plus one space for each municipal vehicle plus two visitor spaces.  

(Ord. 93-23 § 6(part), 1993)

10.20.020 PARKING PROHIBITED:

  1. No person shall park a vehicle upon a roadway for the purpose of:
  2. Commercial advertising;
  3. Displaying such vehicle for sale;
  4. Greasing or repairing such vehicle, not necessitated by an emergency;
  5. Washing such vehicle when the person so engaged is in the business of washing vehicles. (Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 3, 1984) (Prior Section 10.20.030 (a-d))
  6. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places and no signs are required: (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  7. Within ten feet of an intersection;
  8. Within fifteen feet of any fire hydrant;
  9. Within five feet of a crosswalk, except at an intersection where it shall be ten feet. (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  10. No person shall park any vehicle upon a street or highway, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of such roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic (Prior Section 10.20.010)
  11. No person may remove, obliterate, obscure, cover or move any chalk mark or other mark or indication placed by a police officer or parking enforcement officer upon a tire or any part of a vehicle which is parked in a public parking zone or space; provided such marks or objects may be moved or removed in the process of moving the vehicle from the parking space or after the vehicle has been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (a))
  12. A vehicle which has not moved from a parking space shall be deemed to have remained parked or standing in such space until moved. For the purpose of this chapter, a vehicle must vacate the space occupied and be driven completely through a street intersection before it shall be deemed to have been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (b))
  13. Each period or part of a period of time a vehicle remains parked or standing beyond that time permitted under this chapter or as posted shall constitute a separate violation, except that each separate day upon which such a continuing violation exist shall be separate violation if the period of permitted parking is twenty-four hours or greater. Only one citation may be issued during each period which constitutes a separate violation. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (c))
  14. No overnight camping allowed on City property unless otherwise posted. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (d))
  15. No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in the central business traffic district or any business district except for the expeditious loading or unloading of freight or materials and then the vehicle shall be parked in such manner or under such conditions as to leave available not less than ten feet of width of the alley for the free movement of vehicular traffic. (Prior Section 10.20.020)
  16. No person shall leave a disabled or abandoned property on any public street, alley or road for more than forty-eight hours. (Prior Section 10.20.050 (a))(Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

 

10.20.030 – OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE – TIME LIMITED PARKING/PERMIT PARKING

Definition. For the purpose of this section,

  1. Public parking spaces” include all city owned lands including roadways and rights-of-ways
  2. Private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  3. Time limited parking/permit parking” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  4. Harbor Parking- Harbor Zone. Loading and unloading, except for the space designed for the harbormaster, handicapped, ATV vehicles or special use vehicles. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02 Ss; 1-4)
  5. Harbor Parking–Permit Required for Over twelve hours. The parking of any vehicle, boat and/or trailer, motorcycle, RV or other at the Main Harbor, boat launch, and Davidson Landing Harbor areas shall be for no longer than twelve hours, unless a monthly parking permit is obtained at city hall. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield, or attached in a secure manner to trailers, etc., as long as the permit is easily viewable by city personnel. The billing cycle for permit parking in these areas shall by from the first of each month to the first of the following month, to correspond to the city’s billing cycle. The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  6. Park and Sell – Permit Required. Permits are sold on a thirty-day period extendable for one additional thirty-day period. Park and Sell is designated to Shoreline Drive across from the Port. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  7. Permit Parking – The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  8. Parking Permit Billings – All fee structures for Parking Permits will be set by resolution. Parking Permits will continue to be billed to the customer until the permit has been returned and written notification of removal is submitted to the City of Thorne Bay. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984 Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009)(Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D) (Prior Section 10.20.060)

10.20.040 PARKING IN EXCESS OF POSTED TIME LIMIT – PERMIT PARKING.

  1. No person in charge of a vehicle shall park or leave such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established parking lots in excess of the posted time limit.
  2. Any owner or operator of a vehicle who parks or leaves such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established time limited parking/permit parking lots in excess of the time permitted is guilty of an infraction and will be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

10.20.050 EMERGENCY, STREET MAINTENANCE AND SNOW REMOVAL VEHICLES-OBSTRUCTION PROHIBITED.

  1. The mayor or his/her designee shall post signs on any streets where routine repairs are planned. These posted notices shall be in a prominent place and displayed at least eighteen hours before the work is to be performed. This section does not apply to emergency work that may, from time to time, become necessary on any public utility which is accessible from a street, alley or roadway and which work is required without time for planning and notification of the public. (prior section 10.20.050 (d))
  2. No person shall leave any vehicle parked on any public street, alley or road when snow removal or road maintenance activities are planned or are in progress. Any vehicle that is parked on a public street, alley or road shall be moved by the owner or the owner’s representative within four hours after notification by the mayor or the mayor’s designated representative.
  3. In the event that the owner of a vehicle, which is parked on a public street, alley or road, is absent from his/her home, does not have a telephone, or lives in a place that is not readily accessible to the mayor, his designee or street maintenance crews, shall notify the city clerk in advance of a person who is available to move such parked vehicle. (Ord. 18-08-21-02, (Part), Prior 84-03-22-01 §12, 1984)

10.20.060 OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE–REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.

  1. Definition. For the purpose of this section, “private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  2. Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles. The rightful owner, lessee or other person authorized to control or use an off-street private parking space may remove an un authorized vehicle from an off-street private parking space by requesting a towing company authorized by the state of Alaska to conduct towing operations in the city.
  3. The city shall not be liable for any towing, storage or other charges of for the acts of any person taken under the authority of this chapter. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D; Prior Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009; Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984)

 10.20.080 VIOLATIONS-PENALTIES.

Any person violating any provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 18-01-02-01; Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 16, 1984)

TITLE 10 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(1) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Commercial Advertising Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(2) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Displaying “For Sale” Signs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(3) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Non-Emergency Vehicle Greasing/Repairing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(4) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Commercial Car Washing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(c) Parking Prohibited – Obstructing Movement of Vehicular Traffic Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(3) Parking Prohibited – Camping Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(4) Parking Prohibited – Parking in Loading/Unloading Zone Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(e) Parking Prohibited – Disabled or Abandoned Vehicle Longer Than 48 Hours Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(a) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Harbor Parking Permit Required >12 hrs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(c) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Park & Sell Permit Required Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.040 Parking, Standing, Stopping – Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.050(b) Emergency, Street Maintenance and Snow Removal Vehicles-Obstruction Optional $100.00    

NOTICE OF CANCELLED COUNCIL MEETING (POSTPONED)

The regular scheduled meeting of the City Council for May 7th was CANCELLED. The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on May 14th at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The Special Meeting of May 14th, will be preceded with a Workshop of the City Council beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please help to spread the word.

NO MEETING MAY FOR MAY 7th.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

GENERAL MANAGER WANTED

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority, a passenger/vehicle marine transportation service in Hollis, Alaska is seeking a General Manager. This position will require relocation to the Prince of Wales Island area. Resumes accepted by fax, email or in person through 5pm (AST) Friday, May 31, 2019. To submit resume or to get more information contact Chrissy Torsey-Lucero at 907-826-4848 or 907-401-3095, or by fax at 907-826-4849, or by email at chrissy@interislandferry.com.

For complete job description, please visit www.interislandferry.com.

IFA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank You,

Donna R. Halvorsen, Terminal Manager

Inter-Island Ferry Authority  866-308-4848

P.O. Box 495 Craig, AK 99921

City Council Seat Vacancy

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO FILL A VACANCY

FOR MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL BY APPOINTMENT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Thorne Bay will accept applications for appointment to the City Council to fill the vacancy Seat C previously held by Robert Hartwell. 

The term of this Council seat is from the date of appointment until certification of the October 1st, 2019, Regular Municipal Election. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the city limits of the City of Thorne Bay, and be registered to vote in the City of Thorne Bay at the time of application.

To be considered for the position, applicants must attend the City Council meeting on May 14, 2019, 2019, and must have filed an application for appointment with the City Clerk’s Office by 4pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

It is the Council’s intent to make an appointment at the May 14th Special Meeting. The appointee will be sworn in by the City Clerk and will take his or her place on the dais for the remainder of the meeting. All applicants should read all published materials for the meeting and be prepared to fully participate as a Council Member if selected.

Application Period:                               9:00 a.m. on April 17th, 2019,

Through 4::00 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019.

Applications are available from:         Office of the City Clerk, Thorne Bay City Hall, 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, AK 99919; and

On the City’s website: www.thornebay-ak.gov

Applications are available at City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. City Hall closes at 12 noon every Friday.

Original, signed applications must be delivered to the Office of the City Clerk, 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay (no postmarks, email submissions or faxes accepted).

Application Deadline:      

4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (no extensions). For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 907-828-3380.

FREE SMOKE DETECTOR’s May 7th

The American Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign that will be coming to Thorne Bay on  May 7th.  American Red Cross volunteers will be bringing and installing smoke detectors in interested persons homes. 

People have asked about getting smoke detectors for little or no cost in the past. This is their chance and it is free! Please spread the word, hang flyers and/or forward to other individuals.

The American Red Cross volunteers are also offering to teach the Pillowcase Project while in your community (at the school). 

This program is geared to 3rd through 5th grades (flexibility in grades is allowed for our small schools with multilevels) and takes about 45-60 minutes. 

The program teaches about personal and family preparedness, local hazards and basic coping skills. The idea behind the name “Pillowcase Project” is that students are given a pillowcase in which they are encouraged to build their own emergency supplies kit. 

We have taught this program in your community in the past, but if you would like to have it again, please let me or Bridget (she is attached to this email)know if your school is interested in having this program.

FLYER:https://thornebay-ak.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Save-a-Life-Campaign-Post-April-19-2019.pdf

Kara McCoy, RN

Public Health Nurse

Craig Public Health Center

(907)826-3433

Caring for your Septic System

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Protecting your investment…

If you own a home in Alaska, chances are that you own a septic system. A septic system is an effective method for treating household wastewater. In addition, it is cost effective and easy to maintain. Well built systems can last 20 years or more when properly maintained. Septic system failures are a major source of groundwater pollution.  Layers of soil act as a natural filter, removing microbes and other particles as water seeps through.  Improperly treated water can carry bacteria and viruses that can cause gastroenteritis, fever, common cold, respiratory infections and hepatitis.  Septic system maintenance is like automobile maintenance; a little effort on a regular basis can save you a lot of money and significantly prolong the life of the system.

Site Profile

Do’s And Don’ts

Don’t treat an on-site wastewater treatment system as if it were a normal centralized sewer system (Items flushed down the toilet don’t disappear).

Don’t flush household wastes such as: coffee grinds, kitty litter, cigarette butts, disposable diapers, fat, grease or oil, paper towels, feminine hygiene products

Don’t flush hazardous chemicals, such as: paints, paint thinners, medications, pesticides, varnishes, waste oils

Don’t build driveways, storage buildings or other structures over the septic tank or drainfield.

Don’t send the back-flush water from a water softener into your septic system.

Do divert rainwater coming from driveways and roofs from drainfields. Flooding of the drainfield with excessive water will keep the soil from naturally cleaning the wastewater, leading to groundwater pollution.

Do use water wisely by fixing leaking faucets and toilets, install low-flow devices, take shorter showers and shallower baths, and wash only full loads of dishes and laundry to help reduce the wastewater volume the system must treat. The more wastewater you produce, the more your tank and drainfield must treat. Continuous saturation can affect the quality of the soil and its ability to naturally remove toxins, bacteria, and viruses from the water.

Do maintain a grass cover over drainfield area.

Do use household cleaning materials in moderation. They seldom affect the operation of a septic system when used in moderation

Septic Tank drawing

Do leave stand pipes extending at least 24” above the surface. If you must cut them down be sure to measure and mark their location on a drawing of your system so they may be located for pumping maintenance in the future.

Don’t wait until you have a problem – Pump Regularly! If the buildup of solids, sludge, in the tank becomes too high, solids move to the drainfield and can clog and strain the system to the point where a new drainfield will be needed. DEC recommends pumping every 2 years. If you have a garbage disposal, hot tub, or  whirlpool you should increase the pumping frequency to once a year.

Don’t add chemical or biological additives to your septic tank. Because of the cold soil temperatures typically found in Alaska, adding performance enhancing additives like yeast, bacteria or chemicals to your septic tank is of little value. In fact, in some cases, these additives can be harmful to your system or the environment. Because of this, DEC recommends NOT using additives and instead have your septic tank pumped every 2 years.

What to look for when buying a home with a septic system

For a printable version (PDF 376K)

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wastewater/engineering.aspx

http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wastewater/engineering/owsim-handout-faq

NO TRASH PICKUP

Tuesday April 9th & Friday April 12th

NO Garbage Pick-UP

Unfortunatley – the trash-truck is broken down!

Any residents, with home pick-up MAY take their regular trash to the dump ANY DAY THIS WEEK.

The Solid Waste Site will be open EVERY DAY this week to make up for the loss of home pick-up

Sorry for the Inconvenience.