Jerome passes law for work in streets

Ordinance will restrict traffic in town's neighborhoods

A new ordinance in Jerome will require permits for work in town rights of way and limit vehicles on streets other than Arizona 89A.

The Town Council voted Tuesday night to approve Ordinance 328 after months of proposed versions and changes.

During the public hearing and second reading two more changes were made in the proposed ordinance before the council voted to make it law.

One change gives authority to the public works director to waive permit fees for minor projects to streets. The other change allows the council to set fees later by resolution rather than amendments to the ordinance.

One paragraph covering use of town rights of way states that "Commercial traffic shall not be allowed on any town roadway unless in service to a property owner, resident or business on that roadway." That paragraph does not restrict commercial traffic on Hwy. 89A, the major thoroughfare through Jerome.

Originally the paragraph singled out jeep tours, but that language was removed from the final, shortened version.

The ordinance establishes that permits are required for all construction in or encroachments on public rights of way, sidewalks, curbs, bridges, pedestrian walks and bicycle paths owned or maintained by the Town of Jerome. Work requiring permits includes excavation, pavement cuts, structural alterations such as sidewalks, curb cuts or drainage structures. Permits must be obtained from the Public Works Department at Town Hall.

In addition to permit fees, the town reserves the right to require a performance bond before work may begin.

The ordinance also states that anyone applying for a permit will assume responsibility and liability for damage to property or injury resulting from the work.

Enforcement for violations to the ordinance are also included and may result in misdemeanor charges.


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