CHAPTER XVII. TRAFFICCHAPTER XVII. TRAFFIC\ARTICLE 2. LOCAL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

(Ord. 1293; Code 2017)

(K.S.A. 8-245; Ord. 1235, Sec. 1; Code 2017)

(Ord. 1450, Sec. 1:3; Code 2017)

The school zones of the city are hereby established as the following:

(a)   Bickerdyke School

(1)   Maple Street - 200 - 300 - 400 Blocks, From the north curb line of 2nd Street to the south curb line of 5th Street.

(2)   Lincoln Street -- 200 - 300 - 400 Blocks, From the north curb line of 2nd Street to the south curb line of 5th Street.

(3)   Third Street -- 100 - 300 - 300 Blocks

(4)   Fourth Street -- 100 - 200 - 300 Blocks, From the west curbline of Main Street to the east curb line of Grant Street.

(b)   Simpson School

(1)   Main Street -- 1200 - 1300 - 1400 Blocks, From the north curbline of 12th Street to the south curb line of 15th Street.

(2)   Kansas Street -- 1200 - 1300 - 1400 Blocks, From the north curbline of 12th Street to the south curb line of 15th Street.

(3)   13th Street -- 100 - 200 Blocks of east 13th and 100 Block of west 13th, From the west curb line of Elm Street to the east curbline of Maple Street.

(4)   14th Street -- 100 - 200 Blocks of East 14th and 100 Block of west 14th, From the west curb line of Elm Street to the east curb line of Maple Street

(c)   Ruppenthal Middle School

(1)   Kansas Street -- 300 - 400 - 500—Blocks, From the north curb line of 2nd Street to the south curbline of 6th Street.

(2)   Elm Street -- 300 - 400 - 500 Blocks, From the north curbline of 2nd Street to the south curb line of 6th Street.

(3)   Fourth Street - 200 - 300 Blocks of East 4th, From the west curbline of Fossil Street to the west curbline of Kansa Street.

(4)   Fifth Street - 100 - 200 - 300 Blocks of East 5th, From the west curbline of Fossil Street to the east curbline of Main Street.

(5)   The 100 Block of Artesia and Court Streets.

(6)   Fossil Street – 200 – 300 – 400 – 500 Blocks from the North curbline of 2nd Street to the South curbline of 6th Street.

(d)   Russell High School. On State Street from the intersection of Front Street to the intersection of Culp Street.

(e)   Period of time for which school zone designation applies. The school zones designated hereinabove shall apply from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on such days as school is in session.

(Ord. 1249, Sec. 2; Ord. 1719, Sec. 1; Ord. 1822)

Vehicular traffic, when actually in the prescribed zones set out in section 17-204, shall be restricted to a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour.

(Ord. 1249, Sec. 3)

(Code 1973, 17-207; Code 2017)

Whenever any appropriate sign shall be placed by lawful authority along any street or parking, or marked on any curb, or otherwise, giving notice of any prohibited or special use of the street or highway adjacent thereto or limiting the speed of vehicles in such zones or controlling the use thereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to refuse or fail to comply with such signs or directions.

(Code 1973, 17-208)

(a)   Bicycle operators shall be subject to the applicable provisions of the Standard Traffic Ordinance incorporated in Section 17-101 of this chapter.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate a bicycle, roller skates, coaster, toy vehicle, skate board, or any other similar device upon a sidewalk anywhere in the business district of the city of Russell, Kansas.

(Code 1973, 17-501:502; Ord. 1546, Sec. 1)

The following streets, boulevards and avenues are hereby designated as main trafficways:

(a)   North and South Streets:

(1)   Copeland Street from Wichita Avenue to Fifteenth Street;

(2)   Fossil Street from 1-70 to the north city limits;

(3)   Lincoln Street from Jewell Street to Eighteenth Street;

(4)   Main Street from Jewell Street to the north city limits;

(5)   Van Houten from Wichita Avenue to Fifteenth Street

(6)   Ash Street from Wichita Avenue to Dorrance Street;

(7)   Elm Street from Ninth Street to Wichita Avenue.

(b)   East and West Streets:

(1)   Eighth Street from Main Street to Fossil Street;

(2)   Fifteenth Street from Van Houten to Copeland Street;

(3)   State Street from Fossil Street to Copeland Street;

(4)   Wichita Avenue from the east city limits to the west city limits;

(5)   Wisconsin Street from Van Houten to Copeland Street.

(Code 1973, 17-203; Ord. 1723; Ord. 1889)

The following streets, boulevards and avenues, and parts thereof, are hereby designated as trafficway connectors:

(a)   North and South Streets:

(1)   Front Street from Dorrance to Wichita Avenue;

(2)   Grant Street from Wichita Avenue to Wisconsin Street;

(3)   Kansas Street from Fifth Street to Eighth Street;

(4)   Maple Street from Fifth to Eighth Street.

(b)   East and West Streets:

(1)   Third Street from Lincoln Street to Copeland Street;

(2)   Fifth Street from Lincoln Street to Fossil Street;

(3)   Seventh Street from Lincoln Street to Fossil Street;

(4)   Eighth Street from Lincoln Street to Main Street;

(5)   Thirteenth Street from Lincoln Street to Fossil Street;

(6)   Dorrance Street from Fossil Street to Front Street;

(7)   Jewell Street from Lincoln Street to Fossil Street.

(Code 1973, 17-204)

It shall be unlawful to double park upon any street in the city, except for the purpose of the immediate loading or unloading of passengers when there is no available parking space in the block where such loading or unloading takes place.

(Code 1973, 17-210)

Rules and regulations relating to truck parking in the city shall be as follows:

(a)   It shall be unlawful to park any truck of the capacity of one ton or over on Main Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Ninth Street except for a reasonable length of time for loading and unloading purposes, and all loading or unloading of merchandise shall, so far as reasonably possible, be done from the alleys.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to park, or cause to be parked, within the limits of the city, any truck of the capacity of one ton or over other than parallel to the curb, and in a place where parallel parking is permitted, except for a reasonable length of time for the purpose of loading or unloading.

(c)   No transport, truck tractor, road tractor, trailer, trailer house, semitrailer or other vehicle which is longer than 25 feet and wider than seven feet six inches nor any farm implement of any nature shall be parked or left unattended on any street, avenue or public way within the city for a period of time exceeding two hours in duration in R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 residential areas as defined by the zoning ordinance incorporated in Chapter 19 of this code.

Nothing herein shall prohibit the stopping of such vehicles on any emergency basis or for the purpose of unloading or repairing the vehicles.

(Code 1973, 17-211; Ord. 1198, Sec. 1-2)

(a)   No person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle.

(b)   Sound amplification system means any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or other electronic device used for the amplification of sound.

(c)   Plainly audible means any sound produced by a sound amplification system from within the vehicle, which clearly can be heard at a distance of 50 feet or more. Measurement standards shall be by the auditory senses, based upon direct line of sight. Words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included. The motor vehicle may be stopped, standing, parked or moving on a street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway,

(d)   It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the operator was not otherwise prohibited by law from operating the sound amplification system, and that any of the following apply:

(1)   The system was being operated to request medical or vehicular assistance or to warn of a hazardous road condition;

(2)   The vehicle was an emergency or public safety vehicle;

(3)   The vehicle was owned and operated by the City of Russell or a gas, electric, communications or refuse company;

(4)   The system was used for the purpose of giving instructions, directions, talks, addresses, lectures or transmitting music to any persons or assemblages of persons in compliance with ordinances of the City of Russell;

(5)   The vehicle was used in authorized public activities, such as parades, fireworks, sport events, musical productions and other activities which have the approval of the department of the city authorized to grant such approval.

(Ord. 1622, Sec. 1)

That the Chief of Police of the city of Russell, Kansas, be and he is hereby authorized and directed to designate a No Parking Zone on the north side in the 300 block of East 8th Street, beginning at the east side of the entrance into the electrical department warehouse thence east a distance of twenty eight point nine (28.9’) feet; commencing on the west side of the entrance thence west a distance of forty (40’) feet, and that said Chief of Police shall designate said areas as No Parking Zones and have said areas properly marked to indicate that there shall be no parking in those areas, including the posting of No Parking signs if necessary to properly ensure the notification of such areas as No Parking Zones.

(Ord. 1681, Sec. 1)

(Ord. 1718, Sec. 1; Code 2017)

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn such vehicle across the center line of a two-way street or highway, as described herein, for the purpose of angle parking at or along the opposite side of such street or highway. This section shall apply only to operation of vehicles in the Business District which for purposes of this section is described as on Main Street from the intersection of Third Street to the intersection of Ninth Street and on Fifth, Wisconsin, Seventh and Eighth Streets from such streets’ intersections with Kansas Street to such streets’ intersections with Maple Street. This prohibition shall include, but not be limited to, the procedure commonly known as J-turns. Upon conviction for violation of this provision, punishment shall be a fine of not less than $25.00 or more than $100.00 plus court costs.

(Ord. 1759, Sec. 1)

In accordance with K.S.A. 8-2008, the intersection of Main Street and Fifteenth Street at all four entrances is hereby designated as a stop intersection and when signs are erected at the entrances as stated, the drivers of vehicles shall stop as provided by Section 59 of the Standard Traffic Ordinances for Kansas Cities before entering the intersection.

(Ord. 1806, Sec. 1)

(a)   Except in an improved parking space, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, company or corporation or any driver or person having actual physical control or being in charge of any motor vehicle to park or permit to be parked a motor vehicle in the front yard in R-L, R-l, R-2, R-3 or M-H residential areas as defined by Russell City Zoning Ordinance, whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading property or passengers. An “improved parking space” is an area covered with a non-vegetation/ non-grass hard surface such as brick, gravel, rock, asphalt, concrete or equivalent material. “Front Yard” is as defined in the City’s Zoning Ordinance then in effect. A “motor vehicle” is as defined in the City’s Standard Traffic Ordinances for Kansas Cities published by the League of Kansas Municipalities then in effect. The Presumption in Reference to Illegal Parking as set forth in the City’s Standard Traffic Ordinances then in effect shall apply to this section. The City Governing Body or the City Manager may determine that the provisions of this section are not to be enforced for a specific location or locations for a period not to exceed 24 hours. This section shall not apply to the temporary parking of emergency motor vehicles, delivery vehicles and motor vehicles of public and private utilities.

(b)   Except for violations for which a penalty is stated therein, violation of any part of this Article shall be an ordinance traffic infraction. Upon entry of a plea of guilty or no contest or upon being convicted of such violation, the penalty imposed shall be a fine of not less than Twenty Dollars ($20) nor more than Three Hundred Dollars ($300).

(Ord. 1812, Sec. 1)

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, company or corporation or any person having actual physical control or being in charge of any semitrailer to park or permit to be parked a semitrailer in the yard in R-L, R-1, R-2, R-3 or M-H residential areas as defined by Russell City Zoning Ordinance, except temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading property or passengers. A “semitrailer” for purposes of this section is as defined in the City’s most recently adopted Standard Traffic Ordinances for Kansas Cities published by the League of Kansas Municipalities. The City Governing Body or the City Manager may determine that the provisions of this section are not to be enforced for a specific location or locations for a period not to exceed 24 hours.

(Code 2017)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, park or allow to stand any Truck or Semi-Trailer as defined herein on Copeland Street from State Street to Fifteenth Street, on Fifteenth Street from Fossil Street to the west City Limits, and on Dorrance Street from Fossil Street to Ash Street.

(b)   “Truck” for the purpose of this section means every motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and registered for a gross vehicle weight in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds. “Semi-Trailer” means every vehicle exceeding twenty (20) feet in length and not designated as a recreational vehicle, with or without motive power, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle, and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.

(c)   Presumption of Operation. In any proceeding for the violation of this section, proof of identity of the registered owner of the registration plate displayed upon the vehicle in violation shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption that the owner of such vehicle was the person who drove, parked or allowed to stand the vehicle at the place where the violation occurred.

(d)   Exceptions. It shall not be unlawful to drive, park or allow to stand a Truck or Semi-Trailer within said traffic zones for the following purposes:

(1)   To permit authorized emergency vehicles and public or private service vehicles to perform the service for which they are designed within the traffic zone.

(2)   To permit temporary loading of goods from and/or unloading of goods to properties adjoining the traffic zones;

(3)   To engage in repair or construction of streets under the authority of the City.

(e)   Violation - Penalty. Every person convicted of violation of any provision of this section shall, for the first conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100) nor more than five (5) days imprisonment or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second or subsequent conviction within one (1) year of a prior conviction by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200) or imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(Code 2017)