Chapter 12.20


12.20.010    Definition.

12.20.020    City council as road authority – Jurisdiction – Powers.

12.20.030    Road closure.

12.20.040    Exemptions from road closure.

12.20.050    Violation – Penalty.

12.20.010 Definition.

“Street” means every public way, road, highway, thoroughfare and place, including bridges, viaducts and other structures within the boundaries of this city, open, used or intended for use of the general public for vehicles or vehicular traffic as a matter of right. (Ord. 886 § 1, 1986)

12.20.020 City council as road authority – Jurisdiction – Powers.

The Rainier city council is the road authority for all highways, roads, streets and alleys, other than state highways, within the boundaries of the incorporated city. The road authority may impose restrictions on its own highways, as the road authority determines necessary, to protect those streets and roads from being unduly damaged. (Ord. 886 § 2, 1986)

12.20.030 Road closure.

The road authority for the city of Rainier, herein the Rainier city council, has determined that heavy hauling over city streets during certain weather conditions is damaging to those streets. To avoid damage to city streets, the city of Rainier shall close its city streets at the time and in the same manner as Columbia County roads are closed to heavy hauling as prescribed and defined in the Columbia County ordinance for road closure due to weather conditions. Streets within the city of Rainier shall be closed for the same reasons and same length of time as are county roads as defined in the county ordinance for road closure. (Ord. 886 § 3, 1986)

12.20.040 Exemptions from road closure.

Any closure of Rainier city streets pursuant to RMC 12.20.030 does not apply to emergency vehicles or to any vehicle who has obtained an exemption from said closure from the city council 10 days prior to actual use of said city street. (Ord. 886 § 4, 1986)

12.20.050 Violation – Penalty.

A. Each violation of this chapter constitutes a separate offense. A violation of this section, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

B. Upon a second or subsequent conviction of this section within two years, a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 shall be imposed. (Ord. 886 § 5, 1986)