Public Works

 

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Wednesday 8AM-3:45PM Fall/Winter ...Saturday 7:15AM-2:45PM year round

FYI Winter Parking and Plowing Ordinances

§ 71.01  OVER-NIGHT PARKING.

   (A)   Any constable, police officer or road foreperson or his or her assistant is hereby authorized to have removed and towed away by commercial towing service, any car or other vehicle parked within the limits of any highway in a manner as to obstruct snow removal between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., from  the December 1 to the ensuing March 31.

   (B)   Cars so towed away for illegal parking shall be stored in a safe place and shall only be restored to the owner or operator of the vehicle upon payment of the cost of towing and storage fees.

   (C)   There shall be no liability attached to the person having any vehicle towed away, pursuant to the terms of this chapter.

(Ord. passed 1-15-1971)

 Plowing Ordinance

§ 97.01  POLICY.

   The town has approximately 120 miles of local roadway that it maintains and plows. Additionally, the State CTDOT plows Routes 67, 34, 188 and 42. Due to the high costs of removing snow, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

 

§ 97.02  PLOW ROUTES.

   The roadways are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Every effort will be made to keep roads open and safe.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)

§ 97.03  BLOCKED DRIVEWAYS.

   All snow plows angle the same way (to the driver’s right) and when going by they will push the snow in front of a driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his or her driveway. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until the Department of Public Works crew have done its final clean up on the road.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)

§ 97.04  MAILBOX DAMAGE.

   The town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that crack or break from the force of plowed snow or because they were improperly installed. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal, including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside. Mailboxes should be 15 inches away from the edge of the road and 42 inches high to the bottom of the mailbox. The town will repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by a plow blade or truck. Usually a paint mark or truck tire tracks supply evidence of a mailbox strike. A standard four by four post and standard mailbox will be installed. Additionally, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clear the mailbox for postal delivery.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)

§ 97.05  BASKETBALL HOOPS.

   It is illegal to install a basketball hoop in the town right-of-way. The town does not repair or replace basketball hoops that are illegally installed in this area and damaged from plowing operations. Portable basketball hoops should be moved out of harm’s way.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)  Penalty, see § 97.99

§ 97.06  PRIVATE PLOWING.

   The town prohibits plow contractors or homeowners from pushing snow/ice from the driveways or parking lots onto town roads. This practice is dangerous and impedes the town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow/ice into the road, the plow driver must plow off the snow piles (windrows) left across the road by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)  Penalty, see § 97.99

§ 97.07  PARKED VEHICLES.

   It is a safety hazard to residents and plow drivers when vehicles are parked in the road. Not only do parked vehicles reduce the sightline for pedestrians and oncoming vehicles but also they force the plows to veer out of the travel lane. Vehicles should be removed from the roadway prior to snow/ice event. Cars may be towed if left to obstruct plowing between December 1 and March 31, per town ordinance.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)  Penalty, see § 97.99

§ 97.99  PENALTY.

   (A)   Fines for basketball hoops and similar recreational items.

      (1)   No resident shall construct, erect or place or allow to be constructed, erected or placed on real property which the town owns or has a right-of-way to use, a basketball hoop or similar recreational item.

      (2)   Within seven days of receipt of a notice from the town that a basketball hoop or similar recreational item must be totally removed, the recipient of the notice shall remove the hoop or item.

      (3)   If the recipient does not remove the basketball hoop or similar recreational item, the town or its duly authorized agent shall effectuate removal and disposal of the hoop or item.

   (B)   Fines for windrows.  Any party contractor or homeowner within one hour of having caused windrows to build up in a public street shall remove the windrows as completely as possible. Any party having failed to effectuate timely removal shall be fined $50.

   (C)   Fines for parkings.  Any operator and/or owner who does not comply with the town parking ban during a snow/ice event shall be fined $50 for each motor vehicle left parked in a town public road.

   (D)   Complaints.  Residents who have questions or feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Department of Public Works at (203)888-7716.

(Ord. passed 11-9-2009)

 

 

Staff Contacts

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Wayne Watt Director/Foreman
Dawn Passerine Administrative Secretary