Know the Facts on Snow Preparation

By at November 30, 2017 | 2:15 pm | Print

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Snow will come down and all residents should be prepared for the arrival of the white flakes from the sky.

There is one change in town as there will be real time Geographic Information System (GIS) at the City command center so officials can see where trucks are and what has been plowed making snow removal more efficient.

“We did some modifications at the City Yard so the front area has large screens, multiple computers and more information in real time to manage operations,” said Mark Moriarty, public works director. “It is easier managing vehicles being down. A truck may need to come out of a route. It enables you to manage operations from a central location.”

Residents are being told to be aware who plows their driveways.

“The elderly should know when they have contracts for snow removal the contracts are clear that there is one time clearing,” said Michael Thompson, general foreman for the City. “A lot of people will go multiple times to charge them for it. They will come every three inches just to charge them for it.”

There are many things Moriarty said people should do during a snowstorm including clearing their sidewalk multiple times.

“The roads are cleared up to 12 hours. When you clear it to the curb line, snow will be on sidewalks. If you do it early in the storm or while it is still snowing, you will have to do it again,” Moriarty said. “It’s challenging. Trash bins will have to be dug out as well.”

Driveways will also be buried.

“Nobody likes it and we don’t like doing it,” said Moriarty. “Sometimes homeowners blow snow into the road and it makes it look like we did not finish the job. We have to go back and plow it and cover the driveways again.”

Residents are recommended to plow snow onto grass as grass likes water and roads do not.

Snow should be plowed or shoveled to the right so it is not plowed back into your driveway.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove snow or ice within six hours of daylight following a storm. Throwing snow into the street is against city ordinances. If the sidewalk is icy, consider sprinkling sand, salt, or other gritty material.

Free treated sand is available to New Britain residents in the parking area on Eastwick Court; parking lot at the corner of Linden and Wildwood Streets; Martha Hart Park; Osgood Park; Rocky Hill Avenue (Northeast corner of Ellis St.); A.W. Stanley Parking lot (opposite Huber St.); Washington Park (parking lot opposite Gold St.); Willow Brook Park (parking area at Veteran’s Stadium); and on the island on Eddy Glover Boulevard near McClintock Street

Not clearing your sidewalk carries a fine of $50 a day. If the sidewalk conditions are not fixed within one day of receiving a ticket, the City will lien the property and charge the owner with the cost of clean up.

The New Britain Fire Department kindly asks that you clear three feet around a fire hydrant if you have one near your property in case of an emergency.

Before a storm, remove your car from the street so that it makes clearing the roadway more efficient for plow truck drivers. The Department of Public Works crews apply brown granules to surfaces to prevent icy condition.

If a parking ban has been issued, a ticketing and towing operation begins.

Parking bans are issued by the Mayor and enforced by the New Britain Police Department when a sizeable amount of snow is forecasted. Look for notices at newbritainct.gov, on Twitter (@CoNBCT), Facebook (NewBritainCT), or on your local TV news station. Vehicles in violation of the ban are subject to a $100 parking ticket and will be towed at the owner’s expense. The ban stays in effect until the Mayor determines it should be lifted.

Free parking is available at Osgood Park, Stanley Golf Course, Quonset hut parking lot at 655 Slater Road, the parking lot at the corner of Wildwood and Linden Streets, Washington Park (opposite Gold Street), Martha Hart Park, the Badolato parking garage, and the Szczesny garage.

If your car was towed, contact the NBPD Traffic Division at 860-826-3070 or 860-826-3071.

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