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Snow Budget Depleting

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About 70 percent of the over $470,000 budgeted for snow removal has been used.

“It’s not out of the ordinary. When you have a lot of little storms, we call people in to get ice off the roads,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “Every time it has snowed it has been during the day during work hours so that is great.”

There are over $4 million in contingency funds available if needed.

“We cannot just not plow the snow. It has to be done. We will make the money up in many ways at the end of the year. This is why we have the contingency account,” said Stewart. “We keep it for things we don’t expect or anticipate. You can’t control snow.”

The snow budget is the average of the past five years.

There are several things residents are being urged to be aware during a storm.

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.

Even if there is no parking ban they should use common sense and see if there is enough room to park on both sides of the street.

City ordinance requires sidewalks to be cleaned within six hours of daylight following a storm. Problems that are called in either directly to the public works or Mayor’s Office are being relayed to the appropriate departments and being addressed as staffing allows.

Verbal warnings have been issued for not shoveling sidewalks. The fine is $50 per day.

According to American Red Cross the following are ways to protect your homes from freezing conditions.

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

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 St.

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.