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Public Works Officials: Snow Day Shows Need for Reminder on Snow Removal Policies

With winter weather now officially back in New England, town officials are asking Berlin residents to take a look at the town’s policies before they find themselves facing fines and penalties.

Credit: Jason Vallee (February 2013).
Credit: Jason Vallee (February 2013).
Snow can wreak havoc on the roads and in an effort to promote safer travel and quicker clean up, Berlin officials are urging residents to adhere to the community’s snow removal policies.

Staff with the Berlin Public Works Department said that while things went as well as the town could have hoped for following the first accumulation of the season, there were also reminders as to why policies are in place.

Do you know what those policies are?

Berlin Public Works released the following Tuesday as a reminder to residents:

The Public Works Department would like to inform residents of the local ordinances that apply to the removal of ice and snow from public roadways. Property owners are not allowed to shovel, throw or plow ice and snow from private property into, or across a public street. These actions are strictly prohibited and subject to a written warning and/or $100 fine as noted in the Town of Berlin Municipal Code.

Residents are further advised that they are responsible to clear snow and ice from any public sidewalk fronting along their property. All sidewalks are to be cleared and/or sanded within 24 hours of the completion of street plowing operations. It is the responsibility of the property owner fronting that sidewalk to make it safe for public travel. Failure to comply will subject the abutting property owner to a written warning and/or $100 fine as noted in the Town of Berlin Municipal Code.

No Parking Bans become effective automatically (or at the discretion of the Director of Public Works) whenever there is an accumulation of four (4) inches or more of snow and ice on any of the streets of the town. No Parking Bans will terminate no sooner than eight (8) hours after any snowstorm, or as directed by the Director of Public Works. Any vehicle left parked on the street after such No Parking Ban has taken effect, will be towed and subject to a fine and all towing and storage charges.

For further questions regarding snow removal operations, contact the Berlin Public Works Department at (860) 828-7022.

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sandra contino December 11, 2013 at 08:29 AM
I hope this article is also printed in the Berlin Citizen for those who do not read anything on line. Also, the snow removal laws should be enforced and not just pushed aside. Too many walkways etc.. are neglected. Glad to see an Early Warning on this matter rather than at the end of the season.
Karen December 13, 2013 at 06:36 AM
I went on my morning run Thursday and there were houses on Main St in Kensington who still didn't bother clearing their sidewalks. The same houses as last winter. There is no shoulder there in the road where you are forced to run/walk and it is very dangerous.
sandra contino December 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I want to know if the town of Berlin is going to fine itself for Not clearing the sidewalk on Farmington Ave in front of the Tyvek building or are they pardoned? Enforce the penalties to all parties who do not comply.
Karen December 14, 2013 at 09:33 AM
I totally agree!

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