Snow Removal

Snow Removal Procedure
Department policy as it applies to Winter Operations. As a first response to slippery driving conditions, DPW is called, usually by the Police if it occurs during off work hours. The Asst. Superintendent will call the Foreman of the “A or B Team” to call in his team to begin salting the four established main routes. The Salting Teams are made up of a Foreman, one Mechanic, one Loader Operator and four Spreader Operator’s.  The A and B Teams will alternate throughout the Winter.

During any Winter Storm, the Asst. Superintendent remains in contact with police and the foreman on call. Depending on accumulation, temperature and predicted snowfall, the Asst. Superintendent will give the order to begin plowing, usually at three inches. At this time, the foreman will call the additional personnel assigned to plowing routes. All employees assigned to either a salting team or a plowing route must be available in the event of a Winter Storm.

Public Works Department Will No Longer Be Plowing Sidewalks
NOTE – Due to recent personnel reductions in the department, the public works department will no longer be plowing sidewalks throughout town that are designated as school routes. Residents abutting these sidewalks will be responsible for removing snow and ice from walkways as required in the by-laws and as required on other sidewalks within the town not previously plowed by the town. Following is the applicable by-law:

4-310. Snow Removal
a) A person who is a resident or an owner of property on which or adjacent to which there is a hard surfaced sidewalk that is under the control of the Town shall clear the sidewalk of ice and snow within twenty-four (24) hours after the precipitation ceases to fall. If the sidewalk becomes covered with ice that cannot be readily removed, the resident or owner shall place sand or ashes on the sidewalk to render the walk safe for pedestrians.

A violation of this section is punishable by a fine of Twenty-Five ($25) Dollars.