With a chance for snow predicted over the next two weeks, the Town of Windsor offers residents and business owners winter property maintenance tips.
It is unlawful to shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street or public right-of-way, so residents are reminded to shovel snow into the grass and around trees. Not only does it give grass and trees much needed moisture, it also keeps it out of public right-of-ways helping eliminate safety and maintenance issues. In Windsor, residents and business owners need to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow storm and are responsible for keeping sidewalks free of snow and ice.
“Town crews often work around the clock during snowstorms to clear our roadways and applying de-icing materials, to help provide the traveling public with the safest driving surface possible,” said Streets Operations Manager Brian Rowe. “We ask for the community’s help, so we can do the best job possible in keeping our streets clear and safe.”
As the community works on removing snow and ice from their properties, there are things that you can do to help maximize snow plow efforts around town.
Pile snow in the grass. It is unlawful to shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the streets or public right of way, typically five feet behind the curb.
If a fire hydrant is in front of your property, do not pile snow on or around fire hydrants. Please make sure that fire hydrants are clear of snow and accessible to first responders if needed for an emergency situation.
Clearing flow pans, gutters and storm drains in front of your property helps eliminate ice backups, street flooding and ice from building up on sidewalks when the snow melts.
Residents living outside of town should make sure their mailboxes are snow worthy and clear of snow to prevent damage from snow removal operations. The Town of Windsor assumes no responsibility for damage to mailboxes.
Park vehicles in driveways and in designated parking spots. Snow and ice removal operations are much more efficient and safer when vehicles and other obstructions are off the streets when clearing snow and ice. Plus, while it’s never the intent of snow removal equipment to plow snow onto a walk and curb or around a car that’s parked in the street, sometimes there’s no way to avoid it.
Trim trees along public roadways so snow removal equipment can get as close to the curb as possible.
Be cautious and follow instructions when using deicing materials. Applying too much ice melt is bad for the environment and causes it to end up in rivers and streams.
For more information about Windsor’s snow removal plan, visit windsorgov.com/snowplan.