City asks residents to help, cooperate with snow removal

With the extensive amount of snow accumulation over the last several weeks, in a press release, the City of Bristol asked businesses and residents to cooperate and be aware of existing ordinances in order to aid in the city removal efforts.

According to the news release, Mayor Ken Cockayne said, “The two most important items are the parking ban and clearing sidewalks ordinances,”Pursuant to City Ordinances ‘No person shall park a vehicle on any street or highway between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any day during the period extending from Dec. 15 to March 15 of each year as well as during additional parking bans. When cars are parked on the street, the city cannot properly plow and widen the streets, which increases safety risk.”

By City Ordinance (Sec 21-23), all sidewalks are the responsibility of the abutting property owners unless they are maintained by the Parks, Board of Education or Housing Authority. “To date, the city has spent $22,000 on clearing sidewalks and has billed those owners simply from the complaints received at City Hall,” stated Councilor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu in the press release. “We know there are many more sidewalks out there that are not being maintained and have not yet been reported.”

The news release said sidewalks must be cleared within 12 hours after a storm, which ends between the hours of 3 a.m. and 9 p.m. and within nine hours after a storm, which ends between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Owners must also salt and sand as appropriate.

“It is also illegal for private contractors to push snow onto city streets. Those situations should be reported to the Public Works Yard who will then coordinate with the Police Department. Tickets for failure to remove snow are $120 infractions issued by the Police Department. If the Code Enforcement department orders the work to be done by a contractor, the homeowner or business will incur additional fines as well” added Cockayne in the release.

For all snow-related issues, including intersections with line of vision and safety issues, please call the Public Works Yard dispatch center at (860)584-7791. The city website also has helpful information for those on Facebook, updates are frequently posted on the mayor’s and public works’ Facebook pages.