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Do You Know Southington's Winter Ordinances?

From clearing snow from sidewalks to snow in the road, there are many requirements in town and what you don't know could cost you.

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback removed a suspension of the sidewalks maintenance ordinance, requiring that town residents clear their sidewalks by Wednesday evening.

So what if people decide not to comply with this request? Well, under the Southington charter and set of ordinances, the direct answer is the Southington Police Department would have the right to assess a $95 fine to those refusing to comply.

Do you know what the other winter ordinances are in the town of Southington?

The community over the years has instituted a total of four separate ordinances in regard to snow removal and parking restrictions. Each carries separate fines and penalties. Do you know what they are?

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The Southington Police Department on Tuesday issued the following reminder on their Facebook page, encouraging residents to be prepared and comply by the ordinances so no fines will have to be given:

Residents are reminded of the town ordinances in place regarding the throwing of snow onto town roads, residents’ responsibility to keep the sidewalk fronting their property clean of snow & ice and snow storm-parking restrictions. Sections of these ordinances are listed below.

Sec. 17-2 Maintenance of sidewalks ( $75.00 + $20.00fee= $95.00 fine)

Whenever any sidewalk adjoining and fronting any land or premises shall be wholly or partially covered with snow, the owner, tenant or occupant of such adjoining premises shall cause such sidewalk to be made safe and convenient by removing such snow there from within twenty-four (24) hours after the accumulation of the same thereon, and, should ice be accumulated on any sidewalk so that the same cannot be removed, such ice shall be covered with sand or other substance within three (3) hours after the accumulation of such ice. 

Sec. 17-3 (b
)  Snow Removal ($25.00 fine)

No owner, tenant, occupant or other individual shall throw or cause to be blown by machine or other implement snow into the right-of-way or sidewalks in the Town of Southington. Cul-de-sac residents shall be subject to consideration of the difficulties of snow removal in such areas.

Sec. 12-72.
Parking during winter restricted at night.($10.00 fine)

It shall be unlawful from November 15th to April 15th for the owner or operator of a vehicle to allow such vehicle to stand or park on any street in Southington for more than (1) hour between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. on any given day.

Sec 12-73 Termination of all parking authorized. ($10.00 fine)

The chief of police or his designee may terminate street parking on any or all streets of the Town of Southington during a snowstorm or other emergency. The illegal parking could lead to the vehicle being ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Any resident who violates the above sections of the Town Ordinance is subject a fine under the Town Ordinance or infraction under the State Statute 7-147****.

So now that you know the details, keep these in mind as you plan for any future storms. And of course, stay safe!

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Jane S February 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Mr. Brumback's suspension of that law and then it's removal and mandate to shovel sidewalks just shows how short-sighted his management style is. For most residents, it would have been far easier to have shoveled the powder that fell the day after it fell, then to have to dynamite the concrete that's there now. [the smart money would have shoveled regardless of the law] And, of course, now there is sense of ugency because we want the kids to get back to school and he sees just how dangerous it is to walk in the roads (esp. now that the drivers feel free to speed once again through the semi-cleared streets and resume conversation on their cell phones). I do find it interesting study that some people will only do something with a gun put to their heads instead of for the good of their fellowman. Take, for instance, the verbose Mr. Cyr: He talks a good talk about being a right-righteous citizen but does he shovel his sidewalks just to be civic? No, he needs a fine to motivate him. And then there's the Epsicopal Church downtown: They not only had the sidewalks cleared side to side but the snow in the gutter moved so you could get from your car onto the sidewalk. [Bravo, folks, by the way] It's amazing how disaster can reveal so much of the truth of things, ain't it?
Bill February 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Wit fines of $25 for not shoveling, is it any wonder the landlords of Berlin [Ave] don't lift a finger. Of course, I bet the cops look the other way as well.
Bill February 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Excuse me, $75.
elizabeth lenz February 13, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Please everyone be careful. This icy stuff formerly snow is the stuff of heart attacks.

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