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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Snow Policy and Concerns

Saying there are 123 miles of town maintained roads and that snow removal can cost up to $2,500 per hour, Westport’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Stephen Edwards today asked for greater resident cooperation as he outlined the town’s snow removal policy.

Edwards biggest gripe is with private plowers who dump driveway snow back onto plowed streets and with those who park on town roads making it tough for DPW trucks to get through.

“The most contentious issue we have is with the removal of snow from private driveways where the contractor will improperly plow a driveway to his convenience and make a windrow across the road,” said Edwards. “Any unsupecting driver coming up the road can hit it and lose control, or it can freeze and cause an ice patch.”

Edwards urged homeowners to be vigilant in encouraging contractors to plow safely by moving snow off the road, “because if we have to call the Police Department and have a citation issued, in most cases we only have the homeowner to cite.”

Another plowing problem Edwards cited stemmed from people parking on town roadways, particularly in the Old Mill and Compo Beach areas, which hampers town plowers from clearing streets.

Edwards chose a particularly balmy Tuesday to make his announcement following a holiday weekend cold snap that saw a dusting of snow Thanksgiving Day. He said today’s thaw might be a good time for homeowners to shore up their mailbox posts because if they collapse under the weight snow pushed to the side by DPW trucks, the town is not liable.

The town will only replace a mailbox post if it is struck by a plow blade. However, the DPW is not obligated to replace other damaged items, including Belgium block, landscaping, dog fences, sprinklers and lights within the town right-of-way.

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