The following is from the Town of Arlington.
Winter Season – Snow Reminders
As we enter the Winter Snow & Ice Season, the Town would like to remind residents to exercise caution when traveling. After a storm, residents and businesses are reminded to keep public walkways clear in accordance to Town bylaws.
The bylaws require residents and businesses to remove snow and ice from any sidewalks abutting their property following a storm. Residents should remove snow and ice from abutting paved sidewalks within eight hours between sunrise and sunset after a storm, businesses and residential property owners have three hours. And don’t forget to cut a path to the street if you live on a corner. It is also prohibited to move snow into the roadway. Failure to comply with these bylaws can result in a fine of $25 to $50 per day.
Cars parked in roadways during snow removal operations can impede removal progress. Residents are encouraged to park their vehicles off-street during these events so Public Works can complete the task more efficiently and with better results. The Arlington Fire Department asks residents and business owners to adopt a fire hydrant in their neighborhood. When it snows, take the time to shovel around it as well as to it. A clear hydrant expedites their deployment in the event of an emergency.
Other ways to help include: clearing any catch basins near your property and assisting neighbors who may need extra help with snow removal. The LINKS program serves many seniors in Town, but cannot serve them all.
Residents are reminded of the following important phone numbers and recommend you print, or otherwise make available offline should you lose power:
- Report downed electrical wires: call 911 and NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000.
- Report a power outage to NStar at 1-800-592-2000 or at nstar.com.
- Report a downed street tree or limb to DPW dispatch at 781-316-3301.
Be Alerted of Snow Emergencies/Parking Bans
When a snow emergency/parking ban it put into place, the Town will send a notification via Arlington Alerts (phone, text, and email), Town Notices (regular email list), and the Town’s website. If you are not subscribed to these services you can do so at arlingtonma.gov/subscriber.
School closing notifications are posted at http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/home/.The Town of Arlington is dependent on the cooperation of all residents and business owners to keep our public ways safe during the snow season. For more information on snow and ice operations including links to these bylaws, tips to keep safe this winter, and frequently asked questions, please visit the Snow & Ice Information page at arlingtonma.gov/snow.