Winter Parking Ban & Other Important Winter Information

We would like to remind our residents that the winter overnight parking ban began November 1st.

Overnight parking is not allowed on public streets or municipal parking lots between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM from November 1st to April 15th.  Parked vehicles are the biggest obstacles to effective snow removal. Please support our efforts by parking your vehicle in conformance with the winter parking ban.

The Town Council, the Town Manager or Town Manager’s designated representative may also declare a parking ban if a significant snow event is forecast or in progress.  Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the street when a snowstorm is occurring. It makes plowing safer and more efficient if plow drivers do not have to operate around parked vehicles.

For information on whether a parking ban has been declared (beyond the midnight to 6 AM ban) tune to WFSB (CBS), WVIT (NBC) or FOX61.

Mailboxes
Please check your mailbox and make sure it is in good repair, firmly attached to a solid post and properly placed so no part of it is over the pavement. Your mailbox will have to withstand countless tons of flying snow this winter and it may require periodic maintenance. If a mailbox or post is pushed over or damaged as a result of snow or slush coming off a snowplow, it is considered a winter hazard and the Town will not repair or replace the mailbox or post. The height of the bottom of the mailbox to the street should be between 42” and 48”.  The mailbox door should be 6 to 8 inches from the front face of the curb or road edge.

Portable Basketball Hoops
Residents are reminded that portable basketball hoops should NOT be in the Town Right-of-Way.The Town is not responsible for damage done by plows to basketball hoops left in the Town Right-of-Way.

Sidewalk Clearing
Residents are reminded that by Town Ordinance it is the responsibility of owners and occupants of buildings and vacant lots to remove snow, sleet and ice from public sidewalks abutting their property within 24 hours after the storm has concluded. Failure to comply with this ordinance may result in a fine.

Please remember that the final snow plow pass is not made until after the storm has concluded.Your cooperation in clearing sidewalks is an essential safety measure for pedestrians using the sidewalks.

Fire Hydrants
Owners of property and occupants of buildings that have a fire hydrant are required by Town Ordinance to clear a four foot area in all directions around the hydrant and a three foot wide path from the street to the fire hydrant. Failure to comply with this ordinance may result in a fine.  The Fire Department counts on hydrants being cleared of snow to help protect your safety.

Catch Basins & Storm Inlets
Help minimize street flooding by shoveling snow and ice from in front of the storm inlet nearest your house. This includes keeping catch basin grates free of leaves and other debris all year long.

Driveway Clearing Tips
The following suggestions are intended to make your driveway snow removal easier and safer:

If possible, wait until the road has been completely plowed to the curb before shoveling the last 5-10 feet of your driveway. This way, less snow from the road will end up in your driveway. It takes 3-5 hours after a typical storm has ended for the Town to completely clear snow from the road to the curb.      

It is best to place snow on the far side of your driveway, away from the direction the plow is traveling.This way the plow will carry the snow away from your driveway, rather than back into it.      

Do NOT shovel, blow, or plow snow from your driveway into or across the road.It is a violation of Town Ordinances to push snow into the street and you may be held liable if this snow causes an accident. Remember, you are also responsible for the actions of your contractor!

Do NOT allow children to play on snow banks along the side of the road. The Town may need to push back snow banks days after a storm to create room for the next snow event.      

Numbers to Call Regarding Snow Questions

Public Works Department (860) 871-3696, during the following Hours of Operation, Monday thru Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Thursday, 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

After Hours please call the Resident State Troopers at  (860) 875-8911.  If they are unavailable, this number will roll over to Troop C.  They will notify Public Works personnel.

Other Useful Phone Numbers
Tolland Fire Marshal (860) 871-3675
Tolland Building Department  (860) 871-3601
Emergency  911