Winter Weather Reminders

As the winter season approaches, the Town of Plainville would like to remind residents of the Town’s winter weather policies.

Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance

The Town of Plainville General Code (Chapter 347, Article IV) requires owners and tenants of any property adjacent to a sidewalk to remove snow and ice from sidewalks no later than 24 hours after the end of snowfall. Owners and tenants should also remove any ice or fully cover any ice with sand, ashes, or similar substance within 24 hours of formation. Owners, tenants, and contractors are also prohibited from plowing, throwing, and pushing snow or ice onto any public highway, street, or roadway.

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All-Night Parking Ban from December 1 – April 1

In accordance with the Town of Plainville General Code (Chapter 374, Article I), it is unlawful from December 1 to April 1 for the owner or operator of a motor vehicle to park that vehicle on any street in the Town of Plainville for more than one hour between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. on any given day.

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Mailbox Replacement Policy

The Town of Plainville’s Roadways Department reminds residents to evaluate the condition of their mailbox to ensure it is compliant with the Town’s mailbox replacement policy.

Residents are expected to maintain their mailbox in such a manner that it will withstand a New England winter and the weight/impact of snow, slush, and ice being discharged by the snow removal equipment. Mailboxes should not be rotted or deteriorated and should be installed according to the U.S. Postal Service’s guidelines.

The Mailbox Replacement Policy states that in the event a mailbox is physically struck by the Town’s snow removal equipment during snow plowing and removal operations, the Town will either replace the mailbox or reimburse a resident for the cost of materials to replace their mailbox at an amount not to exceed $80.00.

The town will not replace nor provide a reimbursement to a resident for a mailbox that is (1) noncompliant with the Mailbox Replacement Policy, (2) damaged by private contractors or other non-town entities, and/or (3) damaged by the weight/impact of snow, slush, or ice being discharged by the town’s snow removal equipment.

Residents must report any damage to their mailbox within 72 hours from when damage has occurred. Residents can report a damaged mailbox and request a replacement or reimbursement by calling the Public Works Administration at (860) 793-0221 ext. 7176.

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Fire Hydrant Snow Removal

The Town of Plainville’s Fire Marshal would like to remind residents and business owners to keep fire hydrants free from the obstruction of snow during the winter season.  As you shovel or remove snow from your driveways and sidewalks, please take time to clear a 3-foot circle around the fire hydrant to keep it accessible. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe.

Winter Weather Reminders