Is the Town of Rocky Hill responsible for plowing all the streets?
No. Several streets in Town are the responsibility of the State DOT.
Why hasn't my street been plowed yet?
This generally becomes an issue when we plow during the day season. During the night season the majority of people don't know when their street was plowed. Main streets and areas around schools (when they are in session) are plowed first and then residential streets. The reasons are: 1) The main streets carry the most traffic volume, and 2) We want the ingress to and egress from the schools to be as safe as possible. It takes us up to 8 hours to completely clear a snow plow route. Unfortunately, someone on that route will be first and someone will be last.
Who declares a parking ban?
What happens when a parking ban is declared?
Any vehicle parked on the street during a parking ban is subject to being ticketed by the Police Department. Any vehicle parked on the street during the parking ban will be towed if it hinders the plowing operation at any time, or it is parked on the street during the final clean up.
How long does a parking ban last?
Parking bans are declared for a set time. Generally, the time frame for a ban is from about the time we believe we will begin plowing operations until 8 hours after the anticipated end of the storm.
What happens if my vehicle is towed during a parking ban?
The vehicle is first ticketed and then it is towed by the Town's towing contractor to a central location. The vehicle owner is responsible for paying all charges associated which may include, but not be limited to: 1) The ticket, 2) The tow and mileage charges, and 3) Any storage charges.
I live on a cul-de-sac and I get more snow in my driveway and on my property than anywhere else in town. Why?
Plowing cul-de-sacs is one the most challenging operations during a snow storm. Most properties on cul-de-sacs have frontages which are narrower than lots on a straight street. Therefore, snow must be pushed into a smaller space. Cul-de-sacs without islands contain even more area which needs to be plowed and, as a result, even more snow has to be moved to the side.
Is it illegal to place snow in the street?
Yes. Property owners or their landscapers are required to place the snow from their sidewalks and driveways onto their property.
Can I pay the Town to clear my walk or driveway?
Can I get sand from the Town?
There are public sand supplies located in Town for residential use only at the Transfer Station during regular hours of operation.
Why do the plow trucks have to drive so fast?
The goal is to get the snow off the street. Drivers are directed to drive as fast as necessary to accomplish that task. The speed of the truck is directly related to any combination of the following factors: 1) The volume of snow on the street, 2) The consistency of the snow, and 3) The height of the berms on the side of the street. The plow truck must travel faster to throw heavier and/or deeper snow over higher berms.
Why do you have to plow curb to curb?
To make sure the approximately 6,000 catch basins throughout town are clear to accept water, and to maintain the travel width of the street. In a normal winter, the snow berms at the side of the street can gradually reduce the travel width of the street.
My street is so narrow that two cars cannot pass side by side. What will be done?
This usually happens for 2 reasons: 1) A smaller truck with a smaller plow is used and it cannot move larger amounts of snow completely off the side of the street, or 2) Property owners or their landscapers place snow in the street. Streets that are less than 2 travel lanes wide will be widened after the storm as crews and equipment are available. In some cases this may result in some snow being cast back onto already cleared sidewalks and driveways or placed back onto grassed areas.
Why do you put snow on my sidewalk and in my driveway?
This is not done intentionally. Snow cast onto sidewalks and into driveways is an unfortunate byproduct of a very necessary service we provide. When we plow a street we are simply moving the snow that is in the street off to the side of the street. The greater the amount of snow, the more snow that is deposited on the side. A normal cast from the plow is up 8 feet. Sidewalks and driveways are necessarily located in that cast zone
Why is there more snow on my sidewalk and in my driveway than my neighbors? It never happened before.
Most residential streets receive a center pass (traffic permitting) and then 2 gutter passes. Each pass pushes the snow to one side or the other. That means one side is getting 2/3's of the snow in the street with each set of passes from the plow. Which side of the street receives the most snow will vary with the route taken by the plow driver (s) during a given storm. Only the snow that is in the street is cast to the side. Therefore, if your neighbor or their landscaper places snow from their sidewalk or driveway in the street up stream of your property, that additional snow will end up on your sidewalk or in your driveway. For that reason, among others, we prohibit anyone from placing snow in the street.
Why is there an excessive amount of snow in my driveway?
The amount of snow that ends up on the side of the street is a function of the amount of snowfall. The greater the snowfall the greater the amount at the side of the street. For example, if 18 inches of snow is pushed straight to the side of the street from the center line of a 28 foot wide street, it will most likely create a 6 foot high berm.
Will the Town remove the snow they cast onto my already cleared sidewalk or driveway?
No. Property owners have up to 12 hours after the storm ends or after sunrise, whichever is later, to clear their sidewalks. Please wait until the street is completely cleared, which may take up to 8 hours, before clearing your sidewalk or driveway.
Can I place my barrel in the street?
No, barrels may not be placed in the street for the following reasons: 1) Collection vehicles are forced farther into the roadway which causes traffic backups 2) During snow storms plow vehicles cannot widen streets when barrels are in the streets.
Where do I put my barrels for collection when there are snow berms at the edge of the street?
Placing barrels in any portion of the roadway is a violation of Town Ordinance. Barrels placed in the road are a safety issue for traffic by forcing collection vehicles are into the travel lane portion of the road to collect instead of traveling the curb line for collection. Barrels in the road do not allow snow plow vehicles to widen roads to their fullest extent for safe passage of traffic, school buses and emergency vehicles. Automated collection vehicles barrel lift arms can reach up to ten feet from the edge of the road. Barrels should be placed in your driveway opening or an area cleared of snow on the green belt between the sidewalk and street. Barrels that are placed in the roadway will be put back off the roadway by the collection vehicle after they are emptied. Barrels will be placed wherever the collection vehicle operator can place them without interfering with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
The catch basin on my street is covered with snow. Who is responsible to clear it?
The Town is responsible, however, any assistance by abutting property owners would help and would be appreciated.
The large piles of snow at the corners of my street are so high I can't see oncoming traffic. Who is responsible for removing the snow?
If the intersection is not signalized 24/7 and the piles cause a line of sight problem, the Town will remove the snow to the extent the line of sight problem is eliminated. Following large snow storms, this may take some time and depend upon reports received from motorists to alert us to a particular problem intersection. Otherwise it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the snow if it is covering a sidewalk.
How long do I have to clear my sidewalk?
12 hours from the time the storm ends or sunrise, whichever is later.
What happens when a property owner fails to clear their sidewalk?
The owner or owners of any property which abuts on a public sidewalk shall remove all accumulation of ice and snow within 12 hours after such snow and/or ice has begun to accumulate, or within such period of time as the Town Manager may order. If such owner shall fail to remove said accumulations of snow and ice, the Town Manager may cause the same to be done by another or others. The expense and cost thereof shall be charged to the owner of the abutting property. Upon failure of such owner to pay such expense and cost within 60 days, the Town Manager shall file a lien against the property affected. Such lien may be enforced and collected in the same manner and under the same dictates as is provided by law for the collection and enforcement of tax liens. If it is impracticable to remove the ice from said sidewalk, the walk shall be treated with an abrasive or chemical until the ice accumulation can be removed.
Who is responsible to clearing the handicapped sidewalk ramp at the corner of my property?
Handicapped ramps are considered part of the sidewalk system and therefore, it is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to keep them clear.
How do I report plow damage?
Contact Jim Sollmi, Director of Community Development and Public Works by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Describe the damage you believe we caused, the location on your property and when you believe it occurred. We will investigate and if we determine we are responsible you will be placed on a list for repairs.
When will damage be repaired?
As soon as the weather allows us, usually in the spring. Lawn damage is repaired first followed by curbs and driveway aprons. With all repairs, each year we alternate starting at one end of town or the other and move systematically through the town.
Who is responsible for clearing in front of my mailbox?
We plow the streets curb to curb, or as close as we can get. Whatever snow is left in front of mail boxes is the responsibility of the property owner to remove or at least make the mail box accessible to the mail carrier. If we made a mistake and left an unreasonable amount of snow on the edge of the street we will return and cut back as much as we can.
Who is responsible for clearing the fire hydrants?
The Fire Department is responsible for fire hydrants except those which are part of private fire suppression systems (typically in commercial developments), but any assistance by abutting property owners would help and be appreciated.
Who repairs my damaged mailbox?
We will only repair a mail box if our plow physically strikes the mail box. We will not repair a mail box if the damage is caused by the cast from the plow. People with street-side mail boxes are encouraged to follow United States Postal Services guidelines regarding the erection of the posts for sturdiness and the height of the bottom of the mailbox (approximately 4' to allow the plow to sweep beneath the mail box).
Has your question not been answered?
You can contact Jim Sollmi, Director of Community Development and Public Works by email at email@example.com.
Town of Rocky Hill
761 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT
Jim Sollmi, PELS Director of Community Development and Public Works
Joe Lentini, Field Operations and Highway Superintendent
|HOURS:||Monday - Friday|
|6:30am - 2:30pm|
LOCATION: 59 Old Forge Road
HOURS: Thursday & Friday, 10:00am – 2:00pm (March 1st – December 31st)
Saturday - 7:00am – 1:00pm (all year)
*Transfer Station is closed during inclement weather*